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Baptist Global Response launches new GoatFundMe campaign Aug 20, 2018

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Baptist Global Response launches new GoatFundMe campaign

Baptist Global Response (BGR) is crowdsourcing for a cause.

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Parking tax could cost churches, ministries Aug 15, 2018

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Parking tax could cost churches, ministries

A little-noticed provision of last year's Republican tax legislation which taxes employee parking at nonprofit organizations...

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Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts Aug 15, 2018

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Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for...

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Missouri Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March Aug 14, 2018

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Missouri Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes "there is nothing more exhilarating in life than...

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Contemporary Christian concert to be featured at annual Beatles festival in Walnut Ridge Aug 13, 2018

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Contemporary Christian concert to be featured at annual Beatles festival in Walnut Ridge

This year’s Beatles at the Ridge Music Festival and Symposium, set for Friday and Saturday, Sept....

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Ouachita Baptist University sets fundraising record of $17.2 million Aug 13, 2018

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Ouachita Baptist University sets fundraising record of $17.2 million

Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia has received a record $17.2 million in private support in academic...

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Uncommon Arkansans: Ouachita’s Ben Elrod Aug 8, 2018

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Uncommon Arkansans: Ouachita’s Ben Elrod

There are countless stories of men who had no intention of becoming a pastor, but did...

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'Baptist Hymnal' celebrates 10-year anniversary Aug 8, 2018

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'Baptist Hymnal' celebrates 10-year anniversary

LifeWay Christian Resources is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the latest Baptist Hymnal this August.

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National Cooperative Program giving 3.06% ahead of projection Aug 8, 2018

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National Cooperative Program giving 3.06% ahead of projection

Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the...

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John Bisagno, pastor and church innovator, dies at 84 Aug 6, 2018

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John Bisagno, pastor and church innovator, dies at 84

John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5...

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Greear announces sexual abuse study group Jul 27, 2018

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Greear announces sexual abuse study group

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced he will form a Sexual Abuse Presidential Study...

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On the road for missions: Hendersons travel to tell WMU story Jul 26, 2018

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On the road for missions: Hendersons travel to tell WMU story

The rumble of the on-board generator lent a muffled, but noticeable, undertone as Trennis and Pam...

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Colson elected exec. secretary of editors’ group Jul 26, 2018

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Colson elected exec. secretary of editors’ group

Margaret Colson, writer/copy editor for the Arkansas Baptist News (ABN), was elected executive secretary of the...

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Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs Jul 25, 2018

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Volunteers needed as Ridgecrest attendance climbs

LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center celebrated record attendance last year as approximately 70,000 guests visited the Blue...

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LifeWay's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates 25th anniversary Jul 24, 2018

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LifeWay's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates 25th anniversary

Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press...

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Turner elected 25th president of Southwest Baptist University Jul 24, 2018

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Turner elected 25th president of Southwest Baptist University

Eric A. Turner, of Pocahontas, was unanimously selected as the 25th president of Southwest Baptist University...

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SBC Sullivan Tower to be imploded Saturday Jul 20, 2018

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SBC Sullivan Tower to be imploded Saturday

Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled...

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows Jul 19, 2018

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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting when compared to...

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case Jul 18, 2018

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church's internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and...

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IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response Jul 18, 2018

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IMB, ex-missionary's accuser differ over abuse response

The International Mission Board and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented...

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Zoning restriction stymies Maryland church's expanded ministry Jul 17, 2018

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Zoning restriction stymies Maryland church's expanded ministry

Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the...

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LGBT Revoice conference raises eyebrows of evangelical community Jul 17, 2018

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LGBT Revoice conference raises eyebrows of evangelical community

An LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Christian conference – set for July 26-28 in St. Louis...

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Episcopal Church says all same-sex couples can now marry in their home churches Jul 16, 2018

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Episcopal Church says all same-sex couples can now marry in their home churches

THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH removed restrictions on same-sex marriage July 13, making it so all couples can...

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Former Arkansas Baptist minister charged with sexual assault Jul 10, 2018

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Former Arkansas Baptist minister charged with sexual assault

Mark Aderholt, a former employee of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, International Mission Board missionary and...

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Gardner first woman named chair of SBC seminary Jul 10, 2018

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Gardner first woman named chair of SBC seminary

Becky Gardner, a superintendent of a Christian school in Peoria, Ill., is the first woman to...

