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  • Professor fights pronoun mandate

    November 19 2018 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD | with 0 comments
    Professor fights pronoun mandate

    A Shawnee State University philosophy professor filed a lawsuit against the Portsmouth, Ohio, school on Nov. 5 for disciplining him because he insisted on using the courtesy title that corresponded to a student’s biological sex. Nicholas Meriwether, a 22-year tenured faculty member, uses courtesy titles like “Mr.” and “Miss” with students’ last names in his classes.

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  • ‘Yes to God’ urged in Southwestern revival meetings

    October 31 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    ‘Yes to God’ urged in Southwestern revival meetings

    “Lord, I need You. I need Your grace, Your forgiveness, Your love, and Your reviving power.” “Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, I want to say YES to You in every category of my life.” “Lord, help me prioritize Your kingdom vision, Your Great Commission; and help me love others boldly, just as You have loved me.”

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  • Candi Finch confirms termination by SWBTS

    October 22 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Candi Finch confirms termination by SWBTS

    Candi Finch, a former professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS), confirmed via Twitter she was terminated by the seminary’s trustees Oct. 17. “Yesterday the @swbts trustees voted to fire me,” Finch tweeted Oct. 18. “Tough day but I trust in God. It has been a great privilege to serve at swbts for over 15 years …

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  • Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

    October 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

    A Christian apologetics group will be able to display pro-life and other messages freely at a state university, the result of a settlement reached through Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Ratio Christi, a registered student organization at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., gained the right in a settlement ADF announced Oct. 18.

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  • Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    October 18 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Atlanta accepts $1.2M settlement with Kelvin Cochran

    The Atlanta city council has agreed to a $1.2 million settlement with former fire chief Kelvin Cochran over his January 2015 termination for his views about marriage and sexuality. The city council voted 11-3 after an executive session Oct. 15 during which city attorneys recommended a settlement and legal fees negotiated with the religious liberty organization …

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  • ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

    October 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC, BGEA back coach in appeal to Supreme Court

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court decision they contend violates the First Amendment rights of public school teachers and coaches. The court has twice rescheduled a conference to consider whether to accept the appeal, according to First Liberty Institute …

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  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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  • Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU | with 0 comments
    Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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  • Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    September 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    First Baptist Church of Havelock, N.C., recently celebrated the ministry of Don and Sara Hadley at the close of his 45 years as their pastor. The Aug. 25 celebration drew 200 church members, community leaders and friends to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

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  • McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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  • S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    August 30 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

    A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center. Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston, S.C., because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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  • Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

    After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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  • Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    August 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Again: Colorado says cake artist Jack Phillips broke law

    Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June. This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina’s transition from a male to female identity.

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  • Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    August 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Administration gains high marks on religious liberty

    The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom. The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise …

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