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As RFRA turns 30, religious freedom faces new challenges

WASHINGTON (BP) – Thirty years after a landmark piece of religious freedom legislation was enacted, it’s more needed than ever.

Baptist associations on the rise despite their predicted demise

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Wisconsin has seen God move over the past 18 years. In 2005, the Southern Wisconsin Baptist Association, headquartered in Madison, had 13 churches. Today it has 36, thanks to church planting and new affiliations.

Evangelicalism’s response to Andy Stanley will determine its future, analysts say

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Andy Stanley has said controversial things before. He said small churches are “selfish” and “inferior to big churches” in 2016. Two years later he said Christianity must be “unhitched” from the Old Testament. The list goes on. But his latest comments on LGBTQ issues seem different to journalist and commentator Warren Cole Smith.

‘Pastora’ title challenging as Hispanics discuss proposed SBC constitutional amendment

NASHVILLE (BP) – Hispanic Southern Baptists agree that the issue of female pastors is complex for Spanish-speaking congregations. They differ on whether amending the SBC Constitution is the way to bring unity and clarity.

Teen gender transitions hit roadblocks in Europe

NASHVILLE (BP) – European nations and scientific professional societies are rethinking the wisdom of adolescent gender transitions.

Puerto Rico convention ‘a demonstration of what Southern Baptists can do’ together

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) – Southern Baptists have hidden treasure in the Caribbean: the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) – in English, the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches of Puerto Rico. But it won’t be hidden for long if Luis Soto and Felix Cabrera have anything to do with it.

Most California churches likely not complying with new abuse law, could be ‘a sitting duck’

FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Huge lawsuits and the inability to renew insurance policies are among the potential dangers for hundreds of California Southern Baptist churches that apparently have yet to comply with a state law aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.

NHL Pride jersey debate creates ‘Gospel opportunity’

NASHVILLE (BP) -- As the pressure increases on NHL hockey players to support the LGBTQ agenda, so does the opportunity for Gospel witness.

B21 panelists affirm Saddleback decision, support Barber reelection

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Saddleback Church, the SBC presidential election, sexual abuse and financial disclosures by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were among the topics discussed by this year’s Baptist 21 panel June 13 during the SBC Annual Meeting.

Sex abuse reforms ‘historic,’ task force says

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – One handwritten note stood out when elementary school children at First Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., made Valentine’s Day cards for Pastor Marshall Blalock.