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Target’s bathroom fix falls short, boycotters say

August 23 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Target’s $20 million plan to add single-stall bathrooms in its U.S. stores does not fix its policy allowing bathroom and dressing room use based on gender identity. Details of the plan came the same day Target released its second quarter earnings report showing a 7.2 percent drop in sales.

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Youth weeks emphasize living on mission

August 23 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

God’s mission is all encompassing. It involves everyone and everything. It happens every day and everywhere. Students learned about those truths and how they apply to their lives all summer long during the summer youth weeks held at the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell located on Oak Island.

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Proposed bill limits referrals to Baptist Children’s Homes

August 22 2016 by BR staff

Under the proposed Family First Act, funding for placing boys and girls in residential care organizations like BCH would essentially be eliminated. “Every child’s situation is unique and each child needs every option available so they can be referred to the place best equipped to care for him or her,” Blake Ragsdale explained.

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New study on pastors and same-sex weddings

August 19 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research

More than 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide last year. But for preachers, being asked to do a same-sex wedding remains rare. A new survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 11 percent of Protestant senior pastors have been asked to perform a same-sex wedding.

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Wholeness, healing for women goal of drama ministry

August 19 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A ministry leader receives a troubling diagnosis. A preteen is abused by a grown man her mother had introduced as an uncle. These female characters expressing pain are among more than 20 personalities presented in original monologues of Morgan Avery McCoy. McCoy offers the love of Christ as the answer to challenges women face.

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Marine’s religious liberty claim denied

August 17 2016 by Michael Cochrane, WORLD News Service

In a decision likely to influence how the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to military service members, the military’s highest court upheld the conviction of a U.S. Marine court-martialed for disobeying an order to remove three Bible passages she posted around her workplace.

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GuideStone restructures to become more efficient

August 17 2016 by Timothy E. Head, GuideStone Financial Resources

GuideStone Financial Resources has restructured its workforce as part of its effort to implement new ways to become more efficient. The restructuring dovetails GuideStone’s update to its long-range plan, GuideStone 100, and flows from the 2015 theme “Year of Efficiency,” when the Southern Baptist Convention entity sought new efficiencies in people, processes and policies.

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Amid Louisiana flooding, social media conveys hope

August 16 2016 by NAMB, Baptist Message & Baptist Press staff

Sermons by social media became a means of disaster response amid record rainfall and flooding across south Louisiana. David Denton, pastor of Highland Baptist Church in New Iberia, used Facebook to speak to church members after Sunday services were cancelled. “Help with cleanup, and exercise caution in doing so,” Denton told church members.

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Christian club wins free speech fight at N.C. State

August 16 2016 by Molly Hulsey, WORLD News Service

In 2015, North Carolina State University reintroduced the renovated Talley Student Union as a place to share ideas and advocate for campus clubs. But administrators welcomed some beliefs more than others, according to campus ministry Grace Christian Life. The group sued, and finally convinced the school to alter its free speech policy.

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NOBTS to launch interactive Ph.D. program

August 15 2016 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

A new doctor of philosophy delivery system at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary opens the research-based degree to non-residential students while upholding high academic standards and fostering a vibrant learning community. The new approach allows the seminary to offer seminars and colloquia to Ph.D. students via synchronous interactive video regardless of where they live.

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