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  • 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...
  • The Biblical Jesus Christ

    07/26/2013 1:27:27 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 154 replies
    BiblicalJesusChrist.Com ^ | April, 2013 | www.BiblicalJesusChrist.com
    Who is Jesus? Is He just a man? Is He just a Great Teacher? Is He just a Great Prophet, another in several sent by God over the centuries? The Biblical answer to these questions is found below. Some may believe that only the narrow-minded would not be ready to accept a universal Jesus; One popular with and accepted by all non-Christian religions. However this is not what the Bible teaches. True Belief in Christ allows room for none other. Let's look at the Scriptures and find out what the Biblical portrait of Jesus is. We learn Who Jesus is,...
  • 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 numberusa.com 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, 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...
  • 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 SBC.net 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • West Texas native, Baptist missionary murdered in Jordan

    09/07/2012 7:04:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    Lubbock Online ^ | 7 August 2012 | Walt Nett
    The horror of a Southern Baptist missionary’s death in Jordan is gradually resonating to her childhood home on the rural South Plains this week. Sudan native Cheryll Harvey, 55, a longtime member of College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview, was found stabbed to death late Tuesday night in her apartment in the city of Barha, about 50 miles north of Amman. Harvey’s teaching was in connection with the Jordan Baptist Society, according to a report published by the Baptist Press. Don Robertson, pastor at College Heights Baptist Church, said Harvey had taught English and other subjects in Jordan for 24...
  • Southern Baptists Experiencing Accelerating Decline in Membership

    06/14/2012 8:42:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/13/2012 | Lillian Kwon
    Membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped again over the last year, according to a new report. The largest Protestant denomination in the country now counts less than 16 million members. This marks the fifth straight year the SBC has lost members. Primary worship attendance has also dropped by 0.65 percent to around 6.16 million. One Southern Baptist and researcher lamented that the denomination is not only experiencing decline but an acceleration of decline. Compared to a 0.15 percent drop from 2009 to 2010, membership fell by 0.98 percent from 2010 to 2011. "Based on the trend of annual percent...
  • Not Your Grandfather's Southern Baptist [SBC poised to elect first black president]

    03/02/2012 3:03:58 PM PST · by rhema · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | NAOMI SCHAEFER RILEY
    For months, the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention has been debating whether to drop the word "Southern" from its name. But last week, citing the hassle and expense, leaders abandoned this attempt to scrub the racial overtones from the convention's image. As it turns out, the SBC is poised to do something much more significant. Meet the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., pastor of New Orleans's 4,500-member Franklin Avenue Baptist Church—and the man who this spring will likely become the first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He announced last month that he was putting himself in the running,...
  • The Baptists Formerly Known as Southern

    02/23/2012 12:40:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 02/23/2012 | Jeffrey Weiss
    So now some Southern Baptists want to be known as "Great Commission" Baptists? Christians, do you have any idea how confusing you are to those of us on the far side of an altar call? For those of you who missed the news: Some Southern Baptists have long been uncomfortable with the name of the denomination, tied as it is to a region and a racist past. A few days ago, the Southern Baptist Commission's executive committee voted to retain the old name but offer an informal alternative. The Great Commission is what many Christians call the admonition from the...
  • 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....
  • Southern Baptists study possible name change

    12/08/2011 1:38:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 21 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 12/8/11 | TRAVIS LOLLER - Associated Press
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — What if Southern Baptists were no longer called Southern Baptists? Would more people walk through church doors? A task force asked to study that question made its recommendation to Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright on Wednesday, but it won't be public until an executive committee meeting in February. Wright would not say whether new names have been proposed for the nation's largest Protestant denomination, but he has said the word "Baptist" will remain.
  • Study: How Do Americans View Southern Baptists?

