• Former homosexuals: Gospel approach needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (21 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Evangelical Christians need to change their approach to the hot-button issues of homosexuality and marriage, thinking with a Gospel focus and practicing Gospel community, participants in a national conference were told Tuesday (Oct. 28).

    Southern Baptist leaders, former practicing homosexuals and others provided guidance to a crowd of about 1,300 registrants on the second day of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's first national conference, "The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage." The event at Opryland Retreat and Conference Center concluded Wednesday (Oct. 29). Read More

  • Pope's evolution claims 'frustrating'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (19 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pope Francis' comments that evolution and the big bang theory do not conflict with Christian doctrine have drawn varied responses from evangelical commentators, with some saying he has departed from Scripture and others claiming he made at least some valid points. Read More

  • CA Baptists assess affiliation process

    by Holly Smith & Terry Barone, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (19 hours ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2014 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting weighed in on several issues including motions regarding church affiliation, a 2015 proposed budget and Cooperative Program objective, and amendments to the CSBC Constitution and Bylaws. Read More

  • N.M. Baptists stress 'Standing Strong'

    by John Loudat, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (21 hours ago)

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    DEMING, N.M. (BP) -- With "Standing Strong" as the theme of this year's annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico Oct. 21-22, messengers chose to take a stand in support of five Houston pastors entangled in a battle over a homosexual-transgender rights ordinance. Read More

  • SWBTS notes enrollment gain, new scholarship

    by Alex Sibley, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (21 hours ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected new faculty members, appointed faculty to six new academic chairs and approved new music degrees for the College at Southwestern during their Oct. 22 fall meeting. Read More

  • MBTS marks record enrollment, donor gifts

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (19 hours ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Reports of record enrollment and donor gifts and a new Spurgeon Center for Biblical Preaching were relayed to Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees during their Oct. 20 meeting at the Kansas City, Mo., campus. Read More