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  • Quick Navy Question

    07/19/2015 9:50:15 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Vanity ^ | 19 July, 2015 | Self
    I have a picture of my uncle in his navy uniform, W.W.2 era. I know nothing about Navy ranks. Can somebody tell me his rank by looking at the chevron on his sleeve and translate it to, E2,E3,E4, etc. I will post the pic in reply number 1 as I don't know how to post it in the body of the article. Thanks.
  • Evangelicals: Pope's proposals likely to hurt poor

    07/10/2015 10:17:56 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | July 10, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis' proposals to remedy climate change will likely harm those he most wants to help, according to a Baptist seminary president and an evangelical spokesman. The pope issued the Vatican's first encyclical on environmental issues -- "May You Be Praised (Laudato Si'): On Care for Our Common Home" -- in mid-June, prompting widespread praise from those who stress manmade causes of global warming. Others, including R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and E. Calvin Beisner of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation found shortcomings in the letter -- especially regarding the...
  • Why gay marriage wouldn't surprise Paul

    06/12/2015 9:41:35 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 11, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It's common for proponents of gay marriage to claim that Scripture condemns only promiscuous, predatory and pedophilic homosexual behavior, as if the biblical authors had no knowledge of consensual, adult, monogamous homosexuality. In some cases, LGBT advocates state explicitly that the ancient world was ignorant of modern forms of homosexuality. But that claim is false. And believers should be prepared to engage its advocates in the ongoing cultural debate over same-sex marriage. The suggestion that Scripture doesn't condemn modern homosexuality is one component of the controversy surrounding Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., and its alleged...
  • No 'bigger fish to fry' than abortion

    06/06/2015 10:04:54 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 38 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 05, 2015 | Allen Raynor
    ROGERS, Texas (BP) -- We live in a world where the truths we have always known and relied upon are being cast aside in favor of new paradigms, most of which are not for the better. Christians are being forced to scatter their attention and fight the culture war on many fronts. The battle for the biblical definition of marriage is certainly worth our fight. But it is, by no means, the only front in this culture war. We still need to confront the legally sanctioned atrocities of abortion. People may believe they have "bigger fish to fry," to use...
  • Gallup: Pro-lifers at lowest number since 2008

    06/06/2015 9:58:24 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 36 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | June 05, 2015 | Staff
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Abortion pro-choicers significantly outnumber pro-lifers in the U.S. for the first time in seven years, according to the Gallup 2015 Values and Beliefs poll. Half of Americans identified themselves as pro-choice in the poll that has since 2001 tracked Americans' views on abortion. The last time pro-choicers accounted for such a large chunk of the populace was in 2008, when they also numbered 50 percent. Of those polled, 44 percent identified themselves as pro-life, the same percentage found in 2008, Gallup reported. "The pro-choice view is not as prevalent among Americans as it was in the mid-1990s,...
  • 'Family Guy' jokes called 'troubling'

    05/23/2015 12:44:51 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 46 replies
    Baptiost Press ^ | May 20, 2015 | Baptist Press Staff
    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The "Family Guy" animated comedy series increasingly jokes about sexual violence against children and teens, with nearly 80 percent of all such scenes in the past three years perpetrated against that population group, a Parent Television Council (PTC) study found. Jokes or humorous depictions of rape, statutory rape, molestation or pedophilia against children were included in 91 percent of the series' scenes depicting sexual violence in the 2014–2015 season, up from 75 percent in 2012-2013, according to the PTC study. "Why would we ever want to be in the position to laugh at humanity's wors[t] offenses...
  • Prisoners, yet free

    05/19/2015 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Charles Patrick
    ROSHARON, Texas (BP) -- Clang, clang, clang, clang -- the series of four gates closed, separating me from the free world as I was searched and ushered into the maximum security prison. The contrast was instantly striking. The blue sky and slight breeze outside were replaced with the dark, humid and warm prison. A ringing bell that sounds seven times a day to signal the counting of the inmates replaced chirping birds and the background noise of life. Individualism was immediately replaced by conformity. There I stood on the cold concrete floor, under the ever-watchful eye of guards and the...
  • Discovery of Spurgeon's Psalter a 'treasure'

