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August 16, 2022

Seven things you need to we go.

1. ‘About 400’ Baptist churches lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine

About 400 Ukrainian Baptist congregations have been lost in Russia’s war on Ukraine, said Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary President Yaroslav Pyzh, who is working to restore pastoral leadership to impacted cities.

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2. Inmate wants to turn Death Row into ‘Life Row’

About 200 of the inmates at the Allan B. Polunsky Unit – a Texas Department of Criminal Justice maximum-security prison near Livingston – are housed on Death Row, where prisoners typically spend 23 hours a day in a small, single-occupancy cell.

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3. California church partners with Peruvian church in multiplication efforts

An ongoing partnership between First Baptist Church Hesperia, Calif., and Morado de Dios in Lima, Peru, has been a blessing for both churches, First Baptist Pastor Richard Spring said.

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4. ERLC, others promote way for Afghans to gain permanent status

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined other evangelical Christian organizations on the occasion of the first anniversary of Afghanistan’s fall to the Taliban in calling on Congress to enable Afghans evacuated to the United States to seek permanent residency.

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5. Your Daily Joe

Your Daily Joe is a daily comics feature by Joe McKeever exclusive to Baptist Press.

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6. On this day in SBC history...

In 1990 - Baptist couple escapes from occupied Kuwait

Acting on faith that friends and family in the United States were praying for their safety, Bill and Sharon Gilbert escaped from Iraqi-controlled Kuwait in a bullet-pierced, church-owned car that had been used by fellow Southern Baptists Maurice and Laurie Graham.

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7. BP Sports Update

  • MLB: Atlanta 13, New York 1.
  • Premier League: Liverpool has a pair of draws in its first two matches. The Reds were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace yesterday after Darwin Nunez was sent off for a headbutt.

About the SBC Morning Briefing

The SBC Morning Briefing is a compilation of news and links for readers of Baptist Press and SBC Life. Jonathan Howe compiles and edits the newsletter. Howe serves as Vice President for Communications at the SBC Executive Committee.

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