Faith and Culture

Feds find Vt. hospital violated conscience rights

August 30 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A Vermont medical center has violated federal law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion and has 30 days to declare its intention to correct its policies, the Trump administration announced Aug. 28. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disclosed it had issued a notice …

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‘Billy Graham rule’ & religious liberty

August 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Southern Baptist deacon and law enforcement officer is suing his former employer for religious discrimination, claiming he was fired because he refused to spend long hours alone with a female deputy he had been assigned to train. The plaintiff Manuel Torres does not mention in the lawsuit the late evangelist Billy Graham …

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Faith-based film ‘Overcomer’ opens in Top 5

August 27 2019 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

The faith-based film “Overcomer” earned an A+ CinemaScore grade from moviegoers and opened in the Top 5 over the weekend, marking the fourth straight time a movie from filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick has debuted that high. Overcomer grossed $8.14 million, landing it in third place behind “Angel Has Fallen” ($21.3 million) and “Good Boys” …

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Arguments heard over gay pride T-shirts case

August 27 2019 by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today

A Kentucky print shop owner’s decision to not make gay pride T-shirts in 2012 because it went against his religious beliefs was argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court on Aug. 23. Blaine Adamson, the owner of Hands-On Originals in Lexington, declined to print the shirt based on his First Amendment rights.

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High court urged to rectify religious freedom ruling

August 26 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity has joined other religious organizations in urging the Supreme Court to reconsider a nearly 30-year-old decision they say subverted the free exercise of religion. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and five other groups are asking in a friend-of-the-court brief for the justices to accept an appeal …

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Video-gaming duo break world record to ‘hype’ Jesus

August 19 2019 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway & Art Toalston, Baptist Press

By playing video games for 662 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds during a 30-day period, Joshua and Daniel Greening have become world record holders. Joshua, 20, and Daniel, 17, are on the Twitch video gaming platform where they host the channel, 'TheWay_TV.'

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Court cases continue for 4 Christian business owners

August 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

At least four Christian business owners continue to fight for their religious liberty in years-long court battles. Kentucky T-shirt printer Blaine Adamson, Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips and Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein are fighting for their right to reject business projects that violate their freedom of conscience.

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Picking up the pieces in El Paso

August 13 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Beverly Engle snapped a photo of the El Paso Walmart as she and her husband David walked in Aug. 3 to grab some vitamin water. She meant to post it on Facebook to say it was the Southern Baptist couple’s last stop on the way home to Arkansas after ministering to migrants at a center …

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Church models low-cost, replicable homeless ministry

August 13 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Any church can do this, pastor Rolland Slade told Baptist Press (BP). On a vacant lot at Slade’s senior pastorate Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., a tiny cabin is being built as an emergency, secure shelter for homeless women and children. “All that we were doing before was growing tumbleweeds …

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Kendricks on ‘Overcomer’: One saved ‘better than 10’ Oscars

August 12 2019 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Alex and Stephen Kendrick have enjoyed box-office success that few filmmakers ever will experience. Their movies “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011) both opened in the Top 4. Their 2015 movie “War Room” climbed to No. 1 in America on its second weekend. They’ve been interviewed by big-city newspapers and broadcast networks.

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