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A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churchesCLEBURNE, Texas (BP) -- At 30,000 people, Cleburne is not a big city -- nor a small town -- on the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
It's a community full of young families with a large contingency of older citizens who have called it home for decades. But when church planter John Turner looks at Cleburne, he sees a city desperate for more Gospel-preaching local churches.
Turner, who is planting The Hill Church, said people were "either traveling out of town to find a church that meets the needs of the family or people who were in town but hadn't found a church that was for them." Read More
Commercial surrogacy exploits women, opponents sayOLYMPIA, Washington (BP) -- The state of Washington last week legalized commercial surrogacy. Opponents argued the measure exploits women and children by commodifying the womb, but advocates in February successfully pushed the bill through the state House and Senate by narrow margins. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed it into law on March 6.
The measure updates the Uniform Parentage Act that governs how legal parent-child relationships are established or challenged. The law previously prohibited surrogacy contracts that included compensation. Read More
Child marriage on chopping block in some U.S. statesNASHVILLE (BP) -- An 11-year-old rape victim in Florida, a 14-year-old ninth-grader in Texas, a sexually abused 16-year-old in Kentucky. They are among thousands of girls forced to marry adult men in the past 50 years under laws permitting such unions in most U.S. states.
"This is not about me. I survived," 55-year-old Sherry Johnson told CBS news when Florida passed a bill March 9 limiting marriage to those 17 and older. Raped at age 9 and a biological mother at age 10, she was 11 when her own birth mother forced her to marry a man in his 20s, simply by getting a judge's approval. Read More
Free church security training offered through May 1NASHVILLE (BP) -- As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on security. LifeWay Christian Resources is helping churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through its Ministry Grid platform.
"In light of current circumstances, we've offered this training to churches to make sure they're prepared for the unexpected before it happens," said Chandler Vannoy, brand manager for Ministry Grid. Read More
Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guestsNASHVILLE (BP) -- If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released today (March 14) shows.
A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.
"The Bible is full of verses on hospitality, so churches should be full of hospitality as well," said President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom S. Rainer. "Congregations should strive to create environments where guests are fully welcomed."
According to the study, the average pastor says their church does six different things to welcome guests. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When God takes you on a detour
Unexpected detours in life such as a cancer diagnosis can become a "new route of obedience" to God, Van Kicklighter writes. "Even a cursory reading of the Bible," he notes, "reveals that many of God's choicest servants, men and women, experienced some incredible detours." Read More