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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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  • He, she, huh?: Pronoun campaign 'cultural Marxism'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Images from iStock; Graphic by Laura Erlanson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vanderbilt University's campaign to support transgender individuals by encouraging use of proper "pronoun etiquette" has been characterized by a law professor at the Nashville university as the latest manifestation of an intolerant, secularist agenda prevalent in higher education.

    "Political correctness, multiculturalism and the redefinition of the pronouns are a form of cultural Marxism," Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt, told Baptist Press in written comments. "It's part of an aggressive agenda to destroy Western traditions, values and norms. Across America and on the Vanderbilt campus, a small minority wields enormous power when it comes to implementing their agendas for societal change." Read More

  • NCAA tourney pulled from N.C. over restroom bill

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina's pro-family leaders are decrying the NCAA's decision to pull seven championship athletic events from the state during the 2016-17 academic year in response to a state law requiring individuals at public agencies to use restrooms corresponding to their biological sex.

    "There is an expectation of privacy when women and children go into the shower or locker room, and it's more than an expectation -- it's a right," Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, said in a statement. "And our elected officials have a duty to protect that right. The NCAA is punishing the state of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the commonsense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency and safety in bathrooms, showers and locker rooms." Read More

  • Polygamists appeal to Supreme Court

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Polygamy is knocking at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.

    A polygamous family featured in the reality television show "Sister Wives" asked the justices Monday (Sept. 12) to review a lower-court ruling that had reversed a federal judge's decision in favor of the polygamists. The high court will decide in the months ahead whether to grant review and rule on the case. Read More

  • Bullet in head relates to 'everything I preach'

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Just looking at Ternae "T.J." Jordan Jr., one would never suspect he once was in a hospital with a bullet in his head, fighting for his life.

    Jordan still has the bullet in his head more than 23 years later but has no visible scars at its entry point.

    He now serves as assistant pastor at Mount Canaan Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., where his father, Ternae Jordan Sr., is pastor.

    T.J., then 15, was hit by a stray bullet fired during a fight outside a local YMCA in Indiana, where his father was a pastor at the time, as he and his sister Dejuan were waiting to be picked up by their mother after piano lessons. Read More

  • Unknown entrepreneur was missions pioneer

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (BP) -- The modern missions movement owes much to an unknown entrepreneur, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, who overcame social constrictions in the antebellum South to rally women toward missions giving.

    Her journey unfolds in the form of a novel, "Her Way: The Remarkable Story of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend" by Rosalie Hall Hunt of Guntersville, Ala., who also has written a biography of pioneer missionaries Adoniram and Ann Judson and a history of Woman's Missionary Union. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Competing slogans

    by David Hutchison, posted Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Understanding slogans like "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter" entails a willingness to listen, particularly for Christians, theology professor David Hutchison writes. "In so doing, we will display the godly wisdom of those, as described in James 1:19, who are quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." Read More