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    Oregon assisted suicide decision 'dangerous territory'

    July 30, 2019

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    SALEM, Oregon – Oregon rolled back one of the only safeguards in the state's assisted suicide law last week. The change does away with a 15-day waiting period if a physician predicts a patient has fewer than 15 days to live.

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    Marvel Studios and sexuality in spotlight

    July 29, 2019

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Marvel Cinematic Universe appears to be ready to gamble that its massive audiences are diehard enough to embrace its first LGBT superhero. Spoiler alert: It's the Asgardian warrior Valkyrie.

    Marvel Studios President Kevin...

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    Marshal Ausberry, first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, traveled to the Mexican border to learn how Baptist pastors there are ministering to immigrants and migrants seeking safety in the U.S. Screen capture

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    On the border: 'Urgent need' to show Christ's love

    July 29, 2019

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    TIJUANA, Mexico – The two adult sisters risked their lives in a months-long journey from Cameroon in Central Africa to Tijuana, Mexico. Southern Baptist pastor Marshal Ausberry was surprised to see them at the Southern U.S. border seeking asylum in...

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    Ambassador at Large for International Relgious Freedom Sam Brownback opens the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department on July 16. U.S. State Department photo by Ron PrzysuchaPublic Domain

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    State Department religious liberty event shows gains

    July 24, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Described as the largest religious freedom event in world history, the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom demonstrated a growth in support for the cause even as advocates received a reminder of its grave need.

    The U.S....

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    Abortion providers adjust to new federal funding rules

    July 22, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers said last week they will go without federal family planning money after the Trump administration began enforcement of new pro-life rules on July 15.

    Jacqueline Ayers, Planned Parenthood's...

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    Attendees at a Capitol Hill event sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission received an overview of North Koreas decades-long attempt to eliminate Christianity. Photo by Anna Meyer

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    'Jesus' erased from North Korea, Bae says at ERLC event

    July 22, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – North Korea's decades-long attempt to eliminate Christianity has practically erased any knowledge of Jesus for citizens, attendees were told July 18 at a Capitol Hill event sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty...

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    'Philosophical differences': PPFA removes leader

    July 22, 2019

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    WASHINGTON – Planned Parenthood removed its president July 16 in part because of "philosophical differences," a day after the Trump administration acted to begin cutting about 10 percent of the abortion giant's government funding.

    The boards of the...

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    Netflix has cut a graphic suicide scene from Season 1 of the controversial series 13 Reasons Why. Netflix video screen grab

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    Netflix cuts '13 Reasons Why' Season 1 suicide scene

    July 22, 2019

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    LOS GATOS, Calif. – Netflix cut a graphic suicide scene from Season 1 of "13 Reasons Why" on the streaming platform's website, drawing praise from groups including Christians and mental health professionals.

    But the Parents Television Council...

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    A group of men in the Middle East meets regularly for worship, prayer, and Bible study. They practice retelling the Bible stories they learn so they can share them with others. IMB photo

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    Men in the Middle East delve into God’s Word

    July 18, 2019

    Nation

    THE MIDDLE EAST—Nasser* is a local believer who is faithfully leading a Bible study for a group of his friends in the Middle East.

    These men all grew up following the teachings of Muhammad, but now they have made the life-altering decision to...

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    Fishermen in Sub-Saharan Africa pull in their nets to haul in the catch of the day. Fisherman such as these benefit from programs at “The Well,” a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries. IMB Photo

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    Former heroin addict follows Christ in African fishing village

    July 17, 2019

    Nation

    SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA—“I believe this. I want to be baptized.” Mark* was just one of the men recovering from heroin addiction at “The Well,” a rehabilitation center founded by Southern Baptist missionaries. His new start in recovery led to his new...

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