August 22, 2014


NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans say religious liberty is important, but they don't always agree on how much liberty is enough or too much.

Religious liberty is the issue at the heart of the upcoming Supreme Court hearings between Hobby Lobby and the Obama Administration over the HHS contraceptive mandate. It's a dispute that is unlikely to go away, no matter what the Supreme Court decides. Read More

Ronnie Floyd to be SBC president nominee
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the SBC annual meeting this June, seminary president R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced today (Feb. 20). Read More
Patterson: care for the immigrants among us
DALLAS (BP) -- "Santo, santo, santo ... yo quiero verte," Spanish lyrics to Michael W. Smith's "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord," resounded throughout the sanctuary of Nueva Vida (New Life) Baptist Church in Dallas as about 400 people participated in the Pray4Reform service sponsored by New Life and the Evangelical Immigration Table. Read More
Anti-Christian violence detailed in hearing
LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Some of the worst anti-Christian violence in recent years has come not from Islamic extremists but from Hindu nationalists in India, an expert told a hearing in which U.S. President Barack Obama was challenged to quickly fill a key religious freedom post. Read More
Clayton promoted to CP vice presidency
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Longtime Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee employee C. Ashley Clayton is now vice president for Cooperative Program and Stewardship Development, SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page has announced. Read More

First Person
Diana Davis
FIRST-PERSON: When 'hello' is not enough
Take steps to greet church visitors with more than a polite hello or glad-you-came, columnist Diana Davis advises. "Make a personal commitment to intentionally 'connect' with one guest every Sunday," she writes, whether "in the parking lot, foyer, nursery, hallway, worship service."
Eric Geiger
FIRST-PERSON: A tragic neglect
It can be tragic if a church fails to develop a healthy discipleship ministry along with its worship ministry, Eric Geiger, a LifeWay Christian Resources vice president, cautions.



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