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Zika bill stalled over Planned Parenthood funding
Jul06

Zika bill stalled over Planned Parenthood funding

WASHINGTON (BP) — A bill that would provide emergency funding to combat the Zika virus is stalled in the U.S. Senate in large part because Democrats object to provisions limiting the amount of Zika funding that could be distributed to Planned Parenthood. After bipartisan negotiations on the bill halted last month, Republicans put forward a bill that appropriates $1.1 billion to combat Zika, which is expected to spread in the...

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Mosque lawsuit brings concern, clarity on religious liberty
Jun30

Mosque lawsuit brings concern, clarity on religious liberty

BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (BP) — The proposed construction of a mosque in New Jersey has prompted discussion among Southern Baptists of the proper way to protect Muslims’ religious liberty. Today (June 9) a trio of Southern Baptist professors — Jason Due read more

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New York Yankees call Ken Whitten ‘mentor’
Apr25

New York Yankees call Ken Whitten ‘mentor’

LUTZ, Fla. (BP)—Ken Whitten used to dream of playing professional baseball. But even though God closed that door following Whitten’s college pitching career nearly 40 years ago at Eastern Illinois University, He reopens another door into baseball for Whitten each spring as Major League players and coaches—especially New York Yankees—descend on the Tampa-area Lutz, Fla., Idlewild where he has served as pastor for 26 years. With the...

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NCAA pressed to defend transgender athletes
Mar28

NCAA pressed to defend transgender athletes

NASHVILLE (BP)—As March Madness is happening, a homosexual advocacy group is pressuring the NCAA to exclude from its membership all schools with federal government approval to “discriminate” against transgender individuals on religious grounds. Southern Baptist seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. predicted the NCAA eventually will succumb to pressure from activists and grant the request to ban schools with a biblically orthodox...

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First days of Jesus’ life explored
Dec24

First days of Jesus’ life explored

It may come as a surprise to some that none of these elements are included in the two scriptural accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke—though they commonly are featured in Christmas pageants. In The First Days of Jesus, published this year by Crossway, two authors with Southern Baptist ties urge believers to separate fact from fiction through “a careful reading of the New Testament infancy narratives in their historical...

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