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  • Virginia church may look Anglican, but it's fully Baptist

    03/27/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    ABP News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Jeff Brumley
    Sunday mornings at All Souls Charlottesville are fairly common for an Anglican congregation. The Book of Common Prayer and the Revised Common Lectionary are standard, creeds are spoken together, the Eucharist is the central focus of the liturgy and the minister blesses the congregation before it scatters back into the world. But the Charlottesville, Va., congregation isn’t an Episcopal church. It’s Baptist — in fact it’s a plant of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2014. This isn’t a Baptist church in the Charleston tradition, a structured expression of worship often distinguished from...
  • Phelps deathbed reports have foes keeping watch

    03/19/2014 4:16:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    washington post ^ | jolie lee
    Reports that Fred Phelps, 84, founder of the Topeka, Kan., church known for its anti-gay message and protests of military funerals, is on his deathbed have some looking forward to the Westboro Baptist Church pastor’s passing. The Facebook page Fred Phelps Death Watch was created March 16 and has nearly 1,900 likes. The page states, “While we wait for God to take him, because he hates homosexuals, let’s relive some of his more memorable moments while we wait.”
  • Fred Phelps, founder of 'rabid' Westboro Baptist Church, said near death

    03/16/2014 1:26:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/16/2014 | Mark Sappenfield
    Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Kansas church held in disgust worldwide for its antigay protests of prominent funerals, is in hospice care and "on the edge of death," according to one of his estranged sons. Nate Phelps posted the information on Facebook Saturday night, adding the revelation that his father had been excommunicated from the church in 2013. A church spokesman told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that Phelps was indeed in the hospice but that Nate Phelps "is not well informed." The spokesman also refused to comment on the allegation that the elder Mr. Phelps has been excommunicated. Another...
  • Governor Palin Endorses Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate in Mississippi

    03/13/2014 4:16:23 PM PDT · by Kolath · 17 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 04/13/2014 | Steve Flesher
    CHRIS McDANIEL FOR U.S. SENATE FROM MISSISSIPPI Chris McDaniel has a proven record of fighting for conservative principles in the Mississippi State Senate. He has been a champion of limited government, free enterprise, civic participation, reduced tax rates, a strong national defense, and a return to the original checks and balances of the Constitution.
  • Children's pastor pleads guilty to sexual abuse

    03/12/2014 4:00:00 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 23 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 12, 2014 | Alabama Baptist Staff
    MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (BP) -- A Baptist children's pastor in Alabama has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sodomy, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and one count of child pornography. Jeffrey Dale Eddie, the children's pastor and administrator of Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, was arrested Feb. 4. Eddie, who was released from his duties upon arrest, had served on the Highland Park staff for 16 years. Eddie was charged with two counts of child pornography, 31 counts of second-degree sodomy and three counts of sexual abuse of a child...
  • Baptist convention in Kentucky uses guns giveaway to ‘point people to Christ’

    03/11/2014 3:59:07 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 04, 2014 | FoxNews
    Some church leaders in Kentucky say guns can be an effective way to beef up the flock. Organizers of a Baptist church convention said it will use guns giveaways across the state to attract nonbelievers who are more prone to go duck hunting than sit in a church pew, The Courier-Journal reported. The goal of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's "Second Amendment Celebrations" is to "point people to Christ," the report said.
  • Attitudes Among Southern Baptist Leaders Shifting on Birth Control

    03/07/2014 3:33:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 87 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/5/14 | Bob Allen
    Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.On the surface, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists might seem unlikely bedfellows in opposing mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, but observers say it points to ongoing reconsideration of the morality of birth control among the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading thinkers. “Evangelical leaders are tripping over themselves in the rush to stand with Roman Catholic bishops against this perceived governmental overreach,” Jacob Lupfer, a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgetown University, said in a Religion News Service commentary in December. “At the...
  • ‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

    03/04/2014 12:51:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 4, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America. “The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page. Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law....
  • Ukraine Names Baptist Pastor as Acting President

