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Michael hits Fla.: DR preps against 'compassion fatigue'ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "This year is beginning to look more like our 2017 hurricane response," said Sam Porter, national director for disaster relief with the North American Mission Board, as Hurricane Michael pressed toward the Florida Gulf Coast Oct. 9.
"The storms are simply happening a month later than they did last year," said Porter, who is coordinating with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief directors across the Southeast and NAMB's Send Relief leadership ahead of Michael's landfall.
"We've had Florence in North Carolina and South Carolina. Now three weeks later, we've ... Read More
Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urgedWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 53, in a 50-48 roll call Oct. 6 after an already bitter struggle over President Trump's nominee escalated when sexual assault allegations were made against the federal appeals court judge. The vote followed party lines in the Republican-majority chamber with one exception: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined the GOP in supporting Kavanaugh. Read More
U.N. climate change report countered by 'real data'NASHVILLE (BP) -- A United Nations report calling for "unprecedented" changes in energy use to limit climate change is unnecessarily alarmist and seems informed by a non-biblical view of human life, say a Southern Baptist climate scientist and a seminary president.
"Look at the real data," said John Christy, a former lead author for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "Remember that human life is precious. And thus providing access to [energy sources] that enhance human life is really the moral track to take here. I just wouldn't be too excited about these reports from government entities like the United Nations." Read More
Christian mother's life in hands of Pakistani courtISLAMABAD, Pakistan (BP) -- Christian mother Asia Bibi only offered a Muslim coworker a drink of water. Subsequently convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to death in 2010, Bibi awaits the result of her final court appeal heard Oct. 8.
The coworker said Bibi's Christianity made the water ceremonially unclean, setting off a chain of false accusations related to Bibi's beliefs and backed by Muslim clerics. The Supreme Court of Pakistan heard hours of testimony before deferring a ruling in the case, with no official timeline set for a decision, according to news reports. Read More
Allan Blume to retire from N.C. Biblical RecorderCARY, N.C. (BP) -- Allan Blume has announced his plans to retire as editor-president of the Biblical Recorder in May 2019 after completing eight years with the North Carolina Baptist newsjournal.
Well-known among North Carolina churches, the longtime pastor and Baptist statesman was selected for the position in 2011 after leading Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone for 16 years. He also held leadership positions with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and Southern Baptist Convention. Blume also served as pastor of Statesville Avenue Baptist Church in Charlotte for 12 years and executive pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in ... Read More