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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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  • 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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  • California again approves abortion pill reversal class

    January 5 2018 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California again approves abortion pill reversal class

    The California Board of Registered Nursing has given a green light – for the third time – to a class teaching nurses how to reverse drug-induced abortions. The board’s decision, coming just months after it decided to cut the class, surprised leaders of Heartbeat International, the Ohio-based nonprofit organization that offers the continuing education credit.

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  • Marijuana’s ‘human toll’ anticipated in California

    January 3 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Marijuana’s ‘human toll’ anticipated in California

    As legal recreational marijuana sales began in California Jan. 1, Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg bemoaned the increased “human toll” the drug is likely to have on America’s most populous state. “It’s another step in the wrong direction for a culture bent on self-medication as a solution to personal struggles,” Iorg said.

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  • Sierra Baptist splits firewood to build God’s kingdom

    December 29 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sierra Baptist splits firewood to build God’s kingdom

    Beetles attacking 150-foot ponderosa pines in the heavily-forested Sierra Nevada mountains provide a ministry opportunity for Sierra Baptist Church, where Eugene “Gene” Overstreet has been pastor for 22 years. Downed trees that had died in a matter of weeks from a drought-induced bark beetle infestation caught the eyes of Sierra Baptist men, who saw the potential for ministry.

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  • Wave of homelessness crashes over West Coast

    December 29 2017 by Rob Holmes, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Wave of homelessness crashes over West Coast

    Crowded encampments have sprung up along transportation corridors, rivers and sidewalks up and down the West Coast following a surge in homelessness, according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released this month.

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  • California churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    December 7 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    California churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press. The Thomas fire in Ventura, the largest, is threatening churches in the Gold Coast Baptist Association that are included in mandatory evacuation zones.

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  • Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    November 15 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Court to rule on mandate on pregnancy centers

    Pro-life pregnancy care centers have gained a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court in their bid to be free from promoting abortion. The high court announced Nov. 13 it would rule on a 2015 California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere.

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  • California pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

    November 9 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

    Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Los Angeles will not be forced to promote abortion after a state trial judge last week halted enforcement of California’s Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act. “The FACT Act compels speech, and regulates content,” Riverside County Superior Court Judge Gloria Trask said in her ruling.

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  • California embraces gender identity laws

    October 27 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California embraces gender identity laws

    The California legislature was a battleground for gender identity issues this year. Four landmark gender bills passed the state Senate and Assembly by the time the session ended Sep. 15, and California Gov. Jerry Brown signed all four this month.

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  • Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    October 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

    California Gov. Jerry Brown approved a bill Oct. 15 that adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who opt to be considered “nonbinary.” Brown also vetoed a measure that threatened religious liberty.

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  • CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    October 18 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

    As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps “the greatest tragedy” the state “has ever faced,” Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work Oct. 17. Meanwhile, the former main campus of Gateway Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., was being used to shelter both evacuees and out-of-town fire crews …

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  • California wildfires rage, churches ‘jumping into action’

    October 11 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    California wildfires rage, churches ‘jumping into action’

    Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work. The death toll is expected to rise, and more than 100 people have been reported missing.

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  • California scraps abortion pill reversal class for nurses

    September 22 2017 by Samantha Gobba, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California scraps abortion pill reversal class for nurses

    Nurses don’t need to learn about a procedure used to counteract the effects of an abortion-inducing drug, according to the California Board of Registered Nursing. Just over a month after approving an “abortion pill reversal” class, the board issued a demand letter claiming the class isn’t “relevant to the practice of nursing.”

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  • Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    September 12 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Western wildfires have Baptists poised for action

    With wildfires in the western United States having consumed a cumulative area larger than the state of Maryland, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units are preparing for ministry. Nine western states – California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming – have experienced fires this year that have consumed more than 8 million total acres.

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