Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 states

At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.

A Gideons Bible -- borrowed & primed for witness

Carlos Meza picked up a Gideons Bible at his hotel room to carry to Louisiana Baptists' evangelism conference -- a "seeming 'chance' occurrence would provide a divine opportunity."

LGBT education pushed for British toddlers

Britain's largest teachers' union thinks toddlers should be included in expanded compulsory LGBT education programs.
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    Pastor's call to baptism fans 'sparks of revival'

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (4 hours ago)

    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Shane Hale says in hindsight he can see God's hand in it.

    Hale's a realtor who sold a house to Alan Floyd as Floyd was moving to Mobile, Ala., to pastor Cottage Hill Baptist Church four and a half years ago.

    "I wasn't in church then," Hale said. "But fast forward a few years and I recently found myself in a rough spot in life and decided it was time to get myself back on track." Read More

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    Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (3 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans appear to have a positive view of the Bible. And many say Scripture is filled with moral lessons for today.

    However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible, a study released today (April 25) by LifeWay Research shows. Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading Scripture each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, according to the survey that the research firm conducted this past fall. Read More

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    'Apocryphal' gospels examined by Gathercole at MBTS

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (39 minutes ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- British scholar Simon Gathercole led a two-lecture series at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary entitled, "What the 10 Gospels say about Jesus' Death and Resurrection," and "What the 10 Gospels say about Jesus, the Jewish Messiah."

    The series was part of the seminary's annual Sizemore Lectures on April 18-19. The event featured Gathercole as keynote speaker. Read More

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    Fred Powell, behind-the-scenes stalwart, dies at 86

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (41 minutes ago)

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (BP) -- Fred Powell, a behind-the-scenes leader during the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence, died April 24 in Johnson County, Kan., where he was in hospice care. He was 86.

    Powell became the top aide to Charles Stanley shortly after the Atlanta pastor was elected as SBC president in 1984 ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SEBTS reports gains in minority enrollment

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 24, 2017 (yesterday)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the biannual meetings of the board of trustees and Southeastern Society April 16-18 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.

    President Danny Akin, reviewing key accomplishments at the seminary, noted to the trustees and Southeastern Society donor supporters that enrollment has increased to 3,580 students. Minority enrollment has grown from 10 percent to 16 percent in the past five years, Akin said, with the Hispanic student population having tripled and African American population doubled. Read More

  • U.S. entry to WWI remembered as chaplaincy catalyst

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 24, 2017 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of the United States' entry to World War I is also, says former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, the 100th anniversary of when "the U.S. military chaplaincy came into its own ... as a distinct branch of the Armed Services."

    Among Southern Baptists, April 2017 additionally marks the 100th anniversary of the North American Mission Board's assignment to coordinate Southern Baptist Convention participation in U.S. military chaplaincy -- initially under the auspices of NAMB's precursor, the Home Mission Board. Read More

  • SBC Phoenix: 'Pray! For such a time as this'

    by Shawn Hendricks & David Roach, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (4 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- As this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches, SBC President Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism and financial stewardship at the June 13-14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held.

    This year's annual meeting theme is "Pray! For such a time as this" based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. Gaines hopes that through a commitment "to fervent, frequent, faith-filled prayer," the SBC will become "a catalyst for spiritual awakening and revival." Read More

  • Pastors' Conference to spotlight Philippians

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 21, 2017 (4 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference president Dave Miller doesn't expect attendees of this year's sessions to recognize the names of all 12 conference preachers.

    But that's OK, he said, because the preachers' names aren't the focus. With the theme "above every name," the June 11-12 gathering is centered on 12 pastors of average-sized Southern Baptist churches preaching through the biblical book of Philippians to exalt Jesus' name. Read More