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November 22, 2011  �  Issue 11-222Follow ABP on Facebook and Twitter
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Nancy Petty
Members of a North Carolina Baptist church voted unanimously Nov. 20 to stop performing civil marriages until it becomes legal for same-sex couples to wed. Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., says current state law and a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and woman discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexuals. [Read story]

Southern Baptist churches are rarely the first party to report allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy to legal authorities, according to an analysis of news stories aggregated at a website maintained by an advocate for victims. [Read story]

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Tebow apologetics

Controversy over NFL quarterback Tim Tebow illustrates the awkward role that public faith sometimes plays in American sports and politics, says a pastor and former college quarterback.
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SEEKING THE KINGDOM                                     
For Thanksgiving week, 'curmudgeonly controversialist' David Gushee takes a break from causing trouble to give thanks. [Read column]

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"Christian apologetics is a discipline that attempts to prove the faith true by evidence outside the logic of the faith itself. Traditionally, apologetics has employed reason to make its claim. ... The 'Tebow' approach employs worldly success to give evidence of faith's power. It's a non-monetary form of the prosperity gospel. And for whatever gains it makes in the short run, it fails to reach the goal line of the high calling of Christ Jesus on the very grounds of the gospel itself."
-- George Mason, pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, in his recent commentary about public faith
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