Ind. bill affirms 'inclusion' of religious beliefs"When secularized or nominally religious people don't understand religious motivation, then they are going to assume … some sinister agenda."INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (BP) -- Indiana's leading Republican lawmakers pledged today (March 30) to introduce language to the state's new religious freedom bill to clarify it does not allow discrimination against homosexuals, but seeks inclusion of religious diversity.
House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long said at today's press conference that backlash generated by the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law March 26, is based on a misrepresentation of the bill instead of its intent, design and effect. Read More
Survey: Americans see value in church attendanceNASHVILLE (BP) -- The overwhelming majority of Americans say they find value in attending church, a new LifeWay Research study shows.
Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable; only 11 percent consider church useless.
Even among nonreligious people, 80 percent believe church attendance is acceptable, and 43 percent label it admirable. Just 29 percent call it useless. Read More
View of God's image urged at race summitNASHVILLE (BP) -- Racial reconciliation in the church calls for a strong view of the image of God in all people, a deep commitment to understanding others and an intentionality in achieving diversity, speakers said on the second day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored leadership summit. Read MoreERLC photo
Collegians recruit peers for GenSend missionsALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Abby Hughes is one of two campus mobilizers in the Northwest taking on the responsibility to find other college students to venture to New York City for 10 weeks this summer.NAMB photo
"I have been working alongside my church as well as reaching out to pastors around the Northwest to connect with students who could potentially take part in GenSend," Hughes said of the Generation Send initiative of the North American Mission Board. Read More