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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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  • Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Protestant churches in the United States appear to be listening.

    About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year, according to a study released today (Jan. 24) by LifeWay Research, which conducted the survey Aug. 22–30.

    The church's involvement on this issue may be because the Bible tells them to, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Ky. leader & pastors minister amid shooting aftermath

    by Kentucky Today & Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    BENTON, Ky. (BP) -- The school shooting in Kentucky provided Baptist leader Paul Chitwood an extraordinary opportunity for ministry Tuesday (Jan. 23) among families of the two students killed and 17 others injured in a classmate's melee.

    Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, was visiting with Marshall County pastors when he received word of the shootings at Marshall County High School, about 20 miles southeast of Paducah.

    The alleged 15-year-old shooter, who was disrupted by a Marshall County ... Read More

  • University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DAVENPORT, Iowa (BP) -- A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus for allegedly violating the school's human rights policy, a U.S. district court ruled Jan. 23.

    The University of Iowa (UI) in Iowa City must restore registered status for 90 days to Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC), which the school accused of violating the human rights of an applicant because he identified as a homosexual. The Davenport, Iowa court decision allows BLinC to participate in a campus membership recruitment event today (Jan. 24) that BLinC said is crucial to its growth. Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    HAIFA, Israel (BP) -- A message from one of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue to help Bible scholars reconstruct the chronology of Jesus' final week on earth.

    Researchers at the University of Haifa have pieced together and translated 42 encoded fragments of a scroll that explain the structure of a year according to the 364-day calendar employed by the first-century Jewish Qumran sect, which lived in the Judean desert and authored the scroll. Read More

  • ERLC names Leadership Council for 2018

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Wednesday (Jan. 24) its 2018 Leadership Council.

    The 75 pastors and leaders on the council will receive equipping from the ERLC staff designed to help them and their churches apply the Gospel of Jesus to all areas of life. The commission, which initiated the council in 2014, unveils its latest list of council members each January. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Is it really you?'

    by Lee Clamp, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Foster care, Lee Clamp writes, "may wreck your ordinary life, but it will definitely melt your heart to be like Jesus." Read More