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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...
  • Mohler says Baptists must repent of homophobia (Baptists going wobbly)

    06/18/2011 12:15:44 AM PDT · by balch3 · 191 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | June 17, 2011 | Bob Allen
    PHOENIX (ABP) – The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said June 15 that Southern Baptists need to repent of a “form of homophobia” that keeps gays and lesbians out of their churches. Albert Mohler responded during his report to the Southern Baptist Convention to a question from Peter Lumpkins, a Southern Baptist blogger, about whether comments attributed to him in a March 24 Christian Science Monitor article were accurate. Writer Jonathan Merritt, a Southern Baptist minister and well-known social critic, quoted Mohler as saying “We’ve lied about the nature of homosexuality and have practiced what can only be described...
  • Gay groups want Southern Baptists to apologize

    06/09/2011 3:02:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 81 replies · 1+ views
    Go Q notes ^ | 8 Jun 2011 | Matt Comer
    A new coalition announced that it was starting a petition today on the GetEQUAL website (, calling on the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to apologize for the harm its teachings are causing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Pointing to current teachings and ministries of the SBC, the coalition is attempting to shed light on harmful teachings and actions that individual congregations, pastors, and SBC leadership have embraced, targeting the LGBT community — particularly LGBT youth. These words and actions include everything from counseling parents to kick gay youth out of their homes to the horrifying practices of...
  • Why Homosexuality Is Wrong (A Baptist pastor speaks up)

    05/06/2011 1:37:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    BlackNews ^ | May 6, 2011 | Clenard H. Childress, Jr.
    Nationwide (May 5, 2011) -- The 21st century has offered new challenges to the faith community and society. We are faced with social issues which have become increasingly more complex due to ever shifting perceptions of behavior and relationships. In 1954, Dr. Martin Luther King, in his sermon, "Rediscovering Lost Values," warned the country of a disturbing trend he perceived among its citizens - Moral Relativism. In the 60s it came under this guise: "If it feels good, do it! If it doesn't, do it anyway..." In the 70s it was, "I'm Okay. You're Okay." And these days our children...
  • Church preacher convicted of sex assault

    05/03/2011 7:30:58 PM PDT · by bronxville · 133 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 28, 2011 | Staff
    Church preacher convicted of sex assault 10:57 p.m. CDT, April 28, 2011 Rev. Morris Eubanks told a judge in Lake County Thursday night that God will punish those who bore "false witness" against him during his trial for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl. The Waukegan man, who has preached at Baptist churches in North Chicago and Zion, according to testimony, declined to take the stand in his own defense, saying he was relying on his faith to clear his name. But there would be no divine intervention for Eubanks, as a jury found him guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse...
  • Hint of Politics Creeps In To Rare Obama Church Appearance

    04/24/2011 2:10:41 PM PDT · by kristinn · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, April 24, 2011 | Jeff Mason
    SNIP This year the Obamas chose Shiloh Baptist Church — one of the oldest African-American congregations in the city, according to the White House — for their Easter service, drawing applause from members decked out in Sunday suits and fancy dresses. The president declined the pastor’s invitation to speak, but a little bit of politics did slip in: the man who led the church in prayers, when mentioning the Obama family, said: “Lord, they’re going to need you for the next six year.” Shouts of “Oh yeah” followed that intercession. SNIP
  • Obamas attend baptist church on Easter Sunday

    04/24/2011 12:02:12 PM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
    AFP ^ | April 24, 2011
    President Barack Obama and his family marked Easter Sunday by attending a service at an African-American baptist church in Washington, standing to clap the 120-strong choir. Obama and his wife Michelle brought their daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, to the service at Shiloh Baptist Church, to massive applause from worshippers.
  • Obama family to worship at Shiloh Baptist Church for Easter

    04/24/2011 6:42:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2011 | Hamil Harris
    Long before the sun rose over the Shiloh Baptist Church, people were passing through metaldetectors at the historic African American congregation where President Barack Obama and his family will celebrate Easter. [Snip] Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, in the church's program, said, "We are honored to welcome to our 10 a.m. Easter service President Barack Obama, First LadyMichelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha. Shiloh prays for the first family every Sunday and we thank God for the wonderful inspiration they provide to our nation." [Snip] The 3,000-member D.C. congregation [was] started by freed slaves.
  • Christian churches, including the Latter-day Saints, share many hymns

