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Monday, March 07, 2016

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Waterfront Church to be fort in nation's capital

    by Jim Burton, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Lee Love/NAMB
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) -- Zack Randles believes that the nation's capital needs another fort, and he's willing to build that fortified structure.

    The fort he envisions will not look anything like the military installations that protect the hub of America's government -- this fort will be a church.

    The young west Texan set his heart toward Washington during his senior year at Oklahoma State University where he studied sociology. He committed to God in prayer to "do whatever ... Read More

  • FLOYD: My last 100 days as SBC president

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    SBC President Ronnie Floyd recounts the many tasks ahead in preparing for the Southern Baptist Convention's June 14-15 annual meeting in St. Louis. Amid all the challenges, Floyd writes, "God has sustained me because He called me to do this in this season of my life. My vision is clear, my passion is alive, and my focus is forward to St. Louis." Read More

  • Pastor baptizes son, several hundred others

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (BP) -- When David Hughes was called as pastor of Church by the Glades in 1998, 470 was the average weekly attendance. Now nearly 18 years later in just one weekend, the Florida church stirred the baptismal waters with 470 new believers in Christ.

    The correlation of numbers was "catalytic," Hughes said. "It was very organic. It was one of these 'trust God moments and see God at work.'"

    Leading the baptismal candidates was a child, as Hughes baptized his 7-year-old son Zane, ... Read More

  • Birth certificates required for TX student athletes

    by Melinda Taylor/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Student athletes at Texas public high schools must show their birth certificates as proof of gender identity under a policy change adopted overwhelmingly in February by school superintendents. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists say the change is unfair to transgender athletes but supporters note attempts to erase biological gender are an untested social experiment with far-reaching and unforeseen consequences. 

    "You start needing to check birth certificates when you have a breakdown of honesty, integrity, or, in this case, worldview," said John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center ... Read More

  • Florist who refused gay wedding gets appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- The highest court in Washington state has agreed to hear the appeal of florist Barronelle Stutzman found guilty of violating state laws and the constitutional rights of a gay couple when she refused to arrange flowers for their wedding, citing religious beliefs.

    The Washington Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Stutzman, a 70-year-old Southern Baptist grandmother who owns Arlene's Flowers in Richmond, possibly as early as its spring 2016 session beginning in May, according to the court's official website. Read More

  • Cruz makes gains on Trump in GOP race

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Sen. Ted Cruz cut into frontrunner Donald Trump's delegate lead March 5, providing evidence the presidential nominee of the Republican Party should not be considered a foregone conclusion.

    Cruz and Trump split four states, but the senator from Texas won 16 more delegates than the billionaire businessman. By winning the Kansas and Maine caucuses comfortably, Cruz outpaced Trump, 69-53, in delegates gained. Trump won the Louisiana primary and the Kentucky caucus but by less than five percent in each state. Read More