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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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  • A foster story authored by God

    by Kristi Prince/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    STILLWATER, Okla. (BP) -- Bobby and Molly Edwards are models of God's mandate in James 1:27 to love and care for those whom society often neglects. Since 2006, they have opened their home and hearts to nearly 60 foster children.

    Molly herself was adopted through the foster system and her parents hosted 101 foster children in their home.

    "Our goal is at least 102," Molly said with a smile. Read More

  • Report: Abortion rate hits all-time low

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report.

    The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women 15 to 44 years old in 2014, which is a decline of 14 percent since its most recent survey in 2011. In its census of all known abortion providers in the country, Guttmacher found abortions totaled 958,700 in 2013 and 926,190 in 2014. Read More

  • New ADF pres. sees 'light' for religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP) -- New Alliance Defending Freedom President Michael Farris says he wants to make ADF larger than the American Civil Liberties Union and secure religious liberty in America for generations to come.

    Farris, a founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College, began his duties with ADF Jan. 10. He also serves as CEO and general counsel at ADF, a legal organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom. Read More

  • Women's March on Wash. drops feminist pro-life group

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A self-described pro-life feminist group has been removed as one of hundreds of partners of the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington, but many pro-life advocates are still expected to participate in the event.

    New Wave Feminists were removed from the march's list of partners after leading feminists complained on social media, the Texas Tribune reported Jan. 16. Women from across the U.S. are expected to rally and march in Washington for women's rights the day after president-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Hundreds of similar, local demonstrations are scheduled nationally. Read More

  • Ky. Baptist to perform at Trump's inauguration

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

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    PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A petite, young Kentucky Southern Baptist with a big voice will take perhaps her grandest stage yet when she performs at the presidential inaugural concert.

    "Whoo! I'm excited," said Marlana VanHoose, who is a member of Liberty Baptist Church near Paintsville.

    At little more than 4-feet-tall, VanHoose has led tens of thousands of sports fans at lots of venues in singing the national anthem since she first appeared center ... Read More

  • Hospital fights transgender discrimination claim

    by Ray Hacke/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

    NEW JERSEY (BP) -- A Catholic hospital in New Jersey faces a lawsuit for allegedly refusing to remove the uterus of a woman who wants to be anatomically more like a man.

    Jionni Conforti, 33, filed suit against St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center of Paterson, N.J., on Jan. 5 in federal court. Conforti, who is biologically female but identifies as male, brought suit under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because St. Joseph's refused to remove Conforti's uterus on the grounds that doing so would violate the Catholic teaching that God made people male and female. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Owning it

    by David Jeremiah, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (2 years ago)

    In seeking to rectify the damage of one's sins, misdeeds and failures, David Jeremiah notes that "it begins with saying that we are responsible and asking for forgiveness." Read More