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Alabama lawmaker wants to nix marriage licenses

March 28 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service

Alabama is considering a law that would abolish marriage licenses in the state. The proposed bill amends Alabama law to remove any requirement that couples obtain marriage licenses or have marriage ceremonies. The law would protect the religious liberty of probate judges and clergy who have objections to signing same-sex marriage licenses.

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Volunteers needed for Crossover

March 28 2017 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

The goal of this year’s Crossover is to “Engage Phoenix with the Gospel” through a partnership with Harvest America. North American Mission Board and Arizona Southern Baptist Convention leaders are praying for more than 5,000 salvation decisions through this summer’s Crossover activities prior to the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

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Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

March 28 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Bills that would legalize assisted suicide have failed to advance in eight of 24 states considering them this year, with pro-life victories in Hawaii and New Mexico drawing media focus. No state has passed assisted-suicide legislation thus far in 2017.

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Student sues school over girl in boys’ locker room

March 27 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service

A high school junior is suing his Boyertown, Pa., school district after administrators told him he could either “tolerate” having a biological female share his locker room or withdraw and be homeschooled. The lawsuit calls on the district to rescind its secretly implemented policy granting transgender students access to the private facilities of their choice.

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SWBTS launches Center for Early Christian Studies

March 27 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched a new center dedicated to the study of the ancient church – the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies. A new website, special lectures, patristic reading groups, regular graduate and postgraduate seminars and a group of faculty and students dedicated to researching the early church are all features of the new initiative.

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Court hears ACLU challenge to Kentucky ultrasound law

March 27 2017 by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today

A federal judge didn’t immediately rule after hearing arguments seeking a temporary restraining order against Kentucky’s new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and hear a description of the images. After the day-long hearing, David Hale gave attorneys additional time to file supplemental briefs before rendering his decision.

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Princeton Seminary reverses decision to honor Keller

March 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Princeton Seminary had announced New York pastor Tim Keller as the recipient of its Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness, a $10,000 award. But in a March 22 letter to the seminary community, President Craig Barnes said the decision had been reversed.

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Dearborn’s Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

March 24 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

In Dearborn, Mich., home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary learned about praying for and sharing the gospel with local Muslims during a three-day visit to the city. The team interacted with Arab Americans who comprise at least 45 percent of Dearborn’s population.

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IMB study to examine entity trustee fluctuations

March 23 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

While the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Nominations met March 16-17 in Nashville to discuss potential members of boards and standing committees, a subcommittee of the International Mission Board was embarking on a study of trustee representation from states and territories with decreasing numbers of Southern Baptists.

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Gorsuch defends religious liberty ruling in hearings

March 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court answered questions about his role in supporting the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Gorsuch responded to questions about the religious liberty case during 10 hours of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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