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Stephanie Dunson, right, rests her head on the shoulder of her daughter, Jesi, Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Providence Baptist Church in Beauregard, Ala. Sunday church services were a step towards normalcy as the community continues to recover following deadly tornados that hit the area last week. The Dunsons sought shelter at the church in the storm, and avoided weather that damaged their home. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
March 10, 2019 - 3:55 pm
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a church that became a center for shelter, help and grieving when a tornado killed 23 people in eastern Alabama said in his first Sunday service after the storm that the Lord has reached out his hand to the community. Imperfect things like tornadoes and other...
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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019 photo, Rusty Sowell, pastor at Providence Baptist Church, speaks to volunteers organizing donations at the church in Beauregard, Ala. Dealing with the dead became a huge task in a rural Alabama community where nearly two dozen people died in a tornado outbreak. The county coroner, Bill Harris, set up a temporary command post and performed post-mortem exams. He and Sowell then held 17 separate meetings with relatives of the 23 people who died. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
March 07, 2019 - 6:38 am
BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — With nearly two dozen people killed in a tornado outbreak that shattered a rural community in east Alabama, notifying the families of the dead was a huge, gut-wrenching task, done in the privacy of a country church. Pastor Rusty Sowell, with the county coroner behind him,...
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Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear speaks to the denomination's executive committee Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Days after a newspaper investigation revealed hundreds of sexual abuse cases by Southern Baptist ministers and lay leaders over the past two decades, Greear spoke about plans to address the problem. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
February 19, 2019 - 1:33 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders say the possibility is on the table. The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two...
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January 18, 2019 - 4:45 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of North Carolina's largest city will share the stage with Gov. Roy Cooper and others at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. service for state government employees. Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is the special guest speaker for Friday's King holiday observance at First...
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December 31, 2018 - 2:27 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, and dozens of members of the Carter family attended worship service at the church where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached. News outlets report more than 40 members of the Carter family joined the congregation for...
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December 20, 2018 - 5:58 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Southern Baptist official has been indicted in Texas on charges related to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in 1997, when he was a 25-year-old seminary student in Fort Worth. Mark Aderholt, now 47, was indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury Tuesday on a...
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President Donald Trump hands out prepackaged meals to people in cars at Temple Baptist Church in an area impacted by Hurricane Florence, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New Bern, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2018 - 2:37 pm
HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to the Carolinas to review Hurricane Florence damage (all times local): 2:30 a.m. President Donald Trump has arrived in South Carolina on the second leg of a two-state trip to survey damage caused by Hurricane Florence. Trump...
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August 31, 2018 - 7:16 am
WENTWORTH, N.C. (AP) — A Baptist pastor in North Carolina who also is the principal at a Baptist academy is accused of sex offenses with a minor. News outlets report 48-year-old Kevin Scott Heffner was arrested Wednesday on charges including statutory sex offense and disseminating obscene materials...
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Pallbearers carry the casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin into New Bethel Baptist Church Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Detroit. Franklin died Aug. 16, 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
August 30, 2018 - 1:09 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a viewing of Aretha Franklin Thursday at the church where her father preached and she started singing gospel (all times local): 12:40 p.m. With the third day of public viewing for the Queen of Soul has come a third outfit change. Mourners at New Bethel Baptist Church...
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Vice president Mike Pence speaks at the annual meeting of The Southern Baptist Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
June 13, 2018 - 3:32 pm
Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance. Pence repeatedly made clear that the SBC — the largest...
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