Lights in the Darkness, Afghan Refugees & New ERLC President
For families who don’t know, it’s tough to comprehend the stress of being a police officer. Approaching a crime scene requires a double-awareness to identify it as real or an ambush. More than a year after the Taliban reasserted control of Afghanistan following the United States military withdrawal, humanitarian groups are continuing to address the needs of thousands of refugees who are seeking to flee the oppressive government. And, a year of supposedly temporary leadership convinced a presidential search committee it need look no further for the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the leader of that effort said Tuesday (Sept. 13).
For families who don’t know, it’s tough to comprehend the stress of being a police officer.
Approaching a crime scene requires a double-awareness to identify it as real or an ambush. Often you may find yourself berated by the very people you’re trying to protect and serve. There is no “normal” day, as something like serving a warrant can turn deadly.
Dan Middlebrooks understands the stress that comes with the job.
After a 26-year military career, Middlebrooks’ began serving as a Southern Baptist-certified chaplain in multiple agencies around Plant City, Fla. From 2019-2022 he also was pastor of First Call Church in Dover, Fla., a congregation that places a significant focus on ministry to first responders. He is also the founder of Chaplaincy Care, which focuses on first responder agencies in Hillsborough County, Fla.
In a story on Baptist Press, reporter Scott Barkley talks to a number of police chaplains who share the ups and downs of their ministry.
More than a year after the Taliban reasserted control of Afghanistan following the United States military withdrawal, humanitarian groups are continuing to address the needs of thousands of refugees who are seeking to flee the oppressive government.
While many continue mourning the ongoing tragedy of Afghanistan’s collapse, God has also shown up in increasingly powerful ways because of the overwhelming generosity of Southern Baptists and other Christians.
Send Relief has been able to provide emergency food rations to 1,500 Afghans overseas, as well as temporary housing to nearly 1,000 Afghan refugees. In the stream of that response, more than 600 people got to hear the Gospel message for the first time, and at least 50 people accepted Christ as their Savior.
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A year of supposedly temporary leadership convinced a presidential search committee it need look no further for the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the leader of that effort said Tuesday (Sept. 13).
Though Brent Leatherwood was not originally a candidate, the search committee presented him with “great confidence, joy and honor” as the nominee for president of the entity, Todd Howard told his fellow ERLC trustees in their annual meeting. The full board responded to Leatherwood’s nomination with a unanimous vote to approve him as the ninth president in the commission’s history.
Leatherwood, 41, had served as acting president of the entity charged by Southern Baptists with addressing moral and religious freedom issues since the trustees placed him in that role at their September 2021 meeting. He succeeds Russell Moore, who served as the ERLC’s president for eight years before resigning June 1 of last year to become public theologian for Christianity Today, which he now serves as editor-in-chief.
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AL Baptists Work to Build Camp in Alaska, Empty Historic Church Houses New Congregation & What We Should Learn From Gen Z
There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else. Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. And, what does Gen Z need?
With a recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents. Author, speaker and a mentor to many, Rhonda Kelley was known for her vibrant spirit and dedication in serving women in the local church, in the seminary classroom, and at the state and denominational level. And, Augustine is credited as having said, “God had only one Son who never sinned, but He never had any sons who didn’t suffer.”
Celebration of New Missionaries, Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Catholic Church & Steps for Starting New Groups
62 new missionaries were commissioned last week by the International Mission Board. The celebration took place in Phoenix, Arizona. In a concerning turn of events, the situation for the Catholic community in Nicaragua has deteriorated. This year alone, nineteen priests have been forcibly expelled. And, Lifeway discipleship expert Ken Braddy offers tips on starting new groups in your local church.