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Filipino president's comments on God rebuked Jul 10, 2018

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Filipino president's comments on God rebuked

The Filipino president's offer to resign if anyone can prove the God of the Bible exists...

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti Jul 9, 2018

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources...

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC's Moore shared by thousands Jul 9, 2018

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC's Moore shared by thousands

Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and...

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'Associational Mission Strategist' suggested as new DOM title Jul 6, 2018

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'Associational Mission Strategist' suggested as new DOM title

"Associational Mission Strategist" (AMS) is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called...

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'Thankful to be part of what God is doing' with CP Jul 3, 2018

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'Thankful to be part of what God is doing' with CP

Central Baptist Church's mission, rather than location, is reflected in it name.

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Oklahoma medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold' Jul 2, 2018

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Oklahoma medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'

Oklahoma's adoption of what may be the nation's most permissive medical marijuana law has left some...

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Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music Jul 2, 2018

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Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according...

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Record-low 47% extremely proud to be Americans - Gallup Jul 2, 2018

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Record-low 47% extremely proud to be Americans - Gallup

Forty-seven percent of U.S. adults say they are extremely proud to be Americans, a new low...

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Debate begins on next Supreme Court nominee Jul 2, 2018

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Debate begins on next Supreme Court nominee

The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President...

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‘Undivided’ panels discuss race and the SBC Jun 28, 2018

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‘Undivided’ panels discuss race and the SBC

Following the release of a video series by the same name, the North American Mission Board...

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Social media and teens: a way 'to see what is happening' Jun 25, 2018

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Social media and teens: a way 'to see what is happening'

While social media often is seen as a bad thing, what if Instagram and YouTube could...

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High court annuls ruling against Southern Baptist florist Jun 25, 2018

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High court annuls ruling against Southern Baptist florist

The U.S. Supreme Court provided a promising directive June 25 in the ongoing effort by business...

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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations Jun 22, 2018

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President Trump commended for halt to border family separations

Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order June 20 addressing the separation of children...

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities Jun 22, 2018

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Pro-life banners greet drivers in 50 cities

Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life"...

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended Jun 19, 2018

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Trump Administration 'zero tolerance' policy denounced, defended

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition June 18 to separating children from...

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas Jun 10, 2018

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Southern Baptists reflect on numbers as annual meeting convenes Dallas

Southern Baptists gather June 12-13 in Dallas for their annual meeting amid reports of a decline...

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds Jun 9, 2018

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds

Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce, marijuana and pornography are approved by a growing percentage of Americans, Gallup...

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems Jun 6, 2018

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Churches must abandon 600MHz wireless sound systems

Churches that haven't updated their wireless sound system may have trouble being heard on any given...

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns Jun 6, 2018

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Curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern resigns

Christian T. George, assistant professor of historical theology and curator of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern...

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation' Jun 6, 2018

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Patterson attorney claims 'misrepresentation'

An attorney for terminated Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson issued a media release...

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case Jun 4, 2018

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SCOTUS rules in favor of baker over same-sex couple in Colorado wedding cake case

The U.S. Supreme court dodged a major ruling on the question of whether business owners can...

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations Jun 1, 2018

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Worship attendance rises, while baptisms decline in SBC congregations

Long-standing patterns in the Southern Baptist Convention continued to dominate the ACP, which is compiled by...

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations Jun 1, 2018

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Patterson firing met with strong reaction, cancellations

Following Paige Patterson's termination by a 12-member committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees, reactions...

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Mission:Dignity aims to provide financial assistance to eligible SBC ministers May 31, 2018
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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits May 30, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary terminates Paige Patterson, removing all benefits

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Trustees has terminated former president Paige Patterson effective immediately.

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Bible helps NBA's Curry stay 'focused, locked-in' May 30, 2018

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Bible helps NBA's Curry stay 'focused, locked-in'

Stephen Curry has been writing Philippians 4:13 on his basketball shoes since his first college practice,...

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Faith & Ethics: US Supreme Court allows good abortion law to stand May 30, 2018

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Faith & Ethics: US Supreme Court allows good abortion law to stand

PERHAPS some sanity is returning to this country’s handling of abortion.

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index May 30, 2018

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Barkley promoted to editor of Georgia's Christian Index

J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, has announced that Scott Barkley,...

