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Majority of Americas say U.S. special to GodNASHVILLE (BP) -- In a nation founded on religious liberty, most Americans believe God has a special relationship with the United States, and they're optimistic the best is yet to come.
Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing, according to a survey by LifeWay Research released July 1. Read More
Pastors respond to SCOTUS on TV, radio & in printNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the days following the Supreme Court's nationwide legalization of gay marriage, Southern Baptist pastors have taken to television, radio, print media and social media in defense of biblical marriage.
Undergirding their public engagement is a long line of Southern Baptist Convention actions underscoring biblical sexual ethics and calling for compassionate ministry to persons with same-sex attraction. Read More
Pro-life regs stymied by courts in 4 states
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Pro-life regulations in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas and Iowa have been stymied in court challenges.
Affected are a Texas law requiring abortion clinics to qualify as ambulatory surgical centers and for abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges; a North Carolina law requiring doctors to show pregnant women ultrasound images before performing an abortion; a Kansas law banning dismemberment abortions; and an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on "webcam" abortions. Read More
Opportunity, authenticity draw people, panels sayCOLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- With more than half the world's population believed to be living in urban areas, the International Mission Board addressed how it is looking to combine the evangelistic efforts of its full-time missionaries with students, retirees and businessmen who can most seamlessly relocate to foreign cities.
During a 20-minute segment on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibits area at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, IMB President David Platt and executive vice president Sebastian Traeger provided information on the IMB's "cities strategy." Read More
TRUSTEES: 'This is NAMB Phase II'COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell shared updates and a new "NAMB Phase II" vision with the entity's trustees during their June meeting.
"We are going to have the very best," Ezell said. "Premiere assessments, training and coaching. Southern Baptists deserve that." Read More
Women encouraged to lead biblicallyCOLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- A group of about 100 women gathered for a discussion on how to be better equipped in the 21st century for biblical leadership at a breakfast hosted by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the North American Mission Board.
"One of the things we want to talk about are the opportunities for women to lead and the best place to do that in our comfort zone," said Lizette Beard, project manager at LifeWay Research and a Ph.D. student at Southeastern Seminary. Read More