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Sep 24, 2014
BRISTOL (BP)—The botanically rich town of Bristol—halfway between Tallahassee and Panama City in the Florida Panhandle—is at least 40 miles from the nearest high-rise urban environment. It’s a peaceful community with limited shopping; local employment largely tied to city and county governments, a school system and correctional facility; and a volunteer fire department.

Lake Mystic Baptist Church, the oldest Southern Baptist church in or near Bristol, will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a homecoming in October reflecting its commitment to both global missions and its community.
Sep 18, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the SBC's Conservative Resurgence, died Sept. 12 in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81.

Gage—a teen gang leader who came to Christ after hearing the Gospel preached in 1951 in Houston—was among the initial inductees to the Evangelists Hall of Faith, created in 2008 by the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
Sep 8, 2014
S. Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain famous for closing on Sundays, died Sept. 8. He was 93.
Aug 4, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—SBC registration secretary Jim Wells has released official registration figures for the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore.

A total of 5,298 messengers were sent by 2,257 churches from 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Only North Dakota sent no messengers.
Jul 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman whose death sentence caused an international outcry, arrived safely in Italy on July 24.

Ibrahim, also known as Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, was flown on an Italian government jet to Rome with her husband, Daniel Wani, and two young children, Martin and Maya.
Jul 24, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (BP)—It’s 5 a.m. on a Saturday and while most of the town of Vueltas is still asleep, pastor José Enrique Pérez is prepping for what promises to be a long day. Fourteen hours to be exact. Just like every Saturday. That’s the reality of church planting in Cuba.

Pérez is joined by a dedicated team of self-described missionaries from his congregation, Bethel Baptist Church. More than 50 Christians pour their lives into the dozens of small towns and villages surrounding Vueltas where there is little or no Gospel witness. The missionaries’ goal is straightforward: make disciples and gather them into house churches.
Jul 2, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on transgender identity for the first time while returning to such issues as civil rights, gambling and world hunger for further statements.
Jul 1, 2014
The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches.
Jun 30, 2014
BALTIMORE (BP)—Dante Carter wanted Crossover Baltimore to communicate compassion to the hurting people he often encounters in the city.

“There’s a lot of hurt and pain ...,” said Carter, youth pastor at Northeast Baptist Church in the heart of the Armistead Gardens community.
Jun 30, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a key mandate of the Affordable Care Act, ruling for the first time "closely held" companies may exercise their religious opinions and conscientiously object to providing abortion-inducing contraceptives to employees through their health insurance plans.
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