• LifeWay pulls Hatmaker books over LGBT views

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (15 hours ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has discontinued resources featuring bestselling Bible study author Jen Hatmaker just days after she voiced approval of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle.

    "In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage -- changes which contradict LifeWay's doctrinal guidelines," LifeWay told Baptist Press today (Oct. 27). "As a result, LifeWay has discontinued selling her resources." Read More

  • Bivocational minister refuses to turn over sermons

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (16 hours ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- A bivocational lay minister and physician is refusing to give the state of Georgia copies of his past sermons in a legal suit alleging the state fired him as health director because of his religious beliefs.

    Eric Walsh will not comply with the district court's request for his sermons and relevant notes because he believes the court has exceeded its authority in the request, he said in an Oct. 26 press release from his counsel, First Liberty Institute. Read More

  • Alistair Begg delivers Spurgeon Lectures at MBTS

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (17 hours ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Pastors must follow Charles H. Spurgeon's example by living a life of conviction, humility, integrity and an intense "longing of his heart to see men and women come to Christ," noted Alistair Begg during the fourth annual Spurgeon Lectures on Biblical Preaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Begg, a popular evangelical pastor of Cleveland-area Parkside Church, delivered his lectures at the seminary's Kansas City, Mo., campus on Oct. 18-19. Begg was also inducted by MBTS President Jason Allen as the school's fourth Spurgeon Fellow. The lectures were held about a year after the dedication of the seminary's Spurgeon Library and Jenkins Hall. Read More

  • Email tells news from coffee shop visit months ago

    by Alex Sibley, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (17 hours ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- When Brandon Kiesling checked his email, he discovered a message from a man he met on a mission trip to Australia more than a year earlier.

    "You most probably don't remember who I am," Todd wrote to Kiesling in late September, "but we spent an afternoon together and discussed certain misgivings I had regarding Christian theology." Kiesling, instructor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, recalled the conversation, remembering that they spent several hours in a coffee shop speaking about the Christian faith. Read More

  • Sharing Christ's love with Hindu friends

    by J. Brennan, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (17 hours ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Anyone who has shared the Gospel with a follower of Hinduism will likely be familiar with a common refrain something like this: "Yes, what you are sharing is very much like what I believe. I also believe in Jesus. You see, all religions are different paths to the same God."

    Our reaction might be to promptly set about showing how it's just not true. We display our Western logic to prove that the gods are not the same and that Christ is supreme. Read More

  • Bible Study: Oct. 30, 2016

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, October 27, 2016 (16 hours ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • Past elections: 'dire' Christian predictions not new

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- During the presidential campaign of 1800, Christian opponents of candidate Thomas Jefferson warned he "abhors the Christian system" and if elected, might send troops to seize Christians' Bibles.

    In 1860, Abraham Lincoln's election was thought by some Southern Baptist leaders to threaten fundamental American liberties. A century later, the presidential campaign elicited the Chicago Sun-Times headline "Southern Baptists Tell Why They Are Attacking Kennedy." Read More