KBC's Woods to chair 2019 SBC Resolutions Committee

Kentucky Baptist leader Curtis Woods has been named chairman of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee, SBC President J.D. Greear announced today (Jan. 22).

Southern Baptists march for life in Washington

Southern Baptists joined tens of thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C.

MOVIES: Oscar's diminishing worth

Movie critic Phil Boatwright notes that contemporary Hollywood continues to "plunge us further into decadence, while ignoring the most profound use of the arts -- the glorification of our Creator."

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    Breaking down walls, Detroit Baptists honor MLK

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (2 hours ago)

    Photo from Roland Caldwell
    DETROIT (BP) -- Not far from Eight Mile Road, a historic racial dividing line in Detroit, more than 100 diverse Southern Baptist pastors, state leaders and laypersons worshipped together on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

    The 7 p.m. service marked a milestone for 78-year-old African American pastor Robert Coverson, the event's preacher, who marched in Detroit with King during the civil rights movement. Many suburban residents are afraid to cross Eight Mile Road and venture into the deep inner city during the day, Coverson said, let alone after dark.

    "I saw last night God touching the hearts of people and I saw walls falling," Coverson told Baptist Press the next morning. "I saw hearts being tenderized for the idea of we are our brother's keeper. I saw a new love relationship starting. It was awesome." Read More

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    Pregnancy center saving lives, reaching souls

    by Rudy Gray/Baptist Courier, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (an hour ago)

    SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP) -- This spring, Alexia Newman will celebrate 30 years as director of Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, one of the largest crisis pregnancy care centers in South Carolina.

    When she interviewed for the job in April 1989, she did not even know it was a pro-life ministry. "I had to ask before I would continue. I did not know anything about crisis pregnancies," she said. Since then she has become a seasoned veteran, heading a ministry that saves lives and reaches people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    What has characterized her tenure at such a demanding post when the average stay of a director is less than three years? Read More

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    Supreme Court declines football coach's appeal

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD, posted Wednesday, January 23, 2019 (an hour ago)

    WASHINGTON(BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Jan. 22) declined the appeal of a former high school football coach who was fired for praying on the field after games. But the justices appeared to leave open several possible avenues for Coach Joe Kennedy to keep fighting for his First Amendment rights.

    Kennedy lost his coaching job at Bremerton High School in Washington state in 2015 after he disobeyed school officials who ordered him to end his longtime ritual of kneeling at the 50-yard line to pray at the end of games. Kennedy sued, saying the school had violated his right to free speech, but lower courts -- including the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals -- ruled against him. See related story. Read More

  • Life not a partisan issue, EFL speakers say

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (yesterday)

    Photo by Karen McCutcheon
    VIENNA, Va. (BP) -- The sanctity and dignity of human life call for non-partisan support and a broad approach, speakers said on the final day of the 2019 Evangelicals for Life conference.

    Participants at the fourth annual event sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) heard speakers and panelists Jan. 17 address not only abortion but such topics as adoption, Christian persecution, refugees, immigrants, criminal justice reform and racial reconciliation. The two-day conference was held at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. Read More

  • Moore at EFL: Dignity, Gospel needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Karen McCutcheon
    VIENNA, Va. (BP)-- Human dignity and Gospel mission should characterize the Christian voice at a time when people are treated like machines, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said at Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 17).

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, opened the second day of the annual conference sponsored by the ERLC. The two-day event at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C., continued with a full day of addresses, panel discussions and breakout sessions on such topics as abortion, adoption, disability, racial unity, immigration, Christian persecution and criminal justice reform.

    Many EFL attendees planned to participate in the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 18) on the National Mall. Read More

  • SCOTUS: Trump's ban on trans military service stands

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, January 22, 2019 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22) to allow the enforcement of President Trump's ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions.

    The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except "under certain limited circumstances," according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 and then tweaked in March 2018 to help it pass through lower courts attempting to block it. See related Baptist Press report. Read More