Faith and Culture

North Carolina ministries combine foster and adoption efforts

July 19 2019 by Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes Communications

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and Christian Adoption Services (CAS) have agreed to partner together to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families throughout the state. “This is an exciting day for us and the children and families we serve,” says BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell.

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Title X abortion rule remains amid legal challenge

July 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other pro-life leaders have commended a federal appeals court’s latest action to permit the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule to remain in effect while it undergoes a legal challenge. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 7-4 decision July 11 …

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N.M. Baptists continue to aid migrants

July 5 2019 by Daniel Porter, Baptist New Mexican

Serving asylum-seeking migrants is as simple as “a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name” says Frieda Adams, a former 20-year veteran Southern Baptist missionary and current coordinator for medical personnel in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County. Adams is one of many Baptists in New Mexico providing humanitarian assistance to asylum-seeking migrants vetted and released …

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Last abortion clinic in Missouri gets Aug. 1 reprieve

July 2 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The battle to shutter a final abortion clinic in Missouri will continue at least until Aug. 1, according to a state commission’s ruling June 28, acting on a federal judge’s ruling a week earlier. Missouri could become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic since 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision …

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Southern Baptists respond to border crisis

June 28 2019 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN

While state and national officials craft responses to the humanitarian crisis along the Mexico border, Southern Baptist entities – including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) and the North American Mission Board (NAMB) – are actively engaged in addressing the migrant influx. “The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before …

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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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