Diversity of the SBC, Lifeway Campers Donation & New Legislation to Support Pregnant Women
The growing diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention was highlighted in reports given by SBC Executive Committee staff to the trustees Sept. 20 in Nashville. A missions offering given by campers this summer is making an impact on mission work in the US and around the world. Ben Mandrell, the president of Lifeway Resources, announced this week that campers gave more than $540,000 this summer at camp. And, new legislation to help support pregnant women, young mothers and their children in a post-Roe America has gained congressional introduction.
The growing diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention was highlighted in reports given by SBC Executive Committee staff to the trustees Sept. 20 in Nashville.
Charles Grant, associate vice president of African American relations and mobilization at the EC, noted that the SBC is now 22.3 percent racially and ethnically diverse, and even during the pandemic, 62 percent of new Southern Baptist church plants were racially and ethnically diverse.
Currently, there are 4,000 African, African American and Caribbean Island congregations in the SBC, 3,200 Hispanic congregations and 2,000 Asian churches.
A missions offering given by campers this summer is making an impact on mission work in the US and around the world. Ben Mandrell, the president of Lifeway Resources, announced this week that campers gave more than $540,000 this summer at camp.
Earlier this week in Nashville he presented checks to the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board on behalf of the campers.
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New legislation to help support pregnant women, young mothers and their children in a post-Roe America has gained congressional introduction.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, introduced a legislative package titled the Providing for Life Act Sept. 15 in each member’s respective house of Congress.
The legislation’s proposals include expansion of the Child Tax Credit, increased tax relief for adoptive parents, authorization of new parents to pull forward their Social Security benefits for paid parental leave, incentives for states to require fathers to pay half of a mother’s medical costs during pregnancy, protection of the rights of pregnant college students and permission for pregnancy resource centers to receive federal funding.
The legislative package followed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling in a Mississippi case that reversed Roe v. Wade, a 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. The high court’s opinion returned abortion policy to the states. Some states have outlawed most or all abortions, while others have promoted themselves as abortion destinations.
The Maryland Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a Catholic employer was lawful in denying health benefits to the spouse of a gay married employee because such unions violate church doctrine. This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced. And, from 2012-2017, the reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” told many stories of the Robertson family and their duck-call and decoy business. “The Blind,” coming to theaters Sept. 28, tells the story of Phil Robertson’s life before he became a Christian.
Hard times often are described as “going through a valley.” But Bruce Watson, pastor of First Baptist Jeanerette, La., describes life’s valleys as the place where the soil is the richest. Rudy Kebreau and Randal Lyle are bound by far more than their mutual faith and pastoral calling these days. And, maybe your church has a prayer list. But have you ever considered have a personal prayer list? In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Kie Bowman says it may help you remain faithful in prayer.
Parents Prayerwalking Schools, Churches Play Critical Role to Military Personnel & Starting Your Day With God
See You at the Pole is engaging parents in prayerwalking schools the weekends surrounding the Sept. 27 event to mobilize families in prayer. Why would a 19-year-old sailor be at church nearly every day of the week? And, many of us are very busy. We go to bed with our to-do list incomplete and wake up with a list of things to try to accomplish.