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Guidestone suit

GuideStone joins suit fighting Obamacare

The Southern Baptist Convention agency that provides insurance for church and denominational employees has joined a lawsuit over contraceptive mandates in the Affordable Care Act.

Background checks

Background checks help churches protect children

Of the 84,500 background checks from churches have been run through the LifeWay backgroundchecks.com program, more than 22.5 percent of the screenings returned records with misdemeanor or felony offenses.

Senior Saints helping

Senior saints help young couple birth a church

 James and Amy Welch moved to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina recovery and cleanup and stayed to start a church.

Religious Herald, ABP merge

Religious Herald trustees OK ABP merger

Trustees of the Religious Herald, a news journal with historic ties to Virginia Baptists, voted unanimously to merge with Associated Baptist Press, creating a new print and online media platform aimed at enhancing the mission and heritage of both organizations.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Johnson to NRB post

Criswell College President Jerry Johnson has been named president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, effective Nov. 1.

New York Chinese Church

Multi-church building in NYC legacy of one immigrant couple

A seven-story building to house Chinese Promise Baptist Church in New York City was financed largely by the life savings of pastor Samuel Wong and his wife Katty.

Pope, Russell Moore

Southern Baptist leader says pope soft on sin

Russell Moore says the pope’s latest interview in an Italian newspaper “is more than just confusing. It’s a theological wreck.”

BWA diversity

BWA leader issues call to embrace diversity

Cultural and theological diversity among Baptists worldwide is both a challenge and a strength, Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam told European Baptist leaders gathered in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Blackaby heart surgery successful

Southern Baptist Bible author Henry Blackaby’s Sept. 24 quadruple bypass surgery “could not have gone better,” and his prospects for future ministry look good, according to a statement from his family.

Glorieta suit

Glorieta leaseholders seek damages, accuse LifeWay of fraud

(UPDATED) An Arkansas couple who own a house on leased land at Glorieta Conference Center have sued LifeWay Christian Resources and numerous other parties for more than $12 million, accusing the Southern Baptist publishing house of fraud.

Hobby Lobby case

Hobby Lobby case headed to Supreme Court

After contradictory rulings in federal courts, the Hobby Lobby challenge to the Obama administration's contraceptive mandate is going to the Supreme Court.

Guidestone

Baptist Briefs: Guidestone to fight healthcare rule

GuideStone Financial Resources has renewed its vow to fight the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for contraceptives, looking to court action alongside efforts in Congress and before federal agencies.

Henry Blackaby

Heart attack led to Blackaby disappearance; needs surgery

(UPDATE) Henry Blackaby, the Southern Baptist author of the Experiencing God curriculum, suffered a heart attack on Thursday while driving near his Atlanta home, became disoriented and was missing 29 hours before police found him in Tifton, Ga., about 150 miles miles away.

High Church liturgy

Book says Baptists embracing high church

A new book sparks hope that more Baptists will embrace liturgical forms of worship as they come to see ancient traditions as inherently missional.

Baptist Briefs: McRaney to Maryland/Delaware

Will McRaney, a former Florida Baptist church planting and evangelism strategist and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor, was elected executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.

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