Faith and Culture

University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

August 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom. The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise …

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Bilingual discipleship leads to bilingual ministry in Calif.

August 15 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Trinity Baptist Church in Holtville sits 10 miles from the Mexican border, but this story isn’t about immigration, the need (or lack) of a wall or border ministry. It’s much bigger than that. “We do a lot of discipleship both in English and Spanish,” said Richard Moore …

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Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

August 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend …

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Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

August 14 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB

U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes “there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ.” This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith – something one could describe as a spiritual awakening – at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

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White nationalists meet gospel witness in Va., D.C.

August 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers countered the planned Unite the Right rally with worship and repentance. In Washington – where white nationalists planned a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally – police were on high alert, and Christians requested heightened prayer.

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Route 66 festival helps spark church’s ‘immediate impact’

August 10 2018 by Andrew Woodrow, Illinois Baptist

In an Illinois town proud of its Route 66 heritage, thousands gather every year to celebrate what John Steinbeck called “the Mother Road.” For more than 20 years, Edwardsville’s annual Route 66 festival at City Park has offered visitors fun, food, and classic cars. What was missing, realized church planter Rayden Hollis, was a gospel opportunity.

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University ends baby body parts program

August 9 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD

Researchers at the University of New Mexico will no longer procure, sell, or dissect aborted baby body parts, the university announced recently. The research program led for two decades by Robin Ohls, a pediatrics professor, was halted following an internal investigation.

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