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North Korea releases American detainee

October 23 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

American citizen, Jeffrey Fowle, who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio. He was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release…

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Facebook & Apple cover workers’ egg freezing

October 23 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Facebook and Apple have announced they will pay for female employees to freeze their eggs – a move The New York Times said “could be seen as paying women to put off childbearing.” This development paired with a rise in the single population may indicate that America has wandered further from biblical sexual morality.

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Supreme Court reopens Texas abortion clinics

October 22 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN

A lawsuit challenging abortion regulations in Texas is being fast-tracked through the appeals process and most likely will go to the U.S. Supreme Court, with attorneys for both sides navigating uncharted legal waters. As Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey is bandied in the appeals process, Texas abortion clinics have …

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Floyd: Stand up for Houston pastors

October 21 2014 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

Ronnie Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the “I Stand Sunday” simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being issued subpoenas by the city’s attorney to turn over sermons …

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Houston sermon subpoenas unite Baptists

October 20 2014 by Tom Strode & Bonnie Pritchett, Baptist Press

The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom – that the government should not subpoena sermons.

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Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

October 17 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist Texan/Baptist Press

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’s protections based on sexual orientation.

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Marriage ‘non-decision’ draws Roe comparison

October 17 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Appearing on C-SPAN Oct. 14, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said the justices’ decision not to review lower-court invalidations of state laws banning gay marriage “was essentially an under-the-radar Roe versus Wade for marriage.” Roe v. Wade was the high court’s 1973 opinion that …

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Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

October 16 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion on behalf of the pastors seeking to halt the subpoenas.

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‘Theology of marriage’ needed, Moore says

October 15 2014 by Gary D. Myers and Frank Michael McCormack, Baptist Press

Christians must hold fast to both conviction and kindness as they share the gospel in a culture that is increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, Russell D. Moore said during a luncheon at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on the church, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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Black pastors engaged in IMB mission

October 15 2014 by Emily Easttom, IMB/Baptist Press

In August, five African-American pastors were challenged by the International Mission Board to embark on a journey to Tanzania to take the gospel to an unengaged, unreached people group like the Vidunda. On the trip, nearly 10 people came to Christ.

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