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Tuesday
Dec292015

Send Conference among 2015 highlights for North American Mission Board

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Looking back on 2015, the North American Mission Board released a list of the year's highlights -- spotlighting churches and individuals whose sacrificial giving and "life on mission" actions are changing lives and impacting North America with the gospel.

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Tuesday
Dec222015

Kentucky statehouse chaplain to pray and provide counsel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) - When the Kentucky General Assembly directory was printed, it probably wasn't intended as a prayer guide.

But that is how Steve Weaver has been using the publication.

For weeks, Weaver has been studying the faces of Kentucky's politicians to know them by name -- and to pray for them as a minister to the state capitol.

Weaver is serving as a chaplain through the Capitol Commission, an organization that seeks to share the love of God with government leaders and legislators of every political persuasion across the country. The Kentucky Baptist Convention contributes to the Capitol Commission's work in Kentucky.

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http://www.bpnews.net/46049/ky-statehouse-chaplain-to-pray-and-provide-counsel

 

Tuesday
Dec222015

Midwestern celebrates graduation, Hawkins Courtyard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) - Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched the next generation of pastors, ministers and missionaries into service during its 58th commencement exercises on Dec. 18. The event was highlighted by the keynote address and the dedication of a commons area named after O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources.

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http://bpnews.net/46050/midwestern-celebrates-graduation-hawkins-courtyard

Tuesday
Dec222015

Christmas-friendly Cracker Barrel, Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s, Lowe’s, Michael’s and Walmart top AFA list 

TUPELO, Miss. - Now that the Christmas shopping season is in its last week, companies are extending store hours and advertising more than any other time of the year in an effort to attract last-minute Christmas shoppers.

The American Family Association (AFA) recently updated its “Naughty or Nice” list of Christmas-friendly retailers.

For the past decade, the AFA has made it its mission to educate shoppers about the retailers that embrace Christmas through its annual “Naughty or Nice” list, as well as those that stand firm on the “War on Christmas.”

“The ranking of the top national retailers also informs shoppers of stores that act like ‘Scrooge’ when it comes to Christmas-friendly marketing by reviewing retailer websites, media advertising and in-store signage,” reads a news release from AFA.

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Tuesday
Dec222015

N.C. sued for conscience protections for magistrates

ASHEVILLE, N.C.(BP) - Three couples are suing the state of North Carolina over gay marriage discrimination that apparently isn't happening.

The lawsuit targets protections for magistrates who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds and don't want to be forced to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The state legislature passed the bill protecting religious convictions of state employees earlier this year, overriding a veto from Gov. Pat McCrory.

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http://www.bpnews.net/46034/nc-sued-for-conscience-protections-for-magistrates

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