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Near Yellowstone, 6-member church impacts the worldGARDINER, Mont. (BP) -- Most churches would consider closing their doors if their active membership dipped to six people, but Gardiner Baptist Church is holding steady.
The debt-free church -- located near Yellowstone National Park's north entrance -- is raising money for a two-story community building on its two acres to serve as a food pantry, thrift store and medical clinic, with emergency housing upstairs, in the town of 875 people.
Other ministries include supporting the local food bank; providing space to the town's physical therapy center and counseling center along with community use of its playground; and the GBC House Band (as in Gardiner Baptist Church) -- with pastor Britton Gray as lead vocalist -- performing once a month in the basement of a local restaurant called the Two-Bit Saloon and Grill. Read More
Greear: Catholic abuse report requires 'bold steps'HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- A Pennsylvania grand jury's report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists.
Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse "from within our community." Commentators from two SBC seminaries noted both the unique ways Roman Catholic doctrine may have contributed to the alleged offenses and the ways evangelical Protestants likewise have shamed themselves through sexual misconduct. Read More
Again: Colo. says cake artist Jack Phillips broke lawDENVER (BP) -- Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is in court again, defending the same religious freedom right the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed on his behalf in a previous case in June.
This time, transgender attorney Autumn Scardina filed a discrimination complaint against Phillips for refusing to bake a birthday cake celebrating Scardina's transition from a male to female identity. Pink cake on the inside and blue frosting on the outside describes the cake Scardina requested.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has sued the Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) in this latest case against Phillips, ADF said in a press release today (Aug. 15). Read More
Administration gains high marks on religious libertyWASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration is receiving high marks so far for its religious liberty record from many advocates for the First Amendment freedom.
The July 30 announcement of a religious liberty task force in the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Aug. 10 release of a Department of Labor policy directive to protect religious free exercise are the latest in a series of administration actions applauded by defenders of freedom of belief and practice. Yet, some advocates also say more remains to be done by this White House to safeguard religious liberty. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Sunrise Children's Services & foster siblings; Dave Miller kidney surgery; Florida church communicators network; Betty Dilday diesSunrise Children's Services plans 2 homes for foster siblings; former Pastors' Conference president Dave Miller "on the recovery trail"; Florida convention initiates church communicators network; Betty Dilday dies at age 87. Read More