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By David Roach

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Marijuana tourism site draws associations’ focus

NIPTON, Calif. (BP) -- A cannabis company's plan to turn a Southern California town into a marijuana-focused tourism destination has prompted two local Baptist associations to make it a destination for missions too. This month, the cannabis company American Green Inc. announced it is purchasing the entire 80-acre town of Nipton, Calif., along the California-Nevada state line, some 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. American Green says it will develop Nipton into a "first-of-its-kind eco-tourism experience for conscious cannabis consumers," CNN reported.

‘Post-worship war’ counsel offered by Page & Gray

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Breaking the paradigm of age-segregated services, navigating a "post-worship war culture" and fostering multicultural praise gatherings are among the topics addressed in a book by Frank S. Page and Lavon Gray on worship challenges for 21st-century churches. Worship "has become a big claim in the twenty-first century church; but, based on the reality of people's lives, the worship that we claim to be experiencing is not truly affecting the quality of our lives, our families, and our witness," Page, president of ...

Planned Parenthood protests draw Southern Baptists

Southern Baptists were among an estimated 50,000-75,000 pro-life activists who protested at Planned Parenthood clinics across America Aug. 22, calling for the defunding of the nation's largest abortion provider. Protestors in more than 350 cities across 47 states, according to statistics reported by LifeNews.com, joined what The Washington Post called "the largest-ever rally against" Planned Parenthood.

Chick-fil-A blocked from Denver airport for now

A committee of the Denver City Council has stalled what was expected to be routine approval of a Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Denver International Airport after at least four council members expressed disapproval of the company's alleged opposition to same-sex marriage. During an Aug. 18 hearing, council member Robin Kniech said she was concerned about a local franchise generating "corporate profits used to fund and fuel discrimination," The Denver Post reported.