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Matthew Ministry provides free clothing for the needy

Jul. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — For nearly 20 years, one Corbin woman has faithfully helped to clothe the community, volunteering countless hours of service. Cheryl Robinson spends much of her time in a small old house on the corner of Fourth and Poplar Streets, across from Central Baptist Church in Corbin. If you...

Soup kitchens serve hungry in Minot

Jul. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — There's a need in Minot that is being met on a daily basis by dedicated volunteers. Several churches in the city host soup kitchens, utilizing donations from businesses and individuals. The passionate effort is carried out by different denominations working alongside each other for a...

North Carolina pastor accused of sex acts with 13-year-old

Jul. 10, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) — A pastor at a North Carolina church is accused of engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. Johnston County Sheriff's officers charged 61-year-old Stephen Arthur Morris on Friday with statutory rape/sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Jeff...

Norman's Etowah Baptist Church celebrates centennial year

Jul. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — After 100 years, Etowah Baptist Church is still standing with 60 active members and upcoming celebrations around the corner. The church building was built in June 1919 and, 100 years later, Rev. Paul Bettis said it's almost unrecognizable, but he added it will always be the small...

Pastor called to lead his father's church back 'home'

Jun. 27, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Calbert R. Brantley was just 5 when he read his father's sermons aloud, pretending to preach the Gospel to the faithful crowds. At 7, he promised God he would someday become a preacher. "I forgot about what I said, but he reminded me around age 18 or 19," Brantley said with a hearty...

Police say vandals wrote 'Satan rules!' on a NC church

Jun. 24, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

MARSHALL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina authorities say they caught two people vandalizing a Baptist church with caricatures of the devil and the phrase "Satan rules!" Officials with the Madison County Sheriff's Office arrested Gavin Martin Beaudet and Kamia Dae Reed last week in a small town about 15 miles...

Cracker Barrel bars church event over LGBT execution remarks

Jun. 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cracker Barrel said it won't host an event by a Tennessee church whose pastor was a detective who preached that the government should execute gay people. The restaurant chain said Tuesday on Twitter that it's not affiliated with All Scripture Baptist Church or its pastor, ex-Knox...

Ex-pastor in Texas accused of sexually abusing teen relative

Jun. 16, 2019 4:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse, accused of repeatedly molesting a teenage relative over the course of two years. Stephen Bratton is accused of subjecting the relative...

Southern Baptist leader bemoans abuse crisis, vows action

Jun. 13, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his denomination and outlined an array of steps to address it. "We are broken-hearted and angry," said the Rev. J.D. Greear as...

Southern Baptists combat sex abuse as critics rally

Jun. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination, said the...