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New journal provides Christian perspective on U.S. foreign policy

A new quarterly journal, Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, seeks to offer “vibrant and robust thinking” about Christian options, Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), told a press briefing Friday, Nov. 6.

The Washington Times reported the new publication will showcase conservative perspectives, especially from evangelical and Protestant Christian thinkers, on global statecraft, liberty, justice, human rights, the military, and Christian responsibilities to their neighbors and others in the world.

We want to “mine our shared traditions as Christians” about “how to live in this fallen world,” said Robert Nicholson, executive director of the Philos Project, a nonprofit that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East.

The King’s College in New York City is a sponsor of the publication.

Mr. Tooley said Americans and young adults are now flooded with messages of anti-Americanism, isolationism, pessimism, and the idea that “a true follower of Jesus” would not be interested in force or even be interested in issues of global statecraft.

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Same-sex couples challenge Mississippi's adoption ban today in federal court

JACKSON, Miss. – Four Mississippi same sex couples will go to federal court with their attorneys Friday, Nov. 6. They're challenging the Mississippi law that bans same sex couples from adoption.

Jessica Harbuck and Brittany Rowell are two of the plaintiffs. The Supreme Court says they can get legally married. But Mississippi is the only state that says a same sex couple can't adopt.

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Same-sex marriages up after U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Note: The graphic above is from an earlier study pointing to changing American attitudes toward same-sex marriage.

PRINCETON, N.J. – More lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Americans living with a same-sex partner now report being married (45 percent) than did so prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision to make same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states (38 percent), Gallup reported Nov. 5.

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Pew data confirms faithful remnant

NASHVILLE (BP) - The latest data release from the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study is significant but not surprising. For students of Scripture and church history, it confirms with empirical data what God's people have known to be true for millennia: the Lord's modus operandi is to preserve a faithful remnant amid the sinful world. It was true in the times of Noah, Elijah and the Apostle Paul, and telephone surveys of 35,071 American adults confirm it's still true today.

The title and subhead on a Nov. 3 release from the Pew Research Center aptly summarize all 265 pages of data: "U.S. public becoming less religious. Modest drop in overall rates of belief and practice, but religiously affiliated Americans are as observant as ever."

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CP starts fiscal year 3.26% over budget projection

NASHVILLE (BP) – Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 0.18 percent above last year's opening month of the convention's fiscal year and 3.26 percent above the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page.

As of Oct. 31, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled $16,048,439.92, or $29,259.07 above the $16,019,180.85 received in October 2014.

"We are tremendously grateful that for the second year in a row Cooperative Program receipts received by the Executive Committee exceeded the previous October's gifts and surpassed our projected budget goal for the first month of the fiscal year," Page said.

"We continue to work at helping our cooperating churches see the vision of what we can accomplish when we work together -- sustaining a global missions and ministry enterprise to the glory of God by going, sending, planting and training laborers for the harvest."

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