    12/08/2011 10:04:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2011 | Alex Murashko
    Hoping to provide useful data to help settle the Southern Baptist Convention’s dilemma on whether to change the Christian denomination’s name, a research group released a study Wednesday on how Americans view the SBC along with other faith groups. The majority of Americans have a favorable impression of Southern Baptists, according to the LifeWay Research study. However, 40 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of the denomination and more than a third strongly assume an SBC church is not for them. The negative viewpoint is slightly higher (44 percent) among the unchurched, according to the study. The research was...
  • Couple suing Southern Baptist Convention

    10/24/2011 5:28:01 AM PDT · by Cronos · 25 replies
    wcyb.com ^ | 24 October 2011 | Nash
    A Metro Nashville Council member is suing the Southern Baptist Convention for $1.5 million. Ron Nollner and his wife, Beverly, filed the lawsuit against the nation's largest Protestant denomination and related entities last week. The lawsuit states the two went to New Delhi as missionaries in 2009 and were hired by the Virginia-based International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to oversee construction of an office building there. However, the lawsuit claims they were fired after Ron Nollner complained about illegal and unsafe building practices at the job site and said the project's architect and builder were paying bribes...
  • [Liberal] Evangelicals implore GOP presidential hopefuls to tone down immigration rhetoric

    10/13/2011 9:58:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 19 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/13/2011 | Liz Goodwin
    A group of conservative evangelicals is reaching out to the Republican presidential field and imploring them to tone down their rhetoric on illegal immigration. Dr. Richard Land, a leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Dr. Matthew Staver, dean of Liberty University Law School, told reporters today that they admire Gov. Rick Perry for standing by his 2001 decision to allow illegal immigrants who are residents of Texas to go to college at in-state rates. Many of Perry's rivals, as well as many more conservative activists, have laid into Perry for his declaration in a recent debate that people who...
  • 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. ...
  • ‘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 (LifeSiteNews.com) – 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 LifeSiteNews.com 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Calvinism on the Rise in Southern Baptist Life

    11/17/2010 10:11:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/17/2010 | Audrey Barrick
    Calvinists in the Southern Baptist Convention make up a small minority but are steadily growing, particularly among younger Baptists, a recent study showed. Nearly 30 percent of recent SBC seminary graduates now serving as church pastors indicate they are Calvinists, according to Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research. Only around 10 percent of SBC pastors at large affirm the five points of Calvinism, or Reformed theology, noted Stetzer, comparing the latest results with an earlier 2006 survey conducted by LifeWay Research. The five points of Calvinism, also called the doctrines of grace, include total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible...
  • So. Baptists Called to Repent, Grip Reality of 'Lostness'

    02/23/2010 12:54:18 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 50 replies · 541+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Feb. 23 2010 | Lillian Kwon
    Southern Baptists need to repent of their pride, boasting and disunity and return to God and His vision. That was the sobering call Dr. Ronnie Floyd made Monday as he presented a highly anticipated report charting out a new course for the nation's largest Protestant denomination. "We (task force) have been gripped by the reality of the lost condition of our world and about our condition as a denomination, but through this journey we have also been set on fire by the call of God to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ," Floyd, chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task...
  • Southern Baptists Ask Obama to Help 10 Missionaries Charged with Abduction in Haiti

    02/07/2010 7:49:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies · 1,016+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 02/07/2010 | Michelle A. Vu
    Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, have asked President Obama to “do everything within the authority of your office” to free the American missionary team charged with abduction in Haiti. In a letter dated Feb. 5, the leaders said it is “the consuming passion” of Southern Baptists to share the good news with the world and to “love every person He has created.” This characteristic is especially apparent during times of disaster when Southern Baptists work alongside other humanitarian groups to meet the physical and spiritual needs of people. Though the leaders admit they do...
  • So. Baptists detained in Haiti on mission to aid children

    02/01/2010 5:58:01 PM PST · by Dubya · 65 replies · 1,449+ views
    BAPTIST PRESS ^ | BAPTIST PRESS
    MERIDIAN, Idaho (BP)--Members of two Southern Baptist churches in Idaho are awaiting word on what a Haitian judge will decide Feb. 1 when he hears the case of 10 Americans accused of unlawfully trying to remove 33 children from Haiti. Five of the 10 are members of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, and three are from Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, including Eastside's pastor, Paul Thompson. Two others are believed to be from other states.
  • Prop. 8 trial witnesses make ‘troubling’ attack on religion (“chief obstacle”) and Catholic teaching

