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“I candidly looked around and didn’t recognize what I had become," confessed a Baptist pastor in 2014, active on social media and the blogosphere. "My friends suggested that the over-zealousness of a reckless critic is ultimately no better than error.”

HORNICK, Iowa (BP) -- Midwest floods that have left at least three people dead and ruined hundreds of homes are being met with a multistate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response.

CHICAGO (BP) -- A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled unanimously the long-standing clergy allowance does not violate the First Amendment clause that prohibits government establishment of religion, reversing a federal judge's 2017 opinion.

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HORNICK, Iowa (BP) -- Midwest floods that have left at least three people dead and ruined hundreds of homes are being met with a multistate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief response.

AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders have initiated a Texas bill to allow nonprofits including churches to disclose credible but unproven sexual abuse allegations with no fear of civil liability.

ROCKFORD, Ala. (BP) -- A familiar face is temporarily missing at Rockford Baptist Church, but if she has her way, 9-year-old Avery Brekle will be back soon -- just as soon as she recovers from her recent kidney transplant.

Nation

CHICAGO (BP) -- A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled unanimously the long-standing clergy allowance does not violate the First Amendment clause that prohibits government establishment of religion, reversing a federal judge's 2017 opinion.

Funding for K-12 schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years, but in 24 states, it remains below levels before the “Great Recession,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ (CBPP) report published March 6.

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- As a tornado ripped through Baptist deacon Barry Gullatte's home in eastern Alabama, he and his family could feel themselves being sucked out of the bathroom where they took shelter.

World

Only 35 percent of the world’s children have social safety net protections available to them, according to a joint report published Feb. 6 by the International Labor Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

JOS, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 32 people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (Feb. 26), sources told a Morning Star News correspondent.

MOSCOW (RNS) —  A Russian court has sentenced a Danish member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to six years on extremism charges in a case that has triggered widespread international criticism. A human rights organization warned that the imprisonment of Christensen could trigger a “wave” of arrests of members of other minority religious groups.

Faith & Culture

(RNS) — African-American young adults are more likely than their white counterparts to drop out of Protestant churches during their early adult years, new research shows.

(RNS) — On March 5, Fat Tuesday, Paul Begala, a consultant for CNN and veteran D.C. insider who has spoken publicly about his Catholic faith, made a public act of contrition. He wasn’t the first to admit his Twitter sins.

(RNS) — When First Congregational Church of Bellingham built a new sanctuary in the mid-2000s, it wanted to be sure the facility would be used all week long and not just on Sunday.

Media & Entertainment

“I candidly looked around and didn’t recognize what I had become," confessed a Baptist pastor in 2014, active on social media and the blogosphere. "My friends suggested that the over-zealousness of a reckless critic is ultimately no better than error.”

Alabaster — which started as a 2016 Kickstarter campaign — Is trying to better appeal to a millennial aesthetic by re-designing portions of the Bible with original photography and a sleek layout to look like specialty indie magazines such as Kinfolk, Drift and Cereal.

(The Conversation) Church isn’t the only place people go to learn about Jesus. Fifteen years ago, at the beginning of Lent, devout evangelical Christians thronged to theaters to watch a decidedly Catholic film to begin the Lenten season: Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,”

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Editorials

There’s a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and its dictator “won” an unfair election last year to hold power. But if the recent past in Latin America — and elsewhere — teaches us anything, it’s that military invasions and coups destabilize

As of press time, the U.S. government was reopening after the longest shutdown ever. Although I don’t work for the government, I was surprised how many times the shutdown impacted me.

As we ponder the story of Jesus' baptism, experts in Israel work to remove thousands of landmines from the area near the River Jordan and the traditional baptism site of Jesus. That’s right: One of the holiest sites remains surrounded

Other Opinions

Much of today’s news is about immigration. Perhaps we should focus on the immigrants rather than rules and regulations. I must admit I am biased, since two of our four children came from Korea.

(RNS) — Just over 2.5 percent of those serving in Congress identify to an untraditional theistic faith or no faith at all.Compare this to the general American public: fewer than half consider religion to be an important part of their lives. Why?

Commentary

Paul is the writer of some of the deepest theological lessons in the New Testament. He could hold his own with the greatest philosophers of that day in Athens. Yet this man we recognize as a champion of Christ admits

Paul is sharing his personal story of how he found a new life within God's grace instead of endless rule-keeping and rituals. How does he tell it?

Over the next four Sundays we will be studying parts of the Apostle Paul's most comprehensive theological treatise, his letter to the church at Rome. So far as we know, Paul never visited the church at Rome, but his letter