Episode 575

Supreme Court Hears Abortion Pill Case, “Jesus” Film Coming to a Screen Near You & When We Blame Others For Ministry Difficulties

Mar 28, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 26 in a case that will rule on the availability of mifepristone, a drug commonly used in medication abortions. Sight & Sound’s “Jesus,” portraying the Savior’s life in a theatrical musical, will be available for free livestreaming Good Friday through Easter, March 29-31. And, everyone involved in ministry faces challenges. In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Chuck Lawless writes about the sad consequences when we start blaming others for more than their share.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 26 in a case that will rule on the availability of mifepristone, a drug commonly used in medication abortions.

The case, Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, is the first time the Supreme Court has weighed in on the issue of abortion since the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022. A decision on the case is expected in June.

Hannah Daniel, policy director for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), was among the ERLC staff members present on Capitol Hill while oral arguments were heard.

“Despite skepticism shown by some of the justices, Southern Baptists know that chemical abortion takes the life of a preborn child and poses significant harm to women,” she said.
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Sight & Sound’s “Jesus,” portraying the Savior’s life in a theatrical musical, will be available for free livestreaming Good Friday through Easter, March 29-31.

More than 3 million people watched Sight & Sound’s pre-recorded version of the live production during the Easter 2020 weekend, leading to the launch of Sight & Sound TV.
Sight & Sound describes “Jesus” as a state-of-the-art theatrical production viewed by a million on stage and streamed by millions internationally. ‘Jesus’ normally streams for $5.99 on Sight & Sound’s pay-per-view offering.

The entire fourth season of “The Chosen,” a theatrical biopic of Jesus, is in theaters March 28 – 30 with ticket discounts, Engage Media Partners has announced.

Watch episodes 1-3 in one offering March 28, episodes 4-6 in one movie March 29, and the final two episodes as one film March 30 at several theaters nationally and internationally. The March 28 and 29th viewings will include five-minute intermissions.

Discounts include all three movies for $30 at Cinemark locations, all three for $15 at Marcus Theaters, and a 50 percent discount through the Fandango movie ticket app with the code THECHOSENSEASON4. Each discount code can only be used on one transaction.
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Every day, hundreds of thousands of people die without the hope of Jesus. Your faithful prayers will make a difference. That’s why the IMB created a free 18-month calendar, called “Impacting Lostness Through Prayer”. It provides guidance, reminders and encouragement as you pray for individuals and communities who have yet to hear the gospel. Learn more about this free resource at IMB.org/prayercalendar.

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Everyone involved in ministry faces challenges. In the Baptist Press Toolbox, Chuck Lawless writes about the sad consequences when we start blaming others for more than their share.

1. We stop growing personally. That happens when the problems we face are always somebody else’s issues. We have little need to grow if the issues aren’t ours in the first place.

2. We risk living with bitterness. We give our lives for a church, but they don’t listen, follow, or sacrifice. It’s still our job, though, so we still show up – but we’re hurting and bitter at the same time.

3. We miss God’s hand in the difficulties. God often teaches us about Himself and about ourselves in our deepest struggles. If, however, we don’t see a need to grow—and all the problems are really others’—we miss this opportunity.

4. We start seeing only the negative. We lose trust in other believers, and we’re always waiting for the next problem to come up. The proverbial glass is always half empty; it’s tough to see anything good that God is doing through our ministry and church.

Read the full piece at Baptist Press.

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