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Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

NEW YORK (AP) – Amid the Boy Scouts of America's complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches' fears that an eventual settlement – while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits – could leave many churches unprotected.

MinistrySafe develops training events for abuse prevention in response to COVID-19

FORT WORTH, Texas. (BP) – MinistrySafe, a non-profit organization focused on offering training to churches to prevent sexual abuse, is helping develop training on how the abuse prevention landscape has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

House OKs $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday (Sept. 23) to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system as Democrats moved to quash criticism from Republicans that their party is wavering in support of Israel.

Google’s ban on pro-life ads biased, divisive, SBC tech ethicist says

NASHVILLE (BP) – Google’s ban of ads by a pro-life organization reflects the frequent bias in the abortion debate and the deepening divisions in the culture, a Southern Baptist specialist in technology ethics said.

FIRST-PERSON: Why a pastor should pastor his children first

I’ve heard it said that a new father has lots of opinions and no experience, and one with grown children has lots of experience and few opinions. My oldest child is 10, so I suppose I’m halfway there. Some days it seems the only sign of accumulating experience is that my confidence about how to parent steadily drains away.

Christian author Josh McDowell steps away from ministry after comments about Black, minority families

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) – Best-selling Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell has stepped back from ministry after comments he made at a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors Sept. 18.

Pro-lifers hopeful as high court sets date for abortion ban arguments

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptists and other pro-life advocates greeted with hopefulness the news that a date has been set for arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the most significant abortion case in nearly three decades.

Supreme Court sets arguments in Mississippi abortion law case

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 1 in a Mississippi law that could challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade. The court issued its arguments calendar for late November and early December on Monday (Sept. 20). Mississippi is asking the high court to uphold its ban on most abortions after the 15th […]

ERLC unveils new technology, pro-life initiatives

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission plans cutting-edge work the next 18 months on technology and pro-life issues, trustees of the Southern Baptist entity were told at their annual meeting.

Todd Beamer’s actions on 9/11 grounded in faith

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was observed last week, the name Todd Beamer was referenced repeatedly. Beamer is the 32-year-old Christ-follower who led the charge on the cockpit of Flight 93 with a rallying cry of “Let’s roll!”