    02/25/2014 9:04:21 PM PST · by boxlunch · 48 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | posted 2/24/2014 | Timothy C. Morgan
    Oleksandr Turchynov, a well-known Baptist pastor and top opposition politician in Ukraine, took office on Sunday, Feb. 23, as acting president after the Parliament voted to oust President Yanukovych.... ...... Monday night in Kiev, Turchynov, 49, spoke publicly for the first time since taking office as acting president. According to an unofficial translation, he said, "Unprecedented cruelty and brutality of the dictatorial regime did not stop citizens. They selflessly gave their lives to defend their rights—and won.... "Our first task today is to stop the confrontation, to regain control … to ensure peace and tranquility, to prevent new victims, local...
  • Baptists Seriously Discussing Robert Jeffress' Claim that Obama's Paving the Way for the Antichrist

    02/22/2014 10:44:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Dallas Observer's Unfair Park Blog ^ | January 27, 2014 | Eric Nicholson
    When First Baptist's Robert Jeffress proclaimed a couple of weeks back that President Obama is "paving the way for the antichrist," we dismissed it as a publicity stunt designed to sell copies of his new book on the end times. Not everyone was so quick to call Jeffress' claim empty bombast. Take this Christian Post piece from over the weekend in which a reporter, apparently keeping a straight face, asks two Baptist biblical scholars -- or rather as the headline suggests "experts" on the Obama-antichrist link -- to weigh in on the controversy. Darrell Bock, a professor at Dallas Theological...
  • Powerful winds rip off roof to church in Huntington, WV

    02/21/2014 6:49:55 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    WOWK-TV ^ | Lisa Robbins
    HUNTINGTON, WV - Powerful winds and heavy rain blew through the area Friday. In West Huntington, the winds were so strong, they ripped off a roof and steeple at Open Door Baptist Church on Madison Avenue. Dan Houdyschell said he heard the storm roll through. "Just a lot of wind around 2 a.m.; garbage cans flying and stuff like that," he said. Steve Wayne is a pastor at Celebration Church, which is just across the street from the damage. "I couldn't believe when I saw that their roof is in the road and the steeple; I can't imagine the damage...
  • SBC leader says Russia isn’t pro-family, despite anti-gay laws

    02/19/2014 5:29:36 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 54 replies
    ABP News ^ | 2/19/2014 | Bob Allen
    The Southern Baptist Convention’s top spokesman for moral and public policy concerns says Russian President Vladimir Putin lacks moral authority to criticize Western countries for abandoning Christian values. “It really kind of makes my blood boil when I hear Vladimir Putin claiming to be pro-family values,” Russell Moore, head of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission said in a Feb. 19 podcast titled, “Is Russia really a ‘pro-family values’ nation?
  • Gay Baptist minister sues for right to wed

    02/18/2014 5:03:49 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 33 replies
    ABP News ^ | 2/17/2014 | Bob Allen
    Bojangles Blanchard, an ordained Baptist minister in Louisville, Ky., says denying same-sex couples the benefits of marriage treats them as second-class citizens. A Kentucky Baptist minister and gay-rights activist filed a lawsuit Feb. 14 claiming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard — who with his partner, Dominique James, was fined 1 cent for trespassing in November for refusing to leave a county clerk’s office after being told they could not apply for a marriage license — asked U.S. District Judge John Heyburn to build on his finding two days earlier that Kentucky must recognize same-sex...
  • Missouri students block Westboro Baptist protest of Michael Sam

    02/16/2014 9:45:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    CBS sports ^ | Chip Patterson
    EyeOn College Basketball Missouri students block Westboro Baptist protest of Michael Sam By Chip Patterson | College Writer February 15, 2014 4:46 pm ET The Missouri community has shown overwhelming support for Michael Sam since the Tigers' football star announced that he was gay earlier this month. On Saturday a group of students united to drown out the protest efforts of the Westboro Baptist Church. The group was in town for the Tigers' home basketball game against Tennessee, protesting Missouri's support of Sam outside Mizzou Arena. Students blocked the Westboro Baptist protesters from view with a human wall, turned their...
  • Bob Jones University fires firm hired to investigate sex abuse

