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IS FACEBOOK FROM THE PIT OF HELL?

February 10, 2017

By Chris Turner Director of Communications, TBMB I was recently talking with a pastor and the conversation migrated to social media. It didn’t take long to understand his perspective.  “Facebook is straight from the pit of hell,” he said. “All it does is cause problems.” He’s not the only person who feels that way, and […]

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AVOIDING THE PROLIFERATION OF FAKE NEWS

February 8, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector Fake news is a big deal today, but it is not “new.” Fake news has been around forever. Those of us who have been in Baptist journalism for decades can remember the countless news stories we have had to produce assuring Baptists that the Madalyn Murray O’Hair and […]

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WHITE CHRISTIAN AMERICA DECLINING, BUT STILL PACKS PUNCH

February 6, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Conservative evangelicals have lost their cultural and political clout as their numbers and vitality wane, author Robert Jones argues in his book The End of White Christian America. The book was published in the summer of 2016 — just a few months before Donald Trump rode the support of fearful […]

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ARE WE REALLY SURPRISED?

February 1, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector The Boy Scouts of America announced Jan. 30 that the organization would begin accepting transgender members. In other words, what’s on the birth certificate doesn’t matter anymore. The BSA stated: “Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the […]

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FAKE NEWS HARD TO AVOID, EVEN HARDER TO ERADICATE

January 31, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Fake news is big news these days, and many want to know how not to be duped by it. On one level, the solutions are a matter of common sense. “First, you look for verification,” said James Black, assistant director of the Center for Collaborative Journalism and professor of […]

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MOST CHURCHES HOLD SUNDAY SERVICES, SUPER BOWL OR NOT

January 26, 2017

Baptist Press NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For churches that have Sunday night activities, most pastors say it’s still “game on” despite the big game next weekend. According to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 68 percent of Protestant pastors say their church typically has some activity on Sunday night. And among those pastors, almost 6 in […]

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PORN ‘HEALTH HAZARD’ RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED IN TENN., VA.

January 26, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — Tennessee and Virginia would become the latest states in the U.S. to declare pornography a public health hazard under resolutions introduced in the states’ legislatures. Tennessee Senate Joint Resolution 35, which was filed in the state Senate Tuesday (Jan. 24), urges the state to “recognize pornography as […]

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REPORT: ABORTION RATE HITS ALL-TIME LOW

January 19, 2017

By Tom Strode Baptist Press WASHINGTON (BP) — The abortion rate in the United States declined to an all-time low, while the number of lethal procedures dropped below a million for the first time since 1975, according to a new report. The Guttmacher Institute reported Tuesday (Jan. 17) the rate fell to 14.6 abortions per […]

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WHO DO AMERICANS LOOK TO?

January 10, 2017

Baptist Press NASHVILLE — America has its problems and needs to talk. But according to a new study, few Americans agree on who can best lead a conversation about the nation’s woes. Less than a quarter (23 percent) would turn to the office of the U.S. president. About one in 10 would turn to the […]

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STUDY: MOST AMERICANS SAY ASSISTED SUICIDE MORALLY OK

December 8, 2016

By Bob Smietana Facts & Trends, LifeWay NASHVILLE (BP) — The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and “fundamentally incompatible with a physician’s role as healer.” But Millions of Americans disagree, according to a new study released Tuesday (Dec. 6) by LifeWay Research. Two-thirds say it is morally […]

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MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION EXPANDS DESPITE ARIZONA STAND

November 10, 2016

By David Roach Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — Eight of the nine states with marijuana-related ballot measures Nov. 8 expanded legalization of the drug. Of the five states to consider recreational marijuana legalization for adults, only Arizona rejected it. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all voted in favor of legalization. All four states to consider […]

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LIFEWAY PULLS BOOKS OVER LGBT VIEWS

November 8, 2016

Baptist Press NASHVILLE — LifeWay Christian Resources has discontinued resources featuring bestselling Bible study author Jen Hatmaker just days after she voiced approval of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle. “In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage — changes which contradict […]

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