• new - an hour ago

    Scouts' vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (an hour ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Boy Scouts of America's executive board has voted to lift the Scouts' national ban on gay adult leaders and employees -- a move Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said may hasten the exodus of Southern Baptists from Scouting.

    Sadly and regrettably, I believe churches who stand on the biblical ethic of sexuality will have to cease their sponsorship and involvement in the Boy Scouts of America," Floyd told Baptist Press in written comments. ... Read More

  • new - 4 hours ago

    More than 13,000 registered for Send Conference

    by Joe Conway, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    File photo by Susan Whitley/NAMB
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 22 students from The Church at Lifepark had no idea they would be the first of thousands. Student minister Paul Coleman registered his Mount Pleasant, S.C., group for the 2015 Send North America Conference when online reservations opened last year. More than 13,000 people have followed their lead.

    The conference, to be hosted at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Aug. 3-4, is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. Read More

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    Penalized cake bakers garner faith-based funding

    by Sarah Padbury/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (an hour ago)

    Photo from sweetcakesweb.com
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Christians looking to raise funds for religious liberty causes have a crowdfunding option -- Continue to Give (CTG) -- that won't kick them off the site for defending their faith.

    In April, the crowdfunding site GoFundMe halted a campaign raising money for Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore. Oregon's labor commissioner found the couple guilty of violating state anti-discrimination laws when they refused to bake a cake for a same-sex commitment ceremony and ordered them to pay $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple. For the Kleins, their next legal step is the state Court of Appeals. Read More

  • new - 4 hours ago

    Basketball gives entrée to inner-city's young men

    by Sharon Mager/BaptistLIFE, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo by Sharon Mager
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Curiosity was mounting on a sweltering late afternoon at the basketball courts at Gilmore Homes in Baltimore's Sandtown neighborhood. As young men played hoops, a tall African American man strolled onto the scene along with members from several Baltimore-area churches.

    The young men didn't know the visitor was Ray Sydnor. A former Philadelphia Eagles player, Sydnor's status went unrecognized -- but the crowd took note of the free food and cold drinks that soon arrived. Read More

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    First-year church plant giving back

    by Meredith Yackel, posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo courtesy Garth Leno
    WINDSOR, Ontario, Canada (BP) -- After more than 30 years in ministry, pastor Garth Leno stepped down from his role at his church of 10 years, not knowing what his next steps would be. A few months later, he helped form The Gathering.

    "We started out as just a small group," Leno said of the church in Windsor, Ontario. "We met at my house on Saturday nights for Bible study, and within just a few months, we completely outgrew the living room." Read More

  • 1 month later: Evangelicals continue marriage advocacy

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 27, 2015 (yesterday)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A month after the Supreme Court's nationwide legalization of gay marriage, evangelicals continued raising objections to the ruling.

    Commentators to offer analysis included National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Director Rick Lance, Christian authors and speakers Rosaria Butterfield and Christopher Yuan, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Provost Jason Duesing. Read More