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  • Church of Christ verses Baptist Debate: IS FAITH A SYNECDOCHE?

    08/24/2015 8:10:50 PM PDT · by damonw · 47 replies
    How2BecomeAChristian Apologetics ^ | 1-23-15 | Damon Whitsell
    I am posting only an excerpt here because this written debate is pretty long. Read the excerpts to find out what a Synecdoche is if you do not already know. I am the baptist in the debate and think I won hands down because the CoC guy could not even prove that verbs can be synecdoches, but I did finish weakly. I am posting this to FR because in my research I found this to be the only debate on the subject even though the argument is often used by more advanced CoC debaters. Here is opening clips of my...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • 92-year-old Georgia woman kicked out of church for not tithing

    08/19/2015 8:46:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 131 replies
    wncn.com ^ | August 16, 2015, | WKRN Web Staff
    BAINBRIDGE, GA (WATE) – A 92-year-old woman is no longer allowed to worship at the church where she was a member for more than 50 years because she was not tithing. Josephine King said that was the reason she was kicked out of Bainbridge’s First African Baptist Church. Her family members said they hope the situation will bring change to churches across the nation. “Josephine King is no longer considered a member of the First African Baptist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia,” read Gerald Simmons, as he skimmed over the letter addressed to his aunt. The letter, signed by Senior Pastor...
  • 180-Year-Old Baptist Church to Perform Same-Sex ‘Weddings,’ Ordain Homosexuals

    08/17/2015 7:29:31 PM PDT · by massmike · 66 replies
    http://christiannews.net/ ^ | 08/17/2015 | Garrett Haley
    A historic Baptist church in South Carolina that gave rise to the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow its leadership to perform same-sex “marriage” ceremonies and also ordain open homosexuals. First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina, was founded in 1831. Though the church’s organizer, William Bullein Johnson, became the first president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the church parted ways with the Southern Baptist Convention in 1999. Late last year, members of the congregation gathered in small groups to discuss the church’s position on homosexuality. Eventually, the members concluded...
  • Bontrager Family Singers to Appear at Cruz Rally for Religious Liberty

    08/14/2015 8:45:33 AM PDT · by Isara · 3 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 08/14/15
    HOUSTON, Texas – Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced that the Bontrager Family Singers of Kalona, Iowa will make a special appearance at the Rally for Religious Liberty on August 21 in Des Moines, IA. “I am honored and excited to have the Bontrager Family Singers at our rally for Religious Liberty,” said Cruz. “Their music is as inspiring as it is entertaining and, being a big fan, I think it will be one of the highlights of this event.““Ted Cruz is a leading voice for religious liberty in this country, so we were grateful to receive the invitation...
  • First Baptist Church (Greenville SC) to Ordain Gay, Transgender Ministers(Prot/Evang Caucus)

    08/14/2015 7:56:37 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8/13/2015 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    4:00PM EDT A former Southern Baptist Church has decided all are welcomed in their pulpit, going so far as to ordain gay and transgender ministers. First Baptist of Greenville, South Carolina—the church home of the first Southern Baptist Convention president—has taken a bold move in "embracing the complexities of gender identity." "What I heard was, 'We need to do the right thing, regardless of what anybody thinks or says about us,'" Senior Pastor Jim Dant tells Greenville Online. "There were a few people who said, 'Are they going to start calling us the gay church in town?'" After a six-month...
  • World's Largest Baptist University Drops 'Homosexual Acts' From Sexual Misconduct Code

    07/08/2015 8:11:28 AM PDT · by xzins · 96 replies
    Charisma News ^ | JON HERSKOVITZ
    The world's largest Baptist university, Baylor, has dropped language in its sexual misconduct policy that punished those who engaged in homosexual acts, a change the socially conservative school said better reflects its values as "a caring community." Baylor, in the central Texas city of Waco, had been one of a handful of religious U.S. colleges and universities that allowed for the dismissal of students, and sometimes staff, for homosexuality. Baylor has removed "homosexual acts" as a punishable offense in its sexual misconduct policy, an official said on Tuesday. The policy also mandated disciplinary action for sexual assault, incest, adultery and...
  • Tony Perkins speaks at FBC Dallas

