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Monday, November 05, 2018

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  • 'Looking up': 1 year after Sutherland Springs attack

    by Mike Ebert, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Once members of the news media journey to Sutherland Springs, Texas, many leave with something unexpected after spending time with First Baptist Church pastor Frank Pomeroy and the congregation, which lost 26 people in a mass shooting attack one year ago.

    "Out of all the shootings I have covered," one reporter recently told Pomeroy, "you are the only ones who are smiling, thriving and moving forward."

    To be sure, there are still many tough days. Sometimes tears come at unexpected moments. ... Read More

  • Voters to weigh pro-life protections

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Voters in Alabama and West Virginia will be looking ahead to a day when states may again regulate abortion as they go to the polls Tuesday (Nov. 6).

    Amendments on ballots in both states would revise the Alabama and West Virginia constitutions to make clear those documents do not provide a right to abortion or require its public funding. A third state, Oregon, will vote on a proposal to ban state funding of abortion except when "medically necessary" or mandated by federal law. Read More

  • Gender, marriage spotlighted in final campaign ads

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Biblical teaching on gender roles and marriage are the focus of last-minute campaign ads in two closely-contested political campaigns.

    In North Carolina's 9th congressional district, attack ads have taken aim at former Southern Baptist pastor Mark Harris' preaching on gender roles in the family. In the Colorado governor's race, ads from the conservative Family Policy Alliance suggest Democratic nominee Jared Polis could threaten the religious liberty of business owners who oppose same-sex marriage. Read More

  • Vets memorial cross gets Supreme Court lifeline

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    BLADENSBURG, Md. (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme court has agreed to hear the case of a near-century old World War I veterans' memorial in Bladensburg, Md., previously ordered dismantled because it's a cross.

    Erected in 1925 with private funds from The American Legion and mothers of slain soldiers, the Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial stood unchallenged for 90 years, until the American Humanist Association (AHA) sued in 2014.

    First Liberty Institute and international law firm Jones Day, representing The ... Read More

  • NOBTS presidential search comm. meets, selects chair

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's 11-member presidential search committee held its first meeting Nov. 1. The group unanimously elected Frank Cox to chair the committee.

    The committee spent the day on the NOBTS campus in focused prayer and began developing a profile of the type candidate they are seeking to lead the seminary.

    The team met in a spirit of unity and prayer and excitement about the future of the seminary, Cox noted. The committee, he said, has established a process for Southern Baptists to ... Read More

  • Evangelical poll tallies two-thirds as independents

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, November 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Most leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals identified as independents in an NAE poll preceding the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, the group said Oct. 31.

    Two-thirds of those surveyed, 66 percent, described themselves as independents rather than a member of a major political party in the NAE poll of its 106-member board of directors, the NAE said. While the sampling is narrow and not scientific, the NAE said the results "track with" those of a 2017 Gallup poll of the general U.S. population. Read More