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May 10, 2017

Sunday booze bill said to 'disrespect churches'

May 9, 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor
North Carolina’s Christian Action League is calling church leaders to sign a letter of opposition to a bill that would allow cities and counties to roll back prohibitions against Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 10 a.m.

Q&A: Laurie talks Crossover, Billy Graham & WWIII

May 9, 2017 by Brian Hobbs, Baptist Messenger
The Baptist Messenger recently sat down with renowned evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie, who has been holding Harvest crusades, which are large-scale evangelistic outreach events ... READ MORE

She Reads Truth Bible arrives with flurry for B&H

May 8, 2017 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources
A boom in Bible sales wasn’t in the projections. The She Reads Truth Bible was a key factor in lifting the B&H Publishing Group to more Bible sales in three weeks than it expected to sell in ... READ MORE

Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizing

May 8, 2017 by Scott McConnell, LifeWay Research
Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the U.S. Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. READ MORE

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Catch up on the news, and don't forget Mother's Day

Many of us will hear references to a familiar proverb in this week’s Sunday service:

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

It’s an oft-quoted sentence from Proverbs 31, and it’s fitting on Mother’s Day, as it calls us to give thanks for the godly women in our lives. Don’t forget to express your love and appreciation to the ladies who pass on sincere faith from one generation to another, like Timothy’s beloved grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice, noted in 2 Timothy 1:5.

If a wave of anxiety is now washing over you because you’ve just come to the realization that you forgot the holiday and don’t have a gift for your mother or wife, do not fret. We have news that can help you.

One of the stories coming out of Nashville this week tells of a new Christian Standard Bible produced by B&H Publishing in conjunction with She Reads Truth, a digital women’s ministry collaborative. It’s called the She Reads Truth Bible. Read more about it here, and consider buying one as a Mother’s Day gift for a special lady in your life.

You can also give to the Mother's Day Offering, a vital resource for Wake Forest Baptist Health. I hope you've been following along for the May 7-14 week of prayer. Visit mothersdayoffering.org to find out more.

In other news, LifeWay Research published survey results that suggest an overwhelming majority of Americans think it’s inappropriate for pastors to endorse political candidates during a church service. President Donald Trump issued an executive order May 4 that directs executive agencies, including the IRS, to allow maximum leeway for people and organizations to engage in political and religious speech. The president’s action came as a gesture to his campaign promise to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a law which threatens to revoke non-profit status from churches and other religious institutions if they openly engage in political action (such as endorsements).

Look for news about the Christian Action League’s (CAL) call to church leaders to oppose a bill that would, among other things, allow cities and counties to roll back prohibitions against Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 10 a.m. Mark Creech, CAL executive director, said the so-called “Brunch Bill” represents “tacit disrespect for churches.”

There’s more news to tell, so browse the rest of the weekly e-newsletter and check in often at BRnow.org to stay up-to-date so you can best minister in your community, in your state and around the world.

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