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  • Church experiments with online video, chat

    April 11 2018 by Brian Koonce, Missouri Pathway | with 0 comments
    Church experiments with online video, chat

    Watching a church’s worship service online can be a way for those who are sick to still participate and feel like they are part of church. But Crossway Baptist Church is among those congregations taking streaming video to another level in an effort to harness social media for the gospel.

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  • Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    April 10 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    Opponents of human trafficking have applauded the federal government’s shutdown of Backpage.com, reportedly the leading online facilitator of the sex trade. An April 6 message at Backpage.com announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other government entities had seized the website and its affiliates “as part of an enforcement action.”

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  • Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    March 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Congress passes online, anti-trafficking bill

    Congress has given overwhelming approval to legislation designed to thwart sex trafficking by holding accountable online sites that facilitate the crime. The Senate adopted the bill, barely three weeks after the House of Representatives had passed it. The bill will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.

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  • Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    March 1 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bipartisan anti-sex trafficking bill passes House

    Sex advertising websites and their users would face penalties for sex trafficking under a bill passed by the U.S. House Feb. 27, amending a law that had shielded such offenders. Similar legislation is pending in the Senate. The House bill would establish monetary fines and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for abusers.

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  • Online ‘trolls’ target Baptists

    February 26 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 2 comments
    Online ‘trolls’ target Baptists

    A recent news report about indictments against Russian propagandists for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election indicated that social media accounts aimed at spreading disinformation (commonly called “trolls”) have been targeting Baptists in attempts to stoke dissension in America.

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  • High-tech enthusiasts gather at Code for the Kingdom

    February 23 2018 by Aaron Wilson & Joy Allmond, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    High-tech enthusiasts gather at Code for the Kingdom

    Bitcoin in the offering plate? Software allowing people to use cryptocurrency to give to churches was among the high-tech ideas under development at LifeWay Christian Resources during the weekend. LifeWay hosted its Code for the Kingdom event at its new Nashville campus where software developers worked long hours creating technology to serve the church.

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  • SpaceX launch spurs reflections on ‘worthy venture’

    February 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SpaceX launch spurs reflections on ‘worthy venture’

    Two evangelical physicists are hopeful the most powerful rocket ever launched into space by a private company will lead humans to greater knowledge of God. “Sending rockets into space is simply part of being what God created humans to be,” said Bill Nettles, chairman of the physics department at Union University.

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  • Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    January 15 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Are conservative voices being silenced by Twitter?

    Social media platform Twitter may be trying to reshape the online narrative by editing out conservative voices, a new undercover video released by Project Veritas alleges. The video appears to show current and former Twitter engineers explaining how they “downrank” some users and make others totally invisible if they don’t like what they are saying.

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  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    January 12 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee’s hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free. Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors.

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  • GuideStone summit to tackle cybersecurity, sexual abuse

    January 5 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone summit to tackle cybersecurity, sexual abuse

    Cybersecurity and sexual abuse in the church will be among the topics discussed by key ministry decision makers, along with human resources professionals and financial officers of churches and ministries, during GuideStone Financial Resources’ second annual Employee Benefits Summit.

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  • Longest-frozen-embryo baby ‘from the Lord,’ mother says

    December 21 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Longest-frozen-embryo baby ‘from the Lord,’ mother says

    A 26-year-old mother gives all credit to the Lord after she gave birth to a baby girl from a donated embryo frozen more than 24 years, considered a record in cryopreservation births. “People say it’s science. No, I say it’s purely the Lord,” Tina Gibson told the NBC affiliate WBIR.

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  • Expert: Social media causes depression, anxiety

    November 17 2017 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Expert: Social media causes depression, anxiety

    A Colorado research professor proposed a hypothesis to explain the unprecedented rates of depression and anxiety in the post-millennial generation: dwindling social cues. Scott Stanley said decreases in the reliability of information about relationships may be exacerbating mental and emotional issues in today’s teens and young adults.

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  • To tweet or not to tweet: Who gets to say?

    November 16 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    To tweet or not to tweet: Who gets to say?

    A liberal advocacy group in Wisconsin is asking a federal court to declare the Twitter accounts of three state representatives “designated public forums.” As such, blocking access to the accounts is unconstitutional, the group argues. The lawsuit is the second such case filed this year demanding unfettered access on elected officials’ Twitter accounts.

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  • Protecting children from porn called ‘daily war’

    November 9 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Protecting children from porn called ‘daily war’

    Churches and parents must model and emphasize a godly respect for human sexuality to protect children from the pervasive and savvy culture of pornography, speakers in a religious webinar addressing the subject said. No longer adequate are the internet filters parents have relied on to prevent exposure to pornography, said Dean Inserra.

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  • Facebook’s First Amendment chokehold

    November 2 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Facebook’s First Amendment chokehold

    Facebook shut down two Christian ministry pages in October, without warning or explanation, renewing fears about the social media giant’s ability to control access to an important corner of today’s public square. A Facebook media representative said due to privacy issues she could not discuss details about the company’s actions.

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