    07/01/2015 8:05:30 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 8 replies
    FBC Dallas ^ | 06/28/15 | Tony Perkins
    Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, spoke at FBC Dallas and addressed how Christians should respond to what's happening in this country. It's worth a listen
  • Texas Religious Schools Lose in Obamacare Abortion-Drug Mandate Case

    06/26/2015 4:20:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Elizabeth Slattery
    Earlier this week, religious employers suffered another loss at the hands of the coercive Obamacare Health and Human Services mandate. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit panel ruled against East Texas Baptist University and a group of other non-profit religious employers in their challenge to the Obamacare requirement that they facilitate health care coverage for employees that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs and devices, or fill out a form notifying the Department of Health and Human Services that they have a religious objection to providing such coverage. This so-called “accommodation” then initiates the process of the government...
  • Accused Anti-Semitic Pastor Plans ‘March On Dearborn’ To Save Muslim Souls

    06/18/2015 7:12:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Christy Strawser
    DEARBORN (CBS Detroit) Because it has the “greatest Arab population in the United States,” a pastor with a soft drawl, earnest delivery and alleged anti-Semitic rhetoric plans to march on Dearborn. The suburban Detroit city is the target of Steve Anderson, pastor of Faithful World Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., for a march planned for Friday, June 26. Anderson says he’s going to bring as many followers as he can plus 1,000 copies of his movie “Marching to Zion” — which has been criticized as anti-Semitic — to distribute to what he perceives as a receptive Muslim audience. He urges...
  • Does Jimmy Carter along with Josh Duggar (Both Baptists) Have Eternal Security (OSAS)?

    06/04/2015 2:31:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 145 replies
    6/4/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Jimmy Carter severed his ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, but apparently is still a Baptist (Maranatha Baptist Church). Josh Duggar and the Duggar family are Independent Baptist. Some will say that neither of them go to the right Baptist church or the correct one and thus neither of them are truly Baptist, just as some Methodists will say that other Methodists don't go to the right Methodist church and thus truly aren't Methodist. Some Jewish people may say that other Jews, (although quite orthodox in their beliefs) aren't quite Orthodox enough and thus aren't truly Jewish when it comes...
  • Church youth minister, pastor’s wife works at abortion clinic

    05/30/2015 9:54:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    saynsumthn's blog ^ | March 2, 2015 | saynsumthn
    Callie Chatman’s linkedin page says that she is a License, Ordained Minister New Elam Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Callie’s bio also states that she worked as a Youth Minister and Adult Sunday School Teacher and she assists the pastor in any means necessary. Oddly, it also says she works at Reproducted Health, an abortion clinic in Alabama. According to a pro-life activist who side walk counsels outside an abortion clinic in Montgomery, Callie Chatman works for Reproductive Health Services abortion clinic in Montgomery. A video uploaded by pro-life activist David Day, allegedly shows that Callie’s husband, Pastor Louis Chatman...
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • The Fathers of Scott Walker and Ted Cruz are Conservative Baptist Ministers

    04/20/2015 9:02:20 AM PDT · by pinochet · 13 replies
    Gov. Scott Walker's father is the Rev. Llewellyn "Llew" Walker. Sen. Ted Cruz's father is the Rev. Rafael Bienvenido Cruz. Both are conservative Baptist ministers. But that is not the only thing they have in common. Both Baptist ministers were born in the same year, 1939. Could this be a mere coincidence, or is God trying to send America a sign in these troubled times? We are living in an America where the leadership of both parties no longer believes in the difference between morality and immorality. Who better than the conservative sons of two Baptist ministers to remind us...
  • Obama family worships at historic Baptist church in Virginia

    04/05/2015 9:36:11 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 69 replies
    The Bradford Era ^ | Ap 5 2015 | AP
    Alexandria, VA (AP) — President Barack Obama and his family attended Easter service at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, whose history dates back almost 200 years to when Thomas Jefferson was in the White House. Obama along with wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia were welcomed to the historic church by the pastor, Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, who noted that like the first lady, he is a native of Chicago’s South Side. “How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and savior, we also welcome our sitting president,” Wesley said, as...
  • Man’s journey of faith benefits (Catholic) parish