    02/13/2014 11:59:56 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/7/2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Bob Jones University has fired an independent firm hired to investigate sex abuse reports just one month before the group planned to release its 13-month review findings. The university had contracted with Lynchburg, Va.-based GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) in November 2012. “Over the last several months, we grew concerned about how GRACE was pursuing our objectives, and on Jan. 27, 2014, BJU terminated its contract with GRACE,” the university said in a press release. “It is BJU’s intention to resolve its differences with GRACE, and we are disappointed a resolution could not be reached before...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Russian Bear awakening to morality

    02/08/2014 11:05:26 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 2-7-14 | Kelly Boggs
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- God once used a donkey to alert a wayward prophet that he was on the wrong track. Could it be the Lord is using a bear, a Russian Bear, to do the same with the nations of the West, in particular the United States? "Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values," Russian President Valdimir Putin said in his state of the nation address in mid-December, The Washington Times reported. Putin continued, "Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in...
  • State says murder suspect [male "pastor"] planned to wed boyfriend

    01/17/2014 7:34:35 PM PST · by WXRGina · 16 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | January 17, 2014 | Bob Allen
    Prosecutors say a former minister at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., charged with his wife’s murder, was trying to leave the country prior to his Jan. 1 arrest to marry his boyfriend. The latest twist in a story that has received worldwide media attention came Jan. 16 in a bond hearing for Richard Shahan, 53, who resigned recently as children and families pastor and facilities director at First Baptist, reportedly to head overseas for three years of mission work in Europe and Central Asia. Prosecutors said information gleaned from more than 3,000 of Shahan’s e-mails indicate he was planning...
  • State says murder suspect planned to wed boyfriend

    01/17/2014 3:53:17 PM PST · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    ABP News ^ | 1/17/2014 | Bob Allen
    Prosecutors say a former minister at First Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., charged with his wife’s murder, was trying to leave the country prior to his Jan. 1 arrest to marry his boyfriend. The latest twist in a story that has received worldwide media attention came Jan. 16 in a bond hearing for Richard Shahan, 53, who resigned recently as children and families pastor and facilities director at First Baptist, reportedly to head overseas for three years of mission work in Europe and Central Asia. Prosecutors said information gleaned from more than 3,000 of Shahan’s e-mails indicate he was planning...
  • America and the Culture of Vulgarity—No End in Sight

    12/12/2013 7:47:29 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 21 replies ^ | 12-12-13 | Albert Mohler
    The collapse of the barrier between popular culture and decadence has released a toxic mudslide of vulgarity into the nation’s family rooms—and just about everywhere else. There is almost no remote corner of this culture that is not marked by the toleration of vulgarity, or the outright celebration of depravity. Lee Siegel has seen this reality, and he doesn’t like it. “When did the culture become so coarse?,” he asks, adding: “It’s a question that quickly gets you branded as either an unsophisticated rube or some angry culture warrior.” Siegel wants us all to know that he is neither unsophisticated...
  • Ex-Mormon bishop pleads guilty in sexual assaults of two teens

    11/26/2013 4:48:42 AM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nov. 14, 2013 | Rick Rojas
    A former Mormon bishop in Riverside County is expected to serve three years in prison for sexually assaulting two teenage girls who attended a Menifee church, prosecutors said. Todd Mitchell Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts related to the assault of the teens, ages 16 and 18, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney's office. The counts were sexual battery and sexual penetration with a foreign object. In addition to the prison time, Edwards will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender as part...
  • The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 with Scripture Proofs [4 of 34]

    11/11/2013 8:40:44 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    CHAPTER 3 OF GOD’S DECREE Paragraph 1. God hath decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of His own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass;1 yet so as thereby is God neither the author of sin nor hath fellowship with any therein;2 nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established;3 in which appears His wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing His decree.41 Isa. 46:10; Eph. 1:11; Heb....
  • Men Not Allowed to Say 'Jesus' in Chaplain Class: Lawsuit

    11/09/2013 6:35:22 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    NBC Channel 7 San Diego ^ | 11/8/13 | Andie Adams and Steven Luke
    Two men claim the San Diego VA religiously persecuted themTwo men claim they were religiously persecuted by the Department of Veterans Affairs San Diego during a class meant for chaplains, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. In its lawsuit, the Conservative Baptist Association of America alleges that two of its members – a retired Army major and a sailor-- were repeatedly told by an instructor not to use Jesus’ name or quote the Bible as they went through the VA-run class, which applicants must take to become a chaplain inside the hospital. "Anytime you tell somebody you can’t pray in...
  • The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 with Scripture Proofs [1 of 34]

