• Friends, foes debate Gorsuch; Democrats to filibuster

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (8 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Proponents and opponents voiced their opinions of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the final day of his hearing -- the same day the Senate's Democratic leader announced he would try to block a confirmation vote.

    After three days of appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch was followed by witnesses who urged panel members either to vote for or against his confirmation. Among the witnesses were a religious freedom expert who endorsed Gorsuch's confirmation and abortion and gay rights advocates who urged his rejection. Read More

  • Court hears ACLU challenge to Ky. ultrasound law

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (8 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge didn't immediately rule after hearing arguments seeking a temporary restraining order against Kentucky's new law requiring women seeking abortions to have a chance to see ultrasound images and hear a description of the images.

    U.S. District Judge David Hale is considering whether to grant the request from the American Civil Liberties Union to block the law pending the outcome of the ACLU's overall challenge to its constitutionality. Read More

  • Each Thursday, they ramp up their ministry

    by Scott Barkley, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (11 hours ago)

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    ELBERTON, Ga. (BP) -- For those with trouble getting a step ahead, this group of men provides a way up.

    Richard Eckler experienced it himself. Having undergone eight knee surgeries, including two replacements, he knew what it was like having trouble getting around. Read More

  • Int'l intentionality at a campus near you

    by Stefani Varner, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (13 hours ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- During my senior year of college, I was invited to join more than 500 Chinese students and their families to celebrate Chinese New Year. I spent several hours eating authentic food, watching talent shows and videos from celebrations around the world, and learning about various customs and traditions.

    The time came for the door prize drawing, and suddenly, I heard my name called. Read More

  • SWBTS launches Center for Early Christian Studies

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, March 24, 2017 (13 hours ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has launched a new center dedicated to the study of the ancient church -- the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies (SCECS).

    The seminary has a long history of research and publications in early Christianity, but now it meets with a heightened focus. A new website, special lectures, patristic reading groups, regular graduate and postgraduate seminars, and a group of faculty and students dedicated to researching the early church will all be features of the new initiative. Read More