    04/10/2011 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 10, 2011 | John Enslen
    Four decades ago, when my wife Dianne and I were active Baptists, somehow we ended up with a Baptist hymnal in our home. This same kleptomaniac-like behavior has surfaced on multiple occasions with respect to LDS hymnals. We even have an LDS hymnal embossed with “Joseph Smith Memorial Building.” Our Baptist hymnal is a...once widely-used, 1956-copyrighted edition published by Convention Press... SNIP Recently I searched our current 1985 edition of "Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" to determine how many of these hymns are common to our older Baptist hymnal. One might be surprised to learn...
  • EWTN - The Journey Home - 4/4/11 - Michael Matthews, former Baptist Minister

    04/05/2011 5:22:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 4, 2011 | Marcus Grodi
    LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET April 04 Michael Matthews - Former Baptist Minister Michael's conversion story - in pdf format
  • Murder suspects 'laughed' at TV reports of Texas minister found dead inside his own church

    03/08/2011 1:48:55 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 8, 2011
    The alleged killers of the minister found dead inside his own church 'laughed' while watching a news report about the case on television, court documents said. Pastor Clint Dobson, 29, of NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington, was suffocated with a plastic bag and his assistant Judy Elliott, 67, was severely beaten, they said. Steven Nelson, 24, and Anthony Springs, 19, were ‘laughing and making inappropriate comments about Dobson’s death’, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. ‘When confronted about this behaviour (Springs) produced an item he claimed belonged to Dobson,’ it said. They made the comments at a friend’s house in...
  • One dead at NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington(TX)

    03/03/2011 4:49:23 PM PST · by txroadkill · 51 replies
    FT. Worth Star Telegram ^ | March 03, 2011 | staff
    Arlington police are on the scene at NorthPointe Baptist Church on Brown Boulevard, where at least one person is dead and one is injured. Police responded to a call at the church about 4:15 p.m. NorthPointe is satellite campus of First Baptist Church in Arlington. According to WFAA's website, police said the suspect or suspects in the case may have fled the scene in the female victim's car, which was missing from the scene. The vehicle is a four-door, cream-colored 2007 Mitsubishi Galant. The license plate number is DFR-352. Police have asked that anyone who spots the car alert authorities...
  • Does a Fallen Soldier Deserve More Respect Than an Abortionist?

    03/03/2011 9:07:43 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 3/2/11 | Phil Lawler
    The Westboro Baptist Church is a nasty little bunch of fanatics, who gain publicity for their fundamentalist views in a particularly loathsome way: by picketing the funerals of fallen American soldiers. But 8 members of the US Supreme Court have agreed that even this repellent form of public speech is protected by the First Amendment. Perhaps so. After all it is when people say unpopular things, and/or say them in unpopular ways, that they need constitutional protection. Those who express polite, conventional views are never in much danger of being silenced. But I have not read the briefs in this...
  • Baptists, Lent, and the Reformation Rummage Sale

    02/27/2011 10:55:58 AM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 27, 2011 | Carl Olson
    In recent years there have been a flurry of news articles prior to Lent, Holy Week, and Advent about how various Protestant groups and denominations have "discovered" that Catholic and Orthodox beliefs about the liturgical year are not nearly as "unbiblical" as many non-Catholics thought. Quite the contrary, as this Associated Baptist Press piece explains (ht: National Catholic Register): Many Baptists are seeking to reclaim that pre-Easter focus -- historically called Lent -- which has been an integral part of many Christians’ experience since the earliest years of the church. “It’s a biblical thing, not a made-up Catholic thing,” says...
  • How to Read the Bible (Sola Scriptura Caucus)

    02/25/2011 9:01:56 AM PST · by blue-duncan · 5 replies
    Metropolitan Tabernacle, ^ | C. H. SPURGEON,
    "Have ye not read?...Have ye not read?...If ye had known what this meaneth."—Matthew 12:3-7. HE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES were great readers of the law. They studied the sacred books continually, poring over each word and letter. They made notes of very little importance, but still very curious notes—as to which was the middle verse of the entire old Testament, which verse was halfway to the middle, and how many times such a word occurred, and even how many times a letter occurred, and the size of the letter, and its peculiar position. They have left us a mass of wonderful...
  • Is a Catholic College Really Catholic? Is Baylor Really Baptist?

    02/20/2011 5:54:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/19/2011 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    Manhattan College claims to be a Catholic institution, and the Archdiocese of New York lists the school as a Catholic college. Nevertheless, all this has not impressed the National Labor Relations Board, which recently ruled that the college could not prevent adjunct faculty from unionizing because, as G. Jeffrey MacDonald of Religion News Service reports, “the school’s core purpose isn’t religious enough to trigger a labor law exemption.” Isn’t religious enough? Manhattan College does not require its faculty to profess Catholicism. Actually, it is unclear just how the school functions as a Catholic institution. As the NLRB found, the college’s...
  • The Professional Christian wants your money.

