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'Church ladies' stir adult club owner to faithLONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Teresa's Club was a staple along Highway 80 for 25 years until the owner, Teresa Fears, met Jesus Christ through friendships with members of Mobberly Baptist Church.
Afterward, it was Fears' idea to close down her adult club in Longview, Texas.
The Mobberly "church ladies," as Teresa calls them, have changed her life. And she has changed their lives in sharing the Gospel. Read More
Anti-Planned Parenthood rallies call for defundingCOLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) -- Pro-life demonstrators held rallies Feb. 11 at more than 220 Planned Parenthood clinics in 45 states to advocate withdrawing government funds from America's largest abortion provider.
Meanwhile, a petition drive led by Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures on a letter asking Congress "to support the budget resolution that defunds Planned Parenthood and redirects funding to federally qualified health centers."
Federally qualified health centers, which meet women's health care needs without ... Read More
Judge postpones hearing in Ky. abortion lawsuit
FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge has postponed a hearing on whether to grant a temporary restraining order to block enforcement of a new law in Kentucky requiring expectant mothers considering abortions to first undergo ultrasounds.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin Lindsay rescheduled the hearing for March 23 at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the law passed by the Kentucky General Assembly on Jan. 7. The hearing had originally been set for Feb. 16. Read More
Faith-based groups lead in sheltering homeless
OMAHA, Neb. (BP) -- Rick Lechner says he speaks the language of the streets. A former drug addict and convicted criminal, the Southern Baptist preacher helps put a dent in homelessness in Omaha, Neb., as co-founder of Freeway Ministries.
Omaha is one of 11 cities included in a new Baylor University study that found, on average, 58 percent of emergency shelter beds for the homeless in those cities are provided through faith-based organizations. At the high end of the spectrum is Omaha, where faith-based groups provide 90 percent of emergency shelter beds, the Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion case study found. Only 4 percent of ... Read More
William Carey reopens amid campus tornado recoveryHATTIESBURG, Miss. (BP) -- Students will return to William Carey University on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19, with spring classes slated to begin Monday, Feb. 20, following an EF3 tornado that tore through the campus Jan. 21.
Valerie Bridgeforth, director of student services, toured the various dormitories slated to reopen and was impressed with the progress that has been made. "It really does look and feel amazing," she said Feb. 9 in a university news release.
Bridgeforth said students should continue to check their emails for updates on ... Read More