    03/16/2015 2:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Texas Catholic ^ | Michael Gresham
    Justin Fivecoat, a parishioner at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, is one of the honorees who will be recognized Feb. 7 during a Mass for the annual Bishop’s Awards for Service to the Church. (DON JOHNSON/Special Contributor) TERRELL — A local diner, some thoughtful questions and a priest willing to listen led Justin Fivecoat to take a leap of faith three years ago that set him on a path to become an impactful parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.“One thing I’ve always sensed about Justin is that I see him as a man after God’s...
  • " St. Patrick Was a Baptist"

    03/16/2015 8:16:21 AM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 118 replies
    Don Boys "Common Sense for Today News" ^ | March 14, 2015 | Don Boys
    Our Catholic friends won’t like this revelation but facts are facts. Patrick (original name was Sucat) was born in Scotland about 375 AD and lived about 85 years dying in 460. As a teen he was captured by marauding raiders and taken to Ireland where he was sold to Milcho, a Druid chieftain and held in slavery for six years. Patrick said that he was hungry and naked during that time. He eventually walked 200 miles to the Irish coast to escape and to find his way back to Scotland. It is my desire to dispel the myths, delusions, superstitions...
  • Is Scott Walker The Antichrist? The Evidence Mounts

    03/08/2015 3:18:29 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-7-2015 | Eric Owens
    Washington, D.C. journalists and other sad, bitter wackos on the margins of society have embarked on a recent crusade to find some scandal — any scandal — to sink rapidly rising 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner Scott Walker.In late February, for example, two Washington Post reporters spent valuable interview time asking the Wisconsin governor whether he believes President Barack Obama is a Christian. Walker’s response of “I don’t know” served as the Post’s hard-hitting headline fodder. That uncompromising gotcha question was followed this week by revelations that Walker’s spokeswomen are alluring.Walker has also taken heat for suggesting that he would boldly...
  • The Sacraments: Lecture 4 - Baptist Objections to Infant Baptism and the Reformed Response

    03/07/2015 12:04:41 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    ChristReformedInfo.org ^ | Dr. Kim Riddleberger
    At this point in our series on the sacraments, it is important to look at the best Baptist arguments against the Reformed position on infant baptism. Iron always sharpens iron! This lecture deals with specific Baptist objections to paedobaptism in light of our previous and comprehensive development of the theology of the Covenant of Grace and the initiatory sacrament of that covenant; circumcision--baptism. Thus, this lecture is not a positive statement but a polemical response, which necessarily builds upon the previous lectures. The Baptist arguments against infant baptism that I have selected [many of which I myself used when a...
  • G'mother Who Refused to Make Gay Wed Floral Argmt May Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty Verdict

    02/21/2015 10:27:36 AM PST · by NYer · 80 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 20, 2015 | SAMUEL SMITH
    Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, poses for a photo outside of her Richland, Washington, floral shop. Putting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state's anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding due to her religious convictions.After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...
  • Baptist Pastor Officiates One Of Alabama's First Same-Sex Weddings

    02/11/2015 7:30:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2015 | Antonia Blumberg
    Ellin Jimmerson, a Baptist pastor in Huntsville, Alabama, said she was surprised when she was asked to perform one of Alabama's first same-sex wedding ceremonies after the state overturned its ban on gay marriage. Although she has been supportive of the LGBTQ community, she's best known for her immigration activism. "I cannot get my head around what happened yesterday," Jimmerson, 63, told The Huffington Post over the phone on Tuesday. "It wasn't just a local story."
  • Scott Walker Believes He’s Following Orders from the Lord [disturbs Left]

    02/05/2015 12:34:21 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Progressive ^ | March 7, 2011 | Matthew Rothschild, editor
    Walker's views disturb Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation."It is frightening that the highest executive in our state suffers from the delusion that God dictates his every move," she says. "Consider the personal and historic devastation inflicted by fanatics who think they are acting in the name of their deity."The dogmatic unwillingness of Wis. Gov. Scott Walker to negotiate or to compromise with Democrats or unions has surprised many people in the state. One explanation for his attitude may be found in his religious convictions. In a talk to the Christian Businessmen's Committee in Madison on...
  • Pastor Brags About Punching a Bright Kid in the Chest Because He Didn’t Take the Lord Seriously

