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Georgia Baptists offer voluntary early retirement to 50 employees

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – The Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB) has offered voluntary early retirement to 50 employees to "right-size" the organization in the midst of dwindling revenue, GBMB Executive Director Thomas Hammond told Baptist Press.

Circuit court reversal of ban on gay attraction counseling has national potential

BOCA RATON, Fla. (BP) – An appeals court reversal of laws in Florida banning counseling for teenagers experiencing same-sex attraction has the potential to overturn such bans nationwide, the winning attorney told Baptist Press.

Justice Alito: Some COVID-19 church restrictions blatant discrimination

WASHINGTON (BP) – The nation's High Court allowed blatant discrimination to stand in at least two cases limiting church activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told the Federalist Society Thursday (Nov. 12).

Nevada protects gay marriage in constitution, exempts clergy from ceremonies

RENO, Nev. (BP) – Nevada has amended its constitution to protect same-sex marriage and concurrently exempted clergy and pastors from litigation if they refuse to perform such unions.

Algunas iglesias regresan a los cultos solamente en línea cuando COVID-19 aumenta en Estados Unidos

MESQUITE, Texas (BP) – Un incremento en nuevos casos de COVID-19 tiene al menos a algunas iglesias regresando a los cultos solamente en línea mientras muchas iglesias continúan reuniéndose en las instalaciones.

New mandated sex education in Washington state bucks biblical teaching

OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) – Newly mandated sexual health education in kindergarten through senior high public schools in Washington state includes guidance contrary to Scripture, according to several groups opposing the change.

Pastor conducts daily prayer with congregation since 1996

DALLAS (BP) – By design, only New Year's Day and Thanksgiving interrupt the daily 6 a.m. prayer meetings Pastor David Galvan has held since Feb. 5, 1996, at Primera Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (New Life Church) in Dallas. The COVID-19 pandemic simply changed the venue.

Some churches return to online-only worship as COVID-19 surges in U.S.

MESQUITE, Texas (BP) – A surge in new COVID-19 cases has at least a few churches returning to online-only worship as many churches continue meeting onsite.

Oregon decriminalizes opioids; marijuana, gambling legalized in other states

SALEM, Ore. (BP) – Oregon will become the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs including Oxycodone, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine beginning in February 2021.

Voters approve Louisiana abortion restriction and Alabama church gun laws

BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) – Louisiana's new constitutional amendment restricting abortion is especially close to Louisiana Baptist Executive Director Steve Horn's heart. His adopted 10-year-old son Dru was born after the birth mother sought help at a pro-life pregnancy center.