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The public square: Christian setbacks & victoriesNASHVILLE (BP) -- The freedom to live according to one's religious beliefs has been a fundamental right in America since its founding. As the culture changes and those opposed to biblical values become more vocal, it is becoming increasingly difficult to express religious beliefs without being socially ostracized or legally penalized.
The following compilation by SBCLIFE, the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, lists many of the political and cultural junctures that have had an effect on religious liberty and biblical faith in America in recent years. Read More
Culture shift: questions for pastors & churches
NASHVILLE (BP) -- In August 2013, same-sex marriage was legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. By February of this year, Alabama had become the 37th state in which same-sex marriage was declared lawful despite a state constitutional amendment to the contrary that had been adopted by 81 percent of its citizens. Read More
Church disbanding leads to two thriving churchesST. CLOUD, Minn. (BP) -- With just a handful of members after years of struggle, Victory Baptist Church could have continued meeting as usual, barely making use of their building and facilities.
But the congregation in St. Cloud, Minn., chose to do something a bit more courageous. Read More
India: Anti-Christian attacks up 55%
NEW DELHI (BP) -- The number of violent and nonviolent attacks against Christians in India has increased 55 percent since Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi became prime minister last year, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). Read More
New Obamacare tax law may affect churches
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new tax rule in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may affect many churches that pay or reimburse individual health insurance premiums, and imposes daily fines beginning June 30 for those not in compliance. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Loving our atheist neighbors
"Christians can be guilty of overlooking the simple fact that atheists are people, too," writes columnist Dan DeWitt. "It's more convenient to deal with them as objects instead of subjects...," he says. "The only problem with all this is that it is contrary to the spirit of Christ." Read More