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  • FIRST-PERSON: An ever-escalating identity crisis

    by Charles Patrick, posted Monday, December 03, 2018 (8 days ago)

    A Christian's identity, Charles Patrick writes, is not defined by one's preferred coffee, clothing, blog, smartphone or political party, but is rooted in two words: "in Christ." Read More

  • Prayer for prodigals emerges from transformed lives

    by Karen Kinnaird/Baptist Messenger, posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (BP) -- The enemy meant to destroy them, but today they're intent on destroying the enemy.

    In 2013, Francine Perry, a member of First Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Okla., started a Bible study, named Come Grow with Me, with 25 women who met in a home for several years. Today, that study has grown to nearly 140 women from area churches who meet weekly in First Baptist's worship center.

    It was during the growth of the Bible study that Francine and Paul Perry and their daughter Laura were going through the trial of their lives -- dealing with issues of Laura's sexual identity. Read More

  • Affirm LGBT lifestyles, foster care workers ordered

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- Foster care workers and families in Illinois must allow gay and transgender youth to express and explore their chosen gender identity and sexual orientation, according to a new state governmental directive. Read More

  • Mormons pull older teens from BSA, open own program

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    The Mormon church is pulling its older teens from the Boy Scouts of America in 2018, but said the decision is not related to BSA policies opening Scouting to gays and transgender males. Read More

  • Obama-era transgender bathroom order rescinded

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration has reversed an Obama-era directive that advised schools to open bathrooms and locker rooms to students based on their perceived sexual identity or risk losing federal funding.

    The new ruling leaves bathroom use policies to the discretion of state governments and local school districts, but the issue is already set to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court is scheduled on March 28 to hear a case from the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia challenging a lower court ruling allowing transgender teen Gavin Grimm to use the boys' bathroom at school. Grimm, a biological female, identifies as male. Read More

  • Trump transgender bathroom reversal anticipated

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter is imminent from the Trump administration advising schools they are no longer encouraged to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity, the Washington Post reported Feb. 21.

    The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education are expected to issue a letter today (Feb. 22) to schools across the nation reversing federal guidelines issued under the Obama administration, the Post said, based on a two-page draft of the letter the newspaper said it has obtained. Read More

  • Gender-inclusive terms extended to God, mothers-to-be

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A growing number of institutions appear to be recommending the use of gender-inclusive language, this time extending non-gendered terms to God and expectant mothers.

    Divinity schools at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 2016-2017 course catalogues encourage non-gendered language in reference to God. The guidelines are addressed to students, faculty and administrators. Read More

  • Transgender child on Nat. Geographic cover

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority.

    But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press. Read More

  • 'Modern Family' debuts transgender child character

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy will appear on tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of ABC's "Modern Family," portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show's leading gay couple, the series' director has announced.

    Modern Family Director Ryan Case identifies the show's first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, "He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family." Read More

  • Target's bathroom fix falls short, boycotters say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Target's $20 million plan to add single-stall bathrooms in its U.S. stores does not fix its policy allowing bathroom and dressing room use based on gender identity, the leader of a national boycott against the company said.

    Target announced Aug. 17 the timeline and cost of its plan to install the locking, single-toilet bathrooms for customers who feel uncomfortable using the bathroom with those who identify as transgendered. Details of the plan came the same day Target released its second quarter earnings report showing a 7.2 percent drop in sales. Target's stock dropped 3.3 percent in premarket trade the same day, MarketWatch announced. Read More