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Survey: Race relations better, long way to go

December 17 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Race relations in America are better than they used to be. And most Americans see diversity as a good thing, a new LifeWay Research study shows. But there’s still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

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Jolie defends ‘universal’ depiction of faith in ‘Unbroken’

December 12 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

Director Angelina Jolie defended her decision to portray a “universal” faith in her upcoming film “Unbroken,” saying she took her cues from the evangelical World War II hero whose harrowing tale is the basis of her film. In the best-selling book by Laura Hillenbrand of the same name, Louis Zamperini’s story reaches its climax when…

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Fayetteville, Ark., LGBT law repealed

December 11 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Voters in a Northwest Arkansas city have overturned a pro-homosexual/transgender ordinance that many claimed posed a threat to religious liberty. In a special election Dec. 9, residents of Fayetteville approved repeal of the measure by fewer than 500 votes, with 52 percent (7,523) of voters in favor of repeal and 48 percent (7,040) opposed.

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Survey: Church remains key part of Christmas

December 10 2014 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay/Baptist Press

Most Americans believe Christmas goes better with a visit to church, religious Christmas songs in public school concerts and more focus on Jesus, a LifeWay Research survey shows. “Christmas traditions that have nothing to do with the Christian faith continue to multiply. Still, most Americans want more of Jesus in their Christmas rather than less.”

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Mental illness headlines stir pastors to help

December 10 2014 by Staff of LifeWay Christian Resources

Evangelical leaders are increasingly speaking out about mental health issues. Many have begun to open up about their own bouts with depression or a family member’s illness. Last month, The New York Times ran a front page story about pastors breaking the longtime silence around mental illness.

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Pro-life, pro-choice groups agree in pregnancy case

December 8 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The justices struggled with the meaning of a federal law barring discrimination against pregnant workers during oral arguments Dec. 3 in a case that has united representatives of both sides of the abortion debate. Several organizations urged the justices in various friend-of-the-court briefs to find that United Parcel Service UPS violated a 1978 law, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

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Satanist display in Fla. capitol ‘offensive’

December 8 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Satanist holiday display scheduled for exhibition this Christmas in the Florida state capitol rotunda is a “spiritual danger” that “could literally cost someone their eternal soul,” a Southern Baptist pastor who was involved in Satanism before his conversion told Baptist Press.

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Fla. pastor fatally shot, two others killed

December 8 2014 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Witness/Baptist Press

On Thursday afternoon, police responded to a shooting at Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Fla. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered Pastor Tripp Battle, 31, had been fatally shot. While investigating the shooting at the church, deputies learned of other victims at a residence in Bradenton.

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Black, white Southern Baptists react to grand jury decision

December 5 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Black and white Southern Baptists reacted with grief following a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of a New York City man despite a widely viewed video of the incident.

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Americans share views on marriage, church & state roles

December 3 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

About half of Americans are ready for separation of church and state when it comes to weddings, a LifeWay Research survey shows. Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, said Americans disagree about the meaning of marriage. Researchers asked 2,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant senior pastors about their views on…

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