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS abortion order celebrated by Ark. Baptists

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal May 29 to hear Planned Parenthood's challenge of an Arkansas abortion...

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law May 29, 2018

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SCOTUS allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law

The Supreme Court on allowed Arkansas to enforce a law restricting medication abortions, rejecting an appeal...

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary May 25, 2018

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Alvin Reid resigns from Southeastern Seminary

Alvin Reid has resigned from the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), citing "personal and...

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment' May 24, 2018

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Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC's "own horrifying...

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Judge sides with transgender teen May 24, 2018

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Judge sides with transgender teen

A federal judge on May 22 said a Virginia school board violated the rights of a...

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting May 23, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary trustees vote to remove Patterson after marathon meeting

Paige Patterson was removed as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary May 22 following a marathon...

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention May 22, 2018

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SBC ends relationship with DC convention

After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors,...

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy May 16, 2018

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Jeffress attacked for offering 'evangelical prayer' at opening of Jerusalem embassy

Jeffress criticized for offering evangelical prayer during embassy opening.

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ABCHomes helps single mothers get back on their feet with residential care May 16, 2018
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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states May 15, 2018

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Supreme Court ruling permits sports betting in all states

All 50 states are now free to sponsor gambling on sporting events, the U.S. Supreme Court...

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90 May 15, 2018

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Disaster relief pioneer Bob Dixon dies at age 90

Robert E. "Bob" Dixon, who pioneered Southern Baptist disaster relief ministry more than 50 years ago...

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions May 14, 2018

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Jerusalem embassy opening draws protests, Baptist reactions

As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion...

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Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church May 11, 2018

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Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church

Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don't always go in...

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California bill already impacting religious expression May 11, 2018

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California bill already impacting religious expression

The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity...

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches May 10, 2018

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Kentucky convention seeks break from CBF donor churches

The Kentucky Baptist Convention Mission Board took a step May 8 toward distancing KBC churches from...

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting May 7, 2018

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Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

Southwestern Seminary announces special May 22 trustee meeting

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition May 6, 2018

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SBC women (and men) ask for action regarding Patterson in online petition

An online petition by SBC women is seeking the dismissal of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern...

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit May 5, 2018

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Ark. collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our...

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us' May 4, 2018

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Floyd: Prayer a 'gift that the Lord has given us'

Prayer is a “gift that the Lord has given us,” said Ronnie Floyd, president of the...

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019 May 3, 2018

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Boy Scouts to drop 'Boy' and accept girls in 2019

The Boy Scouts program is set to drop the gender from its name and re-emerge as...

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Baylor survey names a dozen who can really preach May 3, 2018

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Baylor survey names a dozen who can really preach

A dozen pastors known for their consistently stellar performances in the pulpit made Baylor University’s list...

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Floyd calls for unity on National Day of Prayer May 3, 2018
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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond May 2, 2018

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Southern Baptist leader’s advice to abused women sends leaders scrambling to respond

Controversial comments about women, abuse and divorce made by a highly respected leader in the Southern...

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas May 2, 2018

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Travel help available to help small church pastors to attend SBC in Dallas

Pastors of smaller membership churches are eligible for help with expenses for attending the Southern Baptist...

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance Apr 30, 2018

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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court...

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument Apr 30, 2018

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Satanic Temple plans to sue Arkansas over Ten Commandments monument

Lucien Greaves, the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said his group will join a lawsuit soon...

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla. Apr 29, 2018

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Brunson steps down as pastor of FBC, Jacksonville, Fla.

When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of First Baptist Church stepped into the pulpit this morning, it...

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality Apr 27, 2018

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California bill could bar Bible's teaching on sexuality

Southern Baptists and other religious conservatives are warning a bill making its way through the California...

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FUGE celebrates 40 years of ministry to students Apr 27, 2018

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FUGE celebrates 40 years of ministry to students

Since 1979, LifeWay's FUGE Camps have seen God work in the lives of more than 1.7...

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence Apr 25, 2018

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Arkansas Baptist communicators recognized for excellence

Arkansas Baptist communicators garnered 21 awards in numerous categories ranging from design to writing to photography...

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31 Apr 25, 2018

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Youth Right to Life video contest deadline May 31

THE NATIONAL Right to Life is holding a video contest to encourage youth to support pro-life...

