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N.C. restroom bill doesn't deter SBC annual meetingCHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Amid controversy over North Carolina's controversial transgender restroom law, Southern Baptist Convention leaders estimate they're less than two weeks away from finalizing contracts to hold the 2023 SBC annual meeting in Charlotte.
And they say they're glad to support the state for its moral stand on gender and sexuality.
SBC President Steve Gaines said that "while other organizations such as the ... Read More
Teen is youngest legal euthanasia victim in Belgium
BRUSSELS, Belgium (BP) -- A terminally ill 17-year-old has become the first minor to die of euthanasia in Belgium, the French news agency AFP reported Sunday (Sept. 18).
Belgium lifted age restrictions on euthanasia in 2014, becoming the first country in the world to allow terminally-ill children of any age to choose death, as long as certain conditions are met.
Neither the teen's identity nor medical condition prior to the procedure were ... Read More
Christians massacred in Central African RepublicNAIROBI, Kenya, (BP) -- Muslim militants slaughtered 26 civilians in a predominantly Christian village in the Central African Republic on Friday (Sept. 16), the worst violence in the embattled country in months, sources said.
Rebels from the former Seleka group attacked the village of Ndomete, about 220 miles north of the capital city of Bangui, at 8 p.m. and went door-to-door killing Christians, a source in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo told Morning Star News. Read More
Suits in Ohio, Minn. join list of Title IX challenges
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP)-- Lawsuits recently filed in Ohio and Minnesota have joined the burgeoning docket of cases challenging the Obama administration's Title IX guidance on gender identity and restroom use in public schools. The suits illustrate the issue's divisiveness -- the Ohio school district refuses to accept the federal government's demands, while the Minnesota district accepted the redefinition of "sex," prompting parents to sue.
Families in Virginia also are challenging a local school district's decision to adopt new definitions of gender and sex, and last week the state supreme court agreed ... Read More
For widows & others, church met flood with loveWELSH, La. (BP) -- A church and its pastor provided hope where there was little and gave unconditional love when it was needed most during south Louisiana's record flooding.
Battling rising floodwater himself, pastor Pat Deshotel and members of First Baptist Church in Welsh set aside their own problems to aid their neighbors.
Special attention was given to a pair of widows in the town of 3,000. Each lost a husband just before the rain and flooding began in mid-August. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Wins & losses
In engaging the culture, Brian Hobbs encourages Christians to avoid viewing wins and losses as permanent and final. A defeat on an issue like the sanctity of life or marriage might wrongly lead to a mindset to give up, Hobbs, editor of Oklahoma's Baptist Messenger, writes. Read More