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Census reveals future for Hispanics, Latinos in the SBC

FRESNO, Calif. (BP) – As the Hispanic population continues to grow nationwide and in the Southern Baptist Convention, its impact will be observed not only culturally but in strengthening the SBC’s efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, said a California denominational leader.

High court weighs if Kentucky AG can defend abortion ban

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court considered in oral arguments Tuesday (Oct. 12) whether Kentucky’s attorney general should be permitted to defend a ban on a particularly gruesome method of abortion after another public official declined to do so.

For Christians left in Afghanistan, extreme secrecy only option

AFGHANISTAN (BP) – Christian minorities in Afghanistan are either fleeing the country or hunkering down to live in greater secrecy as the Taliban government there draws support from the global community, International Christian Concern (ICC) told Baptist Press.

Cooperative Program helps care for diverse group of abused children

MT. WASHINGTON, Ky. (BP) – By the time Reuben Watson entered the care of Sunrise Children’s Services at age 11, he had attempted suicide “multiple times,” had lived in 13 foster homes and had been committed to “a few different” psychiatric hospitals and crisis units.

Texas ban on heartbeat abortions in effect again

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The Texas law to protect the life of an unborn baby whose heartbeat can be detected is back in effect – at least for now.

Caring Well ministry to survivors, churches continues

NASHVILLE (BP) – The effort to prevent sexual abuse and to care for its survivors within Southern Baptist churches continues three years after it began even as examinations of the SBC Executive Committee and the Convention have been approved by separate boards of trustees.

Remnant of one of the oldest Black churches in U.S. unveiled in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (RNS) – Archaeologists believe they have discovered the foundation of the original building of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., one of the nation's oldest Black churches.

Texas to appeal ruling blocking heartbeat abortion ban

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) – The state of Texas is appealing a federal court order in an effort to reinstate its five-week-old ban on abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Texas school shooting suspect in custody, churches comfort students and families

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old student who opened fire during a fight at his Dallas-area high school and injured four people on Wednesday has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Pro-life policies under attack at federal level

WASHINGTON (BP) – Abortion-rights advocates are pressing for the rollback of pro-life policies through all three branches of the federal government. Supporters of abortion rights succeeded in the executive branch Monday (Oct. 4), when the Biden administration announced the repeal of a Trump-era rule that prohibited family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations […]