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  • Obama Force Religious Groups To Pick Faith Or Funding [Happy Friday Dump]

    07/18/2014 7:08:57 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/18/2014 | Neil Munro
    President Barack Obama is replaying his turnout-boosting 2012 contraception fight against Christian groups by staging a pre-election fight over religion and new legal rights for gays.He’s expected to sign a regulation on July 21 that would force religious contractors to give up federal funding if they don’t submit to progressive claims that homosexuality and heterosexuality are morally equivalent, and that there’s no connection between biology and good sexual behavior.The regulation creates that fight by banning grants to groups that are reluctant to hire gay, lesbian and cross-dressing or transgender people who contradict the groups’ religious beliefs about sex.The regulation doesn’t...
  • BIG UPDATE— Baptist Child and Family Services Withdraws Bid for Palm Aire Resort (Video)

    07/16/2014 9:45:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/16/14 | Jim Hoft
    The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool and an outdoor pool.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.The Palm Aire Hotel and Suites is set to be sold to Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) operating under a federal contract, pending local government approval, according to reports from Weslaco, Texas where the hotel is located. Weslaco is a few miles north of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo County.The resort hotel for illegal alien children is reportedly the ‘first in the nation’.Now this…Due to backlash the charity received after...
  • A pastor presides at his son’s gay wedding—and pays the price

    07/12/2014 2:07:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | July 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The story behind a case that made headlines a few months back, from The New York Times: Father and son had always been close, from the moment Tim Schaefer was born, six weeks premature, with blood poisoning, a weak heart and lungs, and a doctor who thought he would not make it through the night.His father, the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a United Methodist minister, thought of his eldest son as a miracle child, saved by some combination of medicine and prayer, saved for something special.“We couldn’t even touch him; he was in an incubator, and we had to reach in...
  • HHS money to church entities long before waves of illegal immigrants

    07/12/2014 1:46:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 11, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Via Pewsitter I learned of this from Liberty News. My emphases. EXCLUSIVE: HHS Bankrolled Catholic and Baptist Church from 2010 to 2013 to Prepare for ObamaÂ’s 2014 Invasion!A month or two ago news broke that ObamaÂ’s HHS was calling for private contractors to help transport illegal aliens throughout the interior United States. What made this already big news even bigger is the fact that the original call for proposals came out in January, long before the bulk of the illegal alien surge began. The breaking news youÂ’re about to read is ten times bigger, because the following proves the Obama...
  • Church group(Texas Baptist Men) to oversee shelter for unaccompanied children in Dallas County

    07/06/2014 2:24:44 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 72 replies
    Valleycentral.com ^ | ^630/14 | Mary Avila
    Unaccompanied children are crossing at an alarming rate, and now many will be heading to Dallas. "We cannot turn our back on these children that are already here," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. Judge Jenkins announced that Dallas County would be the first county in the state to offer housing. Terry Henderson is in charge of disaster relief for the Texas Baptist Men. He's been waiting an announcement like this for more than a month. "I kind of had a heads up no matter where it was going to happen in Texas that we were going to be involved...
  • Supreme Court ruling legalizes religious discrimination [BARF ALERT]

    07/03/2014 2:43:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 7/3/2014 | Bruce Gourley
    On June 30 the United States Supreme Court, in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, ruled that the religious beliefs of employers trump the free conscience and civil rights of employees.For traditional Baptists, the decision hearkens to earlier centuries when kings and popes mandated religious dogma, denying religious liberty and freedom of conscience to their subjects. Similar to that earlier era, the religious dogma of the Green family (the Southern Baptist owners of Hobby Lobby) is now legally binding upon employees.Baptists in Europe and America of the 17th to 19th centuries were routinely denied religious liberty and freedom of conscience by establishment...
  • White House invites "gay-affirming" Southern Baptist pastor to Presidential reception

    I can't cut and paste right now, but the story says the "pastor" is invited to a reception with Obama on June 30.
  • T.W. Shannon Hits James Lankford on Young Illegal Immigrant Influx

    06/23/2014 9:07:28 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama designated Fort Sill, Okla., as one of the military installations that would house the surge of young illegal immigrants coming to the United States, and the decision could be a factor in the homestretch of another Republican primary, just two weeks after immigration helped sink House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R., Va.). Former House Speaker T.W. Shannon has primarily faulted Representative James Lankford for voting to raise the debt-ceiling, but the recent spate of border crossings by minors has given him another weapon to use against his campaign to replace retiring Senator Tom Coburn.
  • So. Baptists Elect Arkansas Megachurch Pastor Ronnie Floyd as President

    06/10/2014 7:30:28 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/10/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    BALTIMORE, Md. – Southern Baptists elected Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd on Tuesday to be the new president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Floyd was elected by messengers during the Southern Baptist Convention's 2014 Annual Meeting, beating out SBC presidential nominees Dennis Manpoong Kim of Maryland and Jared Moore of Kentucky. Over 3,000 messengers voted and Floyd won on the first ballot, receiving 51.6 percent of the votes. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological seminary, had praised the Arkansas pastor, whom he nominated, as "dependable" and "faithful" and someone who will "lead all Southern Baptists...
  • Growing Up Duggar: Putting The Fun Back In Fundamentalism?

