Faith and Culture

11 states sue White House over transgender directive

May 27 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Eleven states and two school districts filed a lawsuit May 25 challenging President Barack Obama’s directive demanding all federally funded schools apply a controversial interpretation of Title IX requiring schools to define a student’s sexual identity based not on biological traits, but on feelings.

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South Carolina joins 13 states banning abortion at 20 weeks

May 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill banning most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy, joining 13 other states where such limitations currently stand. Haley signed the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act May 25 after the Legislature sent it to her desk a week earlier.

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All need religious liberty, Baptist, others contend

May 26 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious leaders with widely diverse views called for freedom for all faith groups, not just their own, in a May 23 panel discussion sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, Mormon and Muslim representatives explained why their faith perspectives support universal religious freedom.

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Baptists praise Methodist reversal on abortion

May 25 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist leaders hailed the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) reversal of its support for abortion rights at its latest conference – a step taken by the Southern Baptist Convention decades before. Delegates to the UMC’s General Conference, held every four years, voted to remove the denomination’s entities from an abortion rights coalition it helped found …

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Same-sex marriage advocates work to oust small-town judge

May 24 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, World News Service

In what could be the nation’s first religious litmus test for holding a judicial post, the Wyoming Supreme Court is being asked to dismiss a small-town municipal court judge because of her biblical views about marriage. Attorneys for Judge Ruth Neely, along with a growing list of supporters, argue the efforts of an unelected state commission …

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Zika threat prompts abortion discussion

May 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

With the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing in April that Zika infection during pregnancy can cause “microcephaly and other severe brain defects” in unborn babies, some abortion rights advocates, including members of Congress, have suggested broadening access to abortion among Zika-infected women.

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BSC Board approves alignment with strategy

May 20 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The board of directors of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) approved three motions at its May meeting aimed at aligning the structure of the board with the convention’s strategic emphasis on disciple-making. The motions adopted by the board included:

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Nurturing theological connections in the Americas

May 20 2016 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Billy and Debbie Hurst’s first missionary assignment was to Guatemala in 1998 where they served two years, followed by placements in Costa Rica and Mexico. Then, in 2014, the Lord brought them back to Guatemala. The couple is part of the International Mission Board’s theological education connector team for the American peoples ...

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Hobbyist's auto restorations nurture young men

May 20 2016 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index

For seven long days Baptist Collegiate Ministries students, working under the watchful eye of John Albrycht, restored a 1974 Volkswagen Super Beetle and won Best in Class at the Classics in the Country Car Show in Watkinsville, Ga. The like-new VW will be sold to raise money for SendMeNow missions …

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J.D. Greear Q&A for SBC president

May 19 2016 by Baptist Press

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, one of three pastors to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions Baptist Press posed to each candidate. Greear’s nomination was announced March 2 by Jimmy Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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