• Houston sermon subpoenas unite Baptists

    by Tom Strode & Bonnie Pritchett, posted Friday, October 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom -- that the government should not subpoena sermons.

    Baptists on both sides of a divide from the days of the conservative resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) urged Houston Mayor Annise Parker in a letter Thursday (Oct. 16) to concede that the city's subpoenas of sermons and other pastoral communications were wrong and will not be repeated. ... Read More

  • Death sentence upheld for Pakistani mother

    by Staff/ Morning Star News, posted Friday, October 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

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    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- In spite of protests within Pakistan and abroad against the country's blasphemy laws, the Lahore High Court upheld Thursday (Oct. 16) the death sentence for a Christian mother accused of insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad.

    Aasiya Noreen, commonly known as Asia Bibi, is the first woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan. The mother of five was arrested in June 2009 after Muslim co-workers beat her when she refused to convert to Islam; her death sentence was announced in November 2010. Read More

  • Mission:Dignity payouts increase to recipients

    by Judy A. Bates, posted Friday, October 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Mission:Dignity recipients received a welcome increase in their October assistance payments with the neediest among them seeing their monthly grant amounts grow by 12 percent to $450 for singles and $600 for couples.

    Qualified individuals receiving the largest payouts must have at least 25 years of Southern Baptist ministerial service and must meet guidelines for income and assets. Eligible recipients with at least 10 years of full-time, salaried Southern Baptist service receive $225 per month, if single, and couples receive $300. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SEBTS reports fifth year of record enrollment

    by SEBTS Communications , posted Friday, October 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

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    WAKE FOREST (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees heard reports on the seminary's fifth year of record enrollment, its Kingdom Diversity campaign, and celebrated surpassing its $50 million campaign during their fall meeting. They also honored the seminary's director of planned giving for 25 years of service. Read More

  • It wasn't what he expected as a boy

    by Robert Chapman, posted Friday, October 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- He grew up in a society that was not particularly hostile.

    Baptists, Presbyterians and Methodists comprised the religious diversity a young R. Albert Mohler Jr. experienced in Lakeland, Fla.

    "That was the culture that I grew up in as a little boy. I don't think I knew anyone who didn't go to church," Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said during a Heritage Week chapel service at the Louisville, Ky., campus. Read More