AGs Warning to Pharmacies, Daytime Bible Program & IMB Trustees Appoint Missionaries
Attorneys general in 20 states warned CVS and Walgreens last week they will violate the law if they sell abortion pills through the mail. Harvest Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania is one of the latest congregations partnering with local elementary schools to host a “Bible2School” program designed to teach children about the Bible and the Gospel during the school day. And, IMB President Paul Chitwood says the biggest problem in the world is lostness. “The world’s great problem, lostness, is a greater problem today than ever before — literally a greater problem today than it was yesterday,” he said.
Attorneys general in 20 states warned CVS and Walgreens last week they will violate the law if they sell abortion pills through the mail.
CVS and Walgreens, the country’s largest pharmacy chains, announced they would carry and dispense the abortion pill after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changed its rules in early January to permit its sale by retail pharmacies. Mifepristone is the first drug in a two-step process commonly referred to as medical or chemical abortion.
In their letters to the companies, the attorneys general rejected a December opinion by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) can legally deliver abortion drugs. Federal law, however, “expressly prohibits using the mail to send or receive any drug that will ‘be used or applied for producing abortion,’” they said.
The letter from the attorneys general to CVS and Walgreens came a week after Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., led more than 40 members of Congress in writing U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to denounce the DOJ’s memorandum. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) joined a dozen other pro-life organizations in endorsing the congressional letter.
Harvest Church in Kittanning, Pennsylvania is one of the latest congregations partnering with local elementary schools to host a “Bible2School” program designed to teach children about the Bible and the Gospel during the school day.
Each Wednesday, volunteers from Harvest bus nearly 50 kids from West Hills Primary School to the church campus during the students’ consecutive lunch and recess periods.
The hour-long program includes a large group teaching time while the students eat lunch, a small group time featuring crafts and a lesson review as well as a closing time of worship complete with memory verses.
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IMB President Paul Chitwood says the biggest problem in the world is lostness.
“The world’s great problem, lostness, is a greater problem today than ever before — literally a greater problem today than it was yesterday,” he said. “As much as it depends on us, we cannot let Southern Baptists remain unaware of the magnitude of this problem nor of the unprecedented opportunities that we have to address this problem with God’s solution, which is the Gospel.”
Chitwood calls on believes to step forward with financial generosity and for church to mobilize to take the gospel to those who’ve never heard.
He spoke at a recent IMB meeting where more than 45 fully-funded missionaries were commissioned to be sent around the globe.
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U.S. lawmakers decry lack of religious freedom in UK, Church hit by vandalism sees support & 16 Leadership lessons
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FDA’s Position on Abortion Pill, Federal Proposal Burdening Faith Groups & Awaiting Jesus’ Return
The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) is asking fellow Southern Baptists to join them in Anaheim and consider taking the next step. A May 6 gas explosion devastated the historic Saratoga Hotel in Old Havana, Cuba, and also rained destruction on nearby Calvary Baptist Church. Remember the words of Isaiah 55:9: God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours.