Faith and Culture

High court upholds cross on public land

June 21 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 20 a 40-foot cross on public land that serves as a memorial to World War I soldiers does not defy the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion. In a 7-2 decision, the justices reversed the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion that a Latin cross …

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Resolutions contend for vulnerable, gospel

June 14 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention advocated for the vulnerable against abortion, sexual abuse and religious persecution in approving 13 resolutions June 12. The resolutions also addressed a variety of other noteworthy issues in the convention and the world, including local church autonomy, same-sex attraction, justice, women in the military draft and gene editing.

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‘Caring Well Challenge’ on abuse launched

June 7 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist effort to address sexual abuse in churches has taken another step with the launch of the “Caring Well Challenge,” a joint call for congregations to become equipped to prevent predatory behavior and to care for survivors. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and the Sexual Abuse Advisory Study announced the cost-free initiative June 6.

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Texas sues San Antonio for Chick-fil-A decision docs

June 5 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the San Antonio City Council June 3 for public records involved in the council’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concessions contract. The council excluded the chain in March expressly because of behavior Councilman Roberto Treviño described as “anti-LGBTQ,” based on Chick-fil-A’s financial donations to nonprofits …

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‘Ride to Clyde’ raises record $77K for BCH

May 28 2019 by Mike Creswell, BSC Contributing Writer

Cheering children and visitors waved excitedly as they welcomed more than 100 motorcyclists who thundered triumphantly onto the grounds of Broyhill Home in Clyde on May 11 to deliver a record $77,674.88 for the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH). It was a crowning conclusion for the fourth annual Ride to Clyde …

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Sexual abuse perceptions studied by LifeWay Research

May 22 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Research

Many Southern Baptist churchgoers believe still more revelations of sexual abuse and misconduct by pastors and other church staff will be exposed, but few know of specific individuals in their church whose misconduct is still hidden, according to a new study from LifeWay Research.

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House passes expansive LGBT bill

May 20 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. House of Representatives approved May 17 an expansive gay and transgender rights bill that opponents warn would devastatingly undermine freedom of religion, conscience and speech, as well as protections for women, girls and unborn children. The Democratic-controlled House voted 236-173 for the Equality Act, H.R. 5, marking the first time a bill …

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‘Save Chick-fil-A’ agenda has chance in Texas Senate

May 16 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A religious liberty effort dubbed the “Save Chick-fil-A” agenda is still alive in the Texas Senate after two House bills failed to thrive. The legislation is designed to prevent discrimination based on a person’s religious beliefs and conscience, including biblically based views of marriage. Texas Values dubbed the bills the “Save Chick-fil-A” agenda …

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Animated gay wedding sparks protest

May 16 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A petition protesting a same-sex wedding in the animated PBS children’s show “Arthur” garnered thousands of signatures in its first day online. Meanwhile, Ken Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry, said the gay wedding depiction illustrates “you can’t trust what your kids may watch on PBS.”

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Panel addresses common myths about abortion

May 13 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

As part of this year’s 4,000 Steps Experience, Human Coalition hosted a panel discussion about abortion April 27 at Imago Dei Church (IDC) in Raleigh. The annual event features training for pro-life advocates and celebrates Human Coalition’s fundraising efforts. Seth Brown, content editor of the Biblical Recorder and a pastor at IDC …

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