    02/10/2011 5:55:24 PM PST · by Benchim · 17 replies
    Antinominianis-Salvation Blogspot ^ | 2/9/20011 | Gart O'toole
    Even local churches worship money and have very little concern about where it comes from . A crusty old man walks into a local Baptist church and says to the secretary, "I would like to join this damn church." The astonished woman replies, "I beg your pardon, sir. I must have misunderstood you... What did you say?" "Listen up, damn it. I said I want to join this damn church!" "I'm very sorry sir, but that kind of language is not tolerated in this church." The secretary leaves her desk and goes into the pastor's study to inform him of...
  • Pope appeals for end to attacks against Indian Christians

    02/09/2011 5:49:20 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Christian telegraph ^ | 28-8-2008 | christian telegraph
    Upon finishing his talk on St. Paul at today’s general audience in Vatican City on Wednesday, Pope Benedict turned his attention to the attacks against Christians in India. He appealed for an end to the violence and prayed that a return to peace would soon be restored, reports Catholic News Agency. Benedict XVI told of his deep sadness upon having learned the news about the violence against Christian communities in the Indian State of Orissa. People have been killed, others injured, and church property and private houses destroyed following the murder of the Hindu leader Swami Lakshmananda Saraswati. The Holy...
  • Ministers start preachin' 'guns in church' message

    02/04/2011 2:04:51 PM PST · by Immerito · 9 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | February 3, 2011 | Frank York
    Pastor James Brown Jr. of the Covenant Baptist Church in Barnesville, Ga., wants his state legislature to pass a bill that permits churchgoers to carry firearms to worship at his church. Joining him in the effort is Pastor Joe Morecraft of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church in Cumming, Ga. And the campaign is just getting started. The bill, HB 54, was introduced in late January by Republican state Rep. Bobby Franklin, who serves the state's 43rd district. If passed, it will repeal a section of a law prohibiting individuals from carrying guns in a church setting. Currently, the state's "Common Sense Lawful...
  • Mohler takes on 'theistic evolution'

    01/16/2011 4:09:10 PM PST · by balch3 · 1,732 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | January 13, 2011 | Bob Allen
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) -- A Southern Baptist seminary president and evolution opponent has turned sights on "theistic evolution," the idea that evolutionary forces are somehow guided by God. Albert Mohler Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote an article in the Winter 2011 issue of the seminary magazine labeling attempts by Christians to accommodate Darwinism "a biblical and theological disaster." Mohler said being able to find middle ground between a young-earth creationism that believes God created the world in six 24-hour days and naturalism that regards evolution the product of random chance "would resolve a great cultural and...
  • Westboro Baptist Freaks to Picket Catholic HS in Philly

    12/14/2010 8:59:29 AM PST · by marcbold · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 12-14-10 | Matt Archbold
    The nuts from Westboro Baptist Church will be picketing two Catholic high schools in Philadelphia on the basis that it would seem that, according to them, that the Catholic school teaches premarital sex and birth control are ok. And oh yeah, the students are demon possessed. Hey, you want logic out of people who picket military funerals and whose website is

    11/23/2010 12:14:36 AM PST · by Cronos · 355 replies · 1+ views
    PB Ministries ^ | 20-Oct-2010 | Laurence A Justice
    Right now there are churches in almost every country which call themselves Baptists on the sign out front who, nevertheless, arc not Baptists, but in reality are Pentecostal churches. ....Pentecostalism is the belief that the miraculous gifts or signs which the Lord gave to the Apostles and others in the early churches have not ceased, but are still available and are still being exercised by today’s Christians. Pentecostalism claims that God still gives these miraculous gifts to men today. Lists of these gifts can be found in Mark 16:17-18 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-11. ..God’s extraordinary gifts are called this in...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Unable to Protest Weston, MO Soldier's Funeral

    In what has to be some of the best news of the weekend, Pastor Fred Phelps and the hate-mongering parishioners from Westboro Baptist Church were unable to protest at a fallen soldier's funeral this weekend as they had originally planned.
  • 2nd Opinion: 'Why am I a Baptist?...'

    10/14/2010 8:33:26 AM PDT · by wmfights · 22 replies
    The Baptist Standard ^ | October 7, 2010 | Scott Milam
    Defining belief and attaching name to conviction is a perilous occupation. The home in which I was raised influenced my own religious affiliation. My parents were faithful members of the local Baptist church, and I followed in their steps without question throughout most of my adolescence. Finding no particular fault with the church of my youth, I progressed contentedly into my teens before I stopped to wonder whether the denomination I was raised in was most representative of my own beliefs. It was not until my teens, when my family’s travels broadened my horizons and I gained the capacity and...
  • Does Yoga Go Against Christianity?