    06/09/2014 11:09:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 83 replies
    6/9/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I believe that the show "19 Kids and Counting" is a very wholesome show, and more than worthy of watching. This said, after the book, "Growing Up Duggar" came out, and after perusing it, I do believe that parts that talk abut hair lengths, clothing choices, etc, do perhaps need some discussion, given that there are some scriptural references stated within the book. And in reply: 1.) 1 Peter 3: 3-13 says: "Whose adorning let it no be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold or of putting on of apparel. But let it be...
  • There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

    06/02/2014 6:09:52 AM PDT · by Bratch · 80 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | June 2, 2014 | Albert Mohler
    Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships.Just days before the convention, news broke that a congregation in suburban Los Angeles has decided to affirm same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted on the Internet, Pastor Danny Cortez...
  • California Baptist Church Changes Views On Homosexuality After Pastor's Gay Son Comes Out

    06/02/2014 5:30:06 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 62 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 6-2-2014 | Antonia Blumberg
    A Baptist church in California has voted to welcome the gay community despite going against the Southern Baptist Convention's views on homosexuality. The New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, CA faced a difficult decision in early 2014 when lead pastor Danny Cortez told the congregation that his son, Drew, had come out -- and that he himself no longer agreed with the church's teachings on homosexuality.
  • 7th molestation complaint filed against Tulsa pastor Damien Bonner after 2nd victim alleges abuse

    05/22/2014 12:28:54 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies
    kjrh.com ^ | May 20, 2014 | kjrh
    Another victim has come forward in the case against a Tulsa pastor accused of molestation. Police say a second victim reported Damien Keith Bonner, 32, touched her inappropriately. The 15-year-old girl came forward May 15, a day after Bonner was arrested on six counts of lewd molestation.
  • Even in preschool, 5-year-old Hampton Cove crash victim Micah Brown 'knew Jesus was his best friend'

    05/20/2014 10:57:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Huntsville Times ^ | May 17, 2014 | Lucy Berry
    Micah Brown HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Monday was the day that changed David and Ryann Brown's lives forever. Micah Andrew Brown, a 5-year-old boy who loved riding in fire trucks, the color blue and wearing his rain boots no matter the occasion, succumbed to injuries he sustained when his mother's SUV collided with an 18-wheeler and flipped on Old Highway 431 in front of Hampton Cove Elementary. Ryann and her youngest daughter, Noelle, 3, suffered minor wounds during the wreck, but 9-year-old daughter Sarah and 8-year-old Rebekah remain hospitalized with serious injuries at facilities in Huntsville and Birmingham. Hundreds of mourners...
  • Alliance of Baptists supports NC gay marriage lawsuit

    05/17/2014 1:49:52 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 28 replies
    ABP News ^ | 4/16/2014 | Robert Dilday
    The Alliance of Baptists has expressed support for a legal challenge launched by religious leaders in North Carolina to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage. At its annual meeting May 3 in Portland, Maine, the Alliance voted to “stand in solidarity” with a suit filed in a federal district court in Charlotte April 28 by the United Church of Christ. The UCC claims that North Carolina is unconstitutionally restricting religious freedom by barring clergy members from marrying gay couples. In a resolution, the Alliance, which has affirmed same-sex marriage since 2004, said “we rise today to stand in solidarity...
  • Former Youth Pastor Accused of Giving Kids Alcohol, Drugs and Porn

    05/08/2014 7:56:29 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 29 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/8/2014 | Gina Meeks
    A former youth pastor has been charged with sex crimes involving young men at an Arkansas church. ... Berkley, 34, was arrested at a cemetery in Covington, Tennessee, Monday afternoon after finishing a funeral service. Police in Harrison say the investigation into the former pastor began March 28, while he was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist. They interviewed more than a dozen male victims—all between the ages of 14 and 18—through mid-April. One victim said he went to Berkley’s house believing it was a Bible study. While there, he was allowed to drink and smoke marijuana and a hookah. Several...
  • Sex-saturated culture addressed at summit

    04/26/2014 11:13:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 | Tom Strode
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors and other evangelical Christians should speak biblically and live purely to minister faithfully in a sex-saturated culture, speakers said at a Southern Baptist-sponsored summit on the Gospel and sexuality. In addresses during the three-day conference, speakers challenged participants with messages designed to equip church leaders and other Christians to live with purity while aiding people inside and outside the church who are captive to a sexualized society. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission sponsored its inaugural ERLC Leadership Summit in sessions April 21-23 at the Southern Baptist Convention building in Nashville. As sexualized as American culture...
  • Probation terms altered to permit sex offender pastor to minister to children

    04/25/2014 5:45:21 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    ABP News ^ | 4/25/2014 | Bob Allen
    A baptist church that made headlines two years ago for allowing a registered sex offender to preach is now free to allow children in worship services.
  • Judge says use of Caner video fair

    04/22/2014 12:14:21 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bob Allen
    A federal judge has dismissed a Georgia Baptist college president’s lawsuit against a blogger who posted video to support allegations that a famous “Jihad to Jesus” testimony is bogus. A U.S. district judge in Fort Worth, Texas, ruled April 17 that Jason Smathers, a Southern Baptist pastor in Arizona who blogs at Witnesses Unto Me, was entitled to post government videos he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act under the “fair use” doctrine of copyright law. Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga., filed a lawsuit last summer claiming ownership of two videos that Smathers posted...
  • Ukraine President Preaches the Gospel at Easter!

    04/21/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Slavic Gospel Association ^ | 4-21-14 | Dr. Bob Provost SGA President
    This Easter Sunday in Ukraine was unlike any other in the history of this nation in crisis. As Ukrainian Christians gathered together at Kiev’s Central Baptist Church to worship and celebrate the resurrection, they heard a special message delivered in person by Alexander Turchynov, the country’s acting president. SGA’s Sergei Omelchenko wrote to tell us about the extraordinary day . . . Turchinov 4-21-14 Acting Ukrainian president Alexander Turchynov proclaims the Gospel at the pulpit of Central Baptist Church in Kiev—a truly historic moment! Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), preached the main message...
  • 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
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 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
    roonte.com ^ | 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
    http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=12341 ^ | 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...