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Fayetteville, Ark., LGBT law repealedIFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Voters in a northwest Arkansas city have overturned a pro-homosexual/transgender ordinance that many claimed posed a threat to religious liberty.
In a special election Tuesday (Dec. 9), residents of Fayetteville -- home of the University of Arkansas -- approved repeal of the measure by fewer than 500 votes, with 52 percent (7,523) of voters in favor of repeal and 48 percent (7,040) opposed. ... Read More
'Ebola fighters': TIME's Person of the YearNASHVILLE (BP) -- "The Ebola Fighters," many of whom were motivated by their Christian faith to risk their lives in battling the deadly disease in West Africa, have been named TIME's "Person of the Year," the magazine announced Wednesday (Dec. 10).
The magazine's special issue recognized the group for doing the most to influence the events of 2014. TIME editor Nancy Gibbs wrote in announcing the decision that medical workers in West Africa "fought side by side with local doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers and burial teams" while much of the world was still "in denial and snarled in red tape" concerning the Ebola outbreak. Read More
S. Bapt. Hispanic Leadership Network plannedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Hispanics are strengthening their unity and cooperation within the Southern Baptist Convention by forming a leadership network set to launch at the 2015 SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
SBC Executive Committee Hispanic Relations Consultant Bob Sena announced the network in cooperation with Luis Lopez, director of LifeWay Espanol church resources, at a December 2 dinner meeting in Nashville attended by 65 leaders, including SBC Executive Committee CEO Frank S. Page and Hispanics from 23 Baptist state conventions. Read More
'Batmom' at biker rally unleashes her faithGALVESTON, Texas (BP) -- As soon as Alisa Copeland arrived at the Lone Star Rally anxious about sharing her faith among throngs of bikers, she texted her 12-year-old daughter Alexis.
"I'm so nervous," Copeland wrote to her evangelistically inclined daughter. Read More
Brewton-Parker College's accreditation reaffirmedMOUNT VERNON Ga. (BP) -- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has reaffirmed the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College, reversing an earlier decision. Read More
MISSIONS: The relevant call of Lottie Moon
Randy Davis harkens back to 1887 in China to underscore the ongoing relevance of missionary Lottie Moon's vision for Christmastime giving for global missions. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, also notes how faithful stewardship by Southern Baptist churches is "an eternal investment rather than a budget line item." Read More