    03/05/2015 3:05:18 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | T. Patrick Hudson
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Scholars at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary have discovered, within the institution's Spurgeon Library collection, a Psalter that 19th-century Baptist pastor Charles Spurgeon used in the compilation of his commentary on the book of Psalms, "The Treasury of David." "One of the purposes for the existence of the Spurgeon Library at Midwestern Seminary is to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the church and the academy by preserving the personal library of Charles Haddon Spurgeon and fostering a deeper appreciation of his life, legacy, theology and preaching," Jason K. Allen, president of Midwestern Seminary, said....
  • WEEK OF PRAYER: A heart for Mormon-heavy Utah

    03/02/2015 2:40:38 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Monday, March 02, 2015 (5 hours ago) | Jim Burton
    HERRIMAN, Utah (BP) -- You've looked out the front window and seen them coming. Two young males wearing white shirts and black ties are riding bikes in the neighborhood. When they knock on your door, what do you do? North American Mission Board missionary Travis Kerns would encourage you to do what he has learned to do -- to love them. Kerns' love for Mormons has grown to the point that he now lives 35 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, serving as city missionary for NAMB's Send North America church planting initiative. Kerns has something most Southern Baptists don't...
  • Elderly Couple May Be on the Hook for Adult Son's Medical Bills

    02/24/2015 12:35:36 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 63 replies
    ElderLawAnswers ^ | Article Last Modified: 09/30/2014 | unattributed
    An elderly Pennsylvania husband and wife are being asked to pay their deceased adult son's medical bills under a law making family members responsible for a loved one's unpaid bills. The case is a reminder that such “filial responsibility” laws may go both ways – requiring parents to pay the debts of adult children as well as the children to pay for their parents'. Peg and Bob Mohn's son died at age 47, leaving unpaid medical bills. Now according to an article in The Morning Call, debt collectors are trying to dun the Mohns using an archaic state law that...
  • Length of creation days debated

    02/11/2015 3:05:42 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 95 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | February 11, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An article by a popular evangelical blogger arguing that the six "days" of creation in Genesis were not literal 24-hour periods has prompted discussion among Christians about the earth's age and whether orthodoxy necessarily entails believing in a young earth. Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway, posted a blog article Jan. 28 arguing that there are "biblical reasons to doubt the creation days were 24-hour periods." The article, which was shared on Facebook 15,000 times during its first two weeks online, also noted famous people from church history who did not believe...
  • S.S. Check

    02/10/2015 3:52:10 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies
    Self ^ | 2/10/15 | Self
    Did anybody else fail to receive the 01.6% raise on their S.S. check? I dread it but I have to go to the S.S. office to see what's going on or rather to see what's not going on. I suspect that raise went straight into Obama's stash. I'm 69 years old and am betting that I will be 30 years older than the next oldest person in that waiting room.
  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    01/28/2015 2:48:24 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 72 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27). Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights. In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation...
  • Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'

    01/24/2015 11:38:38 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 9 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife. "Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel...
  • Plano petition drive succeeds, Houston awaits day in court

    01/21/2015 12:54:01 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Pressd ^ | January 21, 2015 | Bonnie Pritchett
    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Plano Citizens United, a coalition of churches and civic leaders, cleared the first hurdle this week in rescinding a city ordinance that legal experts said would stymie free speech and religious liberty, while opponents of a similar ordinance in Houston prepare to take their fight to court. With no preexisting ministerial alliance in place, Plano churches were caught unprepared when the city council, led by Mayor Harry LaRosilier, passed an ordinance Dec. 8 creating a protected class of citizen based on sexual orientation and gender identity. With help from the Houston pastors' coalition, opposition to the...
  • Atlanta fire chief fired over pro-family book

    01/07/2015 11:24:29 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 37 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | January 07, 2015 | Staff
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated following a city investigation into a book he wrote that calls homosexual behavior immoral and upholds a biblical view of sexuality. Kelvin Cochran Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, a cooperating church with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A two-time Atlanta fire chief, Cochran also served as U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama from 2009-10. Mayor Kasim Reed said Jan. 6 that Cochran's failure to obtain proper city permission to publish the book and his refusal to remain silent about...
  • Next up: Illinois municipal bankruptcy?

