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  • Woman admits to embezzling funds from Baptist nursing school

    10/12/2011 5:43:13 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | October 11, 2011 | Bob Allen
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (ABP) – A Missouri woman pleaded guilty in federal court Oct. 11 to embezzling more than $717,000 from a nursing school operated jointly by a Baptist university and a Catholic hospital. Amy Phillips, 39, waivcd her right to a grand jury before confessing to charges of theft and tax evasion, Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced in a press release. Phillips worked as administrative assistant for the College of Nursing, a division of St. John’s Mercy Health Systems run jointly with Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Phillips admitted to stealing funds...
  • Southern Baptist Convention considers name change

    09/21/2011 1:27:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies ^ | 18 Sep 2011 | Kate Shellnut
    The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the second-largest church in America, announced today that come next year, they might not be the Southern Baptist Convention anymore. President Bryant Wright said the “Southern” part of their name might need to go since it implies a regional focus, and he’s launched a task force to consider new options for the 166-year-old body, Baptist News reported. Their findings will be shared with SBC leaders in February, and any change would have to be approved by delegates at its annual meetings. Across the Baptist blogosphere, Southern Baptists seem to be thinking that Wright...
  • Southern Baptist Pastor Leaves Everything for the Eucharist

    05/01/2008 5:07:35 PM PDT · by annalex · 229 replies · 1,109+ views
    Coming Home Network ^ | Jun 8th, 2007 | Andy
    Southern Baptist Pastor Leaves Everything for the Eucharist I grew up in a strong Christian home.  My parents were, and still are, two of the most devout Christians I have ever known.  They instilled in me not only the importance of knowing about Christ, but knowing Him personally.  When I was 10 years old, I pledged my life to Jesus and was baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  My teen years were filled with opportunities for spiritual growth thanks to the encouragement and example of my parents and youth leaders. ...
  • {Episcopal}National Cathedral Invites Muslims, but Not Evangelicals to 9-11 service

    09/07/2011 1:11:27 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6 Sep 2011 | Ted Starnes
    A weekend of religious-themed observances at Washington National Cathedral marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks will include a Buddhist nun and an Imam, but not an evangelical Christian, leading the head of the Southern Baptist Convention to ask President Obama to reconsider attending the event. “A Call to Compassion” will include an interfaith prayer vigil on Sept. 11th. It will feature the dean of the Cathedral, the Bishop of Washington, a rabbi, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama, a Hindu priest, the president of the Islamic Society of North America and a Muslim musician. However, Southern Baptists,...
  • The Journey Home - August 1, 2011 - David Currie (former Fundamentalist)

    08/01/2011 2:27:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 1+ views
    EWTN ^ | August 1, 2011 | Marcus Grodi
    The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET This exciting call-in program examines why so many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church. August 1 David Currie Former Bible Church missionary David Currie was raised in a devout Christian family whose father was a fundamentalist preacher and both parents teachers at Moody Bible Institute. Currie's whole upbringing was immersed in the life of fundamentalist Protestantism -...
  • A Question for my Catholic and Orthodox Brethren

    09/12/2007 4:06:00 AM PDT · by beachdweller · 104 replies · 1,115+ views
    This is a religious vanity post I suppose. I am a Christian raised mainly Baptist with some attendance at other denominations. I have, in the course of my life, had a couple of experiences of the intercession of the Holy Virgin for my help and Protection. I have also witnessed the Mass a few times as an outsider and felt drawn away from my Protestant identity. The order and sense of Apostolic succession appeals to me in the Church as opposed to the churches. However, my main point of confusion now is whether to draw close to the Roman Catholic...
  • FIRST-PERSON: The root cause of the London riots

