Trump transgender bathroom reversal anticipatedWASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter is imminent from the Trump administration advising schools they are no longer encouraged to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity, the Washington Post reported Feb. 21.
The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are expected to issue a letter today (Feb. 22) to schools across the nation reversing federal guidelines issued under the Obama administration, the Post said, based on a two-page draft of the letter the newspaper said it has obtained. Read More
EC WRAP-UP: CP escrowing by churches draws studyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid continuing discussion of churches' escrowing or withholding Cooperative Program funds, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee launched two efforts to study the issue at its Feb. 20-21 meeting in Nashville.
The EC also authorized its officers to study the feasibility of selling the SBC Building in downtown Nashville. The EC declined to recommend amending Article III of the SBC Constitution to list racial discrimination as evidence a church is not in friendly cooperation, noting the Baptist Faith and Message and convention resolutions already make clear that racism is grounds to disfellowship a congregation. Read More
Assisted suicide marches on as Congress fails to actWASHINGTON (BP) -- Physician-assisted suicide officially has a new home in the wake of congressional inaction, and its proponents are pushing more jurisdictions to legalize the lethal practice.
The District of Columbia's Death With Dignity Act went into effect Feb. 18 when Congress failed to overturn the measure by the deadline. The Senate and House of Representatives have 30 days after the district approves legislation to rescind it under their authority to review D.C. actions. A disapproval resolution passed by both chambers also must be signed by the president. Read More
Pro-life ministry barred again from N.C. facilityRALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina pregnancy resource center faced another setback when the Raleigh Board of Adjustment re-classified the organization as a medical facility, overturning the city attorney's designation of the pro-life ministry as a civic group, according to The News & Observer.
The board's Feb. 13 designation effectively bars Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center from operating out of its Jones Franklin Road office, since the residential space must be rezoned for use as a medical facility and the Raleigh City Council denied Hand of Hope's rezoning request in 2016. Read More
Child trafficking: Ways to discuss topic with kidsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A common Bible story that is shared with children is the account of a boy who had a coat of many colors. Kids learn that this boy, 17-year-old Joseph, was sold by his older brothers as a slave to tend the house of an Egyptian nobleman. Joseph's story is often used to teach children about God's sovereignty in all circumstances. But sometimes an important word within that narrative is overlooked: slave. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Anderson divinity school partners with 2nd convention; Employee Benefits Summit slated March 27–29
Anderson University's divinity school partners with a second convention. GuideStone's Employee Benefits Summit slated March 27–29. Read More