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  • Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

    September 20 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

    With more than 100 military community students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides in its efforts to engage these students and bring awareness to ministry opportunities within the military community. Affiliated SEBTS military personnel and students gathered for panel discussions and various meetings for the seminary’s first Military Community Focus Week, Sept. 4-7.

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  • Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

    May 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

    As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military as they protested the Donald Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

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  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    April 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator’s charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples. Squires followed federal law and Army chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-Southern Baptist Convention chaplain.

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  • Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    April 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christian colonel suspended for marriage view wins appeal

    A U.S. Air Force colonel and devout Christian suspended and denied promotion after refusing to affirm same-sex marriage has won a legal appeal to reverse the disciplinary actions against him. Col. Leland Bohannon was restored April 3 to his military position and good standing.

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  • New Trump transgender military policy ‘likely’ to stand

    March 27 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New Trump transgender military policy ‘likely’ to stand

    The Donald Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only “under certain limited circumstances.” The policy tweak could render moot legal challenges to President Trump’s previous ban of transgender troops, says a former military attorney.

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  • Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    December 13 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

    Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department of Defense announced Dec. 11. The announcement followed a federal judge’s ruling the same day that allowed a court order to remain in effect that blocked President Trump’s ban on transgender people in the armed forces.

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  • Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    November 1 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    A federal judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is “likely” to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.

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  • Trump issues transgender military directive

    August 29 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump issues transgender military directive

    President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to “return to the longstanding policy” of precluding transgender individuals from military service. In a memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service.

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  • WWII ship’s discovery prompts survivor to ‘praise the Lord’

    August 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    WWII ship’s discovery prompts survivor to ‘praise the Lord’

    When Edgar Harrell learned about the recovery of the U.S. Navy destroyer whose sinking he survived 72 years ago, his first reaction was “praise the Lord!” The U.S.S. Indianapolis’ discovery was announced by Paul Allen, an entrepreneur whose research ship located the wreckage 3.5 miles below the surface of the Philippines Sea.

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  • New transgender military guidelines called ‘wise’

    August 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New transgender military guidelines called ‘wise’

    The Trump administration will bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the U.S. military and let Defense Secretary James Mattis decide whether those already in the military may continue to serve, according a Wall Street Journal report confirmed by other media outlets. The White House explained its policy in a two-and-a-half-page memo to the Pentagon.

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  • Special ops good prep for bivocational pastor

    August 16 2017 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Special ops good prep for bivocational pastor

    Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent years as a soldier serving his country. Now he’s focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor. Morgan now seeks to bring the same courage and tenacity to his ministry that he was decorated for as a special operations helicopter pilot.

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  • At Annapolis, he pastors military & civilian staff

    August 16 2017 by Tyler Sanders, Gateway Seminary | with 0 comments
    At Annapolis, he pastors military & civilian staff

    Bart Physioc, the new civilian pastor of the U.S. Naval Academy chapel, is filling the gap for busy Navy chaplains who need help ministering to an entire congregation. Physioc fills a unique position in a congregation that encompasses active duty and retired military, civilians and staff.

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  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    July 27 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals July 26, announcing on Twitter the United States would not “accept or allow” people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces. Trump’s announcement came a year after the Obama administration repealed the prohibition.

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  • Army’s promotion of transgender ideology ‘misguided’

    July 12 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Army’s promotion of transgender ideology ‘misguided’

    The U.S. Army has implemented new training that requires soldiers to accept the presence of people with the physical traits of the opposite sex in barracks, bathrooms and showers. The mandatory training follows the repeal last year of the prohibition on transgender men and women serving openly in the armed forces.

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  • SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine’s appeal

    June 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS refuses to hear former Marine’s appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify religious liberty law by refusing to hear a former Marine’s appeal, the Family Research Council said. The court missed an opportunity to clarify the Religious Liberty Restoration Act former Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling had used unsuccessfully in her defense.

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