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  • Political divides in church focus of new study

    August 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Political divides in church focus of new study

    America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23). More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views.

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  • SBC, church’s role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

    June 25 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    SBC, church’s role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year’s 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas. Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of …

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  • Study: Skip endorsements in church, say most Americans

    September 9 2016 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: Skip endorsements in church, say most Americans

    Since the 1950s, the IRS has banned preachers from endorsing candidates during church services. According to a new study, most Americans seem to like it that way. Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, says there’s little enthusiasm for political endorsement by pastors or churches.

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  • Talking about politics, God focus of new study

    August 4 2016 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Talking about politics, God focus of new study

    Politics trumps God for most Americans when it comes to conversations with their friends. Six in 10 Americans are more comfortable talking about politics than their spiritual beliefs. And most say they aren’t interested in having more spiritual conversations. By contrast, evangelical Christians prefer talking about God over politics by a 2-to-1 margin.

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  • Moore agrees with Trump: He is ‘nasty,’ and he needs the gospel

    Russell Moore has finally found agreement with one of Donald Trump’s insulting tweets. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, responded in television interviews May 9 to a Twitter comment that called him a “terrible representative of Evangelicals” and a “nasty guy with no heart.”

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  • HB 2: Feds threaten McCrory with LGBT rights violations

    May 5 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    HB 2: Feds threaten McCrory with LGBT rights violations

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, North Carolina is denying transgender employees of public agencies “full enjoyment” of Title VII rights. In addition, the law puts state universities in danger of violating Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, risking millions of dollars in federal aid, said the agency May 4.

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  • Trump’s win draws support, concern from evangelicals

    May 5 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump’s win draws support, concern from evangelicals

    Donald Trump’s striking victory in Indiana May 3 apparently settled the race for the Republican presidential nomination, but it did little to resolve the divisiveness among conservatives and evangelical Christians over his controversial candidacy. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont upset Hillary Clinton in the Democrats’ Indiana primary but still faces an overwhelming challenge ...

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  • Pray, vote, engage, Franklin Graham urges

    May 4 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pray, vote, engage, Franklin Graham urges

    The largest crowd to date gathered May 3 in front of the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville to participate in Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016. Franklin said, “Christians cannot restore America by rallying behind political parties, but must pray, vote and engage in politics to uphold biblical principles.”

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  • God & politics: Mohler, Thomas revisit disagreement

    April 28 2016 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    God & politics: Mohler, Thomas revisit disagreement

    R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Cal Thomas, a political pundit and syndicated columnist, discussed their views regarding the religious beliefs of political candidates before a full Alumni Memorial Chapel in Louisville, Ky. They agreed Christians should be involved in the political process but ...

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  • Rally defends HB 2 against ‘preposterous’ allegations

    April 27 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Rally defends HB 2 against ‘preposterous’ allegations

    Crowds of people from across North Carolina gathered April 25 on the open lawn outside the state’s legislative offices in Raleigh to show support for House Bill 2, also called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Speakers at the Halifax Mall rally denounced so-called “preposterous” allegations against the new law.

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  • Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

    April 13 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Malaysian court approves landmark Christian conversion case

    A Malaysian court affirmed the right of a former Muslim to convert to Christianity in a landmark ruling handed down just before Easter. Some support groups are less optimistic about the ruling’s overall effect. Islamic courts approved just 135 out of 686 applications to change Muslim identity to another religion.

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  • Mark Harris runs for U.S. Congress seat

    April 11 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments
    Mark Harris runs for U.S. Congress seat

    Mark Harris announced his run for the United States Congress on March 28. In a “soft launch” announcement, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Charlotte and former candidate for the U.S. Senate said he will seek the seat for the newly shaped 9th Congressional District.

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  • Proposed S.C. refugee registry draws criticism

    March 31 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Proposed S.C. refugee registry draws criticism

    The South Carolina Senate passed legislation March 23 to require a sponsoring organization to register a refugee with the state’s Department of Social Services within 30 days after he or she enters the state. In addition, the sponsor would be “strictly liable” if the refugee commits an act of terrorism or another violent crime.

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  • Court seeks new ideas on mandate accommodation

    The U.S. Supreme Court made an uncommon request of religious nonprofits and the federal government on March 29 calling for new briefs from both sides in an effort to determine if workers may be able to obtain birth control coverage through their nonprofit employers’ insurance companies without violating the conscience rights of those employers.

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  • Utah could be first to declare porn a health crisis

    March 28 2016 by Kiley Crossland, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Utah could be first to declare porn a health crisis

    A Utah bill, Senate Concurrent Resolution 9 (SCR9), marks the first time a state has called pornography a “public health crisis,” language more often used for smoking, drunk driving, and epidemics like Ebola. It unanimously passed in the state House and Senate.

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