Baptist Message http://baptistmessage.com "Helping Louisiana Baptists Impact the World For Christ" Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Florida teacher investigated for reading book about gay bunnies to first-graders, school officials say http://www.ksla.com/2019/02/13/florida-teacher-investigated-reading-book-about-gay-bunnies-first-graders-school-officials-say/?fbclid=IwAR3cPDQKlZpAmUBfwxvXTqHjZrwgv7K67CN8jQ4QAfhlptF3Unb7fAWvzW8 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 14:00:26 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41210 The post Florida teacher investigated for reading book about gay bunnies to first-graders, school officials say appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Even a ‘little’ pot changes teen brains http://baptistmessage.com/even-a-little-pot-changes-teen-brains/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:58:44 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41196 By Message Staff A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found evidence “suggesting structural brain and cognitive effects” from as few as “one or two instances of cannabis use in adolescence.” The report contextualized the importance of the findings by noting that “almost 35 [percent] of American 10th graders have reported using cannabis” […]

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A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has found evidence “suggesting structural brain and cognitive effects” from as few as “one or two instances of cannabis use in adolescence.”

The report contextualized the importance of the findings by noting that “almost 35 [percent] of American 10th graders have reported using cannabis” suggesting that a crisis is looming due to the “long term neurocognitive effects” on these youth.

The findings are significant as well because of the ready availability of pot in the United States.

Ten states plus the District of Columbia have legalized adult recreational marijuana use, and New York and New Jersey are on that path. Also medical marijuana (which spans pot smoking to cannabis edibles and artisan cannabidiol oils) is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia, including restricted use in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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PEW: Active religious people more likely to be ‘very happy’ http://baptistmessage.com/pew-active-religious-people-more-likely-to-be-very-happy/ Thu, 14 Feb 2019 13:57:52 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41194 By Message Staff In a survey of 26 countries, Pew Research Center found that people who regularly attend worship services are more likely to be happy as well as civically engaged than those who are not religiously active. This group also was less likely to smoke or drink, however, Pew did not link this tendency […]

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In a survey of 26 countries, Pew Research Center found that people who regularly attend worship services are more likely to be happy as well as civically engaged than those who are not religiously active. This group also was less likely to smoke or drink, however, Pew did not link this tendency to greater health outcomes.

Regarding happiness, religiously active people in 19 countries were more likely to be “very happy” than their fellow countrymen. Pew said “the gaps are striking” in a number of these countries, including an 11 percentage point difference in the United States (36 percent of the actively religious described themselves as “very happy,” compared with 25 percent of the inactively religious and 25 percent of the unaffiliated).

Pew said their findings were “consistent with prior studies,” adding that actively religious people in the United States are more likely to “vote in national elections” and are “more engaged in community life in the sense that they belong to at least one nonreligious organization.”

As for physical health, Pew nuanced that its findings “are more complicated.”

Religiously active people are less likely to use alcohol or tobacco, but “they aren’t significantly different from the ‘nones’ in their frequency of exercise or whether they’re overweight,” Pew said.

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Louisiana College quits CCCU over LGBT policy http://baptistmessage.com/louisiana-college-quits-cccu-over-lgbt-policy/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:00:42 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41170 By Will Hall, Message Editor PINEVILLE (LBM) – Louisiana College President Rick Brewer has notified the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities that the Louisiana Baptist school has withdrawn its membership from the organization. The issue involves a policy passed by the CCCU board of directors which endorses so-called “Fairness for All” legislation which would […]

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PINEVILLE (LBM) – Louisiana College President Rick Brewer has notified the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities that the Louisiana Baptist school has withdrawn its membership from the organization.

The issue involves a policy passed by the CCCU board of directors which endorses so-called “Fairness for All” legislation which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally-protected classes while also articulating protections for churches and religious organizations.

The CCCU describes itself as “a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world” and states its mission is “to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

According to CBN News, Shirley Mullen, vice chair of the CCCU board and president of Houghton College, explained the CCCU position on LGBT protections as one of practicality for Christian higher education.

“[W]e are increasingly persuaded that the most viable political strategy is for comprehensive religious freedom protections to be combined with explicit support for basic human rights for members of the LGBT community,” she wrote in a position paper provided to the National Association of Evangelicals, a collaborator with CCCU in pushing for the controversial legislation.

However, Shapri D. LoMaglio, vice president for government and external relations for the CCCU, compiled an extensive justification for the CCCU position and appeared to suggest balance was the key issue, not necessarily the protection of religious rights.

