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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (10 days ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of Scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    Focus on the Family's (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including public, private, parochial and trade schools as well as homeschool communities.

    -- "We shared goody bags with the class filled with bookmarks, Scripture and candy. So thankful for the freedom we have to share our faith! This was our 4th year participating in this ministry by sharing the love of Jesus," a member of First Baptist Church of Somerville, Tenn., said on Facebook of a local school. Read More

  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (13 days ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss Scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press today (Oct. 2).

    "We'll definitely exceed half a million participants, but it's hard to measure and predict exact numbers because lots of kids wait until the last moment to sign up and join the movement," said Cushman, FOTF director of education issues. "In addition to public school students in every state in the nation, we also have involvement from many kids in private schools and homeschooling communities who choose to do special events or distribute Bibles in their communities as a way of showing support. We welcome all of them." Read More

  • Transgender child on Nat. Geographic cover

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    National Geographic photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority.

    But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Bring Bible to School Day to draw 300K students

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Image from Focus on the Family
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- When 13-year-old Lexie first participated in Bring Your Bible To School Day, she found it "the most amazing experience … just to see everybody down in the hallways just sharing their love for Jesus."

    Before that day a year ago, Lexie struggled with fear and anxiety at her Georgia middle school, she told Baptist Press in advance of this year's national event set for Oct. 6. Read More

  • 'Modern Family' debuts transgender child character

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy will appear on tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of ABC's "Modern Family," portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show's leading gay couple, the series' director has announced.

    Modern Family Director Ryan Case identifies the show's first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, "He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family." Read More

  • Pastor care line offers confidential help

    by Tobin Perry , posted Thursday, October 09, 2014 (4 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors struggling through personal or professional crisis now have a confidential place to turn, thanks to a new partnership between the North American Mission Board and Focus on the Family.

    The care line -- dedicated exclusively to Southern Baptist pastors, chaplains and missionaries -- is toll-free at 1-844-PASTOR1. Calls are answered by Focus on the Family's Family Help Center and remain completely confidential. No information about the name of the pastor or the church will be provided to NAMB. Read More