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  • Pew: Muslims on pace to outnumber Jews in U.S.

    January 15 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: Muslims on pace to outnumber Jews in U.S.

    Muslims will likely surpass Jews as the second largest religious group behind Christians in the U.S. by 2040, elevated by a high birth rate and immigration, the Pew Research Center said in its latest analysis. The 3.45 million Muslims here will more than double to 8.1 million by 2050.

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  • 2-year-old dies at NOBTS preschool center

    January 15 2018 by Gary Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    2-year-old dies at NOBTS preschool center

    A 2-year-old child died Jan. 11 while eating lunch at the Early Learning Center (ELC) at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The child lost consciousness after choking on food just after noon Thursday. Efforts to resuscitate the child by members of the ELC staff and EMS responders were unsuccessful.

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  • LifeWay Stores offer nationwide Bible study workshops

    January 15 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    LifeWay Stores offer nationwide Bible study workshops

    For people intent on reading the Bible more consistently in 2018, LifeWay Christian Stores will host workshops nationwide Jan. 16 for staying engaged in regular Bible study. “All our research indicates the single best thing a Christian can do to grow in faith is to regularly read the Bible,” said Michael Kelly.

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  • Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    January 15 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Healing, hope and tough decisions in Sutherland Springs

    Six-year-old Ryland Ward, the last victim hospitalized from the Sutherland Springs massacre, returned home in style Jan. 11. He rode in a crimson Wilson County fire truck driven by volunteer firefighter Rusty Duncan, who had rescued the boy from the Nov. 5 carnage.

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  • Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    January 15 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    Social media platform Twitter may be trying to reshape the online narrative by editing out conservative voices, a new undercover video released by Project Veritas alleges. The video appears to show current and former Twitter engineers explaining how they “downrank” some users and make others totally invisible if they don’t like what they are saying.

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  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    January 12 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee’s hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free. Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors.

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  • Church’s firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    January 12 2018 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Church’s firewood ministry helps families stay warm

    In the mountains of north Georgia, volunteers at Antioch Baptist Church work year-round on a unique ministry – providing firewood to those in need. During the recent cold snap when temperatures dropped to near zero some days, it’s been more important than ever.

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  • Cars are the new tiny houses in California

    January 12 2018 by Rob Holmes, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Cars are the new tiny houses in California

    Living on the streets has a new meaning in California. In a state whose cities ranked among the highest in the nation for “unsheltered” homelessness in 2017, more and more people choose to live in their cars. Surprisingly, many of the newly homeless car-dwellers have jobs.

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  • Pastoring in Alaska difficult, comes with ‘rewards’

    January 12 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastoring in Alaska difficult, comes with ‘rewards’

    Alaska is “in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ,” said Rob Scott. Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because “it’s a place that prefers function to form, and that’s a fairly good description of me too.

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  • Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    January 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 1 comments
    Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    William “Bill” L. Bennett Sr. died early Jan. 11, but many Christian leaders shaped by his mentoring ministry said his influence continues. “His contribution in Kingdom advance will not stop even though God has chosen to call Bill Bennett to glory,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasure of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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  • Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessness

    January 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessness

    An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school’s call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.

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  • High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    January 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High court permits conscience law to stand in Mississippi

    The U.S. Supreme Court has left in effect a Mississippi law that protects the religious freedom of those who object to participating in a gay marriage or sex-reassignment surgery. The justices announced Jan. 8 without comment they would not review a lower court decision that permitted the law to go into effect.

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  • Tennessee abortion measure upheld in appeals court

    January 11 2018 by Baptist and Reflector staff | with 1 comments
    Tennessee abortion measure upheld in appeals court

    A federal appeals court ruled Jan. 9 to uphold the results of a 2014 statewide vote in Tennessee that provided for stricter abortion regulations in the state. The vote will enable state legislators to enact restrictions on abortions that are already in place in neighboring states.

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  • Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at California church

    January 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at California church

    Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire. The church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains.

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  • Baltimore pregnancy center wins against city mandate

    January 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baltimore pregnancy center wins against city mandate

    A Baltimore, Md., pro-life pregnancy help center has gained another court victory over the city’s attempt to require it to communicate government-approved speech. The U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a Baltimore ordinance violated the First Amendment’s free-speech clause by mandating pro-life centers display signs saying they do not provide abortions.

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