“Fairness for All could preserve more freedom for more Americans into the future,” she wrote in the online CCCU Magazine.

Moreover, she framed her position around a supposed need to “reestablish a positive perception of religious freedom,” which she claimed has been diminished “in large part because of the struggle around LGBT rights.”

“[W]e hope that by not just fighting for ourselves, but by also using our political power and privilege to stand up for the rights of our LGBTQ neighbors, loved ones, brothers, and sisters, we can help reclaim the Gospel’s witness, reminding all citizens – including those holding views different from ours – that Christ and the good news he brought are for everyone,” she summarized on behalf of the CCCU.

But some conservative Christians are calling the proposed compromise “a solution looking for a problem.”

Writing in the Christian Post, Dave Welch, president of the U.S. Pastor Council, called the FFA legislative initiative by CCCU and NAE “a  dangerous situation that is at its core a hostile rejection of God’s created order of male, female, marriage, church, moral law and civil law.”

The USPC grew in national fame in 2015 when it helped lead the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that would have allowed biological males to violate the privacy of biological females in public bathrooms and showers.

Welch said equating “race, religion and (biological) sex to sexual behavior and mental instability” would open up a legal “Pandora’s Box” and in the end would result in “special rights for a few.”

“Christians who still actually believe and follow the authority of the entire canon of Holy Scripture” would be at risk of “civil and criminal punishment,” he said.

In his letter to CCCU President Shirley Hoogstra, Brewer strongly objected to the action taken by the CCCU board.

“Sometimes the answer to such matters is to agree to disagree,” he wrote. “But the import and impact of the ‘Fairness for All’ initiative calls for Louisiana College to respectfully disagree with the CCCU’s stance.”

Describing what had been a “long and beneficial relationship” with CCCU, Brewer ended all ties, saying “by conviction I cannot endorse the ‘Fairness for All’ initiative nor be willfully associated with any entity that does.”

On Feb. 1, Greta Hays, CCCU director of communications and public affairs told the Christian Post no member institutions had dropped out of the CCCU because of its stance on “Fairness for All” legislation. However, Brewer shared with the Baptist Message that Louisiana College’s withdrawal notice was sent Jan. 9 and CCCU had responded that it would make the necessary changes to the organization’s various databases that list member schools.

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Toys ‘R’ Us trying a comeback, one year after going out of business https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/nation-world/toys-r-us-trying-a-comeback-one-year-after-going-out-of-business/507-53bad7ca-3807-47aa-8e4e-5fae41aa5ccf?fbclid=IwAR3N3j7GMThxNjj-jckZuRRXKy7fBlihk5Q7mzmGFVm9eHYuF1oHXQxNEgM Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:16:34 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41182 The post Toys ‘R’ Us trying a comeback, one year after going out of business appeared first on Baptist Message.

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‘Black Panther’ star: My faith in God pulled me out of depression https://www.dailywire.com/news/43323/watch-black-panther-star-my-faith-god-pulled-me-james-barrett?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mattwalsh Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:15:25 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41179 The post ‘Black Panther’ star: My faith in God pulled me out of depression appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Chris Pratt responds after actress lashes out at him for attending ‘anti-LGBTQ’ church: ‘My values define who I am’ https://www.theblaze.com/news/chris-pratt-hillsong-church-lgbtq?fbclid=IwAR3BWusaRx4l7Wd16xFkdSWobslJBj5Xhc7AaHcx6t7mrgmHnQZQjHo7XyE&utm_campaign=glennbeck&utm_content=bufferad717&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:13:02 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41175 The post Chris Pratt responds after actress lashes out at him for attending ‘anti-LGBTQ’ church: ‘My values define who I am’ appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Girl saves father’s life, says prayer got them through situation https://gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com/2019/02/06/8-year-old-awarded-saves-life/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:00:36 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41065 The post Girl saves father’s life, says prayer got them through situation appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Trump reiterates pro-life stance at prayer breakfast https://world.wng.org/content/trump_reiterates_pro_life_stance_at_prayer_breakfast Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:59:45 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41073 The post Trump reiterates pro-life stance at prayer breakfast appeared first on Baptist Message.

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Chick-fil-A steps up to help teen hit by car walking home from church https://www.kmbc.com/article/chick-fil-a-steps-up-to-help-blue-springs-teen-hit-by-car-walking-home-from-church/26149463 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 14:58:48 +0000 http://baptistmessage.com/?p=41050 The post Chick-fil-A steps up to help teen hit by car walking home from church appeared first on Baptist Message.

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