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ERLC trustees to be led by Arkansas pastor

PilesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – An Arkansas pastor has become chairman of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission after the resignation of a retired Indiana minister who was leading the Southern Baptist entity’s trustee board. The new chairman, Richard D. Piles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark., circulated an email notice May 21 of the change in trustee leadership.

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Editor recovering from bike wreck

WebbBill Webb, editor of the Missouri Baptist newspaper Word and Way, is recovering in a hospital from serious injuries sustained May 12 in a cycling accident in Jefferson City, Mo.

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100 days at the cross

ESCATAWPA, Miss. (BP) – An unusual sight – an 11-foot-tall wooden cross with hundreds of written prayer requests nailed to it – has been turning motorists' heads and prompting some of them to get out of their cars since Jan. 23. For 100 days, pastor Terry Long has kept vigil at the cross.

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DOJ 'actively' working to see DOMA overturned

WASHINGTON (BP) – When President Obama told the Justice Department in February 2011 to stop defending a key federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, it was widely assumed the department would take a neutral position and sit on the sidelines.

But with little fanfare since that announcement, the Justice Department has actually started filing legal briefs arguing that the law in question -- the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- should be overturned because, the department says, it is unconstitutional.

It is a remarkable turn of events for a Justice Department that just 15 months ago was defending the law in court. Many of those same attorneys who were defending it now are urging courts to strike it down.

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Protect your church's children against sexual abuse nightmare

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – He looked like the ideal youth minister -- recommended by a friend of the pastor, personable, and leading a thriving ministry to teens at Wayside Baptist Church in Miami.

But looks were deceiving.

For months, he had been sexually abusing boys during sleepovers at his home. When the offense came to light, the church had its very existence jeopardized by a $6 million civil judgment in favor of the victims. Eventually the case was settled for an undisclosed amount, and Wayside determined to do everything it could to protect children in the future.

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