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High court leaves pro-life center supporters 'hopeful'WASHINGTON (BP) -- A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared receptive today (March 20) to arguments by pro-life pregnancy centers that a state law requiring them essentially to publicize abortion services violates their free speech.
The justices' decision in the case -- expected before they end their term this summer -- will likely have major repercussions for hundreds of pregnancy care centers in numerous states. The California law at issue is part of an ongoing effort by abortion-rights advocates and their lawmaking allies in cities and states to limit the impact of pro-life centers that provide free services to pregnant women. Read More
At Origins, millennials take stock of their livesGREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- An old cigar warehouse that has stood sentry over Greenville's Main Street for 150 years is now part of the emerging millennial mecca in this town of 70,000.
The warehouse's rustic and historic atmosphere, paired with the newly polished wood floors and recessed lighting, make it the perfect place for the newest church plant in "the 29601" -- Greenville's downtown -- relaying the old, old story of the Gospel in a language understood by modern young professionals flocking to this South Carolina city. Read More
After bridge collapse, Baptists dispatched to helpMIAMI (BP) -- Classes resumed Monday (March 19) after the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami left six people dead.
The 950-ton structure was undergoing final safety testing and repairs when it plummeted to the ground, crushing cars that were traveling busy SW 8th Street, also known locally as Calle Ocho. One FIU student and a construction worker were among the dead.
The $14.2 million bridge was to connect the campus with the neighboring Sweetwater community, home to thousands of FIU students. One student was struck last year and killed crossing the street. Read More
Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that's a good thing, their pastors say in a new study released today (March 20).
Eighty-one percent of Protestant pastors say their congregation is predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. That's down from 86 percent four years ago, according to the study conducted this past Aug. 30-Sept. 18 by LifeWay Research.
It's a small but significant step, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a nation where Sunday mornings often remain segregated. Read More
UPDATE: Miss. adopts earliest protection for unbornJACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday (March 19) signed into law the earliest protection in the nation for unborn babies.
The bill bans abortion after 15 weeks' gestation, rolling back the state's current 20-week limit. It passed through the state legislature by wide margins earlier this month.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has promised to challenge the law's constitutionality in court, calling it "the latest in the state's string of cruel and unnecessary assaults on reproductive rights." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ala., Okla. and Ariz. evangelism/missions news; 'It's God at work right before your eyes'
Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist;
The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); Portraits (Arizona) Read More