    12/06/2014 3:11:43 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 12-6-'14 | Andrew Schroedter and Patrick Rehkamp
    At its recent annual conference the Illinois Municipal League, a century old adviser and advocate for local government, took the unprecedented step of sponsoring an in-depth session on a volatile topic: hometown bankruptcies. The Sept. 18 session, entitled “Finance: Lessons from Detroit and Pension Cases,” couldn’t have been timelier. Many of Illinois’ municipal leaders are warily eyeing Motown’s bankruptcy proceeding while questioning whether their financially desperate and cash-crunched cities, suburbs and villages could face the same fate, a Rescuing Illinois investigation finds. At the very least, these leaders are now, more than ever before, openly questioning if bankruptcy is a...
  • Civil Rights Groups Call for Systemic Change in U.S. Justice System

    11/27/2014 5:53:20 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 50 replies
    Afro.com ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | Zenitha Prince
    In the wake of the Nov. 24 decision by a Missouri grand jury to not press charges against the White officer responsible for killing an unarmed African-American teen, a coalition of civil groups presented a unified front in its denouncement of the decision and its call for systemic changes to the American justice system. “We are profoundly disappointed with the miscarriage of justice that occurred last night,” Barbara Arnwine, executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said during a press call on Nov. 25. Although the Ferguson grand jury did not indict Darren Wilson, she added,...
  • HRC: A formidable force for LGBT cause

    11/14/2014 5:49:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | November 14, 2014 | Tom Strode
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Human Rights Campaign brings a notable track record of helping change public opinion on homosexuality. Now it has set its sights on persuading Baptists and other Mississippians that homosexuality is compatible with Christianity. The country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization unveiled its "All God's Children" public relations campaign Nov. 10. The drive to increase public and legislative support for LGBT rights is focused on faith in a state Gallup pollsters found early this year to be the most religious in the country. "We want to successfully engage a majority of Mississippians...
  • Does today Start D.S.T. or not?

    10/26/2014 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 36 replies
    self ^ | 10-26-14 | self
    My computer changed time, it's new. My phone did not.
  • What is your interpretation of this?

    08/19/2014 2:56:45 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 34 replies
    Bible-K.J.V. ^ | c33-100A.D. | God
    What does this part of the letter from Paul, to the Romans mean to you: Romans 7, V 14-25 14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that...
  • Robin Williams' suicide -- cautionary comments

    08/14/2014 12:18:12 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 13, 2014 | Rob Pochek
    WILSON, N.C. (BP) -- When news broke that legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams had died of an apparent suicide, people were saddened that someone who had brought so much joy to the lives of others had taken his own life. Immediately some began to speculate about his ongoing battle with alcohol addiction and depression as the cause of his desperate act. Others began to comfort themselves with the thought that Williams was now at peace from such battles. And a few observed that suicide is the ultimate selfish act. There is little doubt that suicide is a fierce goodbye....
  • Bruce Rauner – Republican, Pro-Abortion, Anti-Family(Illinois)

    08/12/2014 8:52:58 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Pro-Life Corner ^ | 5/14/'14 | Editor
    Rockford, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – 5-14-2014 – by Rockford Pro-Life Initiative – The Illinois Republican candidate for Governor has again shown he is no friend of the unborn or the family. Bruce Rauner attended a gala fundraiser for the ACLU that was a celebration of abortion in the state of Illinois. We here in Rockford know what that means. A celebration of the murder of babies by dirty, dangerous, and unsanitary abortion mills that take pleasure in the deaths of babies and mocking God. Bruce Rauner refused to attend a dinner with pro-life politician Mike Huckebee and Rauner also refused...
  • Richard Land says transgenderism ‘ultimate rebellion’

    07/16/2014 9:21:36 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    ABP News ^ | July 14, 2014 | Bob Allen
    The Southern Baptist Convention’s former top spokesman for moral concerns says the New Testament “is quite clear” that homosexuality and transgenderism are forms of moral rebellion. By Bob Allen Transgenderism is “the ultimate rebellion” against God’s created order, a former Southern Baptist leader said recently in a television interview. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary near Charlotte, N.C., made the comment June 26 on Newsmax TV during a discussion of Vice President Joe Biden’s declaration that protecting gay rights is a defining mark of a civilized nation and must trump national cultures and social traditions. Land, who served 25...
  • Expelled transgender student gets partial win

    07/16/2014 9:13:55 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies
    ABP news ^ | July 15,2014 | Bob Allen
    Both sides claimed partial victory in a ruling last week by a California judge involving a former transgender nursing student expelled from California Baptist University in 2011. By Bob Allen A California judge ruled July 11 that a Baptist university was within its rights to expel a transgender student for violating the school’s moral code but went too far in barring her from university-controlled businesses and services that are open to the public. Superior Court Judge Gloria Connor Trask ordered California Baptist University to pay 27-year-old Domaine Javier $4,000 in statutory damages plus attorney fees under the state’s Unruh Civil...
  • In the Big Apple, musicians sang to 'Open Up the Heavens'