    11/04/2013 10:53:00 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    FOREWORD ‘I have thought it right to reprint in a cheap form this excellent list of doctrines, which were subscribed to by the Baptist Ministers in the year 1689. We need a banner because of the truth; it may be that this small volume may aid the cause of the glorious gospel by testifying plainly what are its leading doctrines . . . May the Lord soon restore unto His Zion a pure language, and may her watchmen see eye to eye.’ So wrote the young C.H. Spurgeon, then in the second year of his ministry at New Park Street...
  • Hiring of homosexual employees being considered by Ky. Baptist child care agency

    11/01/2013 7:20:29 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 35 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov. 1 2013 | David Roach
    The president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's children's services agency has recommended that the organization amend its hiring practices to ban discrimination against homosexuals, according to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the agency's website. "I would rather homosexuals see the love of God through us than be denied employment by us," Bill Smithwick, president of Sunrise Children's Services, said in an Aug. 16 PowerPoint presentation to the agency's trustees. "I would rather see the ministry continue to help kids and share the Gospel than close." Trustees were scheduled to vote on the proposal during their Nov. 8 meeting. One trustee,...
  • Baptist’s BYU visit marks thaw in Mormon-evangelical cold war

    10/30/2013 8:29:22 PM PDT · by Ripliancum · 49 replies ^ | 10/30/2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    Last month, after being sure to get his caffeine fix at Starbucks, Southern Baptist leader Richard Land went where few evangelicals had dared to go before: the Provo campus of Brigham Young University, the intellectual heart of Mormonism. After lecturing on "family, faith, freedom and America," Land attended a BYU football game with LDS leaders and joined them to hear James Taylor sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Days later, George O. Wood, the general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, also visited BYU, followed by the Rev. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptists’ flagship seminary. Is there...
  • Sad News About Charles Stanley’s In Touch Magazine

    10/19/2013 8:50:26 PM PDT · by jodyel · 494 replies ^ | July 25th, 2013 | Ligthouse Trails Editors
    Lighthouse Trails has watched in dismay over the past few years as Charles Stanley’s In Touch magazine has made the decision to promote contemplative/emergent names. When our editors picked up a copy of the August 2013 issue and saw a feature article written by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, we decided to call In Touch Ministries to find out who was responsible for the content in the magazine. Sadly, the response we received from the editorial department at In Touch left us with a sinking feeling that the evangelical church has been seduced and there was no turning back. We’ll talk about the...
  • Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to date

    09/18/2013 3:09:51 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    BPNews. ^ | September 6, 2013 | Tom Strode
    Abortion clinic closings on rise in U.S., 44 tallied year to datePREV The sign outside Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, comes down in late August, marking another of 44 abortion clinic closings so far this year.  Photo courtesy of 40 Days for Life and Coalition for Life. NEXT Posted on Sep 6, 2013 | by Tom Strode  WASHINGTON (BP) -- For Abby Johnson, the closing of a single Planned Parenthood center demonstrated her dramatic reversal from abortion clinic director to leading pro-life advocate. But for pro-lifers throughout the United States, it marked another exhibit in a hopeful trend --...
  • The Charles Spurgeon Story

    Charles Spurgeon aka Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (19 June 1834 – 31 January 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Charles Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. He was a strong figure in the Reformed Baptist tradition, defending the Church in agreement with the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith understanding, and opposing the liberal and pragmatic theological tendencies in the Church of his day. In his lifetime, Charles Spurgeon preached to around 10,000,000 people, often up to 10 times each week at different places. Spurgeon was...
  • Can Evangelical Chaplains Serve God and Country?—The Crisis Arrives