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable' Apr 24, 2018

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GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions...

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith Apr 24, 2018

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Fox News host urges communicators to live out faith

Fox News host Shannon Bream spoke to fellow Christian communicators about the importance of living a...

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget Apr 19, 2018

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Williams OKs new programs, $13.6M budget

The Board of Trustees at Williams Baptist College (WBC) voted to approve three new academic programs...

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity Apr 19, 2018

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MLK50: Price to be paid for racial unity

Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said April...

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President Carter, 93, shares about his new book, 'Faith' Apr 13, 2018

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President Carter, 93, shares about his new book, 'Faith'

In his 32nd book, titled simply “Faith,” Jimmy Carter, a former Southern Baptist, looks at how...

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Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship announced for 2018-19 Apr 13, 2018

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Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship announced for 2018-19

The Arkansas Master’Singers Memorial Scholarship, established in memory of deceased members, is awarded annually and designed...

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15 Apr 12, 2018

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Nominations for IMB president to be accepted through May 15

The presidential search committee of the International Mission Board (IMB) has announced April 12 that it...

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages Apr 11, 2018

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Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damages

Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while...

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations Apr 11, 2018

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Willow Creek's Bill Hybels resigns amid misconduct accusations

Bill Hybels, the pastor who grew Willow Creek Community Church into one of the nation's most...

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts Apr 11, 2018

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LMCO gifts 4.4% ahead of last Spring’s receipts

Southern Baptists’ contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering (LMCO) are 4.4...

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement Apr 11, 2018

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Longtime Alabama Baptist editor announces retirement

After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers – 43 of those years in the lead editor...

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Where have all the organists gone? Apr 11, 2018

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Where have all the organists gone?

Has playing the organ become a dying art?

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Pew: Women more devout than men Apr 11, 2018

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Pew: Women more devout than men

Pew Research has found a significant gender gap concerning religious beliefs and practice among self-identified Christian...

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics Apr 9, 2018

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Liberty University ‘censors’ student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. stifled an effort by the school’s newspaper to report on...

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SBC Executive Committee executive VP Augie Boto named interim president Apr 5, 2018

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SBC Executive Committee executive VP Augie Boto named interim president

D. August (Augie) Boto has been named interim president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis Apr 5, 2018

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Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conference in Memphis

MLK50 conference conveners lamented and asked God for brokenness in the evangelical church during a time...

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Health care sharing ministry offers alternative to traditional insurance Mar 29, 2018

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Health care sharing ministry offers alternative to traditional insurance

Christian health care sharing ministry (HCSM) plans have been around for decades but seem to be...

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‘Pray for America – Unity’ National Day of Prayer theme Mar 29, 2018

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‘Pray for America – Unity’ National Day of Prayer theme

The National Day of Prayer is set to be held Thursday, May 3.

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​Baptist Global Response launches 2nd annual Well Dig Dare Mar 28, 2018

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​Baptist Global Response launches 2nd annual Well Dig Dare

Baptist Global Response (BGR), a Southern Baptist humanitarian aid organization, is challenging Southern Baptists to take...

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FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project Mar 27, 2018

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FBC Sutherland Springs launches building project

First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, the Southern Baptist congregation whose members were targeted by a gunman...

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New Trump transgender military policy 'likely' to stand Mar 26, 2018

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New Trump transgender military policy 'likely' to stand

The Trump administration has issued a new directive that permits transgender military service only "under certain...

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'I Can Only Imagine' sees box office success, more faith-based films opening around Easter Mar 19, 2018

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'I Can Only Imagine' sees box office success, more faith-based films opening around Easter

"I Can Only Imagine" opened third at the U.S. box office this past weekend as the...

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Embezzlement ordeal leaves church 'anxious to move on' Mar 19, 2018

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Embezzlement ordeal leaves church 'anxious to move on'

Days before its former treasurer faces arraignment in the alleged embezzlement of more than $300,000 from...

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Free church security training offered through May 1 Mar 16, 2018

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Free church security training offered through May 1

As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on...

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Baptist state newspapers: Today’s news is tomorrow’s history - Wilkey Mar 9, 2018

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Baptist state newspapers: Today’s news is tomorrow’s history - Wilkey

In an era of shrinking newspaper print readership, Baptist state newspapers retain a viable path forward...

