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Monday, June 26, 2017

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  • High court backs church in public benefits case

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow Monday (June 26) for the freedom of churches to participate in government programs with secular purposes.

    Seven of the high court's nine justices agreed the state of Missouri violated a church's right to exercise its faith freely by barring it from participating in a government-run, playground-resurfacing program. In its opinion, the court said excluding Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia "from a public benefit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious" to the U.S. ... Read More

  • Heart for orphans stirs panel conversation

    by Michael Smith, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Four Southern Baptist national entity leaders shared their insights on adoption and foster care during a panel discussion June 13 at the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program booth in Phoenix. Read More

  • Church leaders gather ministry tips in Phoenix

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    So what? That's the question Rob Tims says he tries to answer right away when he leads a small group. Tims, a manager in groups ministry, and his colleagues at LifeWay Christian Resources led 18 drop-in training sessions to give practical skills and ideas to church leaders. Read More

  • 'Run the Race' explores questions of life & faith

    by Aaron Earls, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Where is God when bad things happen? An upcoming film says He is pursuing you in the midst of those trying times.

    Following two teenage brothers, Zach and Dave Truett, "Run the Race" poses tough questions and is meant to stir up conversations about faith, according to filmmakers Jake McEntire and Trey Brunson. Read More

  • Raiders' Carr says tithing tops priority list

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago) screen capture
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a contract extension making him the highest paid player in NFL history, he was quick to identify one of his top priorities -- tithing.

    "The first thing I'll do is I'll pay my tithe like I have since I was in college getting $700 on a scholarship check," Carr said at a June 23 press conference following the signing. "That won't change."

    Carr and the Raiders agreed to a five-year, $125 million extension that will keep ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ask others about themselves

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Monday, June 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    "Everybody has a story," Chuck Lawless writes, "and I'm richer if I know those stories." Asking others about themselves, he writes, takes attention off yourself and can lead to a question like "Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?" Read More