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Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill
Jun27

Kennedy’s departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

WASHINGTON (BP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration. Kennedy’s resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote, enabling the appointment of Justice Neil...

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Oklahoma voters approve ‘medical marijuana’ (SQ 788)
Jun27

Oklahoma voters approve ‘medical marijuana’ (SQ 788)

On June 26, Oklahoma primary voters approved State Question 788, which was promoted as “medical marijuana,” by a 57-43 percent margin. Leading up to the vote, the measure drew widespread opposition and criticism from leaders in the faith community, business world and medical community. Among Southern Baptists warning against SQ 788 were U.S. Sen. James Lankford, Hance Dilbeck and Russell Moore. Baptist Messenger Editor Brian Hobbs...

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Supreme Court rules in favor of pregnancy centers, free speech
Jun26

Supreme Court rules in favor of pregnancy centers, free speech

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Tuesday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a California-based pregnancy resource center would not be forced to promote abortions. “The Supreme Court ruled on National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California, a case regarding a California law that threatened to shut down pregnancy resource centers serving women and children in need,”...

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High court annuls ruling against florist
Jun26

High court annuls ruling against florist

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive today (June 25) in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions. The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. The order also instructed the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its...

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Missions & ministry: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief serves Connecticut after late-May tornadoes
Jun21

Missions & ministry: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief serves Connecticut after late-May tornadoes

CONNECTICUT—Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) teams travelled to Connecticut recently after late-May tornadoes and a microburst hit an area of six or seven communities near New Haven. Don Williams, state director of Oklahoma Baptist DR, said, “It is a heavily-wooded area. Trees there are 100 feet tall with a diameter of about 40 feet, but their roots are only about three feet deep so they are uprooted easily.” Meteorologists...

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Conventional Thinking: 2018 elections & F-A-I-R play
Jun15

Conventional Thinking: 2018 elections & F-A-I-R play

With the 2018 elections drawing near, the political temperature is heating up. In some ways, with today’s social-media-saturated, partisan climate, the political temperature stays hot year round. At some level, though, people’s elevated passions for politics is understandable. Not only do elections determine our government leaders, they determine the course of action on key issues. And from the state to federal level, the 2018...

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