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Monday
Jan042016

Millennials’ views of news media, religious organizations grow more negative

Younger generations tend to have more-positive views than their elders of a number of institutions that play a big part in American society. But for some institutions – such as churches and the news media – Millennials’ opinions have become markedly more negative in the past five years.

Since 2010, Millennials’ rating of churches and other religious organizations has dipped 18 percentage points: 55% now say churches have a positive impact on the country compared with five years ago, when nearly three-quarters (73%) said this. Views among older generations have changed little over this time period.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

Muslims and Islam: Key findings in the United States and around the world

MUSLIMS ARE THE fastest-growing religious group in the world. The growth and regional migration of Muslims, combined with the ongoing impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups that commit acts of violence in the name of Islam, have brought Muslims and the Islamic faith to the forefront of the political debate in many countries. Yet many facts about Muslims are not well known in some of these places, and most Americans – who live in a country with a relatively small Muslim population – say they known little or nothing about Islam.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

Send Conference among 2015 highlights for North American Mission Board

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Looking back on 2015, the North American Mission Board released a list of the year's highlights -- spotlighting churches and individuals whose sacrificial giving and "life on mission" actions are changing lives and impacting North America with the gospel.

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Tuesday
Dec222015

Kentucky statehouse chaplain to pray and provide counsel

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) - When the Kentucky General Assembly directory was printed, it probably wasn't intended as a prayer guide.

But that is how Steve Weaver has been using the publication.

For weeks, Weaver has been studying the faces of Kentucky's politicians to know them by name -- and to pray for them as a minister to the state capitol.

Weaver is serving as a chaplain through the Capitol Commission, an organization that seeks to share the love of God with government leaders and legislators of every political persuasion across the country. The Kentucky Baptist Convention contributes to the Capitol Commission's work in Kentucky.

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http://www.bpnews.net/46049/ky-statehouse-chaplain-to-pray-and-provide-counsel

 

Tuesday
Dec222015

Midwestern celebrates graduation, Hawkins Courtyard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) - Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched the next generation of pastors, ministers and missionaries into service during its 58th commencement exercises on Dec. 18. The event was highlighted by the keynote address and the dedication of a commons area named after O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources.

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http://bpnews.net/46050/midwestern-celebrates-graduation-hawkins-courtyard

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