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Gender transition bans upheld for minors in Tennessee, Kentucky

CINCINNATI (BP) – Tennessee and Kentucky can prohibit certain gender-transition treatments for minors, a federal court said Sept. 28 in rejecting appeals from parents and others.

Israelis more skeptical of two-state peace for Israel, Palestine

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Israelis are increasingly skeptical that Israel and Palestine can peacefully coexist as envisioned since the Oslo Accords in 1993, Pew Research found.

Atheists urge Coach Freeze’s ouster after Auburn event baptizes 200

AUBURN, Ala. (BP) -- There was no baptismal at Unite Auburn, an evangelistic event that drew thousands to Auburn University’s Neville Arena. But event preacher and Southern Baptist pastor Jonathan Pokluda heard water was nearby.

See You at the Pole mobilizes parents in prayerwalks, daily prayer

SAN DIEGO (BP) – See You at the Pole is engaging parents in prayerwalking schools the weekends surrounding the Sept. 27 event to mobilize families in prayer year-round.

As Christian persecution grows globally, U.S. struggles to receive refugees

WASHINGTON (BP) – Despite her resolve not to cry, tears found persecuted Iranian Christian Sima Arshadi as she briefly shared her story of resettlement in the U.S.

ERLC urges Congress to uphold certain Bible-based beliefs in 2024 funding

WASHINGTON (BP) – Life, religious liberty, conscience protections and opposition to gender transition are among top priorities the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission advocated to Congress approaching the 2024 funding cycle.

Oklahoma church deemed not in friendly cooperation amid racial discrimination inquiry

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee deemed Matoaka Baptist Church of Ochelata, Okla., not in friendly cooperation with the SBC Sept. 19 after the church failed to respond to inquiries regarding alleged racial discrimination.

EC adopts code of conduct, commits to ‘due diligence’ vetting prospective hires

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new code of conduct for board members and a commitment to investigate backgrounds and credentials of prospective staff hires are in place for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

‘We turn the page on a new chapter,’ Howe tells SBC Executive Committee

NASHVILLE (BP) – Acknowledging the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee “has fallen short” as an institution, interim President Jonathan Howe told the body it’s time “to turn the page on a new chapter” of service to God’s kingdom.

South Carolina pastors, SBC leaders promote African missions

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (BP) – The power, energy and conviction of the Swahili prayers of the African women remain in the memory of Southern Baptist executive Charles Grant months after he joined South Carolina pastors on a mission vision tour to three African hubs.