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'Gray divorce' named among senior adult challengesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Increasing rates of divorce and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among some populations over 50 could raise challenges for pastors ministering to senior adults in the coming years.
In December, England's chief medical officer Sally Davies reported a 38 percent increase in STIs among Britons ages 50-70, The Telegraph reported. Meanwhile, U.S. researchers at Bowling Green State University say the divorce rate for Americans 50 and older has doubled since 1990 even though the overall divorce rate remained essentially unchanged. Read More
Porn 'health hazard' resolutions considered in Tenn., Va.NASHVILLE (BP) -- Tennessee and Virginia would become the latest states in the U.S. to declare pornography a public health hazard under resolutions introduced in the states' legislatures.
Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 35, which was filed in the state Senate Tuesday (Jan. 24), urges the state to "recognize pornography as a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and societal harms." The resolution acknowledges the need for "education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level in order to address the epidemic" harming the state and nation. Read More
Former Tenn. GOP executive director joins ERLCNASHVILLE (BP) -- Former Tennessee GOP Executive Director Brent Leatherwood has been appointed as the new director of strategic partnerships for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
In this role, Leatherwood will work to further the organization's reach in the public square through coalition building and mobilizing, and by serving as an advisor on both state-level and national policy goals.
"Brent Leatherwood is the perfect fit to serve as our director of strategic partnerships," said ERLC President Russell Moore. Read More
Abortion funding ban passes House, goes to SenateWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives took the first step Tuesday (Jan. 24) toward a permanent, government-wide ban on federal funds for abortions.
The House voted 238-183 for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7). If it becomes law, the proposal would standardize prohibitions that now exist in various U.S. programs, in addition to blocking federal money for abortion coverage under the 2010 health care law and guaranteeing full disclosure of abortion funding by health insurance plans that are part of the controversial arrangement. Read More
ERLC deploys online effort for PPFA defundingWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission unveiled just prior to the second Evangelicals for Life conference a groundbreaking initiative in the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.
The ERLC announced Tuesday (Jan. 24) an online advertising campaign to rally support for the congressional drive to cut federal dollars for the country's No. 1 abortion provider. The effort is the first of its kind by the ERLC and includes a digital petition that makes it possible for the commission to deliver the list of signers to congressional leaders. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Don't waste a youthful faith
Faith is not just for "old people," Dean Sieberhagen writes, calling young Christians not to wait until later life to realize that "the Bible comes alive with meaning" to those who "live out a daily commitment to Jesus and His Kingdom." Read More
Bible Study: Jan. 29, 2017
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