    09/17/2013 11:44:24 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 48 replies
    Southern Baptist Seminary ^ | 9/17/2013 | Dr. Al Mohler
    Can chaplains committed to historic biblical Christianity serve in the United States military? That question, though inconceivable to our nation’s founders, is now front and center. And the answer to that question will answer another, even more important question: Can religious liberty survive under America’s new moral order? The repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, coupled with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, set the stage for this crisis. The full normalization of same-sex relationships within the U.S. military is part of the unprecedented moral revolution that is now reshaping American...
  • Jewish prayer shawl finds new home at Baptist church

    08/26/2013 5:09:02 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 6 replies
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 8/23/2013 | John Quinlin
    The prayer shawl that Myron Slobin received when he was bar mitzvahed in 1955 will have a new home Sept. 8 when Slobin, spiritual leader of the Siouxland International Messianic Fellowship, presents it for dedication to the Rev. Jim Wilson, pastor of the Glendale Baptist Church. The shawl, or tzitzit will replace the runner on the church’s communion table which was accidentally damaged by the Messianic Fellowship which has been meeting on Fridays at the church for about 3 years. “It’s very significant to the Old Testament ties and to the Bible,” Wilson said of the tallit. “It’s something that’s...
  • Churches help Catholics learn Baptist doctrine

    08/23/2013 9:25:47 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 354 replies
    Biblical Recorder Now ^ | August 21, 2013 | Jane Rogers, Baptist Press
    BEAUMONT, Texas – As Hispanic populations across the United States, many of which are traditionally Catholic, continue to increase, so do opportunities for Southern Baptist churches to address the spiritual questions of current and former Catholics. Hispanics made up 38.1 percent of the population of Texas in 2011, the U.S. Census reports. This reflects a nearly 10 percent increase since 2006, when Hispanics accounted for 35.7 percent of all Texans, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ office. The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) has 193 cooperating churches listing Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Many of...
  • Supreme Court upholds rape conviction, rejects religious privilege argument

    08/22/2013 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    concord monitor ^ | ANNMARIE TIMMINS
    The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions against Ernest Willis who is serving a 15-to-30 year prison sentence for forcibly raping his teenage babysitter twice, whom he knew through Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, in 1997. The court issued its ruling this morning. The girl, who became pregnant, was later made to stand before their congregation to apologize by then-pastor Chuck Phelps. A Merrimack County jury convicted Ellis of three counts of rape and one count of felonious sexual assault in 2011. Willis’s attorneys appealed the conviction on several grounds, including the admission of...
  • Trial for gay Baptist minister postponed

    08/09/2013 4:04:46 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 24 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 8/6/2013 | Bob Allen
    A misdemeanor trespassing trial for a gay Baptist minister and his partner who refused to leave a city clerk’s office after being denied a marriage license was postponed Monday when attorneys were unable to come up with an impartial jury. Attorneys for Maurice “Bojangles” Blanchard and Dominique James and prosecutors questioned prospective jurors Aug. 6 in Jefferson County District Court in Louisville, Ky. After people were eliminated for various reasons, not enough remained in the jury pool for the trial to proceed. The trial was rescheduled for Nov. 25. Blanchard and James tried to apply for a marriage license in...
  • ERLC: Child immigrants need different status

    07/26/2013 3:11:58 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies ^ | Jul 26, 2013 | Baptist Press
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- People brought into the United States illegally as children should not be treated in the same way as undocumented immigrants who entered as adults, a Southern Baptist public policy specialist told members of Congress. Barrett Duke of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also testified that the immigration reform bill approved by the Senate needs some improvement. Duke, the ERLC's vice president for public policy, was one of the witnesses at a July 23 hearing before a House of Representatives subcommittee. The panel considered the status of those whose parents brought them to this country as illegal...
  • The Biblical Jesus Christ

    07/26/2013 1:27:27 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 154 replies
    BiblicalJesusChrist.Com ^ | April, 2013 |
    Who is Jesus? Is He just a man? Is He just a Great Teacher? Is He just a Great Prophet, another in several sent by God over the centuries? The Biblical answer to these questions is found below. Some may believe that only the narrow-minded would not be ready to accept a universal Jesus; One popular with and accepted by all non-Christian religions. However this is not what the Bible teaches. True Belief in Christ allows room for none other. Let's look at the Scriptures and find out what the Biblical portrait of Jesus is. We learn Who Jesus is,...
  • This Sunday’s Gospel: “Catholic” in the Bible

