Faith and Culture

AZ defunding of P. Parenthood continues trend

May 14 2012 by Baptist Press

Arizona has become the latest state to bar funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law May 4 legislation that prohibits state family planning money from going to organizations that perform abortions.

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Vanderbilt BCM to decline registered status

May 14 2012 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist & Reflector

Even though Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) was approved as a recognized student organization on the campus of Vanderbilt University, the BCM will decline that status. Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC), informed members of the TBC Executive Board of the decision to not accept the recognized status in a letter e-mailed to them May 7.

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Anti-religion campus policies targeted by ADF

May 14 2012 by Leigh Jones, Baptist Press

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has launched a nationwide campaign to convince state universities and colleges to change policies that restrict students’ First Amendment rights. Its strategy starts with persuasion but could culminate in lawsuits.

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U.S. split on homosexual behavior as sin

May 11 2012 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Americans are split on whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and many do not appreciate if a church teaches it is sinful, according to a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research.

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Franklin Graham responds to Obama’s same-sex marriage support

May 10 2012 by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s statement in support of same-sex marriage: “On Tuesday my state of North Carolina became the 31st state to approve a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between a man and a woman....”

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Obama first president to support gay ‘marriage’

May 10 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

President Obama Wednesday became the first sitting U.S. president to support gay “marriage” publicly, an announcement that was surprising perhaps only in its timing and one that could impact the general election.

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Land issues 5-part apology; NAAF pres. awaits trustee action

May 10 2012 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

A five-part apology for “injudicious comments” was released May 9 by Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), regarding the Trayvon Martin killing.

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Andy Stanley’s stance on homosexuality questioned

May 3 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Megachurch pastor Andy Stanley is being criticized for a recent sermon illustration involving a gay couple in which Stanley labeled adultery, but not homosexuality, a sin.

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Golfer, author shares devotionals, near-death experience

April 26 2012 by Roman Gabriel, Sports Q&A

Professional golfer and instructor Meredith Kirk shares about the game she loves, death and her devotional book. Meredith Kirk is a wife and mom of three, and is an accomplished Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) golfer and certified golf instructor operating out of the golf mecca of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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Young ‘Millennials’ losing faith in record numbers

April 25 2012 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

A growing tide of young Americans is drifting away from the religions of their childhood – and most of them are ending up in no religion at all.

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