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  • Evangelical leader Russell Moore denounces ex-gay therapy

    10/30/2014 7:21:14 PM PDT · by oohebo
    Religion News Service ^ | October 28, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks. Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to...
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and others—gathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinful—were asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. “This moral revolution is happening at warp speed,” said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority.” Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist

    06/15/2014 1:15:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 101 replies
    http://www.thedailybeast.com ^ | June 12, 2014 | Tyler Lopez
    Forget decades of scientific studies and transgender people’s own lives—the Southern Baptist Convention has gone ahead and decided gender is only about your junk. “Gender” refers to one’s felt, and societally constructed, sense of being male, female, or somewhere in between. As understood by a generation of psychologists, sociologists, and other scientists, it is distinct from sex, which has to do with biology, genitalia, and genetics. Put roughly, sex is between your legs. Gender is between your ears.
  • 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...
  • Southern Baptists meet to elect new president

    06/10/2014 5:34:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 10, 2014 4:26 AM EDT | Travis Loller
    The Southern Baptists are electing a new president to succeed the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., who became the denomination’s first African-American president in 2012. Contenders include the Rev. Dennis Kim, pastor of a Korean church in Silver Springs, Maryland, and the Rev. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of Cross Church, with several locations in northwest Arkansas. Members meeting in Baltimore will vote for the new president Tuesday. …
  • Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision on Gay Marriage

    06/06/2014 6:39:56 AM PDT · by robowombat · 105 replies
    Christian News ^ | June 2, 2014 | Al Mohler
    Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision on Gay Marriage (and You Will Too) Al Mohler | President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary | Monday, June 02, 2014 ChristianHeadlines.com SOUTHERN BAPTISTS FACE A MOMENT OF DECISION ON GAY MARRIAGE (AND YOU WILL TOO) 10 Comments Print Email #gay marriage #church #opinion #southern baptists 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...
  • After Pastor's Son Comes Out, Southern Baptist Church Breaks With Denomination on Homosexuality

    06/06/2014 8:50:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/06/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A Southern Baptist church in California has broken with the denomination's stance on homosexuality and has decided to accept the LGBT community without judgment. The church made the change after its lead pastor announced that he no longer holds to the teaching that homosexuality is a sin. Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, explained his journey in a letter to progressive Christian blogger John Shore, founder of Unfundamentalist Christians, last month. At the end of that journey, his son came out to him as gay. "I recently became gay affirming after a 15-year journey of...
  • 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.
  • Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

    05/21/2014 6:16:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | 5/17/14 | Blake Farmer
    Some Christian denominations around the U.S. have been slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage. A few have even made an about-face. Not so with the country's largest protestant group, Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention still preaches that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. But some pastors are softening their message. A Change Of ToneThe Southern Baptist Convention held a gathering of pastors at its Nashville headquarters in April. For an organization that has previously used opposition to gay marriage as a rallying point, statements here from church leaders, like Kevin Smith of Kentucky,...
  • Six clicks: Single board computers: Banana Pi, Raspberry Pi, and more

    05/02/2014 12:01:56 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 2 May 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    In the beginning, the Raspberry Pi There were many single-board computers (SBC) before the Raspberry Pi showed up, but its combination of price, power, and community made it the poster-child for the do-it-yourself generation of makers who want nothing more than see just how much they could do with a SBC. Popular as the $35 Raspberry Pi is, there are many other worthwhile SBCs out there for the maker who wants to go a little farther out. Intel MinnowBoard Max While far from being as cheap as the Raspberry Pi, for $99 Intel's forthcoming MinnorBoard Max looks pretty sweet.This...
  • Virginia church may look Anglican, but it's fully Baptist

    03/27/2014 4:56:27 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 3 replies
    ABP News ^ | 3/26/2014 | Jeff Brumley
    Sunday mornings at All Souls Charlottesville are fairly common for an Anglican congregation. The Book of Common Prayer and the Revised Common Lectionary are standard, creeds are spoken together, the Eucharist is the central focus of the liturgy and the minister blesses the congregation before it scatters back into the world. But the Charlottesville, Va., congregation isn’t an Episcopal church. It’s Baptist — in fact it’s a plant of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and is celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2014. This isn’t a Baptist church in the Charleston tradition, a structured expression of worship often distinguished from...
  • Baptist convention in Kentucky uses guns giveaway to ‘point people to Christ’

