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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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  • 5,000 backpacks: New Orleans ministry impacting lives

    by Helen Gibson, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Earlier this summer, Kay Bennett received a phone call that left her with some exciting news.

    Bennett is the executive director of Baptist Friendship House, a Send Relief ministry center in the heart of New Orleans. Each year, her organization hosts a back-to-school bash, in which they celebrate the beginning of a new school year and give backpacks filled with school supplies to about 600 children living in poverty.

    But plans for this year's back-to-school event suddenly multiplied when Bennett got a call from Send Relief, a ministry of the North American Mission Board, offering to donate 5,000 backpacks to the cause. Read More

  • Parking tax could cost churches, ministries

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A little-noticed provision of last year's Republican tax legislation which taxes employee parking at nonprofit organizations "will be a problem" for churches and other Christian ministries, one of the Southern Baptist Convention's attorneys says. The only question is how many churches and ministries will be affected.

    "Until the regulations come out and we start seeing how the IRS is going to treat this issue, we don't know how big the problem is going to be," SBC attorney Jaime Jordan told Baptist Press. "It will be a problem for some nonprofit organizations." Read More

  • 7,000 churches, mosques still closed in Rwanda shutdown

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    KIGALI, Rwanda (BP) -- Nearly 7,000 churches and mosques remain closed in Rwanda months after the government began shutting down houses of worship, the Rwandan government has reported.

    The government continues to close houses of worship, citing various building code violations and requirements that pastors complete theological education at accredited schools, World Watch Monitor reported July 27.

    Requirements continue to mount since new laws in the country were first enacted in February, World Watch reported. These requirements reportedly include such measures as the mandatory installment of a certain canvas ceiling considered a fire hazard. Read More

  • Prosperity theology, path to 'good life' draw study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For some Americans, dropping a check into the offering plate at church may seem a bit like having a Discover Card. Both offer a cash-back bonus.

    About a third of Protestant churchgoers say their congregation teaches that God will bless them if they donate money. Two-thirds say God wants them to prosper. One in 4 say they have to do something for God to receive material blessings in return.

    Those are among the key findings of a new study on so-called "prosperity gospel" beliefs from a LifeWay Research study conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017. For the study, released today (July 31), LifeWay Research surveyed 1,010 Americans who attend a Protestant or non-denominational church at least once a month. Read More

  • Religious liberty threats addressed at ERLC event

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious freedom in Southeast Asia faces threats from required registration regimes and non-government forces, panelists said at a Capitol Hill discussion co-hosted by a Southern Baptist Convention entity.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined with two other advocacy organizations to hold the July 26 event -- titled "Lessons from Southeast Asia: State and Non-State Threats to Religious Freedom" -- on the third and final day of the State Department's first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) and Boat People SOS also co-hosted the discussion. Read More

  • Geiger leaving LifeWay, joining Calif. church staff

    by LifeWay Staff, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Eric Geiger, senior vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources, has accepted a call as senior pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif., beginning in September.

    Geiger came to LifeWay as vice president of LifeWay's Resources Division in February 2011.

    "Serving the church through the mission of LifeWay has been a deep joy and honor," Geiger said about his service at LifeWay. "I have loved my time serving on Dr. Thom Rainer's team and serving alongside my team, a group of people consumed with Christ and serving His church well." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Neighborly love

    by Autumn Wall, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Autumn Wall suggests a few ideas for getting to know and having a relationship with "the people we pass by every day on our own street." Read More