    07/09/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 8, 2014 | Barbara Denman
    NEW YORK (BP) -- Can the still, small voice of God be heard amid the sensory overload of Times Square's bombastic billboards and teeming crowds of people from life's every corner? That voice was heard by Nick, a young Marine from New Jersey who came to the Big Apple on leave with his buddies. Listening to the Florida Baptist Worship Choir and Orchestra sing "Open Up the Heavens" at the exact location where the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball drops, Nick heard the message God had for his ears -- and heart. The Marine asked Wes Ratliff, worship pastor...
  • Hobby Lobby, going forward

    07/01/2014 1:39:25 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 4 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Ed Stetzer
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Obama administration -- and hopefully the world -- a lesson in the first freedom: The government cannot, and must not, require people of faith to violate their sincerely-held beliefs. The June 30 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties underscores religious liberty as our "first freedom." The freedom to exercise religion, enshrined in our Constitution's Bill of Rights, is the freedom from which all of our other freedoms flow. This decision concerns only the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare and should not be understood to mean that all...
  • After Hobby Lobby ruling, leaders rally around RFRA

    07/01/2014 1:29:23 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Gregory Tomlin
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A diverse coalition of church and synagogue leaders has penned a letter to congressional leaders asking them to renew support for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Citing the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and other leaders from around the country expressed concern that the 1993 law guaranteeing religious rights from overt government intrusion may soon come under attack because of its role in the June 30 landmark case. In the letter addressed to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R.-Ohio,...
  • Faith slammed at government museum

    07/01/2014 1:14:10 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jul 1, 2014 | Dick Peterson
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Two New Mexico scientists have alleged that a government-owned museum used tax money to denigrate religion and promote atheism at its annual Darwin Day celebration without giving believers in God an opportunity to present their case. A flier promoting "Darwin Day" at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque -- a division of the New Mexico state government's Department of Cultural Affairs -- listed New Mexicans for Science & Reason, the Humanist Society of New Mexico and Freedom From Religion, Albuquerque as cosponsors of the Darwin celebration in February, provoking to action...
  • Former thief finds forgiveness and new life as ordained pastor

    06/30/2014 1:50:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 25 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Dana Williamson
    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- When George Aguilar broke into and vandalized a Baptist church, the last thing he expected to find was love and forgiveness. But that November night in 2004 changed the 20-year-old man's life forever. That year, Aguilar, a native of El Salvador -- who at age 10 came to live with his father in the U.S. as a legal resident -- found himself without a place to live. He moved in with some young men in Tulsa who were involved in stealing items and converting them to cash. An impressionable young man who lost his job...
  • Messianics discuss Israel misconceptions

    06/16/2014 8:44:24 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 52 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | David Roach
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Misunderstandings of God's plan for Israel abound among evangelicals, and correcting them is a key aspect of teaching biblical doctrine, Bruce Stokes said during the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship meeting in Baltimore. "You have to keep Israel central to everything you do, or you're going to wander away from the text," Stokes, SBMF vice president and pastor of the DiscipleCenter in Anaheim Hills, Calif., said. Joining Stokes as a speaker at the gathering was Michael Herts, SBMF missions development manager and founding leader of B'nai Avraham Messianic Fellowship in Hampton, Va. In a business session, the current...
  • Transgender stance: needed & wise, Moore says

    06/13/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 11, 2014 | Tom Strode
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Questions from churches about the transgender issue and the tide of culture pointed to the need for Southern Baptists to address the topic during their annual meeting, the convention's lead ethicist said. Messengers to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution on transgender identity Tuesday (June 10), marking the first time the SBC has addressed the issue in a stand-alone measure. After what appeared to be a unanimous vote on the convention floor, Russell D. Moore explained to reporters some reasons for the resolution. On a recent day, he received three phone calls from pastors or...
  • Houston nondiscrimination vote delayed