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Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal Mar 7, 2018

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Billy Graham holiday petition climbing toward 150,000 goal

A grassroots petition to honor the late Billy Graham with a national holiday had gathered nearly...

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Alabama pastor Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee Mar 7, 2018

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Alabama pastor Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee

Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be nominated for president...

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Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicist Mar 6, 2018

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Transgender teens: New study 'no surprise,' says ethicist

A medical journal's finding that the number of transgender teens may be three times greater than...

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Jeffress to keynote Faith Talk 99.5 pastor’s luncheon Mar 6, 2018

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Jeffress to keynote Faith Talk 99.5 pastor’s luncheon

Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, a Fox News contributor and spiritual advisor to...

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'Invite people to follow Jesus,' Merritt tells 800 gathered for West Tenn. evangelism rally Mar 5, 2018
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Pence: Christian communicators needed 'more than ever' Feb 28, 2018

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Pence: Christian communicators needed 'more than ever'

In a time plagued by evil, Americans need the ministry and message provided by Christian communicators,...

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Why Billy Graham's death marks the end of an era Feb 27, 2018

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Why Billy Graham's death marks the end of an era

Billy Graham was one of the most admired people in America. Today, evangelicals don’t agree on...

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Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote Feb 27, 2018

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Online sex crimes loophole removal nears House vote

A legal loophole that has shielded sex advertising websites and their users from prosecution may be...

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Beth Moore's Living Proof Live conference marks 20 years Feb 27, 2018

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Beth Moore's Living Proof Live conference marks 20 years

LifeWay's Living Proof Live with Beth Moore event is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer Feb 27, 2018

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Supreme Court DACA order spurs call to prayer

The Supreme Court's refusal to fast-track a Trump administration appeal related to immigration has given Congress...

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BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF Feb 27, 2018

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BGAV to stop forwarding churches' gifts to CBF

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) has become the second Baptist state convention in the...

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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth' Feb 22, 2018

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BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

The decision of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) to stop forwarding churches' contributions to...

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant Feb 21, 2018

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Gift of building sparks growth of Ky. church plant

Most pastors wouldn’t consider it a landmark day when a fire destroys a church’s office space...

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99 Feb 21, 2018

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Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dies at 99

Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' and noted evangelist, dead at 99

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen Feb 20, 2018

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Ohio parents lose custody of transgender teen

An Ohio couple lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to...

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SBC Pastors' Conference in Dallas announces 2018 speakers, theme Feb 19, 2018

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SBC Pastors' Conference in Dallas announces 2018 speakers, theme

"Fulfill Your Ministry!" will be the theme addressed by a diverse lineup of speakers at this...

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President Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections Feb 19, 2018

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President Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the...

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate Feb 16, 2018

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Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented...

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound Feb 16, 2018

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Florida school tragedy: Prayer enlisted as tears abound

Amid the pressing anguish from the school shooting that claimed 17 lives in Florida, Baptists nationwide...

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency Feb 16, 2018

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Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency

Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee, addressed editors of Baptist state publications...

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march Feb 8, 2018

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Hundreds decry legal abortion at life march

Hundreds of Arkansans flooded the steps of the Arkansas Capitol Jan. 21 to a bagpipe rendition...

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees Feb 8, 2018

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Greear-Hemphill to be SBC nominees

The 2018 election for Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) president now has two candidates – representing different...

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle Feb 7, 2018

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Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding...

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On college campuses, some evangelicals find room to reflect Feb 6, 2018

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On college campuses, some evangelicals find room to reflect

The regulars punch a code in the front-door lock at any hour of the day or...

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Olympics 2018: a bridge to gospel conversations Feb 6, 2018

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Olympics 2018: a bridge to gospel conversations

It was like a blind date with the whole world watching.

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Black Southern Baptist history 'at a crossroads' Feb 6, 2018

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Black Southern Baptist history 'at a crossroads'

In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members...

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement Feb 6, 2018

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Apology, $300K payout in church sex abuse settlement

An apology, admission of liability and a $300,000 payout are among the terms First Baptist Church...

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation Feb 5, 2018

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Evidence humans 'unique' among creation

While the Bible teaches that God designed humans – and only humans – in His image,...

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility Feb 2, 2018

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GuideStone: Don't panic over stock market volatility

Volatility in 2018 may buffet the financial markets, which have grown feverishly since the election of...