    08/16/2011 2:16:02 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 5 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Aug 16, 2011 | Paul Brewster
    MADISON, Ind. (BP) -- It seems that the societal ills that plague inner cities everywhere are no respecter of nations. Britain is presently being rocked with social unrest that is quite out of step with what was once viewed proudly as the stodgy national character. In any culture, revered traditions can only hold back disorder so long when young people are uneducated, impoverished and without opportunity. Prime Minister David Cameron has pointed out that Britain has created an atmosphere that is characterized by "children without fathers, schools without discipline, reward without effort, crime without punishment, rights without responsibilities [and] communities...
  • ‘Intellectually dishonest’: Baptist Convention repudiates Planned Parenthood pastor’s claim

    08/16/2011 3:40:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/16/11 | Christine Dhanagom
    Rev. Vincent Lachina JACKSON, August 16, 2011 ( – The claim of a clergyman who is also a chaplain for Planned Parenthood that he is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention has been repudiated by a spokesman for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board in comments to Dressed in a clerical collar, Rev. Vincent Lachina urged the crowd gathered for the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Personhood Amendment Hearing last Wednesday to vote against the pro-life amendment. He prefaced his remarks by saying, “I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister with 47 years of service to the family of God....
  • Lesbian Pastor Refuses to Wed Straights Until Gays Allowed to Marry in NC

    08/09/2011 8:09:59 PM PDT · by massmike · 79 replies ^ | 08/09/2011 | n/a
    Pastor Nancy Petty, the lesbian spiritual leader at Pullen Memorial Baptist church in Raleigh, N.C., has a message for her state: Legalize same-sex marriage — or else. Until gay unions are legislatively permitted, Petty plans to no longer sign marriage licenses — an action that will potentially have a profound impact on her congregation. In addressing same-sex marriage, Petty said the following to her congregation: “Do we, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, want to continue to participate in offering religious ceremonies that carry with them civil and human rights that are not afforded to all people? Or will it be our...
  • Finding Baptist Church Tulsa OK

    08/07/2011 10:54:37 AM PDT · by BenKenobi · 42 replies
    Today | Ben Kenobi
    This is my first thread started here. I have a friend of mine in Tulsa OK who is leaving his Methodist Church because of a female pastor. He is looking for a more conservative Baptist Church in the Tulsa area. I would like a recommendation from FReepers who are in the area so that I can help my friend. Thank you very much for your time!
  • {Southern} Baptists support DREAM Act

    07/04/2011 7:20:43 AM PDT · by Cronos · 75 replies
    KETNBC ^ | 3 July 2011 | KET
    There is one issue in the fight over illegal immigration that comes very close to pleasing both Republicans and Democrats. It’s summed up in a bill called the Dream Act. And now, it has support from a group that might surprise you. Richard Land is a familiar figure to both Baptists, and TV audiences being a regular guest on talk shows whenever public policy and faith issues collide. He heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention the second largest Christian body in the US. He also favors the Dream Act. “The Dream Act is aimed...
  • Queen stepping down after decades at First Baptist {pastor}

    07/04/2011 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    Star News ^ | 3 July 2011 | Bob Steelman
    Mike Queen – who's stepping down as pastor of First Baptist Church at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Market Street after 25 years on the job – might not fit the stereotype of a preacher. But then, his road to the pulpit wasn't exactly typical. Now that he's been at First Baptist for two and a half decades, the 65-year-old Queen said, "I love what I do, but I don't think I can maintain the pace." First Baptist has named an interim preacher, Dr. Bill Younger, who will be taking the pulpit three Sundays per month. Meanwhile, a church...
  • U.S. Rep. Allen West speaks at church celebration

    07/03/2011 7:21:38 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 34 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 3, 2011 | Joe Cavaretta
    The finale of a church's "Faith, Freedom and Fireworks" celebration on Sunday had the feel of a political convention, with indoor fireworks and a choir belting out "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" as red, white and blue confetti filled the air. And providing the patriotic speech at the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale was U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, who hinted at a run for his party's vice presidential candidacy in 2012. The Rev. Larry Thompson, pastor of First Baptist, treated that possibility like a done deal. If West were to become vice president, Thompson said, he would...
  • Southern Baptists Hit by Gay Marriage Hoax (elaborate ruse included phony press release)

