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With 21 dead, churches respond to tornado damage amid personal tragedies

ROLLING FORK, Miss. (BP) – Pastor Bob Gilliland’s son Roger called and told him to turn on the weather; a tornado was approaching.

SBC leaders address NAAF, Send Network gathering

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Enhanced collaboration in spreading the Gospel was a key focus as national and regional Southern Baptist leaders gathered March 22 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Churches viewed favorably nationally, Barna Cities research shows

NASHVILLE (BP) – More than 75 percent of adults have a positive view of the church in Nashville, in the center of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation. A prevailing positive perception of the church is common in research the Barna Group has unveiled.

Pastors’ satisfaction, certainty of call in rapid decline, Barna finds

VENTURA, Calif. (BP) – Protestant pastors are less satisfied with their jobs and church assignments and less confident in their spiritual callings, Barna research said in its latest study on pastoral resilience.

Eight U.S. lawmakers decry lack of religious freedom in UK

WASHINGTON (BP) – A handful of U.S. representatives led by Chip Roy, a Southern Baptist from Austin, Texas, are protesting the use of Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in the U.K., saying the citations are issued to prevent religious expression.

FDA’s position on abortion pill in hands of Texas judge

AMARILLO, Texas (BP) -- Pro-life advocates and others are awaiting a Texas judge’s ruling on whether an abortion pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 should be prescribed to women.

Religious persecution grows in Russia’s war on Ukraine, U.S. hearing says

WASHINGTON (BP) — Russia has amplified its persecution of Christians, Muslims and Jews in its war on Ukraine, destroying churches and murdering, torturing and imprisoning many pastors and advocates, participants in a U.S. government hearing said March 15. Panelists decried and called for punishment of Russia’s war crimes explored in “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications […]

Covenant Eyes app reinstated in Google Play store

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Google Play has reinstated apps for pornography accountability software Covenant Eyes and Accountable2You after resolving invasion of privacy concerns that software leaders said were erroneous.

Three states pass new childhood gender protection bills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee are the latest states to pass new legislation protecting minors from transgender surgery and hormonal treatment.

Herbert Brisbane, trailblazing Black evangelism leader, dies at 68

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – Herbert Brisbane, remembered as one of the earliest African American Southern Baptist denominational workers in church planting and evangelism, died March 2 in Fort Worth, Texas, after a lengthy illness. He was 68.