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Unanimous court upholds religious liberty of foster-care agency

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S Supreme Court unanimously delivered an important victory for religious liberty Thursday (June 17) by upholding a faith-based adoption and foster-care agency’s right to carry out its ministry according to its beliefs.

Southern Baptist evangelists focus on family with Huckabee, Penrod

NASHVILLE (BP) – As a musician since the age of 11, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Southern Baptist evangelists he knows the first thing he has to do when he picks up an instrument is to tune it so each note sounds like it should.

Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes focuses on foster care, reunification

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – “We will not let the state be more family-focused than the church.”

Iowa congregation leaves imprint through foster care

AMES, Iowa (BP) – Shane Kelley and his wife Samantha couldn’t have fully prepared themselves for the world of foster care even with the mandated 10-week training session. They couldn’t comprehend the neglect taking over a child’s world at a time when his emotions can range from anger to relief to confusion to all three at once.

FIRST-PERSON: The Black Church: past, present and future

While praying at my normal time, a burden was deposited in my spirit to offer a look at the Black church. The look would include its past, its present and its projected future. So, I was moved to ask several pastors to offer their experience with all three areas.

FIRST-PERSON: Family worship isn’t always easy. But it’s worth it.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – It was a typical evening and our family had just finished dinner. Before the kiddos could run off and play, we stayed around the table to do family worship together. The kids – 5, 3, and 1 – were wiggly and struggling to pay attention. Next came distractions and silly noises. We even had to hit pause to address some disobedience by our 3-year-old.

Disappointment, concern greet Bethany’s reversal

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders expressed disappointment and concern for the ramifications of Bethany Christian Services’ national policy reversal to place children for adoption and foster care with same-sex couples.

COVID-19 brings Christmas changes to many Americans

NASHVILLE (BP) – Almost all Americans celebrate Christmas, but most say COVID-19 will cause some changes to their usual holiday habits.

An adoption dream come true

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – Janina DeHart had a dream that she was at a party, celebrating the adoption of two boys into her family. That dream came true when the Lord brought together the DeHarts and two brothers who needed a family.

FIRST-PERSON: Answering God’s call to adopt

I’ve long thought adoption was a beautiful picture of the Gospel – that it showed the love of Jesus in a unique and profound way. I thought the call to adopt was among the most significant people could respond to. And I was happy to watch other people fulfill it.