ERLC Academy provides equipping on ethics

May 26 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pastors, seminary students, Bible teachers, ministry leaders and writers were among those who gathered in Nashville for a crash course in Christian ethics. Participants testified they came away better prepared to address the difficult issues of the day. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission sponsored its ERLC Academy for the third consecutive year.

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Texas governor signs bill to ‘shield’ pastors’ sermons

May 25 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation May 21 that prohibits Texas government agencies from subpoenaing the sermons of religious leaders. In a ceremony choreographed to highlight the bill’s benefactors Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick signed the bill surrounded by Houston area clergy during the worship service at Grace Church, Woodlands, Texas.

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Tennessee passes viability test for abortions after 20 weeks

May 25 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill May 12 that requires abortionists to evaluate unborn babies for their ability to live outside the womb after 20 weeks’ gestation. The new law bans abortions on unborn babies shown to be viable and requires medical opinions from two abortionists.

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‘Miracle man’ Stewart continues ministry after accident

May 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A two-hour “Holy Ghost revival” was in progress in Jimmy Stewart’s office not long after he returned to work at the Alaska Baptist Convention earlier this year. A small group of ministers and friends were praising God for answering their prayers and healing Stewart from a July, 2016, gas leak explosion at his rural Alaskan cabin.

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Iorg challenges graduates to ‘be expert witnesses’

May 25 2017 by Katherine Chute, Gateway Seminary

Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg told students graduating from the seminary’s Los Angeles-area campus May 20 that their primary role in God’s kingdom is to be witnesses to the gospel. “Tell your story and watch how God transforms those around you,” he said. “Be expert witnesses.”

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PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo’s redesign

May 24 2017 by Roger S. Oldham, Baptist Press

Calling on the Southern Baptist PrayerLink leadership team to “fan into flame a passionate pursuit of God in prayer,” Chris Schofield opened the group’s winter meeting as PrayerLink’s first executive director. “The Lord is not through with what we began years ago,” said Schofield.

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American views of shame, guilt studied

May 24 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May 23 shows. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2016.

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Tennessee sued over spousal definitions

May 24 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service

Four married lesbian couples in Tennessee are fighting a new state law they say denies their parental rights. The couples, each expecting a baby this year, filed a lawsuit last week against a law mandating that undefined words in state statutes be interpreted to have “natural and ordinary” meanings.

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Trump’s Israel trip sparks ‘revival of encouragement’

May 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

President Trump’s visit to Israel this week drew praise from some Southern Baptists and led some of them to renew calls for moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. During Trump’s May 22-23 visit to Israel, he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

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John Piper to Boyce grads: Embrace life of self-denial

May 23 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

College graduates must reject a life of ease, comfort and material possessions, and embrace the cross-bearing challenges of the Christian life, John Piper said at the commencement of Boyce College. Piper is the first person from outside the Southern Seminary community to give the commencement address at a Boyce College graduation.

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