    03/11/2014 3:59:07 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 6 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 04, 2014 | FoxNews
    Some church leaders in Kentucky say guns can be an effective way to beef up the flock. Organizers of a Baptist church convention said it will use guns giveaways across the state to attract nonbelievers who are more prone to go duck hunting than sit in a church pew, The Courier-Journal reported. The goal of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's "Second Amendment Celebrations" is to "point people to Christ," the report said.
  • Attitudes Among Southern Baptist Leaders Shifting on Birth Control

    03/07/2014 3:33:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 87 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/5/14 | Bob Allen
    Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.On the surface, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists might seem unlikely bedfellows in opposing mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, but observers say it points to ongoing reconsideration of the morality of birth control among the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading thinkers. “Evangelical leaders are tripping over themselves in the rush to stand with Roman Catholic bishops against this perceived governmental overreach,” Jacob Lupfer, a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgetown University, said in a Religion News Service commentary in December. “At the...
  • Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over religion bill

    03/07/2014 4:57:04 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 7, 2014 7:34 PM EST | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious-practices bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona’s Republican governor. A group that lobbies for the state’s influential Southern Baptist Convention is urging lawmakers to pass the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Others say that Mississippi, with its history of racial oppression, should avoid any law that could lead to discrimination against gay people and other groups. …
  • Have Christians Lost the Culture War?

    02/20/2014 7:33:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/20/14 | Todd Starnes
    The culture war may be lost and religious liberty might not be that far behind, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research, the research arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Seventy percent of senior pastors at Protestant churches say religious liberty is on the decline in the United States, and 59 percent of Christians believe they are losing the culture war. Eleven percent considers that war already lost. The survey results are staggering – indicating grave concerns about the moral direction of the nation from both the pulpit and the pew. Ten years ago we were talking about who...
  • VATICAN COMES UNDER SHARP CRITICISM FOR SEX ABUSE

    01/16/2014 8:46:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 16, 2014 | John Heilprin,Nicole Winfield
    GENEVA (AP) -- The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, facing its most intense public grilling to date over allegations that it protected pedophile priests at the expense of victims.
  • Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars

    10/22/2013 7:36:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/21/13 | Neil King Jr
    Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention says it is time for evangelicals to tone down the rhetoric.For years, as the principal public voice for the Southern Baptist Convention, the country's biggest evangelical group, Richard Land warned of a "radical homosexual agenda" and pushed for a federal ban on same-sex marriage. His successor, Russell Moore, sounded a different note when the Supreme Court in June struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. "Love your gay and lesbian neighbors," Mr. Moore wrote in a flier, "How Should Your Church Respond," sent to the convention's estimated 45,000 churches. "They aren't part...
  • Baptist Pastor Tells Church She's Married to Female Bishop and Resigns

    10/21/2013 10:38:16 AM PDT · by massmike · 57 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 10/21/2013 | LEONARDO BLAIR
    A fiery female Baptist pastor from Detroit shocked conservatives in her church and triggered a rift among the membership when she resigned after revealing she married a female bishop from Washington, D.C several months ago, charging that the Bible supports it. Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams was once married to a man and become the first female pastor of the Zion Progress Baptist Church, according to the Detroit Free Press. On Oct. 6, however, Abrams, who is also a mother, revealed to the congregation she had pastored for five years that she was in love with Diana Williams, a bishop...
  • Can Evangelical Chaplains Serve God and Country?—The Crisis Arrives

    09/17/2013 11:44:24 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 48 replies
    Southern Baptist Seminary ^ | 9/17/2013 | Dr. Al Mohler
    Can chaplains committed to historic biblical Christianity serve in the United States military? That question, though inconceivable to our nation’s founders, is now front and center. And the answer to that question will answer another, even more important question: Can religious liberty survive under America’s new moral order? The repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, coupled with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, set the stage for this crisis. The full normalization of same-sex relationships within the U.S. military is part of the unprecedented moral revolution that is now reshaping American...
  • End of Cultural Christianity in America Is Opportunity for Church to Recover the Cross

    09/17/2013 7:01:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 11, 2013 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON – Southern Baptist theologian Russell Moore challenged his fellow Christians to recover the Church's prophetic voice by first transforming the Church from the inside to reflect the hope of the kingdom of God to the world, and to not lose sight of the Cross as their central mission. Moore was delivering his inauguration speech Tuesday as the new president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Early in his speech, Moore signaled that his approach to political engagement would be different than a previous generation of Christian political activism. "We...
  • Southern Baptists bar (military) chaplains from same-sex rituals

