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How the Republican platform compares with SBC resolutions

MILWAUKEE (BP) -- This year’s Republican Party platform is leaner than usual on references to social issues. Nonetheless, it dovetails with the stances of SBC resolutions on a variety of issues.

IVF, religious liberty resolutions spark clarifications

NASHVILLE (BP) – A flurry of traditional and social media discussion surrounding two SBC resolutions (one on in vitro fertilization, the other on religious liberty) has provoked clarifications among Southern Baptists following the Convention’s Annual Meeting June 11-12 in Indianapolis.

IVF resolution is SBC’s ‘first step’ in reproductive technology discussion

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – SBC messengers spoke to in vitro fertilization (IVF) for the first time June 12, adopting a resolution on the topic after a sometimes-emotional floor discussion that featured messengers sharing their personal experiences with reproductive technologies.

FBC Alexandria ‘no longer in friendly cooperation’ with SBC over views on female pastors

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – The SBC voted June 11 to discontinue its cooperative relationship with a Virginia church that has a female associate pastor. The church has ordained at least three women as pastors over more than four decades and told the SBC Credentials Committee it would consider a female as senior pastor.

EC continues abuse reforms, vows to ‘enhance transparency’ in entity reporting

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Increasing financial transparency, combatting sexual abuse and electing a new slate of officers were among highlights of the SBC Executive Committee’s meeting June 10 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

Pastors feel health insurance pinch, need ‘outside the box’ solutions

NASHVILLE (BP) – If SBC messengers ask a question following this year’s GuideStone Financial Resources report in Indianapolis, health insurance is likely to be the topic. Since 2019, messengers to the SBC Annual Meeting have twice asked GuideStone chief executives questions. Both times the inquiries focused on the rising costs of health insurance.

Iorg previews EC agenda for his first 100 days

NASHVILLE (BP) – Strategic changes could be afoot at the SBC Executive Committee (EC) during Jeff Iorg’s first 100 days as president if his latest podcast episode is any indication.

New CP promotion approach emerging, top givers say

When First Baptist Church in Bettendorf, Iowa, needed to decrease its Cooperative Program (CP) giving in a financial pinch this year, the congregation consented on one condition: that they could increase it as soon as possible back to its previous level of 16.5 percent of undesignated receipts. Leaders agreed, and First Baptist approved temporary CP giving of 10 percent.

Special needs ministry a field ‘white unto harvest’ for Snellville church

SNELLVILLE Ga. (BP) – The Church on Main will not soon forget Hannah’s baptism. A 15-year-old with cerebral palsy, Hannah was nonverbal and communicated through a device that tracked her eye movements and generated speech for her. Through that device, she told her mother she had committed her life to Christ and wanted to be baptized.

Abuse allegations a blight on Pressler legacy

NASHVILLE (BP) – Paul Pressler is a study in contrasts. To many, he was a hero of the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence, a mastermind of the strategy that helped turn the nation’s largest Protestant denomination back to its conservative theological roots. He was rewarded for that accomplishment with unopposed election as the Convention’s first vice president in 2002.