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Restroom law likely safe despite N.C. election sagaRALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- Regardless of who emerges victorious in North Carolina's still undecided governor's race, some of the state's Baptists believe a controversial law limiting transgender restroom access will remain in force.
Incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican who has defended the law known as House Bill 2, trails Attorney General Roy Cooper, a Democrat and staunch H.B. 2 critic, by some 5,000 votes with more than 58,000 provisional ballots to be adjudicated and potentially counted, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. Read More
Study: What are Americans thankful for?NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Americans count their blessings at Thanksgiving, God will get most of the credit, a new study shows. And money might be the last thing on their minds.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63 percent) say they give thanks to God on that day, according to LifeWay Research. Fifty-seven percent give thanks to their family. About a third (31 percent) thank friends. Eight percent thank themselves, while 4 percent thank fate.
Most Americans are thankful for family (88 percent), health (77 percent), personal freedom (72 percent) and friends (71 percent). Fewer give thanks for wealth (32 percent) or achievements (51 percent), the study shows. Read More
Possible record-breaking buck, baptism in same weekNASHVILLE (BP) -- As his pastor said at Stephen Tucker's baptism, it had been a good week. First he bagged a 47-point buck that may break the world record for largest antlers ever measured, then it was his birthday and then he followed the Lord in believer's baptism.
Tucker, of Gallatin, Tenn., was baptized Nov. 13 at First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., where pastor Bruce Chesser explained Tucker had been a believer for years but had not demonstrated his faith through baptism. Last week, Tucker decided it was time. Read More
Protests at FBC Dallas draw spotlightDALLAS (BP) -- Protesters picketing First Baptist Church in Dallas will have no effect, pastor Robert Jeffress said Nov. 15 on national TV.
"Look, these people, these protesters, aren't opposing me or our church," Jeffress said of the 50 or so protesters who picketed the church for a second night Nov. 14 because of the pastor's apparent public support of Trump during the contentious presidential campaign. "When I see these protesters, it kind of reminds me of a flea striking its hind leg against Mount Everest, saying I'm going to topple you over. Read More
Southern Baptists win re-election to CongressWASHINGTON (BP) -- All Southern Baptist members of Congress participating in the Nov. 8 election successfully defended their seats.
Three senators and 26 representatives -- all members of Southern Baptist churches -- won re-election. With three other senators who were not up for re-election, Southern Baptists will count at least 32 of their own in the Senate and House of Representatives when the next Congress convenes in January. Some Southern Baptists whom Baptist Press is unaware of may have been elected for the first time. Read More
Trump impact expected on markets, long-term growth
DALLAS (BP) -- The election of Donald J. Trump may have surprised political observers but his election and the continued control of Congress by fellow Republicans could increase the odds for his major policy plans to be adopted over the next two years. Read More
FROM THE STATES: La., Tenn., Okla. evangelism/missions news; 'We need to rejoice with the angels regarding these new believers'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist Message (Louisiana); Baptist and Reflector (Tennessee); The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma) Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Hemingway, Sinatra & the Christian
God may use the genius of worldly performers on occasion to nurture followers of Christ, Phil Boatwright writes, yet in Scripture is "the armor needed to protect us from the world's misconceptions. When His truths are embraced, we can fully appreciate a sublime glory that worldly artists constantly seek." Read More