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Irish court: Christian bakers must bake pro-gay cakeBELFAST, Northern Ireland (BP) -- A Northern Ireland appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Christian-run bakery accused of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake supporting gay marriage.
A ruling by a three-judge appeals panel has upheld a 2015 decision by a lower court finding Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Only Jesus can clear our name
Christians can expect to face times "when one's character is impugned and one's doctrine is reproached" in a culture rife with hostility, Owen Strachan writes. "The world may hate us, but if we are held secure by Jesus … that is enough, fathoms more than enough, for us." Read More
WRAP-UP: ERLC event addresses culture, GospelNASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers and panelists sought to help Christians understand how they can engage the culture in a Gospel-focused manner during the second day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference Aug. 26.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 National Conference featured pastors, academics and authors providing guidance to the audience -- which consisted of more than 900 registrants -- regarding not only what biblically based cultural engagement is but how to avoid being a captive of cultural Christianity. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The SBC's wisdom about Disney
"Finding Dory" prompts columnist David Roach to reflect on the wisdom of a 2005 pledge by the SBC "to continue to monitor the products and policies of The Disney Company." Read More
Moore: Gospel-defined conservatism neededNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians need to make certain what they are seeking to conserve in America is distinguished by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Russell Moore told attendees of a national conference on cultural engagement.
"[I]f what we are conserving is not defined by the Gospel, defined by a righteousness found in the lived life and shed blood of the resurrected Jesus Christ, a Gospel that is seen in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God, a Gospel seen in the community of the redeemed, a Gospel seen in that ministry of reconciliation, then we have nothing worth conserving at all," the president of the ... Read More
ERLC event: Gospel applies to race, politics, artNASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference on cultural engagement provided guidance Thursday (Aug. 25) on how the Gospel of Jesus addresses issues from race relations to politics to the arts.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference attracted more than 900 attendees for the first of two days of considering how Christians can engage the culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. The conference continued today (Aug. 26) with a full schedule of plenary and breakout sessions. Read More
Sexual inactivity among young adults studied
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
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
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
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