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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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  • High court affirms pregnancy centers' speech rights

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a key free-speech victory for pro-life pregnancy centers today (June 26) by a 5-4 vote.

    The high court reversed a lower court decision regarding a California law that, in part, essentially requires pregnancy care centers to promote abortion services. The justices ruled the pregnancy centers that challenged the measure would likely succeed in their assertion it violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and returned the case to a federal court for reconsideration in light of their opinion. Read More

  • Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research study released today (June 26). But don't mess with a church's beliefs or there may be an exodus.

    The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. But more than half say they would strongly consider leaving if the church's beliefs changed, according to the study, which was conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017.

    Pastors often worry about changing church music and setting off a "worship war," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. But few say they would leave over music. Read More

  • Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role.

    In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear to have a "restless conscience right now," that restlessness has the potential to usher in healthy self-evaluation and repentance. Read More

  • 'Drag Queen Story Hours' to 'teach' kids

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD , posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Public libraries across the country are hosting drag performers for children's story hours this month. What started as a one-off 2015 event in San Francisco has become a national movement of libraries hiring men dressed as women to read books and sing songs with children, all advertised as kid-friendly exposure to gender fluidity.

    The events happen year-round, but more libraries are hosting story hours as part of their June LGBT Pride Month events. Libraries and bookstores in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Vermont are hosting the "Drag Queen Story Hours." Read More

  • Conn. 'surprised by grace' of DR response to storms

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    SOUTHBURY, Conn. (BP) -- Hundreds of Southern Baptists from 13 states are helping Connecticut residents after tornadoes destroyed 300 homes there in May, disaster relief (DR) leader Tim Buehner told Baptist Press.

    Chaplaincy has been at the forefront of DR work slated to continue through mid-July in at least five communities where an estimated 98 percent of residents don't recognize Jesus as Savior, said Buehner, mobilization and ministry evangelism coordinator for the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Needing qualified people

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (5 months ago)

    To address the problems plaguing contemporary culture, Hance Dilbeck writes, churches need men and women who are morally, practically and spiritual qualified. Read More