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Transgender students win legal battlesASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two schools accused of discrimination against transgender students recently resorted to payout settlements and policy changes. The settlements do not bode well for schools that maintain traditional policies on gender, gender transitions, and restroom use.
Nova Classical Academy, a charter school in St. Paul, Minn., agreed on Aug. 7 to adopt a far-reaching gender inclusion policy and pay a child's parents $120,000. The agreement ended a 16-month legal battle initiated in 2016 by David and Hannah Edwards, the parents of a then-kindergartener who was born a boy but wanted to identify as a girl. Read More
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ANALYSIS: Smartphone hazards and adolescentsLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Researcher Jean Twenge has written an article in the Atlantic that is rightfully getting a great deal of attention. She asked the question: "Have smartphones destroyed a generation?"
The subhead in her article is this: "More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they're on the brink of a mental-health crisis." Read More
'Extraordinary' prof. inspires LU theatrical releaseLYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Liberty University professor and alumnus Scotty Curlee was once ready to abandon his education, unable to pay the bills. His professor David Horton stepped in with more than encouraging words, handing Curlee a $1,000 check.
"I knew that I am one of several students that Dave gave a $1,000 check to, and that's one aspect that really touched me studying under Dave," Curlee, a Liberty University (LU) theatrical arts professor, told Baptist Press. Curlee directed and co-wrote with colleague Cheryl Mckay the screenplay for the upcoming film "Extraordinary," based on Horton's life.
The school is calling Extraordinary unique for being the first university-created film with a national theatrical release, a one-night run Sept. 7 in select theaters. Read More
Eclipse displays 'God's glory,' astronomers sayNASHVILLE (BP) -- When millions gather Aug. 21 to view the first total solar eclipse the continental U.S. has seen in 38 years, they won't just get an astronomy lesson. If they're observant, they'll also get a theology lesson.
That's the conclusion of three Christian university professors who told Baptist Press a total eclipse points to God's existence, sovereignty, love, immutability and faithfulness.
"Eclipses are demonstrations of God's glory" and serve as "yet another example of creation pointing back to our Creator," said California Baptist University astronomer Kyle Stewart. Read More
Iceland Down syndrome abortions called 'a tragedy'REYKJAVIK, Iceland (BP) -- Southern Baptists involved with special needs ministry are lamenting a report that virtually 100 percent of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in Iceland are aborted. Individuals with special needs, the ministry leaders say, are made in God's image and bring unique giftedness to churches and society.
Iceland's abortion rate for Down syndrome babies is "a tragedy," said Tracy McElhattan, a Kansas children's ministry professional who holds a Ph.D. in special education. Read More
Great Awakening theology cited as evangelism aidFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Christians who experienced America's First and Second Great Awakenings were united in their belief that sinners must trust Christ for salvation. But over a span of 100 years, they expressed varying ideas of how to lead nonbelievers to Jesus.
Those evolving soul winning methods and the theology behind them are the subject of "Theologies of the American Revivalists," a book released in April by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Robert Caldwell. Read More