    05/16/2014 2:29:26 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 7 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | May 16, 2014 | Bonnie Pritchett
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Calling a controversial nondiscrimination ordinance "intensely personal," Houston Mayor Annise Parker begrudgingly voted Wednesday (May 14) to delay consideration of the proposal that would give protected status to people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Houston City Council will consider the measure when it reconvenes May 28. But Parker, an open lesbian, suggested the main point of contention is irreconcilable. "The idea that we're going to be able to resolve an issue where someone can come before this body and say 'I must have the right to discriminate in order to follow my religion,' I...
  • 2 popes, now saints, reflect doctrinal divide

    04/30/2014 6:00:32 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Roman Catholic Church's canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II highlights important doctrinal differences between Catholics and evangelicals, two seminary professors have noted. With more than 1 million people watching in St. Peter's Square and on giant screens across Rome, Pope Francis installed two of his predecessors as saints Sunday (April 27). It was the first time the Catholic Church had canonized two popes at once, a move that some observers said was intended to unite rival constituencies within Catholicism -- progressives who admire John XXIII and conservatives who celebrate John Paul II. The...
  • A Holy God in heaven is 'for real'

    04/29/2014 5:50:01 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 18 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 | Todd Brady
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- While Hollywood has delivered another heavenly movie for American consumption, the Scriptures proclaimed long ago that heaven is in fact for real, God is there, and He is holy. Opening Easter weekend with $21.5 million in ticket sales, the popularity associated with "Heaven Is for Real" is encouraging. At the same time, the movie should have Christians scratching their heads. Based on the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller of the same title, the movie recounts the struggle that small-town pastor and father Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear) faces as he struggles to embrace his 4-year-old son's...
  • 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...
  • Final days of Jesus' life explored - critics challenge

    04/18/2014 8:21:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 17, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In A.D. 33 Jerusalem was a political powder keg ready to explode. More than ever, Jews expected a Messiah who would overthrow their hated Roman oppressors. In turn, the Roman Empire was spring loaded to pounce on any rivals to Caesar at the first sign of trouble. Into that milieu came an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, riding into town for Passover on a donkey and being proclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah. Within days one of two things would surely happen: either He would overthrow the Romans or suffer a brutal death. This is one...
  • Jehovah's Witness prediction spurs evangelism

    04/16/2014 4:44:17 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 19 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | April 15, 2014 | David Roach
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of Jehovah's Witnesses' prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said. Christians' "first task" in sharing the Gospel with Jehovah's Witnesses is helping them "put [their official publications] away and then deal with the Bible alone," Robert Stewart, professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press. "What we need is evidence -- evidence that the Watchtower Society [Jehovah's Witnesses' central organization] has...
  • 4 Pakistani Christians now on death row

    04/09/2014 6:26:52 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Staff
    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- A couple from Pakistan's Christian minority was sentenced to death April 4 for allegedly sending blasphemous text messages, bringing the number of Christians on death row to four. The sentence for Shafqat Emmanuel and Shugufta Emmanuel in Pakistan's Punjab province came eight days after a court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death for allegedly insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad. The case against Masih, a street sweeper, stemmed from an alleged drunken conversation with a Muslim friend that sparked an outbreak of violence in Lahore's Joseph Colony. The March 2013 flare-up left 180 Christian-owned homes and shops...
  • Tax reform proposal threatens charities

    04/03/2014 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Apr 1, 2014 | J.C. Derrick & David Roach
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Charities could face dwindling donations if Congress adopts a new tax reform proposal introduced by Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Camp's long-awaited plan to overhaul the tax code, introduced last month, has received some positive reviews, but charitable organizations say it could cost them billions in donations. "I know Chairman Camp wants charitable giving to go up, [but] his discussion draft does not [promote] that," said David Wills, president of the National Christian Foundation (NCF). "It hurts charitable giving significantly." NCF is part of the Faith and Giving Coalition, which...
  • Education Inequalities! School Discipline Targeting Black Youth

    03/28/2014 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 14 replies
    aframnews.com ^ | March 24th, 2014 | Darwin Campbell
    An alarming report has been released by the government that shows Black students are more likely targets for school discipline, suspensions and arrests than any other students in our nation’s schools. The report should be a wake-up call to African-American parents and community leaders that it is time for them to get serious about being involved and demanding accountability from superintendents, school boards and principals when it comes to our children. The report, provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, is a compilation of Civil Rights Data Collection on school discipline that covers every school in...
  • Cremation gaining acceptance, study shows

