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Angola Warden Burl Cain slates Jan. 1 retirementANGOLA, La. (BP) -- Burl Cain, known for a much-heralded transformation at the "bloodiest prison in America," is retiring Jan. 1 after nearly 21 years as head of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
Cain, 73, the longest serving warden of any prison in the United States, governed the sprawling 18,000-acre facility that sits next to the Mississippi River with a firm hand and a strong love for Jesus. Cain, a Southern Baptist, is quick to tell everyone it was Jesus Christ who pacified Angola. Read More
Aborted babies dumped in landfills, Ohio AG reportsUnborn babies deserve "the same dignity and respect anyone else would be given, even in death." -- Barrett DukeWASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood's public persona now includes a report that the remains of babies aborted at some of its centers are dumped in landfills.
An investigation of three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Ohio showed that all of them send the remains of aborted children to companies that dispose of them at landfill sites, state Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Dec. 11. The fetal remains apparently are mixed at the landfills with "common residential and commercial trash," DeWine said in a letter to the director of the state Department of Health. Read More
Golden Gate honors graduates, celebrates 'acts of God'MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Family and friends packed the chapel at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary Dec. 11 as they celebrated with graduates the last commencement service to be held on the northern California campus.
The seminary's spring commencement will be held at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, Calif.
Seventy-six graduates from 15 states and five countries received certificates, ... Read More
Climate change accord draws concern for poor
PARIS (BP) -- The climate change accord struck in Paris among 195 nations thankfully is nonbinding, evangelical commentators noted, because rigorous implementation of it could harm the world's poorest residents and stifle nations' economic growth based on disputed science. Read More
Study: No place like church for the holidaysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christmas is a great time to invite someone to church, according to a new study.
In a poll of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research found six out of 10 Americans typically attend church at Christmastime.
But among those who don't attend church at Christmastime, a majority (57 percent) say they would likely attend if someone they knew invited them. Read More
Chicago school to allow boy in girls' locker room
CHICAGO (BP) -- A suburban Chicago school district will allow a transgender student access to the girl's locker room, under a contentious agreement reached Dec. 7 during an emergency school board meeting. The decision to comply with government demands for inclusivity comes after months of back and forth between school officials and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.
The OCR found the district violated federal sexual anti-discrimination laws with its policy restricting a biologically male transgender student's access to female locker ... Read More
BGAV focuses on 'Church Today, Church Tomorrow'
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, the Baptist General Association of Virginia met in a church location to hold its 192nd annual meeting. This year's attendance totaled 1,170, which consisted of 875 messengers and 295 guests from 360 churches, and together they gathered at Second Baptist Church, Richmond, the church where the 1,400-church organization first met in 1823.
The theme of the meeting was "Church Today, Church Tomorrow," and Monday night's opening event featured a panel discussion focusing on the future of the ... Read More