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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

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  • Adopting & fostering podcast shares joys & challenges

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kevin Ezell family
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Lynette Ezell and Tera Melber shared many joys, frustrations, challenges and triumphs over the last 15 years as their families have journeyed through the process of adopting children. Now, they are sharing that experience and knowledge with others.

    Hosting the North American Mission Board's "Adopting and Fostering Home" podcast, the two friends seek to encourage and equip God's people and the church to battle for the hearts and lives of children at risk.

    Photo courtesy of David Melber family
    "We believe that if the church is going to champion the cause of foster care and adoption, the church has to be prepared for what that means on a daily basis," Melber noted.

    Melber and Ezell would know. They have watched their daughters and sons process and make sense of birth stories and unanswered questions.

    "As they work through their beginnings and the implications of their stories, there have been times when I have really understood Romans 12:15," Melber said. ... Read More

  • Children's home trustee becomes adoptive parent

    by Brian Koonce/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    When Chris Ferkel, as a children's home trustee, volunteered for a summer camp, it sparked an openness to foster parenting and, now, the adoption of an 8-year-old girl. Read More

  • Baptist health care systems set merger

    by William H. Perkins Jr./The Baptist Record, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi Baptist Health Systems (MBHS) in Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care (BMHC) in Memphis announced on May 1 the completion of a merger between the two regional health care giants, making the new operation one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States.

    "Everyone in the communities we serve will benefit from our alignment with an organization that shares our commitment to both Christian values and quality health care," said Chris Anderson, MBHS president and chief operating officer. Read More

  • Gay marriage suit reinstated against Ky. county clerk

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Screen capture from ABC News
    CINCINNATI (BP) -- A Cincinnati appeals court has reinstated a homosexual couple's lawsuit seeking damages from county clerk Kim Davis who refused to issue the couple a marriage license because of her religion.

    Davis spent five days in jail when she refused repeatedly to issue a marriage license to David Ermold and David Moore, days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the nation in June 2015. Read More

  • 6 tornadoes in 3 counties: SBTC rallies DR response

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    With six tornadoes striking three counties east of Dallas, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief volunteers deploy quickly with command center, meals and laundry and shower unit. Read More

  • Yeats, at 20 years in SBC post, to be re-nominated

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, May 03, 2017 (7 months ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- John L. Yeats, first elected as the Southern Baptist Convention’s recording secretary in 1997, will be re-nominated for the post during the SBC’s June 13-14 annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, was serving as editor of the Indiana Baptist convention newsjournal when first elected as SBC recording secretary 20 years ago during the 1997 annual meeting in Dallas. Read More