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500 YEARS: One verse of Scripture

A neurotic and fearful young German man felt a call to the priesthood, long before knowing Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. As an Augustinian monk, he spent many years intensely seeking peace for the demons in his soul and peace to still his fears of hell and judgment.

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Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious liberty

Pro-family advocates are lamenting California Gov. Jerry Brown's approval Oct. 15 of a bill expanding rights for individuals identifying as transgender but celebrating his veto the same day of a measure that threatened religious liberty.

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CA fires: DR begins, former Gateway campus a shelter

As firefighters gained ground against the Northern California blaze Gov. Jerry Brown called perhaps "the greatest tragedy" the state "has ever faced," Southern Baptist disaster relief crews began feeding, cleanup and chaplaincy work today (Oct. 17).

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FIRST-PERSON: A trek amid Harvey's havoc

Furniture, clothing, wedding albums and baby pictures, festive homecoming mums and memory upon memory were stacked in reeking water-logged heaps, as I walked along flooded-marred streets in north Houston, Beaumont and Vidor last month talking with people gutting their houses of everything they owned.

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Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStone

The Southern Baptist Convention's religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial "for flourishing, vibrant communities," Russell Moore said Tuesday (Oct. 10).

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Calif. wildfires rage, churches 'jumping into action'

Amid Northern California wildfires that have killed at least 13 people and burned more than 1,500 buildings since Oct. 8, Southern Baptist churches have begun ministering and California Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief crews are poised for relief work.

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Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam says

"We, of all people, understand grace," Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), "and we of all people understand, 'You know, I don't really have the right to be on a high horse yelling at you because but for God's immeasurable grace I'd be a mess. So we should understand the need for civility.

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FIRST-PERSON: Our double-edged smartphones

Your smartphone can impact your financial health beyond the monthly service bill. Smartphones are everywhere. According to Pew Research, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. This is more than double the 35 percent ownership in 2011.

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Chin points to the father in prodigal son story

Gateway Seminary honored Peter Chin, senior pastor of Global Mission Church in Korea, during chapel services Oct. 5 for his friendship and partnership with the seminary in shaping leaders who expand God's Kingdom around the world.

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