    06/29/2011 7:16:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    Officials with the Southern Baptist Convention said they have been the victim of an elaborate online hoax that included a phony news release announcing that the nation’s largest Protestant denomination had changed its position on homosexuality. The release was sent to an unknown number of reporters and directed readers to a website designed to replicate the real Southern Baptist Convention website, along with working telephone numbers where individuals identified themselves as employees of the SBC Executive Committee. “It is definitely a hoax,” said Roger Oldham, vice president for communication and convention relations for the SBC Executive Committee. “It seems to...
  • Southern Baptists decline in baptisms, membership, attendance

    06/25/2011 11:16:05 PM PDT · by Cronos · 74 replies
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | 12 Jun 2011 | Staff
    The number of baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention in 2010 fell by nearly 5 percent, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions. Southern Baptist churches reported 332,321 baptisms in 2010, down from 349,737 in 2009, which represents a 4.98 percent decline. Total membership in 2010, reported at 16,136,044, represents a 0.15 percent decline from 2009 and is the fourth straight year of decline. ..“As we look upon fields white unto harvest, we should be ever aware that it is critical that we proclaim Christ to our neighbors and...
  • Southern Baptists’ struggle over immigration

    06/25/2011 10:19:48 PM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    ajc ^ | 22 Jun 2011 | ctucker
    ..Nevertheless, the Baptists have done something very useful: They have established a moral marker for their congregants, some of whom are governors, state legislators and members of Congress. Since so many conservatives in public life like to point to their religious views as a guide for their political acts, the resolution ought to have a substantial influence on immigration debatesLast week at its annual meeting, the Southern Baptist Convention called for “a just and compassionate path to legal status” for the nation’s estimated 11 million undocumented workers. The “messengers,” as the convention delegates are called, also denounced bigotry and harassment...
  • Southern Baptists elect first African-American to 1st vice president position

    06/25/2011 10:12:25 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Jun 2011 | AP
    The nation’s largest Protestant denomination has chosen an African-American to serve as its No. 2 officer in an historic election. The Southern Baptist Convention elected Fred Luter to the position of 1st vice president Tuesday at their annual conference in Phoenix. The 54-year-old Luter has been the head pastor of a SBC affiliate church in New Orleans since 1986.In recent years, the SBC has seen a decline in overall membership and attendance.
  • Southern Baptist SBC may be smaller -- and better

    06/25/2011 7:54:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 24 Jun 2011 | Jimmy Scroggins
    We may have to admit it -- the Southern Baptist Convention is getting smaller. If you measure it in purely empirical terms, the SBC is in decline. We just finished gathering in Phoenix for our smallest annual meeting since World War II. Not only that, but almost all of our denominational statistics are headed downhill, from our cumulative baptisms to the number of regular attenders in our churches. And we have lower amounts being given to the Cooperative Program. Annie and Lottie are struggling. Not good. And how about this newsflash -- the SBC is probably already smaller than we...
  • Female pastors on the rise in progressive Baptist bodies

    06/24/2011 12:44:39 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies ^ | June 2011 | Kate Shellnut
    The number of female pastors in Baptist churches has grown by a third in the past five years, according to a recent report covered in the Associated Baptist Press. Baptist Women in Ministry found that women’s involvement in ordained ministry is slowly growing among organizations like the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The Southern Baptist Convention’s position is that Scripture forbids women from serving as pastors.
  • A June surprise: Is President Obama about to endorse gay ‘marriage’?

    06/20/2011 3:04:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2011 | ALBERT MOHLER
    Albert Mohler, President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary June 20, 2011 ( - Is President Obama about to endorse same-sex marriage? The possibility was the subject of open speculation on the front page of Sunday’s edition of The New York Times. Reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg quoted an unnamed Democratic strategist close to the White House, who said that the President’s advisers are considering the political costs, if any, of such an action. When President Obama ran for office in 2008, he stated that he was opposed to same-sex marriage, but he ran as an ardent supporter of the homosexual community. This...