Faith and Culture

‘Gosnell’ helps uncover ‘horrors of abortion’

October 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A trio of forthcoming movies hailed by pro-life activists – led by “Gosnell” opening Oct. 12 – could influence Americans’ thinking on abortion, critics say. Christians “have been behind the curve, and we’re just now starting to realize the importance” of promoting the sanctity of unborn life through film, Christian filmmaker and media consultant Phil Cooke told Baptist Press.

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Human dignity addressed by ERLC in Capitol Hill event

October 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Human dignity, as a biblical doctrine, should shape how Christians view the unborn, elderly and refugees as well as religious liberty, sexual assault and civil discourse, Southern Baptist ethics leaders told a gathering on Capitol Hill. The expansiveness of human dignity was set forth Oct. 2 by staff members of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission …

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Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

October 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities …

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ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

October 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute …

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Jerry Brown veto sparks pro-life gratitude, relief

October 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-lifers in California and across the country are celebrating a surprising win delivered by the state’s pro-abortion rights governor, Jerry Brown. Brown vetoed a bill Sept. 30 that would have required the state’s public universities to provide abortion drugs for students by Jan. 1, 2022.

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U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

October 1 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

NeighborHealth Center, a new faith-based community health center in Raleigh, N.C., opened its doors in June to offer primary care and other medical services to local residents, especially those from low-income, refugee and immigrant population “[God] cares for these people,” said Doug Briggs. “Communicating that love to them through our medical work is our chief motivation.”

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Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger

While the foster care needs in Oklahoma remain great, Oklahoma Baptists are finding creative ways to minister and meet the needs of foster families. One such example comes from southeast Oklahoma, in LeFlore Association, where the Foster Family Retreat at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly took place, July 28-29.

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Women, babies to benefit from ERLC gift to clinic

September 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The placement of a new ultrasound machine at Liberty Women’s Clinic by a Southern Baptist entity means this to Carol Graham – more women will have the information needed to choose life for their unborn babies. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced Monday night (Sept. 24) the placement through its Psalm 139 Project …

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‘More than ever’ global school prayer event critical

September 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Prayer is needed now in schools more than ever, organizers of an annual prayer event said as the initiative marks its 28th year Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. in schools globally. See You at the Pole (SYATP), drawing an estimated 1 million students in prayer on school grounds, is expanding its influence this year by teaming with Claim Your Campus …

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