2013: Marriage Marred

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  • FIRST-PERSON: An evangelical war on marriage?

    by David E. Prince, posted Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Evangelicals have undercut marriage by an overemphasis on education and career, seminary professor David Prince writes. "Christian marriage and the glorious Gospel it represents liberates them from the ball and chain of trying to live the American dream," he contends. Read More

  • State judges, legislators weigh gay marriage

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 17, 2013 (4 years ago)

    "At the end of all of this, though, will be a basic human longing to know whether marriage is rooted in something more permanent than court decrees or culture shifts."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Judges and legislators are preparing to determine the definition of legal marriage in a variety of states.

    Whether same-sex unions should be recognized as marriages soon will be weighed by government officials in New Jersey, New Mexico, Hawaii and Michigan. ... Read More

  • Air Force, sergeant dispute his reassignment

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, October 11, 2013 (4 years ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO (BP) -- Attorneys for a senior enlisted airman at Lackland Air Force Base say a military investigation that closed on Wednesday (Oct. 9) made false assertions, leaving questions about the veracity of the investigation. Read More

  • Craig James taking Fox Sports to court

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, October 07, 2013 (4 years ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- Former Fox Sports broadcaster Craig James is pursuing legal action against the network, contending that his Sept. 2 termination stems from his religious beliefs. Read More

  • N.J. ruling is latest stab at marriage

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, October 01, 2013 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A New Jersey judge has legalized same-sex marriage in the state, providing another victory in the growing movement to expand the legal definition of an institution previously limited to a man and a woman. Read More

  • Baptist chaplaincy rules called consistent with military policy

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- New guidelines from the North American Mission Board prohibiting Southern Baptist military chaplains from officiating same-sex marriage ceremonies and counseling same-sex couples reflect the Southern Baptist Convention's most basic understanding of separation of church and state, Russell D. Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said in an online video dialogue Sept. 19.

    Moore's dialogue with Andrew Walker, the ERLC's director of policy studies, came after several former military chaplains and a group of atheists criticized the new guidelines. Some said SBC chaplains should resign because they would be unable to fulfill their duties among all service members.

    Moore, however, noted, "We have liberal Baptist groups who for many, many years have talked about religious liberty and separation of church and state now saying we need an established religion that says the sexual revolution is now codified and the government ought to enforce it.

    "What essentially is happening is we're calling for the separation of church and state, to be able to say chaplaincy isn't a subset of the military," Moore said in the dialogue posted at the ERLC website. "Instead, what the military is doing -- having chaplains -- is to enable people in the military to freely exercise their religion. It is not just a post of some kind of American civil religion. That is why we don't just have a vague, generic, least-common-denominator chaplain."

    It is also why Mormons, Buddhists, Catholics, Jews and Muslims have military chaplains, Moore said.

    In addition to prohibiting participation in same-sex marriage ceremonies and counseling same-sex couples, NAMB guidelines now include explicit statements that Southern Baptist chaplains will practice ministry in light of the biblical definition of marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime," as described in the SBC Baptist Faith and Message.

    The guidelines also state that Southern Baptists view all sexual immorality as sin that violates God's biblical standards for purity and that "responsible pastoral care will seek to offer repentance and forgiveness, help and healing, and restoration through the mercy and grace of Jesus Christ's sacrificial gift of love on the cross."

    Finally, Southern Baptist military chaplains are prohibited from participating in jointly-led worship services "with a chaplain, contractor or volunteer who personally practices a homosexual lifestyle or affirms a homosexual lifestyle or such conduct."

    NAMB guidelines acknowledge that Southern Baptist chaplains serve in a pluralistic setting but expect, under U.S. Department of Defense guidelines, that the rights and freedoms of chaplains will be protected so they may "preach, teach and counsel in accordance with the tenets of their denominational faith group and their own religious conscience" while treating all others with dignity, respect and Christ-like love.

    (For the Baptist Press story Aug. 30, "NAMB guidelines for military chaplains updated to address same-sex unions," click here.)

    Walker said in the video dialog that NAMB found it necessary to offer a more precise statement of its chaplaincy guidelines in a "post-DOMA" world created by the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June.

    "We're very concerned about our chaplains offering a proper witness -- a Christ-like witness -- that respects all individuals in the military but also holds firm to Southern Baptist doctrine," Walker said.

    Walker also said there is "nothing condemning about the regulations." But not everyone agrees. Read More

  • Marriage bill would guard religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 (4 years ago)

    "As Americans, we may disagree about sexual morality or even about the definition of marriage, but we have a First Amendment that guarantees freedom of conscience and the free exercise of religion to everyone."

    -– Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- New legislation designed to protect freedom of conscience regarding the definition of marriage should receive support even from legislators who favor same-sex unions, says Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Our endangered foundations

    by Don Walton, posted Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (4 years ago)

    Evangelist and pastor Don Walton predicts that legalization of same-sex marriage threatens to destroy America's "three God-ordained foundations." Read More

  • Walmart extends benefits to same-sex partners

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, September 03, 2013 (4 years ago)

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BP) -- Walmart will offer health benefits for married and unmarried same-sex partners of all full-time employees in the United States starting in January, the nation's largest private employer has announced. Read More