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  • Nondenominational vs. Southern Baptist: Is There a Difference?

    03/09/2018 7:42:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/09/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    Are there any significant differences between nondenominational and Southern Baptist churches? A common joke among evangelicals is that nondenominational churches are for Southern Baptists who want to drink booze, suggesting there is not much difference between them. But what does the data show? In an article for Religion in Public titled "Nondenominational Protestants are Basically Southern Baptists (With a Few Caveats)" that was published Wednesday, Ryan P. Burge, a political science professor at Eastern Illinois University who specializes in religion and politics, analyzed data compiled by the Cooperative Congressional Election Study to compare the SBC, nondenominational churches, and the mainline...
  • SBC Gives DC Baptist Convention 90 Days to Sever Ties With Church Led by Lesbian Pastors

    02/26/2018 8:32:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/26/2018 | Samuel Smith
    The District of Columbia Baptist Convention has been given 90 days to remove a church with lesbian co-pastors from fellowship or risk severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention.SBC's official news service, Baptist Press, reportsthat the SBC Executive Committee approved a motion on Feb. 20 giving the DCBC until May 20 to end its affiliation with churches "that have demonstrated a faith or practice affirming, approving or endorsing homosexual behavior."The motion effectively gives DCBC the option to either sever its ties with the 155-year-old Calvary Baptist Church or help lead the church to "repentance."In January 2017, Calvary Baptist hired lesbian...
  • Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore apologizes for criticizing Trump supporters

    12/21/2016 10:22:52 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 43 replies
    Al. com news ^ | December 21, 2016 | Leada Gore
    The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public affairs division is apologizing for statements he said were interpreted as criticism against evangelical Christians who voted for Donald Trump. ...however. Russell Moore,... said his pre-election comments ...could have been misinterpreted.... Moore had drawn criticism during the general election for calling Trump support by evangelicals and other conservatives "illogical."..... ...However, white evangelical voters turned out in huge numbers for the Republican nominee, with 80 percent backing Trump over 16 percent for ... Hillary Clinton. ... the highest evangelical vote for any candidate since 2004 when they overwhelmingly supported President George W. Bush....
  • Franklin Graham [Facebook Post About Today's Meeting with Donald Trump]

    06/21/2016 1:58:19 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 124 replies
    facebook ^ | 6/21/16 | Franklin Graham
    I’ve been in New York this morning to attend a meeting organized by Dr. Ben Carson and others who invited Donald J. Trump to speak to evangelical Christian leaders from across the country. Governor Mike Huckabee was moderator and Mr. Trump answered questions on a wide range of issues. Dr. James Dobson asked the first question–he asked Mr. Trump what he would do concerning religious liberty issues. Mr. Trump said the number one thing he could do for religious liberty would be to appoint great Supreme Court justices and he reminded everyone that the next president could appoint up to...
  • The Southern Baptist Ban on Confederate Flags

    06/15/2016 12:52:03 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 52 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/15/16 | MATT VASILOGAMBROS
    Southern Baptist churches in the United States will no longer display the Confederate battle flag.
  • Southern Baptist Convention Minister, Dr. James F. Linzey Endorses Donald J. Trump

    02/15/2016 2:27:33 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 48 replies
    Southern Baptist Convention Minister, Dr. James F. Linzey endorsed Donald J. Trump for president of the United States when speaking to a group of Evangelicals on Sunday, February 13, 2016 in Escondido, California, to make America great again. Linzey said, "Republican Candidate Donald Trump is an intrepid Conservative who unapologetically articulates and accentuates the pulse of most Americans. His campaign is not funded by special interest groups. This means he is not beholden to them, and will have the freedom to build congressional support on both sides of the aisle and promote the values that millions embrace by implementing policies...
  • Southern Baptist Convention Sever Ties With Kentucky Churches Over Female Pastors

    12/18/2015 9:58:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Two Kentucky churches once belonging to a local chapter of the Southern Baptist Convention have ended their ties over having female pastors. Trinity Baptist Church of Bloomfield was officially removed from the Nelson Baptist Association while Union Band Baptist Church of Howardstown voluntarily withdrew its membership. Lisa Zahalka, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, explained to The Christian Post that she was first contacted back in August about pastoring Trinity and also Big Spring Bloomfield Presbyterian. "Upon confirmation The Nelson Baptist Association asked us to remove our church, voluntarily from the association," said Zahalka. "We chose to do nothing. We were...
  • International Mission Board Drops Ban on Speaking in Tongues