    07/21/2013 3:58:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 20, 2013 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    I once got a harsh letter from a Baptist lady protesting that she could not find the word “Catholic” anywhere in the Bible.True, the earliest occurrence of the term is in a letter of St. Ignatius of Antioch, written 20 years after the last book of the New Testament. But the idea that the Church is “catholic” pops up everywhere in the gospels and epistles. The Greek word “catholic” comes from the word for “wholeness” or “fullness.” The “catholic” church is not just a regional sect for an exclusive little group. Rather it must include the whole family of God...
  • Church Sign Generates Emotional Debate Over Race After Zimmerman Verdict

    07/16/2013 1:12:17 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | July 16, 2013 | CBS Chicago
    CHICAGO (CBS) – A sign posted outside a south suburban church is generating a powerful debate over race in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict. The marquee outside the First Baptist Church of University Park earlier this week read: “It Is Safe To Kill Black People In Amerikkka.”
  • Churches' marriage policies being tightened

    07/14/2013 12:39:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 7-12-13 | Brian Blackwell
    Churches are beginning to add a stipulation in their bylaws that their ministers perform only traditional marriages on their premises, in response to the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions in late June. Greg Erwin, a Baton Rouge attorney who represents the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Baptist Message state paper and several Louisiana Baptist entities, said it is hard to speculate on what the decisions may mean for churches. "The ruling means the same for Louisiana churches as for churches in all states except that in states where they have banned discrimination based upon sexual orientation, churches are more at risk...
  • VIDEO: Ted Cruz receives standing ovation in Baptist church for calling to abolish the IRS

    07/03/2013 8:01:57 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2013 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, received a standing ovation during his speech at First Baptist Dallas church on Sunday for calling to abolish the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Jimmy Carter vs. Blessed Virgin Mary Regarding the Male Priest

    06/25/2013 2:24:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | June 24, 2013 | Taylor Marshall
    President Carter seems very concerned about the Catholic doctrine of the male priesthood. Speaking at the Carter Center's "Mobilizing Faith for Women" the former President answered some questions about women and religion. Let's look at his words against the Catholic Church and then I'll provide three systematic responses: "And I think the great religions have set the example for that, by ordaining, in effect, that women are not equal to men in the eyes of God. This has been done and still is done by the Catholic Church ever since the third century, when the Catholic Church ordained that a...
  • Holy alliance: Catholics, Southern Baptists unite against Obamacare contraception mandate

    06/22/2013 4:19:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 21, 2013 | Tom Howell Jr.
    America’s Catholic bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention joined forces on Friday, calling on Congress to pass bills that would exempt companies and nonprofits from the contraception insurance coverage mandate in President Obama’s health care law. The Rev. William E. Lori, archbishop of Baltimore, and SBC President Russell D. Moore say companion bills in the House and Senate would “address threats to religious freedom and rights of conscience that have become particularly grave in the field of health care.” [Snip] The bill exempts faith-based nonprofits and religiously devout business owners from a provision in the Affordable Care Act that requires...
  • Caner sues to purge video from Web

    06/21/2013 7:12:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | June 20, 2013 | Bob Allen
    Ergun Caner, now provost and vice president of academic affairs at Arlington Baptist College, in Arlington, Texas, filed a lawsuit June 18 in U.S. District Court North Texas District in Fort Worth claiming copyright infringement for reproducing, uploading and maintaining his videos without permission. The complaint filed by Bartonville, Texas, attorney David Gibbs cites Jonathan Autry of Lynchburg, Va., who posted 34 videos of Caner on his YouTube account. YouTube removed the videos after Caner filed a takedown notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.Signed into law by President Clinton in 1998, the act made certain technical amendments to...
  • The Western Emperor Has No Clothes On

