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God & inaugurations: Baptists continue tradition
Jan20

God & inaugurations: Baptists continue tradition

WASHINGTON (BP) — The participation of at least five Southern Baptist pastors in inaugural activities for President Donald Trump continues a tradition of prayer, Scripture and references to God surrounding presidential inaugurations dating back to George Washington. Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress preached today (Jan. 20) at a private worship service for the families of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at St. John’s...

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Trump pledges ‘America first’ in inaugural speech
Jan20

Trump pledges ‘America first’ in inaugural speech

WASHINGTON (BP) — Americans will once again come first in their own country, Donald Trump said Friday (Jan. 20) after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In his 16-minute inaugural speech, Trump told the crowd gathered on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the national mall, “What truly matters is not which party controls the government but whether our government is controlled by the people....

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Gateway’s new Bay Area campus to open in January
Jan02

Gateway’s new Bay Area campus to open in January

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) — A final piece in Gateway Seminary’s campus relocation efforts drops into place as the seminary’s new San Francisco-area campus opens in Fremont, Calif., on Jan. 10. Spring classes begin there Jan. 30.   The campus will serve 250-300 students as the seminary continues its ministry in the Bay Area that began with its location to Mill Valley in 1959. Fall 2016 classes for the campus opened in...

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Macy’s ends Planned Parenthood contributions
Dec30

Macy’s ends Planned Parenthood contributions

NASHVILLE (BP)—Macy’s Inc. has reportedly discontinued contributions to Planned Parenthood after customers complained of the chain’s support of the abortion provider. Macy’s Inc.’s latest 990 tax form verifies that the retail giant no longer includes the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in its community contributions, the research group 2ndVote said, describing the news as the latest “Miracle on 34th Street.” “We’re constantly...

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Letter calls Pruitt ‘well qualified’ for EPA
Dec29

Letter calls Pruitt ‘well qualified’ for EPA

NASHVILLE (BP) — A group of 48 evangelical leaders, the vast majority of them Southern Baptists, has sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in support of Scott Pruitt, Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   Among the signatories are 12 former Southern Baptist Convention presidents; current SBC President Steve Gaines; 14 current and former SBC entity heads, including all six current...

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U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith
Dec26

U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

IZMIR, Turkey (BP) — Religious liberty advocates have joined the U.S. government in seeking the release of an American citizen who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey for 20 years before being imprisoned for his faith.   Andrew Brunson, formerly of Black Mountain, N.C., was reportedly detained 63 days without charges at the Harmandali Detention Center in Izmir, Turkey, before being imprisoned Dec. 9 at nearby Sakran...

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