    09/06/2013 4:18:08 PM PDT · by xzins · 14 replies
    One News Now ^ | 6 Sep 13 | AP
    The Southern Baptist Convention, which provides the largest share of active-duty military chaplains, has barred members from taking part in weddings, counseling sessions and couples retreats for same-sex couples. The North American Mission Board, an arm of the Nashville, Tenn.-based SBC, also prohibits chaplains from participating in any services that would appear to endorse or accept same-sex unions. "Our chaplains want to uphold the authority and relevancy of Scripture while continuing to serve in a very diverse setting," Doug Carver, a retired Army major general who leads NAMB's chaplaincy efforts, said in a statement Aug. 29. "We believe these updated...
  • SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus

    06/12/2013 9:04:27 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 32 replies
    ABPNews ^ | Wednesday June 12, 2013 | Bob Allen
    SBC doesn’t call for Boy Scout exodus A highly anticipated resolution condemning the Boy Scouts’ new membership policy affirms churches and individuals that sever ties, while calling for greater engagement by those that don’t. By Bob Allen The Southern Baptist Convention stopped short of urging churches to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America in a June 11 resolution condemning the organization’s recent decision to drop its ban on Scouts who are openly gay. The non-binding resolution expresses “continued opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy” and called...
  • Southern Baptists: Agree to Disagree over Calvinism

    06/17/2013 6:59:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 137 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/11/13 | Adelle M. Banks
    Can’t we all just get along? That was the question that Southern Baptists, torn between Calvinists and non-Calvinists, seemed to be asking as they opened their two-day annual meeting in Houston. Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, created a 19-member advisory committee that produced a report in time for the meeting called “Truth, Trust and Testimony.”Southern Baptists have been divided over Calvinism since their denomination began in 1845, but Page said Monday (June 10) that disagreements had reached a tipping point. “The truth is, I see an anti-Calvinism now that frightens me; it’s a vitriol that...
  • Southern Baptists officially oppose gay Scout rule

    06/13/2013 12:38:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 12, 2013 7:00 PM EDT | Travis Loller and Juan Lozano
    The Southern Baptist Convention approved a resolution Wednesday expressing its opposition to the Boy Scouts of America’s new policy allowing gay Scouts, though it doesn’t explicitly call for churches to drop all ties with the organization.While some action against the Scouts was widely anticipated, given the denomination’s very public opposition to the change, the resolution takes a softer tone than many had expected. It also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove executive and board leaders who tried to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor troops. It passed overwhelmingly, but not...
  • Southern Baptists consider resolution on scouting

    06/12/2013 8:45:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    HOUSTON (AP) - Southern Baptist Convention leaders have proposed a resolution expressing their opposition to the Boy Scouts of America's new policy allowing gay Scouts. The resolution also calls on the Boy Scouts to remove from executive and board leadership the individuals who earlier sought to allow gays as both members and leaders without consulting the many religious groups that sponsor Scout troops. While the resolution does not recommend that Southern Baptists drop ties with the Scouts, it expresses support for those churches and families that decide to do so. It also encourages churches and families who choose to remain...
  • Evangelical Leader: Jail Over Obamacare Mandate

    02/09/2012 9:45:57 AM PST · by ezfindit · 100 replies
    OrthodoxNet (via LifeSiteNews) ^ | 2/9/2012 | Ben Johnson
    One of the most influential evangelical leaders in the United States says Christians should go to jail rather than comply with the Obama administration’s mandate to provide all contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, in their health care plans. Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), told LifeSiteNews.com “we will not comply” with the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ mandate requiring religious institutions to cover abortifacient products such as Plan B, Ella, and the IUD. “We want the law changed, or else we’re going to write our letters from the Nashville jail, just...
  • Churches move to cut ties to Scouts after gay policy change

    06/04/2013 8:34:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/04/2013 | Bob Smietana
    For the Rev. Ernest Easley, the decision to cut ties with the Boy Scouts was simple. The Bible says homosexuality is a sin. The Boy Scouts do not. “We are not willing to compromise God’s word,” said Easley, pastor of the 2,300-member Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., which has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 204 since 1945. Easley, chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee, said his church will shut down its troop at end of the year because of a recently adopted policy to allow openly gay scouts. He’s urging other Baptists to do the same. Roswell...
  • Southern Baptists Move To Cut Ties With Boy Scouts Of America Over Inclusion Of Gay Scouts

    06/03/2013 3:15:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 29, 2013 | Eric Brown
    Last week, the Boy Scouts of America made its landmark decision allowing gay Scouts to be members (but not adult leaders), and while many liberal organizations are pleased, America’s largest Protestant church organization seems poised to cut off ties with the Boy Scouts in protest. More than 70 percent of Boy Scout troops across the country are sponsored by religious organizations. Many sponsorships come from the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination with more than 47,000 churches. Now, Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee, says it’s time for its congregations to cut all ties with the Boy...
  • Baptists Plan Exodus from Boy Scouts