    06/16/2013 3:17:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 16, 2003 | Conrad Mbewe
    Even if you tried to bury your head in the sand, you can still hear the tremor in the ground of the Western carnival that is coming. The music and dancing are getting louder and louder. It is one of human-rights-with-no-holds-barred. It is coming with all the revelry that you would expect. It cannot be ignored. However, one problem with this procession is that it long left its original route. There are no principles to guide it, except the whims of those who are hiding behind its masks and leading it in whichever direction they please. Even those of us...
  • Will D. Campbell, preacher and civil rights activist*, *dies at 88 (* AND PRO LIFE ACTIVIST)

    06/15/2013 10:43:23 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | June 08, 2013 | Emily Langer
    The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a self-described “bootleg preacher” who became the most prominent white clergyman in the South to fight for racial equality during the civil rights movement, died June 3 in Nashville. He was 88. Rev. Campbell was ordained a minister while still in his teens but came to distrust organized religion and to prefer preaching anywhere, as he liked to say, but under a steeple. He documented his life and philosophy in more than a dozen books, including “Brother to a Dragonfly,” a finalist for a 1978 National Book Award. Growing up during the Great Depression,...
  • SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus

    06/12/2013 9:04:27 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    ABPNews ^ | Wednesday June 12, 2013 | Bob Allen
    SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus A highly anticipated resolution condemning the Boy Scouts’ new membership policy affirms churches and individuals that sever ties, while calling for greater engagement by those that don’t. By Bob Allen The Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of urging churches to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in a June 11 resolution condemning the organization’s recent decision to drop its ban on Scouts who are openly gay. The non-binding resolution expresses “continued opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy” and called...
  • Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

    06/12/2013 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove from executive and board leadership the individuals who earlier sought to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops. While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so. It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain...
  • SBC probes Planned Parenthood ties

    06/11/2013 4:21:03 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 12 replies
    ABP News ^ | June 11, 2013 | Bob Allen
    Southern Baptist Convention leaders have been asked to consider removing a Texas church that supports a local chapter of Planned Parenthood of America. Messengers to the 2013 SBC annual meeting in Houston voted June 11 to refer a motion to the SBC Executive Committee to sever ties with Lakeshore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, for active support of “the abortion provider Planned Parenthood.” Dorisanne Cooper Pastor Dorisanne Cooper said Lakeshore Baptist Church already withdrew from the SBC 12 years ago and notified convention leadership at the time. “The church felt that the leadership and direction of the SBC were increasingly...
  • Notable Protestants Defend Marriage

    06/01/2013 3:06:09 AM PDT · by rhema · 21 replies
    Juicy Ecumenism ^ | May 17, 2013 | Bart Gingerich
    At the start of May, Union University was graced with the presence of notable evangelical theologians who commented on the issues of homosexuality, marriage, the church, and society. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore joined the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Robert Gagnon at Union’s conference, “Salt and Light in the Public Square: Charles Colson’s Legacy and Vision.”Russell Moore prominently serves as the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s departing dean and will soon succeed retiring Richard Land as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Commenting on the marriage debate, Moore worried, “There are many people in America—including evangelicals—who...
  • Missouri Baptist University student charged with setting car fires at campuses in Creve Coeur

    05/22/2013 7:16:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    St Louis post dispatch ^ | Christine Byers
    CLAYTON • A Missouri Baptist University student and former missionary has been charged with setting four parked cars on fire on and near campus earlier this month. Andrew Wos, 21, of the 5200 block of Sunflower Drive in Eureka was charged today with four counts of knowingly burning or exploding after Creve Coeur police say he set four cars ablaze on two parking lots at the university on May 1. Two cars were reported burning at about 4:30 a.m. that day at the university near Highway 40 and Conway Road. One of the vehicles was a university-owned Honda Pilot. The...
  • U.S. Military Blocked Some Soldiers From Accessing Southern Baptist Website Over 'Hostile Content'?

    04/26/2013 3:05:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/26/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A U.S. Army officer who tried to access the Southern Baptist Convention's website on a government computer says he instead received a message indicating the site was blocked "due to hostile content." According to a press release from the American Family Association, a group the officer informed about the incident, the message said was being blocked by "Team CONUS," the Continental US Theater Network Operations and Security Center and Regional Computer Emergency Response Team. A Defense Department spokesperson said in an email to The Christian Post that the block is not intentional, and the department is working to solve...