    01/22/2010 5:31:25 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies · 955+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | San Francisco, Calif., Jan 22, 2010
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Prop. 8 trial witnesses make ‘troubling’ attack on religion and Catholic teaching Stanford University professor Gary Segura. San Francisco, Calif., Jan 22, 2010 / 07:17 am (CNA).- Court witnesses arguing against California’s Proposition 8 have described religious beliefs of those who believe marriage is between a man and a woman as biased and a “chief obstacle” to homosexuals’ “political progress.” The comments were part of a “troubling” attack on religion, Proposition 8 defenders say.Proposition 8, the successful 2008 California ballot issue that restored to state law the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a...
  • Use the Quran to share Christ with Muslim, veteran missionary suggests

    01/04/2010 5:29:24 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 22 replies · 881+ views
    The Baptist Standard ^ | December 31, 2009 | George Henson
    ANGLETON—Winning Muslim converts to Christianity is difficult, but veteran missionary Kevin Greeson knows a way—start with the Quran. Greeson, who has served 16 years with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board working to start Christian movements among Muslims in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal, stressed the importance of spreading the good news of Christ with Muslims. “The best way to fight terrorism is to share the gospel. And I believe that not because I want to fight terrorism, but because there are lost people,” he explained. Debating religious tenets with Muslims is a waste of time, Greeson added. Muslims are taught...
  • Sorry, President Carter ... This Argument Falls Flat (Rebuttal to his reasons for leaving the SBC)

    07/28/2009 7:09:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/28/2009 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    For critics of the Southern Baptist Convention, former President Jimmy Carter is the gift that just keeps on giving. Over the last several days, yet another round of news reports has trumpeted the news that the former president has resigned his membership in the Southern Baptist Convention. Almost a decade after he first made this announcement, his repetitive return to this theme set up a new avalanche of news reports. Reports, we might add, that are not news. Adding insult to injury, the reports are about a "resignation" that isn't even a resignation. Try explaining that to the international media....
  • ERLC Urges Conservatives to Oppose Sotomayor's Confirmation (Southern Baptist Convention)

    07/14/2009 7:13:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 428+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/14/2009 | Lawrence D. Jones
    The public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention is urging conservatives to contact their senators to oppose the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is on the verge of replacing Supreme Court Justice David Souter. “After carefully examining her record as a lower court judge, we believe that Sotomayor should not be confirmed to serve on the nation’s highest court,” the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission stated Monday as the U.S. Senate opened hearings on Sotomayor’s nomination. “Sonia Sotomayor’s record reveals that she is perfectly willing to lift the blindfold of justice to achieve her desired result. She is...
  • Pastor's comments on Tiller 'unbiblical'

    06/08/2009 3:42:07 PM PDT · by lasereye · 51 replies · 1,237+ views
    One News Now ^ | 6/8/2009 | Allie Martin
    The president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is repudiating statements made by a former convention official regarding President Barack Obama and the recent murder of abortionist George Tiller. On a recent webcast of his daily radio talk show, Wiley Drake, former second vice-president of the SBC, called last Sunday's murder of Tiller "an answer to prayer." Then during an interview with Alan Colmes on Fox News Radio, Drake said he was praying the same type of "imprecatory prayer" against the president of the United States. For years, Drake has encouraged the practice of praying words of judgment found throughout...
  • Southern Baptist Convention's Richard Land Praises Obama Family Values (DAN GILGOFF)

    05/02/2009 9:29:20 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 103 replies · 1,630+ views
    I spoke today with Richard Land, public policy chief of the Southern Baptist Convention—the nation's largest evangelical denomination—and was struck by his praise of President Obama for living out "family values": Not enough religious conservatives are saying this: It's terribly important that [Obama] gives every indication of being a moral man who is demonstrably fond of his wife and children. I think that's important in a president, be it a Democrat or a Republican. That's why I said I couldn't vote for Giuliani or Gingrich. I think [Obama's] making a real difference in this country in his example as a...
  • AU and ACLU Say Funds for Religious Univ. (Southern Baptist)

