• State resistance to marriage ruling dissipates

    by David Roach, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three days after the U.S. Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage nationwide, all 50 states have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and instances of publicized resistance by government officials seem confined largely to the South.

    Some gay marriage proponents have advocated building on the court's ruling by legalizing polygamous marriages and abolishing tax exemptions for religious institutions. Read More

  • Frank Page: Be God-empowered in a fallen culture

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (12 hours ago)

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- Long before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page had planned to preach a sermon at Living Hope Baptist Church on "Finding Hope in a Fallen Culture."

    "Pastor Jay Pettus, who is away on sabbatical, had enlisted me to preach probably a year or more ago," Page told Baptist Press, "asking me to preach on how to have hope in a [post-]Christian, postmodern culture. Read More

  • Long-term view needed, Moore says of marriage

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (13 hours ago)

    "[W]e have to be the people who keep the light lit to the old ways when it comes to marriage and family." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Advocates for the biblical view of marriage should prepare for a lengthy effort to restore the institution to its rightful place, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said on CBS' "Face the Nation" June 28.

    Christians and their allies need "to take a page from the pro-life movement and see this as a long-term strategy," Moore said Read More

  • Bus crash survivors return home

    by Brian Blackwell/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (14 hours ago)

    Photo by Brian Blackwell
    DEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Twenty-four living miracles returned back to their church late Saturday (June 27), nearly 30 hours after surviving a serious bus accident in Florida on the way to a church camp.

    Those students and adult chaperons, along with nearly 40 other students and adults, walked into Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville, La., to a roar of applause, welcome home signs, balloons and plenty of hugs with their loved ones. Read More

  • Future of missions spotlighted by CP panel

    by Karen L. Willoughby and Bonnie Pritchett, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (16 hours ago)

    Photo by Bill Bangham
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- David Platt of the International Mission Board and Kevin Ezell of the North American Mission Board addressed during a panel discussion the future of Southern Baptist missions and the two organization's efforts to work more closely together.

    The two mission agency presidents spoke for 20 minutes on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibits area of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio. Read More

  • Connect 316 meets, honors Jerry Vines

    by Norm Miller, posted Monday, June 29, 2015 (13 hours ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Celebrating the "traditional Southern Baptist understanding of God's plan of salvation," Connect 316 executive director Rick Patrick said the group will "stand in our own stream and gladly fish for the souls of men" during the C316 dinner in Columbus, Ohio.

    The gathering drew more than 200 to its meeting in the Greater Columbus Convention Center June 16 during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Read More