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  • California bill already impacting religious expression

    May 10 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    California bill already impacting religious expression

    The California state legislature’s latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

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  • Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    April 11 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Therapy bans, the new battlefield

    In the last few weeks, at least four states have taken action on laws barring therapists from counseling individuals about their sexual orientation or gender identity, other than to encourage homosexuality or transgenderism. Supporters of the laws argue the bans protect people from ineffective and abusive methods.

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  • Bible study in a garage: At 83, he fills a niche

    April 2 2018 by Amanda Phifer, California Southern Baptist | with 0 comments
    Bible study in a garage: At 83, he fills a niche

    Harold Neal, 83, a retired airplane builder and bivocational pastor, as well as the caregiver for his wife of 66 years, has found “what the Lord wants me to do” in leading a Bible study in his garage for 15 years. Says Neal, matter-of-factly, “What else could I do that could please the Lord?”

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  • Kennedy: California law may present ‘undue burden’

    March 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kennedy: California law may present ‘undue burden’

    Free-speech and pro-life advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court March 20 with multiple reasons to expect the justices will strike down a California law that requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services.

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  • California pastor A.B. Vines to be 1st VP nominee

    March 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    California pastor A.B. Vines to be 1st VP nominee

    California pastor A.B. Vines will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), former SBC President Johnny Hunt announced March 13. Vines “is a close personal friend that has a deep love for our convention,” Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., said.

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  • ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    March 7 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC joins Supreme Court brief for pro-life centers

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect fully the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and three other groups signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed by the Christian Legal Society.

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  • Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    February 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Christian wedding cake baker wins California court battle

    A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker’s right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller’s freedom of speech “outweighs” the state of California’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision.

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  • California lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

    January 26 2018 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    California lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

    Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case of child abuse discovered in Riverside County to call for more oversight of parents who teach their children at home. But homeschooling advocates say policymakers need to consider one key fact: None of the organizations that track child abuse list homeschooling as a risk factor.

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  • Home by home, Burmese hear church’s gospel appeal

    January 19 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Home by home, Burmese hear church’s gospel appeal

    Thirty people made professions of faith in Jesus during Agape Myanmar Mission’s home visits for its third annual Christmas outreach. “And a lot of Burmese people hear the Good News for the first time,” pastor Silas Lian said. “Please keep praying for us ... as we ... disciple our new believers.”

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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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