• 11 states sue Obama admin. over transgender directive

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (5 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy of Texas Atty. General's office
    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Eleven states and two school districts filed a lawsuit May 25 challenging President Barack Obama's directive demanding all federally funded schools apply a controversial interpretation of Title IX requiring schools to define a student's sexual identity based not on biological traits, but on feelings.

    Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, and Georgia; Governor of Maine Paul Lepage; the Arizona Department of Education; Harrold Independent School District (HISD) in Texas and Heber-Overgaard Unified School District in Arizona. Read More

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    S.C. joins 13 states banning abortion at 20 weeks

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (4 hours ago)

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed into law a bill banning most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy, joining 13 other states where such limitations currently stand.

    Haley signed the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act May 25 after the Legislature sent it to her desk a week earlier. Read More

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    Baylor fires coach Briles, demotes pres. Starr

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (3 hours ago)

    WACO, Texas (BP) -- Baylor University stripped Ken Starr of his presidency and fired head football coach Art Briles today (May 26) after an independent investigation found "a fundamental failure" to protect students from sexual assault in a years-long scandal.

    The Baylor Board of Regents announced the personnel changes in a press release posted on its website, based on the findings of an investigation by the law firm Pepper Hamilton, LLP. Read More

  • SBC's 1st black professor among 3 retirees at SBTS

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (8 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American seminary professor is among three retiring faculty members at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    T. Vaughn Walker, David L. Puckett and Brian C. Richardson are retiring following the 2015-2016 school year with 64 combined years of service on the faculty of Southern Seminary. Walker, WMU professor of Christian ministries and professor of black church studies, was appointed in 1986 as the first black professor at any of the six SBC seminaries, and then the first elected to the faculty in 1997. Read More

  • No regrets as pastor leaves statehouse seat

    by Kristen Lowry/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (9 hours ago)

    Kentucky Legislative Research Commission photo
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- For more than three decades, Baptist pastor Tom Riner has been fighting for Christian causes in the Kentucky legislature without regard for party politics.

    The socially conservative Democrat will wrap up his 34-year statehouse career in January after losing a bid for re-election May 17 to former Louisville Metro Council member Attica Scott. Read More

  • National award recognizes Southern Baptist Disaster Relief

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (9 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
    MINNEAPOLIS (BP) -- When devastating floods hit the Houston area in April, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers did what they normally do in the face of crisis. They responded.

    Those efforts were recognized May 20 when several disaster relief teams were acknowledged during this year's National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD or VOAD) conference in Minneapolis. The organization presented SBDR with its National Member of the Year award. Read More

  • Bible Study: May 29, 2016

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 (6 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • All need religious liberty, Baptist, others contend

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (yesterday)

    Photo from Christian Post
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious leaders with widely diverse views called for freedom for all faith groups, not just their own, in a May 23 panel discussion sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, Mormon and Muslim representatives explained to an audience on Capitol Hill why their faith perspectives support universal religious freedom despite the distinctions in their beliefs. Read More