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Collins discusses COVID-19 vaccines in ERLC event

NASHVILLE (BP) – The unprecedented pace of developing vaccines for COVID-19 has not jeopardized their effectiveness or safety for Americans, the director of the National Institutes of Health said Thursday (Dec. 3) in a webinar hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

School closings threaten gains of students with disabilities

(AP) – Without any in-school special education services for months, 14-year-old Joshua Nazzaro's normally sweet demeanor has sometimes given way to aggressive meltdowns that had been under control before the pandemic.

FIRST-PERSON: Living a life of significance

NASHVILLE (BP) – Sixty-five years ago this week on Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks – a 42-year-old seamstress and NAACP member – refused to give up her seat on a crowded city bus to make room for white passengers. She was arrested and jailed.

‘Christmas Eve in a box’: COVID-19 surge reshapes Christmas worship

EUGENE, Ore. (BP) – Candles, chocolates, hot cocoa, candy canes, postage-stamped outreach cards, the Gospel, ornaments like the Christmas star that heralded the Baby Jesus. The items are contained in what Pastor Brian King of Harvest Church in Eugene calls "Christmas Eve in a box."

Southern Baptists warn about LGBTQ proposals to Biden

WASHINGTON (BP) – A new agenda proposed to the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden by the country’s leading gay and transgender rights organization poses a serious threat to religious freedom, especially that of Christian colleges and universities, Southern Baptist leaders have warned.

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.

Coronavirus robs Bethlehem of Christmas cheer

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) – The coronavirus has cast a pall over Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem, all but shutting down the town revered as Jesus' birthplace at the height of the normally cheery holiday season.

Seminary presidents reaffirm BFM, declare CRT incompatible

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Council of Seminary Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention has reaffirmed “with eagerness” the BFM’s status “as the doctrinal statement that unites and defines Southern Baptist cooperation and establishes the confessional unity of our Convention.”

Court ruling on Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood praised

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders praised a federal appeals court decision that enables states to prohibit abortion giant Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds.

Appeals court upholds Kentucky, Michigan COVID restrictions against Christian schools

CINCINNATI (BP) – Government restrictions against Christian schools in Kentucky and Michigan during the COVID-19 pandemic have been upheld by a federal appeals court.