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  • 7 black churches burned in 10 days

    July 2 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    7 black churches burned in 10 days

    Fires at seven black churches within the past 10 days have fueled discussions of racial hatred, as the first occurred within a week of the June 17 massacre of nine black Christians by a white supremacist at a Charleston church. Arson had been confirmed in three of the fires as of July 1 but none had been deemed hate crimes.

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  • After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

    July 2 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

    With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus to issues like alleged workplace, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Some have proposed stripping churches of their tax-exempt status and legalizing polygamous marriage. With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus …

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  • FBC Sylva honors former pastor John Bunn in Sunday service

    July 2 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 1 comments
    FBC Sylva honors former pastor John Bunn in Sunday service

    John Thomas Bunn, 88, died in his home on June 25. His life was celebrated as a regular service at First Baptist Church of Sylva. The former pastor and town mayor did not want a lot of attention so Pastor Jeff Mathis preached from the floor, leaving the pulpit “empty in his honor …

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  • Majority of Americans say U.S. special to God

    July 2 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Majority of Americans say U.S. special to God

    In a nation founded on religious liberty, most Americans believe God has a special relationship with the United States, and they’re optimistic the best is yet to come. Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing …

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  • Connect 316 meets, honors Jerry Vines

    July 2 2015 by Norm Miller, Louisiana College Communications | with 0 comments
    Connect 316 meets, honors Jerry Vines

    Celebrating the “traditional Southern Baptist understanding of God’s plan of salvation,” Connect 316 executive director Rick Patrick said the group will “stand in our own stream and gladly fish for the souls of men” during the C316 dinner in Columbus, Ohio.

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  • Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states

    July 1 2015 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Pro-life laws stymied by courts in 4 states

    Pro-life regulations in several states have been stymied. Affected are a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to higher medical standards; a North Carolina law requiring doctors to show pregnant ultrasound images before performing an abortion; a Kansas law banning dismemberment abortions; and an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on “webcam” abortions.

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