    04/01/2009 1:39:55 PM PDT · by chase19 · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | March 31, 2009 | Americans United
    AU and ACLU Say Funds for Religious Univ. Unconstitutional By Americans United - 2 Hours Ago The Supreme Court of Kentucky should strike down a $10 million state appropriation for a university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Americans United has filed a friend-of-the-court brief along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky challenging tax funding of the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. “The Kentucky Constitution is clear on this matter,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Tax money may not be used...
  • Financial turmoil can yield revival, Johnny Hunt says

    02/18/2009 2:06:27 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 4 replies · 789+ views
    Baptist Press News ^ | Feb 17, 2009 | Erin Roach
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In the midst of the nation's financial hardships, Southern Baptists have a prime opportunity to show unbelievers that what they've embraced is not fair-weather Christianity, Johnny Hunt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said Feb. 16. "I thank God that what the Lord Jesus Christ has done in our lives will go the distance. The truth is ... it's not what's going to come against us that's going to make us or break us, it's what God has placed in us and what we choose to do with it," Hunt told the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn....
  • Obama to unveil new Faith-Based office (includes past SBC president)

    02/04/2009 3:58:39 PM PST · by markomalley · 18 replies · 558+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/4/2009
    President Obama will unveil a revamped office of Faith-Based Initiatives Thursday, and a new approach to the controversial program established by former President George Bush. The office, tasked with steering federal funds to charitable organizations tied to churches and faith-based organizations, will be headed by Josh DuBois – a 26 year-old Pentecostal minister who was in charge of religious outreach for the Obama campaign. According to a White House official, the basic structure of the office will remain the same as it was under Bush, but Obama is introducing a new component: an advisory council of 25 leaders — secular...
  • A Prayer for President Obama

    01/21/2009 10:04:56 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 8 replies · 585+ views
    Life Site News ^ | January 20, 2009 | Dr. Albert Mohler
    Our Father, Lord of all creation, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: We pray today with a sense of special urgency and responsibility. We come before you to pray for our new President, Barack Obama, and for all those in this new administration who now assume roles of such high responsibility. We know that you and you alone are sovereign; that you rule over all, and that you alone are able to keep and defend us. We know that our times are in your hands, and that "the king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the...
  • Southern Baptist Decline and God's Bottom Line

    12/22/2008 7:16:10 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies · 1,040+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 2008 | David Waters
    Times are tough, even in the salvation market. After decades of growth, the nation's largest group of Protestants, the Southern Baptist Convention, is reporting losses (in church membership and recorded baptisms) for the third year in a row. Baptisms are at a 20-year low, a figure liable to put an eternity-conscious church into a severe depression. Cutbacks at Southern Baptist seminaries and agencies are even hitting the denomination's bold, new marketing strategy designed to spread the gospel (and increase the flock) to every soul in North America by 2020. The campaign, called "God's Plan for Sharing" (Yes, GPS), includes a...
  • We Have a Warren for Your Address! Is Rick Barack's Correct Invo Pick? [Catholic Caucus]

    12/19/2008 11:10:02 AM PST · by mlizzy · 5 replies · 646+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-19-08 | Tom O'Toole
    On the surface, something about Barack Obama picking Rick Warren to give his inauguration invocation seemed fishy. I mean, Warren was the man responsible for one of Obama's few (and perhaps biggest) campaign faux pas, when he made Barack look silly last summer trying to answer the question "When does life begin?" But then I realized that Barack, brilliant politician that he is, was using his special reverse "If I can't beat him, join ME!" psychology, already duping Warren and many of his on-the-surface Christians into his camp for the next election. However, while I predict this pick for Obama...
  • FBC JAX FL member threatened w/arrest: Church Discipline - FBC Jax Style - Part 1