    06/02/2013 6:30:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 78 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/31/13 | Daniel Burke
    (CNN) – For Southern Baptist pastor Tim Reed, it was Scripture versus the Scouts. “God’s word explicitly says homosexuality is a choice, a sin,” said Reed, pastor of First Baptist Church of Gravel Ridge in Jacksonville, Arkansas. So when the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift its ban on openly gay youths on May 24, Reed said the church had no choice but to cut its charter with Troop 542. “It’s not a hate thing here,” Reed told CNN affiliate Fox 16. “It’s a moral stance we must take as a Southern Baptist church.” Southern Baptist leaders say Reed...
  • Pentagon Blocks Access to Southern Baptist Website

    04/25/2013 12:38:41 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 36 replies
    http://radio.foxnews.com/ ^ | April 24, 2013 | todd starnes
    The U.S. Military has blocked access to the Southern Baptist Convention’s website on an unknown number of military bases because it contains “hostile content” — just weeks after an Army briefing labeled Evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics as examples of religious extremism, Fox News has learned. The Southern Baptist Convention is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination known for its support of the pro-life movement and its strong belief in traditional marriage. Southern Baptist chaplains reported that SBC.net had been blocked at military installations around the nation. An Air Force officer told Fox News that when he tried to log on...
  • U.S. Army labels Southern Baptist Convention 'hostile'

    04/24/2013 6:16:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    AFA ^ | 4/25/13 | staff
    The United States Army has blocked the website of the Southern Baptist Convention from government computers, saying the Christian site contains "hostile content." An Army officer assigned to a U.S. base said he tried to access SBC.net from his government computer, but instead, he got a message that said the site was being blocked by "Team CONUS": Team CONUS protects the computer network of the Department of Defense. "So the Southern Baptist Convention is now considered hostile to the U.S. Army...it just corroborates the recent string of events highlighted by AFA," the officer wrote in an email to American Family...
  • SBC’s Land: Polygamy Will Follow Gay Marriage

    03/25/2013 8:14:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 25 Mar 2013 10:24 PM | David A. Patten
    With the Supreme Court set this week to hear two historic challenges to the traditional definition of marriage, pro-family advocates are charging that legalizing gay marriage would “inevitably” lead to the legalization of polygamy as well. “No question about it,” Dr. Richard Land, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview Monday afternoon. “If you make the ultimate value a person’s right to express their sexuality with another person and to have that identified as marriage, then how do you keep polygamy from happening? “How do you keep consensual...
  • Protestants and Abortion

    02/02/2013 4:35:58 AM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/31/2013 | Mark Tooley
    Southern Baptists have changed their mind about Roe. When will United Methodists join them? Last week about 100,000 or more marched in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year they commemorated 40 years since the 1973 Supreme Court decision constitutionalizing abortion on demand. Supporting the march and the pro-life cause were leaders of AmericaÂ’s two largest religious communions, the 68 million-member Roman Catholic Church and the 16 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. Meanwhile, agencies for the third largest, the United Methodist Church, crafted a news release virtually celebrating Roe v. Wade. But 40 years ago, both Southern Baptists...
  • Baptist Leaders Predict 'Mass Exodus' From Scouts Over Gay Leader Decision

    01/29/2013 1:57:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/29/2013 | By Alex Murashko
    The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches. A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February. "This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead...
  • Southern Baptist Convention lists churches with Women Pastors (vanity)

    12/31/2012 9:02:53 AM PST · by wonkowasright · 58 replies
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    It appears that there are multiple churches currently affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention located Virginia that are either led by women pastors, or co-led by women pastors. Is the SBC now departing from its formal opposition and starting to quietly tolerate female pastors to avoid a decline in the number of congregations/members ? Virginias BGAV is unique in how it lists who leads the various churches so its not clear if this is unique to Virginia or is a growing phenomena in other states. My understanding of Virginia Baptist is that there are two statewide bodies both affiliated with...
  • African-American Christians waver over vote - struggle with gay marriage and the Mormon religion