    03/27/2014 11:44:44 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Bob Smietana
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cremation may be the new American response to death, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The study, which surveyed 1,036 Americans, shows that about 4 in 10 (41 percent) say they plan to be cremated. Six in ten (58 percent) say being cremated won't keep you from being resurrected to live in heaven. And few (14 percent) say cremation is wrong. The LifeWay online survey reflects the growing acceptance of cremation, which has become common in the United States. About 4 in 9 (43.5 percent) Americans who died in 2012 were cremated, according to the...
  • World Vision reverses gay hiring decision

    03/27/2014 11:25:02 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 44 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 26, 2014 | Staff
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (BP) -- World Vision U.S. is reverting to its longstanding conduct policy of requiring faithfulness within the biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman, expressing regret with an earlier decision to hire legally married gay Christians. World Vision U.S. President Richard Stearns and board chairman Jim Bere announced in a letter the reversal today (March 26), just two days after drawing ire from the Christian community by saying World Vision would begin hiring legally married gays. "Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy," they...
  • 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...
  • BSA closer to gay leadership, Easley says

    03/08/2014 3:55:34 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 60 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 | Diana Chandler
    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The Walt Disney Company is playing into the hands of Boy Scouts of America by cutting donations to BSA, giving the Scouts greater public leverage to accept gay leaders, Atlanta area pastor Ernest Easley said today (March 7). Disney in February joined a growing list of companies who have cut financial support to BSA because of the Scouts' ban on openly gay leaders. Such pressure will make it easier for BSA to open Scout leadership to gay men, said Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Baptist Church and chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. "Walt...
  • American TV & Appliance closing all 11 stores; 989 will lose jobs

    02/17/2014 5:12:56 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 27 replies
    TMC News ^ | February 17, 2014 | Not Attributed
    Doug Reuhl, president and CEO of American since 1988, blamed an unforgiving economy, especially over the past five years, for the closure and said the company would begin a going-out-of-business sale Thursday to liquidate its entire inventory of furniture, electronics and appliances. "While this is a sad moment, it is also a proud moment," Reuhl said in a news release. "It's a moment to be proud of our efforts and to be proud of what we have delivered to the community." A switchboard operator at American TV refused to answer additional questions Monday or transfer a reporter to anyone else,...
  • Kansas City’s sky-high murder rate defies easy explanation

    02/15/2014 9:35:14 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 56 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 15 | Editorial
    Year after year, Kansas City has one of the highest murder rates in America. But why? As The Star’s Editorial Board embarks on a closer examination of the homicide issue in 2014, it’s crucial to first review figures regarding some of the usual suspects — such as racial demographics and poverty rates — often labeled as contributing factors behind violent crimes. The frustrating conclusion: There’s no clear demographic or economic explanation for why Kansas Citians too often kill each other. Here’s a deeper look at reported murder rates for the 50 largest U.S. cities in 2012, the last full year...
  • The Burden of the Lord

    02/05/2014 4:54:31 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies
    Commentary on Malachi ^ | Not given | Vincent Cheung
    Many people believe that the word "burden," when used in a prophetic context, does not refer only to prophecy in general, but also to the pronouncement of judgment. Calvin says, "Whenever this word is expressed, there is ever to be understood some judgment of God." Verhoef elaborates, "We may concede to the opinion that in prophecy the word…generally acquires an ominous sense linked up with the catastrophic nature of many prophecies. In this sense the word usually denotes a pronouncement of utmost importance, a prophecy of judgment." In Jeremiah 23, we read that the word had become a way for...
  • Matthew 11, verses 28-30 (K.J.V.)

    01/29/2014 12:53:06 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 15 replies
    K.J.V. ^ | 29 Jan, 2014 | God
    28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. To me, among the most beautiful verses ever written, full of promise, promise that we can believe, promise that I try to live, it freed me a long time ago of the burden of sin, a heavy load indeed and it is all truly free,...
  • Huckabee talks religious liberty, 2016 campaign

    01/16/2014 8:33:21 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 21 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Shawn Hendricks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Mike Huckabee says he won't be seeking the title of "America's pastor" if he decides to run for president in 2016. Instead, he would seek to be a servant leader who is both "salt and light" in today's culture. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who ran for president in 2008, said he won't make any political announcements until after the midterm elections. A busy speaker and the host of "Huckabee," the Fox News channel talk show, he said his concern for the nation's direction could be the deciding factor. "I just feel like our country is...