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  • Mississippi religious freedom bill struck down

    July 5 2016 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mississippi religious freedom bill struck down

    A bill that would have safeguarded the religious liberty of individuals and organizations who refuse to participate in same-sex weddings or gender identity transitions was struck down by a U.S. district judge, hours before the bill was slated to take effect. The injunction took effect immediately and will become permanent if upheld on appeal.

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  • Texas school district votes to arm teachers

    January 4 2016 by Kiley Crossland, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Texas school district votes to arm teachers

    A small Texas school district voted in December to arm teachers to help prevent a mass shooting attack. The Keene Independent School District Board of Trustees voted 6-1 to approve a “school marshal” policy allowing the district to provide select staff members with weapons and permission to carry them on school property.

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  • Falwell’s remarks about guns, 'Muslims' spark debate

    December 8 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 2 comments
    Falwell’s remarks about guns, 'Muslims' spark debate

    It was a volatile spark for the nation’s gun control debate: Jerry Falwell Jr. revealed he carries a concealed weapon, and urged students (age 21 and up) to do the same at Liberty University, where he is president. Falwell referenced “Muslims” and the terrorist attack that left 14 people dead …

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  • Caner’s departure addressed, trustee resigns

    February 4 2015 by Joe Westbury, The Christian Index | with 1 comments
    Caner’s departure addressed, trustee resigns

    Brewton-Parker College trustee chairman Gary Campbell is the third high-profile figure to leave the college’s leadership team in the past two weeks. Before announcing his own resignation, Campbell took several minutes to “set the record straight concerning speculation regarding recent leadership changes at Brewton-Parker College.”

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  • Crime scenes provide ministry opportunity

    January 29 2015 by Marilyn Stewart, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Crime scenes provide ministry opportunity

    Gun violence in New Orleans’ quiet neighborhood once was rare, but after four shootings rocked Gentilly Baptist Church in a year’s time, pastor Ken Taylor decided something had to change. Taylor’s commitment came in the wake of a church family grieving the loss of two teenage sons whose deaths occurred mere months apart…

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  • Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president

    January 20 2015 by Brewton-Parker College | with 0 comments
    Ergun Caner steps down as Brewton-Parker president

    Brewton-Parker College president, Ergun Caner, is stepping down as their sixteenth president. Immediately after the outgoing president read his resignation, chairman of the trustee board, Gary Campbell, called the board into executive session and dismissed all non-board members. After approximately 45 minutes in executive session, the board…

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  • Gungor called to apologize by Ham

    August 14 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press/Biblical Recorder | with 0 comments
     Gungor called to apologize by Ham

    Dove-Award winning artist Michael Gungor needs to apologize for his blogposts criticizing theologians for believing in the literal interpretation of the book of Genesis and its account of Noah’s Ark, creationist Ken Ham told Baptist Press. Ham said Gungor’s statements are damaging to the growth of God’s kingdom.

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  • Pastor laments tweets prior to youth’s suicide

    August 13 2014 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor laments tweets prior to youth’s suicide

    A spokesman for the family of Ergun Caner, whose son took his life July 29, said they are encouraged over a statement of repentance by a Montana pastor who has faced criticism for several exchanges with the youth via Twitter.

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  • Media attention puts spotlight on guns, Jesus

    March 19 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Media attention puts spotlight on guns, Jesus

    An evangelism strategy that involves giving away guns to attract unchurched men to wild game dinners has drawn criticism from gun control advocates in an array of national media outlets this month, including TIME, USA Today, MSNBC, Fox News and the Huffington Post.

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  • Gunman fires shots in Missouri worship service

    July 23 2013 by Brian Koonce, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    A man is in custody after witnesses say he opened fire during a July 21 worship service at First Baptist Church in Norwood, Mo. Worshippers tackled him before anyone was shot.

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  • Shooters in churches: Guidebook counsels ‘run, hide, or fight’

    July 18 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    The federal government has released a guidebook to help churches respond to shooters and other on-site emergencies as part of President Obama’s executive actions to fight gun violence.

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  • ‘Sheepdog’ sessions prep churches for violence

    July 18 2013 by Michelle Tyer, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Sheepdog’ sessions prep churches for violence

    Churches have long been considered safe havens for worship but, with 433 people killed on church property since 1999, they have become more dangerous than schools.

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  • Feds release first guidelines for confronting a church shooter

    June 19 2013 by Lauren Markhoe, Religion News Service | with 0 comments

    For the first time, the federal government has issued written guidelines for houses of worship that are confronted with a homicidal gunman.

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  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center launches FaithHealthNC

    February 26 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center launches FaithHealthNC

    Gary Gunderson believes strongly in the power of the local church to affect the health of the individual. “Medical science has noticed that over a life span, people who have a faith community – not just a faith, but a faith community, a local congregation – it is as healthy for that person as smoking is unhealthy,” he said.

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  • Guns: ‘Packing heat in church’ increasingly allowed in U.S.

    February 12 2013 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments

    As gun control takes high priority on Capitol Hill, state legislatures increasingly are allowing concealed guns in our most sacred place, the church, either for personal protection or for worshippers designated as church security personnel.

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