Catholics' revised report shows 'deep division'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Differences between the interim and final reports from a meeting of Catholic bishops in Rome reflect "deep division" within the church's hierarchy regarding homosexuality, a seminary professor has noted.
"Deep division appears obvious," Jeffrey Riley, professor of ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press in written comments. "How broad the division is difficult to say. ... Some bishops appear captured by western cultural notions that stress sexual freedom rather than a freedom that comes by obeying the clear teaching of Scripture." Read More
Marriage equality advocate visits seminary classFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ethics professor Evan Lenow recognized the risk of inviting Michael Saltsman, co-founder of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, to his classroom to discuss whether evangelicals should support same-sex marriage. But he also viewed it as a learning opportunity for those called to ministry.
Lenow and Saltsman dialogued on the topic during Lenow's Bible & Moral Issues class at the seminary Oct. 15. Read More
Boko Haram truce, girls' release unlikely
BORNO STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- Divisions within Boko Haram weaken the credibility of a reported cease-fire announced Friday (Oct. 17) to secure the release of more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April, an expert in Nigerian relations told Baptist Press. Read More
Jack Graham named honorary prayer chairmanPLANO, Texas (BP) -- The National Day of Prayer Task Force has named Jack Graham, who served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as honorary chairman for the 2015 National Day of Prayer.
Graham leads the 37,000-member Prestonwood Baptist Church, which includes three locations in the Dallas area. He is also the voice of PowerPoint Ministries, a radio and television broadcast ministry from the Prestonwood pulpit that shares the Gospel throughout the world. Read More