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ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family Feb 2, 2018

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ERLC agenda focuses on life, liberty, family

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's legislative and policy priorities for 2018 include the...

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Ken Hemphill to be SBC president nominee Feb 2, 2018

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Ken Hemphill to be SBC president nominee

Ken Hemphill, an administrator at North Greenville University and a former Southern Baptist Convention seminary president,...

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Patriots same team, 'new lights for Jesus' Feb 2, 2018

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Patriots same team, 'new lights for Jesus'

Another Super Bowl. Another year with the New England Patriots playing in it. However, this year...

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Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl Feb 1, 2018

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Twin Cities churches mobilize around Super Bowl

The hometown Vikings may have fallen just short of playing in this year's Super Bowl, but...

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Religious leaders hail, hammer President Trump’s first State of the Union speech - RNS Jan 31, 2018

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Religious leaders hail, hammer President Trump’s first State of the Union speech - RNS

Reaction to President Trump’s first State of the Union was fast and furious from opponents and...

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University Jan 25, 2018

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Hugh and Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty University

Hugh Freeze made his first public appearance Jan. 24 since resigning as Ole Miss head football...

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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville Jan 24, 2018

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LifeWay building demolished in downtown Nashville

The former 12-story LifeWay Christian Resources landmark Draper Tower in downtown Nashville was demolished Jan. 6...

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University ordered to readmit campus Christian group Jan 24, 2018

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University ordered to readmit campus Christian group

A state university must temporarily restore registered status to a Christian student group kicked off campus...

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Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle Jan 24, 2018

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Dead Sea Scrolls fragment may help solve Bible puzzle

A message from one of the last two untranslated Dead Sea Scrolls may contain a clue...

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement Jan 23, 2018

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Evangelicals for Life addresses ethics of 'pro-life' movement

Evangelical Christians defend not only unborn children in the pro-life cause but all other human beings...

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University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight Jan 19, 2018

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University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight

A Christian student group at the University of Iowa has filed suit against the school after...

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Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues Jan 19, 2018

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Wisconsin school drops appeal, transgender fight continues

A confluence of transgender cases is headed to appeals courts across the country, pitting transgender students'...

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Religious liberty to be 'vigorously' enforced Jan 19, 2018
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Midwest Founders Conference Feb. 27-28 in Fenton, Mo. Jan 19, 2018

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Midwest Founders Conference Feb. 27-28 in Fenton, Mo.

Founders Midwest is a regional conference “that strives to encourage, educate and edify Midwest Baptists from...

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Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College Jan 10, 2018

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Nelson to give Vaughn Lecture Jan. 16 at Williams Baptist College

Rex Nelson, senior editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, will give Williams Baptist College’s Vaughn Lecture at...

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GuideStone announces new location in Dallas Jan 9, 2018

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GuideStone announces new location in Dallas

GuideStone Financial Resources plans to relocate in late summer 2018 to 115,000 square feet of new...

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana Jan 5, 2018

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Justice Department ends policy allowing states to legalize marijuana

On Monday, California became the latest – and largest – state to legalize marijuana for recreational...

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2017 SBC Pastors' Conference issues financial report; event costs more than $400,000 Jan 3, 2018

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2017 SBC Pastors' Conference issues financial report; event costs more than $400,000

Dave Miller, president of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference, issued a written financial report for the...

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Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in California Jan 2, 2018

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Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in California

According to The Los Angeles Times, recreational marijuana sales are expected to become a $7 billion...

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State conventions sell buildings, downsize staffs Dec 22, 2017

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State conventions sell buildings, downsize staffs

At least eight state conventions that have sold, moved out of or attempted to sell their...

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Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89 Dec 22, 2017

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Former Midwestern President Milton Ferguson dies at 89

Milton Ferguson, former president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, died Dec. 21 after a brief battle...

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Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas Dec 22, 2017

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Holiday grief confronts Sutherland Springs, Las Vegas

Amid the aftermath of deadly massacres this fall in both cities, pastors there are seeking avenues...

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely Dec 19, 2017

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Minister housing allowance order stayed; appeals likely

A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the...

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban Dec 19, 2017

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Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature's passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies...

