Faith and Culture

Supreme Court case: more TV nudity, profanity?

January 11 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 10 in its most significant broadcast indecency case since 1978, and conservative groups are warning the justices that if the television networks win, profanity and nudity will flood TV broadcasts.

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Study links TV profanity, teen aggression

January 11 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Teens exposed to profanity in television and video games are more likely to use profanity and also to exhibit physically aggressive behavior, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

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EVOLUTION: LifeWay survey shows pastors are split on earth’s age

January 10 2012 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pastors overwhelmingly believe that God did not use evolution to create humans and think Adam and Eve were literal people, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

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Planned Parenthood abortions dip below previous years

January 10 2012 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Planned Parenthood, the country’s leading abortion provider, finally saw a decline in the number of lethal procedures its affiliates performed in a year, according to its latest annual report.

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Tebow answers critics with big playoff win

January 9 2012 by Tim Ellsworth, BP Sports

After three straight losses and speculation from analysts that his days as the Denver Broncos’ starting quarterback were near an end, Tim Tebow answered his critics decisively in a 29-23 playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Jan. 8.

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7 arrested in N.Y. protesting church ban

January 9 2012 by Tiffany Owens, World News Service

Police arrested New York City councilman and pastor Fernando Cabrera, a fellow pastor and five others Jan. 5 on charges of “criminal trespassing.” Their alleged trespass was kneeling and singing two hymns outside the doors of the New York City Law Department.

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N.C. Baptist Foundation helps Baptists invest in Kingdom work

January 4 2012 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Making a will is not a priority for most Baptists, said Clay Warf, executive director of the North Carolina Baptist Foundation (NCBF). When it comes to wills, many people often think they don’t have a lot of material resources that would impact others, or they struggle with procrastination.

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Crisis pregnancy care helps mothers choose life for babies

January 3 2012 by Baptist Press

A tiny hand seemed to wave at everyone in the room on a small TV screen inside a watermelon-slice-shaped window. Then a face of the same black-and-white image became visible.

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The prosperity gospel – ‘pagan teaching with a Christian face,’ prof says

December 29 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

A dangerous “egocentric gospel” that omits Jesus, neglects the cross, and instead promises health and wealth is being promoted by some of America’s most well-known preachers today, and their teachings are readily available on cable TV and in local bookstores.

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Dolly scientist: abandon embryonic stem cell research

December 29 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

The scientist who led the team that cloned Dolly the sheep has urged fellow researchers to forego embryonic stem cell research – which he says is fraught with practical problems – and pursue more promising types of research.

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