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  • Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    March 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty ruled no basis for transgender policy

    Religious freedom provides no legal basis to discipline transgender workers who violate workplace gender policies, a U.S. appeals court has ruled in a groundbreaking decision. The decision is the first to extend Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 to transgender individuals charging discrimination based on sexual identity.

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  • Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    March 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Faith group regains campus status after suing college

    A Christian student group dispelled from a public university for requiring chapter leaders to be Christian has been readmitted. But attorneys say the school’s change of heart is hardly adequate. Wayne State University recertified InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as an official campus student group two days after InterVarsity filed a lawsuit.

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  • Mothers headed to abortion get baby-saving compassion

    January 30 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mothers headed to abortion get baby-saving compassion

    Harvey says his infant twins likely would have been discarded by the abortion clinic, if not for James Carr standing out in the parking lot. Except for one day a week when other volunteers relieve Carr, he’s pitched his red tent across from the abortion clinic in Flint, Mich., pleading with the clinic’s clients to save their baby.

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  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    October 6 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

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  • Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    September 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    Two conflicting 2017 court rulings in cases challenging public prayer at government meetings increase the chance of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, religious liberty advocate Ken Klukowski said Sept. 7. Rowan County plans to decide in late September whether to appeal the decision.

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  • ‘I will pray for you,’ draws personnel warning

    May 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘I will pray for you,’ draws personnel warning

    A Baptist mother of two has filed religious discrimination and retaliation charges against a school system that threatened to fire her for privately telling a coworker she’d pray for him. Attorneys for Toni Richardson are awaiting a response from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding the complaint filed May 16. 

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  • Dearborn’s Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

    March 24 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Dearborn’s Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

    In Dearborn, Mich., home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary learned about praying for and sharing the gospel with local Muslims during a three-day visit to the city. The team interacted with Arab Americans who comprise at least 45 percent of Dearborn’s population.

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  • Christian funeral home owner wins bias suit

    September 2 2016 by Evan Wilt, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian funeral home owner wins bias suit

    A federal court in Michigan sided with a Christian business owner last week, ruling the family-owned funeral home did not violate federal law when it fired a male employee who decided to start dressing like a woman. Thomas Rost said allowing the male employee to interact with grieving families while dressed as a woman wouldn’t work.

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  • Is Flint a drop in the water crisis bucket?

    April 20 2016 by Evan Wilt, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Is Flint a drop in the water crisis bucket?

    Flint’s water crisis highlighted a plethora of problems at all levels of government. Lawmakers warn many other U.S. cities could face a similar crisis if they don’t fix aging drinking water systems. No one wanted to take credit for poisoning thousands of children as the outcry made national headlines.

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  • Kentucky volunteers delivering water, hope in Flint

    February 24 2016 by Mark Kelly, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Kentucky volunteers delivering water, hope in Flint

    Southern Baptists are bringing clean water and a ray of hope to residents of Flint, Mich., as that city scrambles to solve its potable water crisis. Trained disaster relief volunteers from the Kentucky Baptist Convention are working in Flint seven days a week at the invitation of Michigan emergency management officials.

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  • Flint water crisis draws Southern Baptist response

    January 28 2016 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Flint water crisis draws Southern Baptist response

    Michigan Southern Baptists distributed a truckload of bottled water last week to Flint residents whose contaminated water supply had led to the city being declared a disaster by the state and national governments. The truckload, sent from the North American Mission Board, was the second Southern Baptist Disaster Relief truck ...

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  • Michigan church start ‘moving people toward God’

    January 15 2016 by Mike Durbin, Baptist Beacon | with 0 comments
    Michigan church start ‘moving people toward God’

    In Metro Detroit, roads like Six Mile, Eight Mile, and Fourteen Mile help people know where they are in relation to the city. In similar fashion, Mile City Church – the church that Travis and his team are planting near Detroit – uses mile markers to move people toward God.

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  • Mich. Baptists elect Tim Patterson as new exec.

    May 12 2015 by Jonathan Guenther, Baptist State Convention of Michigan | with 0 comments
    Mich. Baptists elect Tim Patterson as new exec.

    Tim Patterson, a national mobilizer for the North American Mission Board and former Florida pastor, has been elected executive director-treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan (BSCM). With a 112-0 vote, the BSCM elected Patterson during a special called meeting of the convention May 9 at Cedar Street Church in Holt, Mich.

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  • 5,000 World Series packets given to fans

    October 31 2012 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5,000 World Series packets given to fans

    Volunteers from Michigan Baptist churches distributed some 5,000 packets with evangelistic materials prior to a World Series game at the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park Oct. 27. “We just thought it was a great opportunity to get the gospel in people’s hands,” said Larry Allen, pastor of Warren Woods Baptist Church in Warren.

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  • World Series gives Mich. Baptists an entrée

    October 29 2012 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    World Series gives Mich. Baptists an entrée

    Michigan Baptists used the World Series in Detroit as an opportunity to share the gospel with fans headed to the games between the Tigers and the San Francisco Giants at Comerica Park.

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