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  • Sexual inactivity among young adults studied

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 08, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- People born in the 1990s are less likely to be sexually active in young adulthood than were their counterparts born in the three previous decades, according to research published this month in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.

    Analysts are divided on whether the data indicates a rise in intentional commitment to chastity. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An issue of the heart

    by Anthony L. Jordan, posted Friday, July 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    The nation's tumult won't be resolved by government or the laws it enacts, Anthony Jordan writes. "Laws can help, and have helped, but laws do not change the hearts of people," Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, notes. "The local church must step forward as a force for racial reconciliation." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Political seasons & pastoral leadership

    by David H. McKinley, posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    No pastor "can be silent and ignore the volatile trends or threatening winds of change and unrest in our culture today," David McKinley writes. The Georgia pastor relays guiding principles for answering such questions as "Pastor, where do you stand on ...?" Read More

  • Teen abstinence rate up 28 percent

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of American high schoolers who have never had sexual intercourse has increased by 28 percent since 1991, according to data released this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

    The finding was hailed by advocates of abstinence-based sexual education -- also known as Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education -- as proof the message of delayed sexual activity is catching on with teens. Read More

  • 'Brexit' vote draws response from Baptist analysts

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (one year ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Though the United Kingdom's vote yesterday (June 23) to leave the European Union took many political observers by surprise, leaders at GuideStone Financial Resources and the Southern Baptist Foundation say they've had the referendum in view for months and have taken steps to protect Southern Baptist investors from the resultant market volatility.

    Meanwhile, Christian commentators on both sides of the Atlantic have weighed in on the "Brexit" -- as Britain's E.U. exit has been dubbed -- with opinions divided and calls for believers to help bring unity to the U.K. Read More

  • Parents in gorilla case express 'praise' to God

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Local Baptists have expressed support for the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill a 450-pound gorilla in order to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure over Memorial Day weekend.

    Much of the reaction was released to Baptist Press the same day the boy's family shared a statement with media outlets expressing "praise" to "God for His grace and mercy." The child, whose name has not been publicized, suffered only "a concussion and a few scrapes" after being picked up and dragged by the gorilla, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

    "We continue to ... be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child," the family said in a June 1 statement, according to the Enquirer. "We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us." Read More

  • Facebook's alleged anti-conservative bias debated

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist social media observers have expressed diverse reactions to allegations that Facebook "routinely suppressed" news of interest to conservative readers from the site's "trending" news section.

    National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson said Facebook "must change if they want our trust and participation in their platform." Meanwhile, social media expert Marty Duren of LifeWay Christian Resources and digital strategist Darrel Girardier of the Nashville-area Brentwood Baptist Church said Christians desiring to stay informed should not rely on Facebook as their sole news source. Read More

  • Sexual addiction tragedy prompts seminary conference

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, May 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The suicide death of a beloved colleague after a sexual addiction came to light drove the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary community to their knees in prayer last August. They rose determined to help others caught in pornography and sexual addiction.

    "Recalibrate," a campus-wide conference with Greg Miller of Faithful & True, a ministry to those impacted by sexual addictions, came together as a response to the death of John Gibson, longtime professor at NOBTS' Leavell College on the opening day of classes on Aug. 24, 2015. Read More

  • N.C., Target transgender restroom debates rage on

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the continuing political debate of transgender restroom policies, one U.S. state has received a threat from the Obama administration over its restroom use restrictions while another has asked discount retailer Target to explain how it will protect women and children from abuse of an open restroom policy.

    North Carolina pro-family leaders say the Obama administration has engaged in "bullying" and an "attack on religious freedom" by ... Read More

  • Transgenderism is growing ministry focus

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- John Pouchot has been in the pastorate 16 years. But it was only within the past three years that he first encountered a family dealing with transgenderism. Read More