Faith and Culture

Reconsider Roe v. Wade, brief urges Supreme Court

November 27 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and allies have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion. A spotlight on Roe could come in the Supreme Court’s review of a lower court opinion nullifying a state law that bars discrimination against certain classes of unborn children …

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Christmas display returns after court win

November 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian family will resurrect their elaborate neighborhood Christmas display after winning a legal battle against an Idaho homeowners group. Jeremy R. Morris is preparing an even larger production than the 200,000 lights, living nativity, biblical character actors, carolers, live animals and Santa Claus that he last displayed at Christmas 2016 at his family’s home in Hayden, Idaho …

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Professor fights pronoun mandate

November 19 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD

A Shawnee State University philosophy professor filed a lawsuit against the Portsmouth, Ohio, school on Nov. 5 for disciplining him because he insisted on using the courtesy title that corresponded to a student’s biological sex. Nicholas Meriwether, a 22-year tenured faculty member, uses courtesy titles like “Mr.” and “Miss” with students’ last names in his classes.

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UC Berkeley leader slammed over biblical gender views

November 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian student leader is facing backlash and censure after abstaining from a pro-transgender vote and citing a biblical standard of two genders in her defense. A University of California at Berkeley LGBT group is petitioning for Sen. Isabella Chow’s resignation from student government; her political party, Student Action, has dropped ties to her …

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Chapmans, Gettys, Platt join expanded EFL

November 15 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist-sponsored Evangelicals for Life 2019 (EFL) has expanded its schedule and added two leading couples from the modern Christian music world and a well-known preacher/author to the program. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and David Platt will appear at the fourth annual EFL conference …

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NFL’s Watson aids life through Psalm 139

November 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies. Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project …

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Faith, technology, innovation explored at conference

November 14 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

In the future, could a machine lead a human to faith in Christ? Actually, it’s already been done, said data scientist Daniel Whitenack. At Faith Leads Tech, a conference hosted Nov. 9 at LifeWay Christian Resources’ corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Whitenack described a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to tell people about Jesus.

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Q&A: Loritts on racism, ethnicity and being an ‘insider-outsider’

November 12 2018 by Maina Mwaura, Special to the Recorder

Bryan Loritts is the son of a well-known evangelical preacher, Crawford Loritts, and has himself become a popular speaker and author in evangelical circles. He is the lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in the Silicon Valley area of California and president of The Kainos Movement …

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Vote splits Congress; judicial outlook called hopeful

November 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Voters returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party Nov. 6, but seemed to have strengthened the Republican Party’s hold on the Senate and on its ability to confirm conservative Supreme Court justices and federal judges. Meanwhile, at least two Southern Baptists appear to have won first-time seats in Congress …

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Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

November 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6. Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court.

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