Archive: November, 2017

Insight - November 2017

The priorities for California Southern Baptist Convention moving forward will be: seeing churches started in strength, not in survival mode, helping churches revitalize and catch a fresh wind in their sails, understanding and assisting small churches, and making evangelism the heart and soul of all we do.

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MOVIES: A fall-time glimmer

We can be thankful this late fall that along with "Hollow-wood's" proliferation of comic book all-stars and crude comedies, theaters are also experiencing a spiritual renaissance with faith-themed films meant to stir and inspire.

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"Power of One" displayed during CSBC annual meeting

Messengers to the 2017 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting welcomed a new executive director, re-elected the Convention president and approved a 2018 budget during their 77th session that highlighted “The Power of One.”

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Calif. pro-life centers win fight against abortion law

Pro-life pregnancy care centers in Los Angeles will not be forced to promote abortion after a state trial judge last week halted enforcement of California's Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care, and Transparency (FACT) Act.

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House restores adoption tax credit

Republicans in the House of Representatives amended their tax reform proposal to include the adoption tax credit in a committee vote Thursday (Nov. 9), which was World Adoption Day.

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Sex abuse prevention resources available at

Spiritual leaders, churches and seminaries should model, exhort and teach the highest standards of moral and ministerial integrity, and churches should use legal resources and avenues to exclude sexual predators from leadership and influential positions including pastors and counselors.

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Kid-friendly animation & Christ's incarnation

Though a bit early to hang stockings over the mantle, it's never too soon to hear a retelling of the first Christmas. With that reasoning, Sony Pictures' premieres "The Star," a new animated version of the birth of Jesus, in theaters Nov. 17.

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