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Bill to slash slavery gains quickly in Senate

March 4 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A new effort to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide has quickly gained momentum in Congress. The legislation, S. 553, would establish a centralized effort to thwart trafficking and slavery at a time when an estimated 27 million people are enslaved globally. It would create a Washington, D.C., non-profit foundation ...

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Evangelism urgent, seminary presidents say

March 3 2015 by Charissa Crotts, SBTS Communications

American culture sees evangelism based on the the gospel as a threat, said two Southern Baptist seminary presidents in a Feb. 10 panel discussion at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The school hosted the panel with President R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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SBC presidents send open letter to Obama

March 2 2015 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press

In an open letter, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd, along with the support and signatures of 16 former SBC presidents, called on President Barack Obama to “take the necessary actions now” against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists. The open letter comes in the wake of numerous reports ...

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Survey: 81% for religious freedom on marriage views

February 27 2015 by Staff, National Religious Broadcasters

Contrary to the “inevitability” narrative most Americans have accepted of same-sex marriage, a new survey released Feb. 24 finds broad support for traditional marriage and protection of those who hold such views. The survey found that 81 percent of Americans agree that government should “leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage ...

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ERLC joins brief at 8th Circuit defending marriage

February 25 2015 by Baptist Press

A state law that restricts marriage to a man and a woman does not express hostility toward same-sex couples, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and four other religious organizations say in a new brief filed with a federal appeals court. Marriage is important, Russell Moore said, “because marriage is ...

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Southern Baptists seek racial diversity - but will it work?

February 24 2015 by Heidi Hall, Religion News Service

About 100 Nashville-area evangelical leaders accepted invitations to a lunch hosted by the denomination’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC). On the agenda: a pitch for a spring summit and a short discussion by ERLC President Russell Moore about the need for churches to become more racially diverse.

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Immigration ruling: ‘beyond mere enforcement’

February 24 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Obama administration has appealed a federal judge’s ruling blocking implementation of a program that would potentially grant “legal presence” to some 4 million undocumented immigrants. The administration also asked a federal court to stay the ruling. Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College, noted the Obama administration’s “selective enforcement of immigration policies.”

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New Kendrick Brothers film focuses on prayer

February 23 2015 by Baptist Press staff

Kendrick Brothers Productions, the makers of the successful movies “Courageous” and “Fireproof,” have announced the Aug. 28 release of their latest film “War Room,” which will illustrate the power of prayer.The film will feature Priscilla Shirer in a leading role, and promises an appearance from Beth Moore.

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Court rules against florist for refusing gay wedding

February 20 2015 by Baptist Press staff

The Alliance Defending Freedom will appeal a Washington state judge’s ruling against a 70-year-old Christian florist and grandmother who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding. According to the judge, Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., violated a gay couple’s constitutional rights and state laws ...

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‘Fifty Shades’ casts shadow over Valentine’s weekend

February 19 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Record-breaking sales for the R-rated film “Fifty Shades of Grey” on its opening weekend should grieve Christians and encourage pastors to persevere in promoting God’s Word, Southern Baptists said. The movie based on the best-selling book trilogy broke the box office record by more than 50 percent for Valentine’s Day …

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