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    N.C.'s repeal of restroom bill called 'a loss'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (4 hours ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina legislators have repealed a controversial law that required individuals in state buildings to use restrooms corresponding to the gender indicated on their birth certificates.

    The repeal of House Bill 2 today (March 30) marked a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and culminated more than a year of contentious debate since the bill's passage in April 2016. Read More

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    TX church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (4 hours ago)

    NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) -- "Death could not hold Him," proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. The bright Easter message of Jesus' resurrection sits just above the tragic announcement of 13 members who died Wednesday (March 29) in a bus accident.

    "When we're absent from the body, we're present with the Lord," First Baptist New Braunfels pastor Brad McLean told San Antonio CBS affiliate KENS5 News hours after the crash. "We know that their families are going to be hurting and our church family is going to be hurting." Read More

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    PPFA fights defunding; CMP fights felony charges

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (4 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood again finds itself in a battle to protect its government funding and tarnished reputation, while secret investigators who uncovered the abortion giant's latest scandal fight felony charges. Read More

  • Pastors' approach to race issues studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (5 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released today (March 30) suggests.

    And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.

    Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, found little pushback against or demand for sermons on racial reconciliation in their churches, said Scott McConnell, executive director of the research firm. Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. launches scholarship opportunity

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (8 hours ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference has announced it will provide $1,000 travel scholarships to pastors of "average-sized churches" who cannot otherwise afford to attend the Pastors' Conference and SBC annual meeting this summer in Phoenix.

    In keeping with the focus of this year's Pastors' Conference on pastors of small and midsized congregations, an estimated 5-20 scholarships will be available beginning April 10 on a "first-come basis," funded by donations from larger churches, the Pastors' Conference leadership team announced today (March 30) on the SBC Voices blog. Read More

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    Bible Study: April 2, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, March 30, 2017 (4 hours ago)

    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