    12/06/2008 5:48:37 AM PST · by graceforrahab · 37 replies · 1,365+ views
    FBC JAX WATCHDOG ^ | 12/05/2008 | FBC JAX WATCHDOG
    Based on what I know about the Anon 11:51 situation, our discipline committee is acting more like a gestapo, as someone posted yesterday. A man is accused of being divisive in the church through blogging, so the committee as a first step of "reconciliation and restoration"... writes a letter outlining the sins, attaches a trespass warrant banning the man AND his wife from the property until they meet with the committee. I haven't yet found that part of the church discipline process yet in Matthew 18, but maybe its in the Greek text that only Mac himself understands. The committee...
  • John 3:16 Conference examines Calvinism

    11/13/2008 6:57:12 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 79 replies · 1,129+ views
    Baptist Press News ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | Don Beehler
    WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP)--The John 3:16 Conference, described by organizers as a biblical and theological assessment of and response to five-point Calvinism, was held Nov. 6-7 at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga. About 1,000 pastors and laypeople attended. The conference was sponsored by Jerry Vines Ministries, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Luther Rice Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. TULIP is an acronym for the five points of Calvinism—total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace and perseverance of the saints. Each point was addressed by individual speakers. "I want to help...
  • Unchurched or Unsaved? What Our Vocabulary Reveals About our Beliefs

    11/12/2008 6:30:31 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 24 replies · 848+ views
    Kingdom People ^ | November 11, 2008 | Trevin Wax
    In 1914, Ernest Henry Shackleton led an expedition to cross the entire continent of Antarctica, but wound up shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. To rescue his team, Shackleton sailed a tiny boat across 850 miles of rough seas to South Georgia Island. Despite the choppy waters and gray skies, Shackleton was able to safely navigate the boat to their destination. If his coordinates had been off by even one half of one degree, his team would have missed their destination by hundreds of miles and perished. Ship captains, airplane pilots, and astronauts will be the first to tell you that...
  • Dear President-elect Obama

    11/06/2008 6:03:18 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 10 replies · 666+ views
    Christian Post ^ | Nov. 06, 2008 | Richard Land
    First, congratulations on your successful campaign to become the 44th President of our beloved United States of America. This was a historic election in terms of the massive increase in voter participation as a percentage of the electorate. I hope you know that there are tens of millions of Americans who did not vote for you who are still very, very pleased that an African-American has been elected President of the United States. That fact that this could happen in a country with as tragic a racial past as America’s says something noble and fine about the American experiment and...
  • S. Baptists Back Woman in White House, Not Pulpit

    10/02/2008 9:00:55 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 11 replies · 403+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Oct. 02, 2008 | Mike Baker
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Within the nation's largest Protestant denomination, a woman may not lead a church or a home. But prominent Southern Baptists see nothing wrong with Sarah Palin serving as vice president — or perhaps even commander-in-chief someday. In other words: A woman can run the White House, just not her own house. Republican presidential nominee John McCain's selection of the Alaska governor as his running mate — the first female on the party's ticket in history — has thrilled conservative Christians. It also has led Southern Baptist congregations and seminary students to confront their beliefs about the role...
  • Where does Great Commission rank among Southern Baptists?

    10/02/2008 8:56:01 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 6 replies · 290+ views
    One News Now ^ | 10/2/2008 | Allie Martin
    The president of the Southern Baptist Convention says the denomination must correct what he sees as a drift from a Great Commission. Dr. Johnny Hunt made his comments during his first presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee in Nashville. Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia, said the denomination is fragmented and must make proclaiming the gospel first priority. He adds that the drift from the Great Commission is evident in the declining baptisms in the SBC. Hunt believes the time has come for greater camaraderie in the denomination and an emphasis on reaching...
  • Church baptizes 120 people in 1 night

    09/10/2008 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Baptist Press News ^ | Sep 9, 2008 | Connie Davis Bushey
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP)--A church in Tennessee baptized 120 people in one night following an evangelism emphasis called "As You Go," which challenged church members to choose a non-Christian and then pray for that person, develop a relationship and present the Gospel. New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., draws about 2,400 people to four weekend services. A few months ago they held a call to prayer and fasting as part of the As You Go emphasis. Participants were challenged to fast one day and show up that evening in the church sanctuary to pray for the people they had committed...