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THANKSGIVING: Hurricanes shift holiday preachingNAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- In hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida, Thanksgiving preaching might have been a unique challenge this year at congregations where homes, businesses and church buildings were lost to severe weather.
Yet pastors in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, and Florida, where Hurricane Irma hit in September, say their congregations have overflowed with thanks this fall, and Thanksgiving preaching has turned out to be a unique joy. Read More
Former fire chief Cochran's rights aired in courtATLANTA (BP) -- A federal court is weighing not only former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran's right to express his beliefs but the right of others as well, religious liberty advocates say.
Federal Judge Leigh Martin May heard arguments Nov. 17 in Atlanta regarding the city's 2015 firing of Cochran. The city terminated Cochran, now a staff member of a Southern Baptist church, after he wrote a men's devotional book that advocated in a brief section the biblical view of marriage and sexuality, including that homosexual behavior is immoral. Read More
Daughter joins mother in Mission:Dignity gratitudeDALLAS (BP) -- Growing up as a preacher's daughter, Estela Rangel had only one request of her husband David when they married: "Never become a pastor." As a child, she had felt pressure to be perfect in the eyes of the church, and she wanted a different life as an adult.
"But God had His plans," Estela said.
After five years of marriage, David began to talk with her about the call he felt to become a pastor. The two were volunteering in the bus ministry of the Hispanic ... Read More
Union settles lawsuit over HHS abortion mandateJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Union University has settled its lawsuit against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that Union provide abortion-causing drugs as part of its employee health plans.
Under the terms of the settlement, the U.S. government agreed that the mandate was a violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that under the Supreme Court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, it imposed a "substantial burden" on Union's free exercise of religion. Read More
LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for childrenNASHVILLE (BP) -- Many children who are spending Christmas in the hospital this year will receive a stuffed animal declaring the love of Jesus from LifeWay Christian Store customers.
From Nov. 24 through the week before Christmas, LifeWay Stores will collect toy bears, moose and penguins, each embroidered with the phrase "Jesus Loves Me," from customers to give to local children's hospitals, mission organizations and local ministries. This year marks the 10th anniversary of LifeWay's Christmas stuffed animal drive. Read More
Tornado sends church members to elementary schoolMT. JULIET, Tenn. (BP) -- A mid-Tennessee church is trekking across the street to an elementary school for worship after sustaining damage from an EF-1 tornado, including a toppled steeple that left a hole in the roof above the sanctuary.
Mark Marshall, pastor of The Glade Church in Mt. Juliet near Nashville, said he is thankful that Gladeville Elementary School is willing to lend its facilities.
"We have a phenomenal relationship with them," Marshall said. "Over the years, this church has built a bridge with them." Read More
Bible Study: November 26, 2017
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the MasterWork curriculum.
Bible Passage: Ephesians 6:14-15 Read More
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks 'in' & 'for'
Michael Kelley ponders whether there is a difference in giving thanks "in" all circumstances and giving thanks "for" all circumstances. Read More