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Clinton, Trump spar over race, personal ethics

September 28 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Race relations, personal ethics and terrorism were among the topics discussed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in their first head-to-head presidential debate. The 90-minute event included no mention of abortion, same-sex marriage, transgenderism or religious liberty by either candidate and no specific mention of radical Islam during the discussion of terrorism.

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IRS chief admits regret for targeting scandal response

September 28 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service

IRS commissioner John Koskinen admitted he regrets some of his actions during the investigation into his agency’s targeting of conservative groups. “The truth is that we did not succeed in preserving all of the information requested, and some of my testimony later proved mistaken,” Koskinen said. “I regret both of those failings.”

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Education consortium reaches 90 nations in 30 years

September 28 2016 by Trennis Henderson, Ouachita Baptist University

Entering the Consortium for Global Education’s 30th year, participants from across the nation and around the world gathered at Ouachita Baptist University for the organization’s annual meeting. The consortium supports the development and programs of international education between member Baptist colleges and universities and partner institutions of higher education overseas, especially in restricted countries.

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Evangelical leaders gather for ‘solemn assembly’

September 27 2016 by Marc Ira Hooks, Collin Baptist Association

Some of the nation’s most recognizable evangelical leaders are rolling out a three-pronged plan designed to call Christians, across denominational and racial lines, to a new age of spiritual awakening. Nearly a dozen pastors and teachers stood shoulder to shoulder in Dallas for The Gathering 2016 at GateWay Church.

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Stop raunchy Kraft Heinz ads, moms’ group urges

September 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Two television commercials using graphic and raunchy sexual innuendo to sell frozen food dinners are inappropriate for family viewing and should be discontinued, One Million Moms is urging the Kraft Heinz Company. In protesting the Devour microwave meal ads, Monica Cole said Kraft Heinz has gone too far and likely will lose loyal, conservative customers.

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Navy to train sailors on transgender acceptance

September 27 2016 by Michael Cochrane, WORLD News Service

The U.S. Navy has announced its plan for training all personnel on the Pentagon’s new policy allowing transgender service members to serve openly. The announcement, delivered by Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, outlines the service’s strategy to prepare both senior leaders and rank-and-file sailors for the changes, according to Military.com.

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Contempt of Congress sought for fetal tissue firm

September 26 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A possible contempt of Congress holding against a fetal tissue procurement business that has worked with Planned Parenthood is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into the apparent trade in aborted baby parts. The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives voted for a resolution recommending that the chamber find StemExpress in contempt of Congress.

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Gateway move increased assets, streamlined staff

September 26 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Thanks to the move of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention’s main campus to Southern California, the seminary has more financial assets and an employee structure more focused on theological education. That’s the report Gateway President Jeff Iorg delivered to the SBC Executive Committee Sept. 20 in Nashville.

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New Baptist Covenant extols racial justice

September 26 2016 by Mark Kelly & David Roach, Baptist Press

A theologically and ethnically diverse coalition of Baptists gathered around the theme of racial justice and reconciliation at the New Baptist Covenant Summit Sept. 14-16 convened by former President Jimmy Carter. The group’s dwindling attendance led the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) to wonder about the coalition’s future prospects for survival.

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Platt to EC: Seemingly dead man arose

September 23 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

What appeared to local believers to be a physical resurrection from the dead among an unengaged, unreached people group in Southeast Asia has opened a door for gospel witness and highlighted what International Mission Board President David Platt called “God’s power to supernaturally save sinners.”

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