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  • Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    May 31 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Judicial wordplay redefines locker room reality

    Two courts, one in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia, last week disregarded students’ pleas for privacy in public school locker rooms and restrooms. The judges avoided making any distinctions between the sexes and ruled transgender students should be allowed to use the sex-segregated facilities that affirm their gender identity.

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  • Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    May 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Delaware bill first to outlaw child marriage in U.S.

    A bill awaiting Delaware Gov. John Carney’s signature is America’s first to outlaw marriage before age 18, the latest measure in a nationwide effort to rein in child marriage. Delaware’s measure is the strictest to date. Carney is expected to sign the bill as early as this week.

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  • Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    April 25 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Pastor: School incident defused by God’s intervention

    First Baptist Church was on the frontline ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes.

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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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  • Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    April 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Posthumous conception raises ‘host of ethical issues’

    The legal and moral propriety of conceiving a child with a dead person’s egg or sperm is among the latest fronts being discussed in bioethics. In Ireland, legislation is under consideration that would permit reproductive cells from deceased individuals to be used by their spouses or partners to conceive children posthumously.

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  • Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    March 28 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists’ Youth Evangelism Conference. Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share – some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous.

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  • Tennessee may require schools to post ‘In God We Trust’

    March 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tennessee may require schools to post ‘In God We Trust’

    Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post “In God We Trust” in a “prominent location” if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state legislature this week. “Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom,” the bill’s sponsor, Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn, said in a statement.

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  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    March 23 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported March 22.

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  • Mom’s ‘aha moment’ becomes multiplying outreach ministry

    March 19 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Mom’s ‘aha moment’ becomes multiplying outreach ministry

    What does it take to reach the nations with the gospel? Ashley Unzicker discovered that a sincere commitment to ethnic diversity and a little bit of everyday evangelism can go a long way. Unzicker saw the swelling crowd of migrants nearby as an opportunity. “Oh my gosh,” she thought, “we could share the gospel right now.”

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  • Object lesson reaps rewards for hurricane relief

    March 19 2018 by Sheila Allen, Northwest Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    Object lesson reaps rewards for hurricane relief

    A hands-on Bible lesson took on a life of its own for 10-year-old Dallas Claytor. Young Dallas heard pastor Keith Evans of Pathway Church in Gresham, Ore., preach about the parable of the talents. Evans used unmarked envelopes of money to hand out to unsuspecting volunteers during the sermon in denominations of $10, $20 and $50 each. ...

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  • Mental illness, kids and how churches respond

    March 9 2018 by Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Mental illness, kids and how churches respond

    Child advocate and mental health consultant Kelly Rosati has spent her fair share of time in psychiatric hospitals. Not for herself, but visiting her kids. She and her husband adopted their children out of foster care. Three of them suffer from mental illness, be it depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

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  • Transgender teens: New study ‘no surprise,’ says ethicist

    March 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender teens: New study ‘no surprise,’ says ethicist

    A medical journal’s finding that the number of transgender teens may be three times greater than previously thought should not shock believers, says a Southern Baptist ethicist, but it should summon them to ministry. “It should come as no surprise that more teens are identifying as transgender or gender-conforming,” said Andrew Walker.

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  • Gerber baby spotlights Down syndrome abortion fight

    February 23 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gerber baby spotlights Down syndrome abortion fight

    A smiling baby with Down syndrome is making history as the Gerber “spokesbaby” just as a growing list of states are trying to criminalize the abortion of babies diagnosed with the genetic disorder in utero. In selecting a baby with Down syndrome as its 2018 spokesbaby, Gerber said 18-month-old simply beat out the other entrants.

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  • Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    February 21 2018 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD Digital | with 0 comments
    Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    An Ohio couple on Feb. 16 lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn’t want her to undergo sex-change treatment. Cincinnati-area Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the girl from her parents’ custody and turned her over to her maternal grandparents, who support the 17-year-old’s desire to identify as a boy.

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  • Florida church finding a way forward after school shooting

    February 21 2018 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Florida church finding a way forward after school shooting

    As church families gathered around the nation, many congregations prayed for those affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week. Tommy Green had asked that Southern Baptists take time during worship to pray for the families impacted by the tragedy that took the lives of 17 staff and students.

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