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  • Women’s academic society forms at Southeastern

    February 24 2017 by Harper McKay, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Women’s academic society forms at Southeastern

    Women at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern have a new opportunity for encouragement and collaboration in their academic work through the Society for Women in Scholarship. Created by students, the society’s goal is to provide a gathering place for ideas, networking, learning and leadership development among women.

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  • Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

    February 24 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

    The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding. The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to the discretion of state governments and local school districts.

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  • Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

    February 24 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Texas blocked from defunding Planned Parenthood

    Texas is the latest state to suffer a judicial setback in its effort to eliminate government funds for Planned Parenthood. Federal Judge Sam Sparks of Austin blocked enforcement of a decision by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to disqualify Planned Parenthood affiliates from participation in the state’s Medicaid program.

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  • Gene Fant Named President of North Greenville University

    February 24 2017 by NGU communications | with 0 comments
    Gene Fant Named President of North Greenville University

    The Board of Trustees of North Greenville University has elected Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., to serve as its next president. Fant, 53, has a long record of leadership in Christian higher education, most recently at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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  • Planets’ discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    February 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Planets’ discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    At least some of scientists’ enthusiasm over discovery of seven potentially habitable planets seems to reflect the misplaced hopes of a secular worldview. That is the assessment of a Union University physicist following NASA’s announcement that astronomers have detected the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets rotating around a single star.

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  • WRAP UP: CP escrowing by churches draws study

    February 23 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    WRAP UP: CP escrowing by churches draws study

    Amid continuing discussion of churches’ escrowing or withholding Cooperative Program funds, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) launched two efforts to study the issue at its Feb. 20-21 meeting. The EC also authorized its officers to study the feasibility of selling the SBC Building in downtown Nashville.

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  • ANALYSIS: Trump administration rescinds school transgender policy

    The Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a notice withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance issued by the Obama administration that affected public schools. The Trump administration disagreed that “sex” and “gender identity” should be interpreted as synonymous, and believed that the issue should be handled by states and local school districts.

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  • Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    February 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to act

    Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice. The District of Columbia’s Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline.

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  • 78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    February 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the release of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen believed to have been jailed for his Christian faith in Turkey where he had pastored more than 23 years.

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  • Pastors’ Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

    February 23 2017 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Pastors’ Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

    This year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally. This year’s conference added another first – the speakers met to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity.

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  • Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    February 22 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

    In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times because he loves her. The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior.

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  • Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    February 22 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

    The use of God’s resources will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee. “If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him,” said Page.

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  • Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    February 22 2017 by Meredith Flynn, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Illinois pro-lifers fight publicly-funded abortions bill

    Pro-life advocates in Illinois are urging lawmakers to oppose legislation that would allow the use of public money to fund abortions. Illinois House Bill 40, currently awaiting a vote by the state’s House of Representatives, would strike from state law a provision that says Illinois’ medical assistance program cannot pay for abortions.

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  • ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    February 22 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    ‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

    With secular culture increasingly marginalizing the Christian faith, believers should leave behind political battles and embrace the communal life exemplified by St. Benedict of Nursia, author Rod Dreher said. Although Christianity continues to spread in Asia and the global south, it is rapidly losing its influence in the public square in the West, said Dreher.

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  • 25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    February 22 2017 by Morning Star News, Sudan correspondent | with 0 comments
    25 church buildings in Sudan feared to be demolished

    State officials in Sudan plan to demolish at least 25 church buildings in the Khartoum area, according to Christian leaders. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for other uses, but Christian leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

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