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  • Alabama lawmaker wants to nix marriage licenses

    March 28 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Alabama lawmaker wants to nix marriage licenses

    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 | with 0 comments
    Volunteers needed for Crossover

    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 | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide bills faring poorly in 2017

    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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  • Canada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients

    March 28 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Canada harvesting the organs of euthanasia patients

    A recent push in Canada to encourage euthanasia patients to donate their organs appears to be working. In Ontario, the first province to report data, 26 people who died by lethal injection decided to donate tissue or organs since the Medical Aid in Dying Act came into effect last June.

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  • Year after Pakistan Easter bombing, suffering lingers

    March 28 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Year after Pakistan Easter bombing, suffering lingers

    Families are still struggling a year after a suicide bomber killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds others in an attack targeting Christians at Easter in Lahore, Pakistan, International Christian Concern noted. “The Easter day bombing left me alone,” Tariq, a bombing survivor who was injured and lost his brother in the blast.

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  • Friends, foes debate Gorsuch; Democrats to filibuster

    March 27 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Friends, foes debate Gorsuch; Democrats to filibuster

    Proponents and opponents voiced their opinions of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the final day of his hearing. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, said he would vote against Gorsuch and lead a filibuster effort to prevent the judge’s confirmation.

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  • Student sues school over girl in boys’ locker room

    March 27 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Student sues school over girl in boys’ locker room

    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 | with 0 comments
    SWBTS launches Center for Early Christian Studies

    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 | with 0 comments
    Court hears ACLU challenge to Kentucky ultrasound law

    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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  • Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    March 27 2017 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    Richard Eckler has helped construct more than 120 accessibility ramps since 2014 for homes in Elbert County, Ga., as part of Elberton First Baptist Church’s ramp building team. People need the ramps for different reasons. Whatever the case, a basic set of steps out their front door becomes a danger.

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  • Princeton Seminary reverses decision to honor Keller

    March 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Princeton Seminary reverses decision to honor Keller

    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 | with 0 comments
    Dearborn’s Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

    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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  • ‘Jumping genes’ further debunk evolution

    March 24 2017 by Julie Borg | with 0 comments
    ‘Jumping genes’ further debunk evolution

    A discovery by Swiss scientists assigns a purpose to previously misunderstood portions of human DNA and evidences the work of complex, precise design in the universe. Within the human body are millions of mysterious little pieces of genetic material called jumping genes. For a long time, scientists considered these little hoppers to be useless bits of junk DNA.

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  • Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    March 24 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Africa drought victims ‘family’ to Kentucky volunteer

    Residents of drought-stricken Lesotho, Africa, became like family to 64-year-old Karen Smith of Shepherdsville, Ky., the first time she took them food. “You go with expectations of doing a job and it quickly becomes more than a job. It becomes personal,” Smith, volunteer feeding coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, said.

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  • What’s driving Muslim refugees to Christianity?

    March 24 2017 by Julia A. Seymour | with 0 comments
    What’s driving Muslim refugees to Christianity?

    Hundreds of Muslim refugees have converted to Christianity across Europe in recent years but motives vary. In Austria, the rolls of Catholic churches swelled with Muslim immigrants, leading to new guidelines for baptism to ensure sincere faith. Churches in Lebanon, Germany and England also report growing numbers of Muslim refugee converts.

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