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Arkansas Baptist College fires president for 'lack of transparency' Dec 18, 2017

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Arkansas Baptist College fires president for 'lack of transparency'

Arkansas Baptist College announced Dec. 18 that it has fired its president who only had been...

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Christmas celebrations becoming less religious, according to Pew survey Dec 15, 2017

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Christmas celebrations becoming less religious, according to Pew survey

Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew...

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Baptist Health volunteers bring Christmas cheer to patients Dec 15, 2017

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Baptist Health volunteers bring Christmas cheer to patients

Some local hospice and home health patients are receiving Christmas cheer thanks to volunteers at Baptist...

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues Dec 13, 2017

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Transgenders to enlist as Trump appeal continues

Transgender people will be able to enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, the Department...

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Tattooed ex-country musician pastor leads growing church in small town Texas Dec 13, 2017

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Tattooed ex-country musician pastor leads growing church in small town Texas

As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit Dec 13, 2017

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Paul Pressler accused of sexual abuse in Texas lawsuit

A lawsuit alleging decades of sexual abuse by retired Texas state judge Paul Pressler has named...

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Protests follow President Trump's Jerusalem announcement Dec 8, 2017

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Protests follow President Trump's Jerusalem announcement

U.S. President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked condemnation Dec. 7 from...

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OBU prof pens editorial on Roy Moore, university responds Dec 6, 2017

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OBU prof pens editorial on Roy Moore, university responds

The long arm of politics has reached all the way from Alabama to Arkansas as Tully...

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Supreme Court weighs cake artist's liberty Dec 5, 2017

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Supreme Court weighs cake artist's liberty

The U.S. Supreme Court grilled four lawyers Dec. 5 in its effort to determine if a...

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Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals Dec 4, 2017

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Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

Older American evangelicals love Israel, but many younger evangelicals simply don't care, according to a new...

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Survey seeks qualities of effective associational missionaries/DOMs Dec 4, 2017

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Survey seeks qualities of effective associational missionaries/DOMs

Opinions of leaders and servants in all areas of Southern Baptist life are solicited in an...

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Church with woman pastor declined by TBC Nov 30, 2017
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Puerto Rico relief needs more volunteers, funding Nov 30, 2017
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Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban Nov 28, 2017

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Fed. judge blocks Texas dismemberment abortion ban

A federal judge on Nov. 22 blocked a Texas law protecting unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

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Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director Nov 28, 2017

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Dilbeck recommended as next BGCO exec. director

On Dec. 11, board members of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma will gather at the...

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LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for children Nov 28, 2017

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LifeWay Stores to collect Christmas toys for children

Many children who are spending Christmas in the hospital this year will receive a stuffed animal...

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Florida church warns at every door 'we are heavily armed' Nov 21, 2017

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Florida church warns at every door 'we are heavily armed'

A Florida church has a stark warning to all who enter who may wish to do...

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Arkansas Baptists continue to minister following Hurricane Harvey Nov 21, 2017

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Arkansas Baptists continue to minister following Hurricane Harvey

More than two months after Hurricane Harvey swept its furious floodwaters throughout Houston, the storm’s victims...

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Dedicated to God, Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare Nov 20, 2017

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Dedicated to God, Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare

With Scripture readings, a tribute to God and a sigh of relief, an international array of...

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Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding Nov 16, 2017

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Puerto Rico relief needs ongoing volunteers, funding

Southern Baptists continue to serve Puerto Rico's residents after Hurricane Maria's devastation in September, creating a...

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ABN Digest: Pew: Transgender views follow partisan divide Nov 15, 2017
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'The Star', mainstream cartoon shares Christmas story Nov 15, 2017

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'The Star', mainstream cartoon shares Christmas story

Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it's never too soon to hear...

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Union to open R.G. Lee home Nov. 11 Oct 30, 2017

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Union to open R.G. Lee home Nov. 11

On Nov. 11, the university will open the newly renovated birthplace of R.G. Lee, which was...

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Former President Bush addresses 1,500 at Union University scholarship banquet Oct 18, 2017

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Former President Bush addresses 1,500 at Union University scholarship banquet

Former President George W. Bush shared stories of his time in the White House, talked about...

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults Oct 17, 2017

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Children who read Scripture regularly more likely to become spiritually healthy adults

Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018 Oct 13, 2017

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Boy Scouts to open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018

Boys Scouts of America will open Cub Scouting to girls in 2018, the latest move in...

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