    05/14/2015 2:58:15 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 38 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | May 14, 2015 | Bob Smietana
    New rules also loosen restrictions on baptism, divorce, and parents of teens. For more than a decade, the Southern Baptist Conventions International Mission Board (IMB) disqualified candidates who spoke in tongues or who had been baptized in churches that disagreed with the conventions view of baptism. Similar rules barred divorced people or those with teenagers from being missionaries. That changed Wednesday, when the IMBs trustees, at the prompting of their new president David Platt, approved a new, simplified set of rules for the agencys more than 4,800 missionaries. Missionary candidates must affirm the doctrines found in the Baptist Faith...
  • Mans journey of faith benefits (Catholic) parish

    03/16/2015 2:48:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    The Texas Catholic ^ | Michael Gresham
    Justin Fivecoat, a parishioner at St. John The Apostle Catholic Church in Terrell, is one of the honorees who will be recognized Feb. 7 during a Mass for the annual Bishops Awards for Service to the Church. (DON JOHNSON/Special Contributor) TERRELL A local diner, some thoughtful questions and a priest willing to listen led Justin Fivecoat to take a leap of faith three years ago that set him on a path to become an impactful parishioner at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church.One thing Ive always sensed about Justin is that I see him as a man after Gods...
  • Southern Baptist Leader Says Roy Moore Should Comply with Judges Order or Resign

    02/14/2015 10:41:40 AM PST · by fwdude · 80 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | February 14, 2015 | Gary DeMar
    Russell Moore (no relation to Roy Moore), the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm, says Alabama judges who in good conscience cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, should resign instead of fighting the law while in office. What if judges in Germany refused to approve legal orders to transport Jews to death camps? What if they just resigned? Would that have been enough? A resignation would only mean that a new judge would be appointed who would comply with the order. A line has to be drawn somewhere.
  • Southern Baptist Leaders Call for Integrated Churches

    01/27/2015 11:06:28 AM PST · by MacNaughton · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/24/2015 | TRAVIS LOLLER
    Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial justice in society. But that could be a hard sell to those sitting in Southern Baptist Convention congregations. The Rev. Russell Moore, who leads the Southern Baptist's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is one of several white leaders calling for multiethnic congregations in the wake of the unrest spurred by the killings of black men by white police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.
  • I Hated the Idea of Becoming Catholic

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

    07/26/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, has joined other faith leaders in raising concerns over the lack of religious liberty protections in President Obama's new executive order. Moore said: While we dont know the full implications of this executive order, I am disappointed that this administration persistently violates the freedom of conscience for religious organizations that provide necessary relief for the poor and endangered. The same religious convictions that inspire their social action are the convictions now considered outside the new mainstream of sexual revolutionary fundamentalism. The ones hurt will be...
  • Obama Praises LGBT Activists at Event Attended by SBC Pastor Who Rejects Bible on Homosexuality

    07/02/2014 4:58:22 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 2, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    President Barack Obama highlighted Monday his administration's efforts to bolster the gay community at a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, which was attended by a Southern Baptist pastor who recently broke with his denomination on the homosexuality issue, and his gay son. Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, rejected his denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without teaching that homosexual behavior is a sin. He and his 15-year-old son, Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to the presidential reception, which was also...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Southern Baptist Leaders support Amnesty contrary to views of Church Members (2010)

    07/10/2013 8:35:06 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 15 replies
    TCUNATION ^ | 6/21/2010 | Ed Devine
    Thanks to our Friends at for the heads up on this: On June 15, a group of liberal Evangelical Christian and Catholic religious leaders met at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, D.C., to discuss one thing: how religious activism can achieve an amnesty for illegal aliens. This conference follows in the wake of a Capitol Hill forum where liberal Evangelical Christian and Catholic leaders met with Congressional leaders, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and urged them to push an amnesty through Congress this year. Unfortunately, leading Southern Baptist Dr. Richard Land was among the participants....
  • 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, Americas 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, Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 47,000 churches. Now, Frank Page, president of the SBC's executive committee, says its time for its congregations to cut all ties with the Boy...
  • U.S. Military Blocked Some Soldiers From Accessing Southern Baptist Website Over 'Hostile Content'?

    04/26/2013 3:05:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/26/2013 | Jeff Schapiro
    A U.S. Army officer who tried to access the Southern Baptist Convention's website on a government computer says he instead received a message indicating the site was blocked "due to hostile content." According to a press release from the American Family Association, a group the officer informed about the incident, the message said was being blocked by "Team CONUS," the Continental US Theater Network Operations and Security Center and Regional Computer Emergency Response Team. A Defense Department spokesperson said in an email to The Christian Post that the block is not intentional, and the department is working to solve...
  • 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 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. just corroborates the recent string of events highlighted by AFA," the officer wrote in an email to American Family...