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Arguments on TX abortion regulations bill heard | Baptist Press

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — In what could be a precedent-setting case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey, Jan. 7, part of the ongoing legal challenges contesting the 2013 Texas … Continue reading

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America awaits justices’ action on same-sex marriage | Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) — The wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce it is ready to provide a verdict on same-sex marriage may be near an end. Then again, it may not. The justices are scheduled to meet in a … Continue reading

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Survey: most churchgoers won’t skip church for football | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team, a LifeWay Research study shows. But a few die-hard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game. About 1 in … Continue reading

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MISSIONS: How God is at work in Abidjan | Baptist Press

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ivory Coast was the country of focus for the 2014 International Mission Study by Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). Find resources to support the study at wmu.com/IMS and imb.org/ims. ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (BP)– As I pored over news stories … Continue reading

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Small, rural church gives 30% through CP | Baptist Press

ALMYRA, Ark. (BP) — Some might say trusting God comes easily for the farming families who make up the majority of the members of Almyra First Baptist Church. They watch rice emerge from flooded fields, soybeans grow in carefully weeded … Continue reading

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Porn ‘damages & degrades’ relationships | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — A new study concluding that pornography use leads to decreased enjoyment of sexual intimacy for men illustrates “the detrimental effect” obscene images have on “a male’s sexual health,” a leader of Southern Baptists’ anti-pornography campaign told Baptist … Continue reading

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Huckabee ends TV show, weighing presidential bid | Baptist Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) — Former Arkansas governor and Baptist pastor Mike Huckabee ended his Fox News TV show Jan. 3 in view of a possible run for the White House in 2016. Huckabee finished second in 2008 to Sen. … Continue reading

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Blasphemy charges still shackle Egyptian convert | Baptist Press

ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) — A noted convert in Egypt who was sentenced to five years in prison for documenting attacks on Christians has won a partial victory on appeal but remains in jail on prior blasphemy charges. An appeals judge … Continue reading

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MISSIONS: Why we go | Baptist Press

SOUTH ASIA (BP) — Six years ago, I ventured to India. This fall I returned. Nearly four years had passed. A lot had changed. A lot had stayed the same. The city where I served two years had grown. New … Continue reading

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FIRST-PERSON: The aroma of CHRISTmas | Baptist Press

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) — What’s the best Christmas scent? Is it cinnamon? Pine? Nutmeg? No, it’s much better than those! The “aroma of Christ” is something every Christian spreads like a sweet perfume. Read carefully: “But thanks be to God, … Continue reading

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States embrace religious liberty, spiritual awakening | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — Still alarmed by subpoenas of sermons and correspondence for pastors who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, resolutions on religious liberty and free speech were passed in more than a dozen state Baptist convention meetings this fall. … Continue reading

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Race relations panelists: Learn ‘each other’s story’ | Baptist Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) — Four decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, a diverse group of pastors gathered at the historic Lorraine Hotel — now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum — to discuss the … Continue reading

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U.S.-Cuba diplomacy sparks hope & wariness | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — President Obama’s opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba may fuel an already-vibrant evangelistic movement there, or it may fuel a repressive regime, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said in voicing divergent opinions to Baptist Press. “Our prayer … Continue reading

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Midwestern, filmmaker partner for Spurgeon documentary | Baptist Press

KANSAS, Mo. (BP) — A new documentary on the life and legacy of 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, set for release today (Dec. 18), prominently features two Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary leaders and the Kansas City-based school’s Charles H. … Continue reading

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Day of Service: NAMB gives back to community | Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — The phrase “Whatever it takes” is one of the North American Mission Board’s operating values. Staff members are reminded that the mission agency exists to serve Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches. Giving back to the … Continue reading

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Midwestern celebrates graduation, honors professor | Baptist Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its 56th commencement exercises on Dec. 12. The event was highlighted by seminary president Jason Allen’s keynote address and the honoring of longtime faculty member Jim Anderson. Speaking to 59 … Continue reading

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McDonald’s, Starbucks resist porn-free WiFi campaign | Baptist Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) — Despite nearly 25,000 supporters, a public campaign asking McDonald’s and Starbucks to install anti-pornography filters on their in-store free WiFi networks has so far been unsuccessful. The “Porn Free WiFi” campaign, organized by the Internet safety … Continue reading

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Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists’ defense | Baptist Press

ATLANTA (BP) — Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical … Continue reading

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Floyd calls Baptists to racially reconcile | Baptist Press

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) — Southern Baptist pastor Terry Turner has a newspaper clipping from the early 1900s telling of a family member taken from jail by a mob of southern whites and lynched, never tried or convicted of a crime. … Continue reading

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‘Exodus’ movie posts lackluster earnings | Baptist Press

NASHVILLE (BP) — Though it finished atop the box office its opening weekend, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” posted lackluster earnings and garnered mixed reviews from Christian critics. Released Dec. 12 by Twentieth Century Fox, “Exodus” grossed $24.5 million … Continue reading

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