Faith and Culture

Couple prays for God’s glory in secular city

March 19 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Home of a population described by some reports as less religious than Los Angeles, Madison, Wis., has become a hub of secularism in the United States. In the middle of the city lies the University of Wisconsin where 40,000 college students navigate a campus intertwined with the state’s capital.

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Admissions bribery scam ‘missed the point of college’

March 15 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A high-profile college admissions cheating scam, evangelical pastors and educators say, should remind students and parents to trust God for their future rather than attempting to manipulate circumstances. “It’s really an idol” to equate success in life with admission to an elite college, said Mark Coppenger …

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Facebook considers whether Gateway is ‘hate group’

March 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Gateway Seminary is cooperating with Facebook to show the school is not a “hate group” in efforts to boost a post describing the Bible as the ultimate authority. Facebook refused to boost a post linking Gateway President Jeff Iorg’s March 5 blog entry entitled “Logical Progression,” which mentioned abortion, gender issues and polygamy …

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Mohler campus tour touches on gospel, social justice

March 13 2019 by SBTS Communications

R. Albert Mohler Jr. took questions for nearly two hours at the University of Southern California (USC) addressing a range of hot-button issues. The event was the third stop on the Ask Anything Tour, a series of public question-and-answer forums with Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on university campuses around the United States.

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Anti-child trafficking ministry goes national, global

March 13 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

From the National Palace in Guatemala to the Oval Office in Washington, leaders of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes have found themselves advocating for child sex trafficking victims on international and national platforms. This year, they have led a conference for Guatemalan government officials on child trafficking and were present at the White House in January …

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‘Unplanned’ shows abortion’s sin, offers redemption

March 13 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Abby Johnson was “vulnerable.” Raised in a Christian pro-life home and a church that never really talked about abortion, she believed her employer, Planned Parenthood, was “a woman’s empowerment organization.” Then she became a clinic director and saw a 13-week-old fetus flinch and fight for his fleeting life during an ultrasound-guided abortion.

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Parolee housing units become church’s mission field

March 12 2019 by Erin Roach, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Imagine a person was just released from prison and wanted to get his life on the right track, and he knew going to church needed to be part of that plan. But because of his criminal record, he was required to stay away from churches.

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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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