    01/11/2015 11:22:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 10, 2015 | Hemant Mehta
    ***Update***: The man in the video appears to be Pastor Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. I’ve sent him an email requesting more information about why he punched a child. (Via Christian Nightmares and @StickyPkls) … In this clip from a sermon, a Christian pastor explains how he walked up to a smart-aleck kid who wasn’t “taking the Lord serious”… and punched him in the chest. Because that’s how you’re supposed to win converts for Jesus. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Pro-choice Pastor Roger Paynter on abortion and “God’s will”

    12/07/2014 9:40:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 24, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice Pastor Roger Paynter, in a sermon to his congregation: “… Abortion is not the automatic breaking of God’s will… In general, we should say that God is against the ending of all life, but that in some tragic circumstances, he understands – even allows – and certainly forgives the choices we have to make.” Robert M Baird and Stuart E Rosenbaum, editors The Ethics of Abortion, 3rd edition (Amherst, New York: Prometheus books, 2001) 236
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

    11/28/2014 2:33:31 PM PST · by NYer · 1,099 replies
    Aleteia ^ | JUNE 20, 2014 | ANTHONY BARATTA
    It was the day after Ash Wednesday in 2012 when I called my mom from my dorm room at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and told her I thought I was going to become Catholic. “You’re not going to become Catholic, you just know you’re not Southern Baptist,” she said. “No, I don’t think so.” A pause. “Oh boy,” she sighed. I started crying. I cannot stress enough how much I hated the idea of becoming Catholic. I was bargaining to the last moment. I submitted a sermon for a competition days before withdrawing from school. I was memorizing Psalm 119...
  • Abortionist Curtis Boyd says of abortion climate: “My God what has happened?”

    11/26/2014 8:35:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 18 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Lauren Enriquez
    Abortionist Curtis Boyd, who has been committing abortions since before they were legalized in 1973, was featured Friday by UK-based publication The Guardian in a piece on American abortionists. The tone of the piece is one of shock and dismay that America has grown more pro-life, rather than more accepting of the tenets of Roe v. Wade, since 1973. To drive this point home, the piece includes this startling infographic from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute displaying the radical pro-life shift in opinion as evidenced by legislative restrictions on abortion. For The Guardian and for abortionists like Boyd America’s lack of...
  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 8:53:59 PM PDT · by oohebo · 20 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference here, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore, who serves as president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, spoke to a group of journalists Tuesday (Oct. 28) covering the group’s national conference. “The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea,” Moore told journalists. “Faithfulness to...
  • Judge Rejects Reduced Sentence In Former Pastor’s Sex Case

    09/02/2014 5:00:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    CBS ^ | staff
    CHICAGO (STMW) – A federal judge has shot down former First Baptist Church of Hammond Pastor Jack Schaap’s motion to cut his 12-year prison sentence. U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano also denied Schaap’s request for a hearing on his motions and denied him a certificate to appeal to the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Schaap pleaded guilty in September 2012 to taking a 16-year-old parishioner, who was also a student at the church’s school and under Schaap’s care for counseling, across state lines for sex three times. Lozano sentenced him in March 2013 to 12 years in prison, two...
  • Former NC pastor gets at least 16 months for molesting boys

    09/02/2014 3:35:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    myfox8 ^ | staff
    CONCORD, N.C. — A former Concord youth pastor was sentenced to at least 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to molesting young boys in his care. WECT-TV reported that Robert Price pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
  • This Baptist Charity Is Being Paid Hundreds of Millions to Shelter Child Migrants

    08/05/2014 11:08:44 AM PDT · by Mariner · 142 replies
    Time ^ | August 4th, 2014 | Alex Altman @aaltman82 and Elizabeth Dias @elizabethjdias
    Contractors have taken on the huge task of sheltering thousands of unaccompanied child migrants In the late afternoon of July 9, Air Force One touched down at Love Field in Dallas. President Barack Obama ducked into a private room at the airport for a discussion about the crisis of undocumented children crossing the southwest border. Assembled around a wooden table were top Texas officials, including Governor Rick Perry and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, as well as the leaders of several faith-based charities. One of them was a man so anonymous, the White House pool report misspelled his name. Kevin Dinnin...
  • 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...