    10/09/2010 5:03:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 65 replies
    CBN ^ | Saturday, October 09, 2010
    Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says yoga is not a Christian practice. In an online essay, Dr. Mohler wrote that he's surprised at the number of Christians who embrace it and is asking Christians to avoid it. He says the stretching and meditative discipline derived from Eastern religions is not a Christian pathway to God. Mohler said he objects to "the idea that the body is a vehicle for reaching consciousness with the divine." "That's just not Christianity," Mohler told The Associated Press. CBN News spoke with psychologist and author Dr. Linda Mintle about yoga and whether its emphasis...
  • Conservative Christians Tackle Divorce, The 'Other' Marriage Crisis

    10/04/2010 12:49:37 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    Poitics Daily ^ | October 3, 2010 | David Gibson
    While the campaign by social conservatives against gay marriage has grabbed headlines and consumed millions of lobbying dollars from religious groups, the wider crisis of divorce among straight couples -- especially evangelicals and often their leaders and political icons -- has been largely ignored by Christian conservatives. That may be changing, however, with the latest evidence coming in a powerful essay published on Sept. 29 titled "Divorce -- The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience," by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of the most prominent conservative Christian voices in America. In the column...
  • 40 Days for Life sets record

    10/02/2010 11:45:25 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | Sep 30, 2010 | STAFF
    40 Days for Life sets record Sep 30, 2010 By STAFF The 40 Days for Life campaign that began Sept. 22 will have the most locations in its short history.The pro-life effort, which has occurred twice a year since the fall of 2007, consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting to end abortion, as well as community outreach and peaceful prayer vigils outside abortion clinics.This fall’s campaign, which will end Oct. 31, will be at 238 sites. Those include locations in 46 states, six Canadian provinces, Australia, Denmark, England and Northern Ireland.According to 40 Days for Life, here...
  • Missouri Mob Descendant Apologizes to Mormons

    10/02/2010 7:40:13 AM PDT · by restornu · 161 replies
    By Greater Things News Service ^ | Jan. 24, 2005 | Lynn Ridenhour
    By Greater Things News Service (Not officially affiliated with Ezekiel Conference) Lynn Ridenhour addresses the Ezekiel Conference at the Unitarian Church on Highland Drive in Salt Lake City, January 22, 2005 Lynn Ridenhour with Sterling Allan a Mormon descendant, who put his arm around Ridenhour while he was seeking to regain his composure while tearfully reading the Statement of Repentance.. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Southern Baptist Minister, Lynn Ridenhour, issued a tearful public apology Saturday to the Mormons for the actions of his ancestors in persecuting and driving the Mormons from Missouri in the 1800's. Speaking at the invitation...
  • Bishop Eddie Long (PICTURES): Who is The Pastor Accused in Gay Sex Scandal?

    09/23/2010 1:28:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies · 2+ views
    CBS News ^ | 9/23/10
    ATLANTA (CBS/AP) New pictures have surfaced of Bishop Eddie Long, prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch outside Atlanta, as a third man has come forward accusing the anti-gay advocate of coercing him into sex. CBS News' Erica Hill reports the pastor allegedly sent his accusers numerous photos of himself including at least several of him wearing spandex and workout clothes. It's not known precisely how the photos surfaced. B.J. Bernstein, an attorney for the three plaintiffs, said Long sent her clients dozens of e-mails, but they weren't "overly sexual," she said. Long canceled an interview with the Tom Joyner Morning...
  • This Day in Baptist History (One day late)

    09/14/2010 9:03:28 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    BJU Press | September 13, 2010 | Cummins & Thompson
    Sept. 13, 1876 – Dr. James M. Haswell died after forty-one years of missionary service in Burma with his dear wife Jane Mason, who he had married on August 23, 1835, and sailed for their chosen field one month later. He was more fruit from the Hamilton Theological Institute in Bennington, Vermont. Dr.Haswell mastered the Burmese language and then turned to the Pegulan dialect to reach the 80,000 of that tribe. He only took two furloughs, one in 1849 and another in 1867, and those were used to spur interest in missions. He was most diligent that his son James...
  • Army says chaplain is first killed in action since 1970

    09/04/2010 10:59:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP ^ | Friday, September 03, 2010
    Capt. Dale Goetz of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., was one of five soldiers killed by an improvised bomb on Monday. 3 0 5 Share Before Goetz, the last Army chaplain to die in action was Phillip Nichols, who was killed by a concealed enemy explosive in Vietnam in October of 1970, said Chaplain Carleton Birch, a spokesman for the Army chief of chaplains. The Air Force said none of its chaplains were killed later than 1970. A spokesman for the Navy Chaplain Corps, which also provides clergy to the Marines, didn't immediately return a phone call....