Faith and Culture

Dean resigns after college blocks Chick-fil-A

March 8 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A dean has resigned from Rider University because the school used Chick-fil-A’s Christian views of LGBT lifestyles to block the restaurant from locating on campus. The Lawrenceville, N.J., university’s decision is an affront to her Christianity and violates her conscience, Cynthia Newman said.

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Planned Parenthood, allies challenge HHS pro-life rule

March 7 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Planned Parenthood and its allies are not going down without a fight to protect the tens of millions of dollars the country’s No. 1 abortion provider receives in family planning money from the federal government. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), the American Medical Association and more than 20 states are among the parties that filed lawsuits …

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Truce ends Jack Phillips’ religious liberty battle

March 7 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) and Christian cake baker Jack Phillips are ending a six-year legal battle over whether Phillips can refuse business projects that violate his religious beliefs. But the truce leaves unanswered the larger question of whether the First Amendment frees proprietors to limit their business to dealings that honor their religious beliefs …

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John Stonestreet calls Christians to engage culture

March 5 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

Author and speaker John Stonestreet challenged and encouraged Christians to engage today’s culture with clarity, conviction, confidence and courage without compromising biblical principles during a pair of keynote addresses at the 2019 N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference. Stonestreet, who serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview in Colorado Springs, Colo., told conference attendees …

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Allegations against Hybels deemed ‘credible’

March 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Allegations of sexual misconduct against former pastor Bill Hybels are credible, an independent group of ministers commissioned to investigate the claims concluded in its final report Feb. 28. Disciplinary action would be recommended were Hybels still pastoring Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC), the Willow Creek Independent Advisory Group (IAG) said in its report.

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Bill to protect abortion survivors dies in Senate

February 27 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Senate again has rejected legislation to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion, leaving most Democratic members vulnerable to charges of supporting infanticide. In a roll call Feb. 25, senators voted 53-44 to bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the floor for a vote on final passage.

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New HHS pro-life rule applauded

February 26 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Donald Trump’s administration’s new rule to eradicate family planning funds for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortions received high marks from pro-life leaders. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final regulation Feb. 24 that bars the use of Title X money “to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion …

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Business exec started his company with an open Bible

February 26 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

When Joe Greene opens his Bible, wisdom rises from years of underlining with a pen and highlighting with yellow and green markers. Through its well-worn pages, God’s Spirit shaped not only Greene’s faith but also his calling and acumen as a corporate executive. “I honestly did not know all the things in the Bible about business …

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BSC helps make churches a ‘safe place’

February 22 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

In the wake of a major investigative news report about sex abuse in Southern Baptist churches, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina is reassuring congregations across the state that assistance is available to help them protect churchgoers, respond to abuse allegations and minister to survivors.

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Church plant reaches millennials at local cineplex

February 19 2019 by Dave Arden, NAMB

A church plant that meets in one of the theaters in a cineplex may not be big news. Except when a church plant impacts so many millennials that it never plans to leave. Jeremiah Semmler and CityView Church in Phoenix have seen more than 350 people land in their theater seats and connect with the church family.

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