• God & inaugurations: Baptists continue tradition

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The participation of at least five Southern Baptist pastors in inaugural activities for President Donald Trump continues a tradition of prayer, Scripture and references to God surrounding presidential inaugurations dating back to George Washington.

    Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress preached today (Jan. 20) at a private worship service for the families of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at St. John's Church near the White House. The service is a pre-inauguration tradition dating back to the 1933 inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt, according to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Read More

  • Trump pledges 'America first' in inaugural speech

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Americans will once again come first in their own country, Donald Trump said Friday (Jan. 20) after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

    In his 16-minute inaugural speech, Trump told the crowd gathered on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the national mall, "What truly matters is not which party controls the government but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20, 2017, will be known as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again." Read More

  • Inauguration day: The Christian response

    by Steve Gaines, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

    "The fact is Mr. Trump won the election. In doing so, he earned the right to serve for the next four years as President of the United States," writes Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. "Consequently, it is incumbent upon every Bible-believing Christian to pray that the Lord will bless and guide him and his family in the coming days and years." Read More

  • SANCTITY OF LIFE: Pro-life, anti-poverty

    by Katie McCoy, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    If we're going to speak up for the unborn, we have to speak up for the poor," writes Katie McCoy assistant professor of theology in women's studies at the College at Southwestern, the undergraduate school of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. "If we're really going to be pro-life, we must also be anti-poverty." Read More

  • What should churches do to protect human life?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches must be intentional in protecting the lives of the unborn and caring for the most vulnerable among us, leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention said as the SBC prepares to observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Jan. 22.

    John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention and SBC recording secretary, expressed hope for the reversal of elective abortion rights when he called churches to action in a blogpost on the MBC website. Read More

  • LifeWay releases new Christian Standard Bible

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources released its newly revised Bible translation this week. The full text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is available at www.CSBible.com, with print versions releasing in early March.

    As a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), the CSB balances linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English. Read More

  • Pew: Trump deemed good for conservative Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Conservative Christians will gain influence under President-elect Donald Trump's term, more than half of respondents polled in a Pew Research study believe.

    Conversely, Hispanics, the poor, and gays and lesbians will lose influence under Trump, a majority of those polled told Pew. Nearly half of respondents said African Americans and women are poised to lose.

    "The public's assessments of the groups that will gain and lose influence in Trump's presidency are sharply different than before Barack Obama took office eight years ago," Pew said in its findings released Jan. 18. "In many cases, they mirror views of expected 'winners' and 'losers' under George W. Bush before he took office in January 2001." Read More