    09/17/2012 1:44:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 71 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2012
    ...[Rev. Jamal-Harrison] Bryant [of Baltimore] last month told The Washington Informer, an African-American newsweekly, "This is the first time in black church history that I'm aware of that black pastors have encouraged their parishioners not to vote." Bryant, who opposes gay marriage, said the president's position on marriage is "at the heart" of the problem. ...The circumstances of the 2012 campaign have led to complex conversations about faith, politics and voting. The Rev. George Nelson Jr., senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, participated in a conference call with other African-American pastors the day after Obama's announcement...
  • Chaplain quits So. Baptists over same-sex rite

    07/28/2012 6:28:26 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 54 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 7/28/12 | David Crary (AP)
    NEW YORK — A long-serving Air Force chaplain has left the Southern Baptist Convention after the conservative denomination publicly questioned his attendance at a same-sex civil union ceremony at his base in New Jersey. The chaplain, Col. Timothy Wagoner, is remaining on active duty and has affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, which holds more moderate views on homosexuality and some other issues than the Southern Baptists. "I find very little that is more important and nothing that is more exhilarating than providing for the religious freedoms and spiritual care of all service members and their families — and will...
  • Fred Luter ‘totally against’ Obama’s gay marriage position (New black SBC President)

    07/15/2012 6:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | July 12, 2012 | James A. Smith, Sr.
    TAMPA (FBW) – Fred Luter and Barack Obama share historical distinctions as African Americans’ first Southern Baptist Convention and U.S. presidents, respectively, but on the major political-moral issue of gay marriage they are on opposite sides – a disagreement driven by Luter’s commitment to the Bible. “I believe that nothing, nothing can be politically right if it’s biblically wrong,” Luter said July 10 in an interview with Florida Baptist Witness. “The Word of God says marriage is between one man and one woman,” Luter said, adding that “no president, no governor, no mayor, no politician, no individual can change that...
  • As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation

    06/21/2012 8:24:00 AM PDT · by fishtank · 447 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6-18-2012 | Weston Gentry
    As Baptists Prepare to Meet, Calvinism Debate Shifts to Heresy Accusation Hundreds, including seminary presidents, have signed a statement on salvation criticized by both Reformed and Arminian theologians. Weston Gentry [ posted 6/18/2012 ] A statement by a non-Calvinist faction of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has launched infighting within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, and tensions are expected to escalate Tuesday as church leaders descend on New Orleans.
  • Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land: ‘How dumb does [Obama] think we are?’

    02/11/2012 8:56:15 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Southern Baptist Convention’s Richard Land: ‘How dumb does [Obama] think we are?’ By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 12:19 AM 02/11/2012 Following the announced “accommodations” from the White House for religious organizations whose beliefs preclude them from offering birth control, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, had some tough words for President Obama. According to Land, the adjustment in the mandate requiring all employers — including religious organizations — to provide birth control is “a distinction without a difference.” “My initial reaction is: How dumb does he think we are?” Land wondered....
  • Thinking Christian: Are Southern Baptists ready for change?

    10/05/2011 12:32:07 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    Cumberlink ^ | 29 September 2011 | Jennifer Autry
    The Southern Baptist Convention might have a new name in a few years if current president Bryant Wright gets his wish. Wright formed a task force last week that will explore the possibility of changing the name of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Because Southern Baptists now have churches all over the world, Wright feels the name is too regional. This is not the first time a name change has been proposed. Adopting a new name has been discussed at least once a decade at the SBC's annual meeting since the 1970s but has been rejected every time. But Wright...
  • Southern Baptist Convention considers name change

    09/21/2011 1:27:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 26 replies
    Chron.com ^ | 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...
  • FIRST-PERSON: Rick Perry is no George W. Bush

    09/20/2011 11:11:46 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 159 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 9-14-2011 | Richard Land
    FIRST-PERSON: Rick Perry is no George W. Bush By Richard Land Sep 14, 2011 Richard Land NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Many people assume Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a carbon copy of George W. Bush. Well, he isn't. Those who either love or despise former President Bush need to understand that Perry should be neither accepted nor rejected based on their opinion of Bush. Indeed, as the nation heads with full force into the 2012 election cycle, many of Perry's opponents in and out of the news media will try to tear down the Texas governor as "Bush, continued."...
  • {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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 leaders meet with SBC president (Demand for apology rejected by Southern Baptist leader)

    06/17/2011 10:58:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 06/16/2011 | Michael Foust
    PHOENIX (BP)--A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes Tuesday with Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that Scripture is clear on the issue. The remarkable meeting -- cordial the entire time -- took place between the morning and afternoon sessions of the SBC in Wright's annual meeting office at the Phoenix Convention Center. The nine-person coalition included representatives of the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, Faith in America and Truth Wins Out. They protested outside the convention...