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Pro-lifers pray, protest at mega abortion clinic in Houston
HOUSTON (BP)--As two African American organizations gathered Jan. 18 on separate parade routes in Houston to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a diverse gathering in a third location called attention to what they said is the new issue of the civil rights movement -- the sanctity of human life -- a cause they declared would have been championed by the late civil rights leader.Speakers over the course of the two-day gathering in Houston included Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; Abby Johnson, former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic; Harry Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church in Washington, D.C., and a leader in the black conservative movement; and many others from across the nation.To commemorate the King holiday, the event included leaders of the African American and Hispanic Christian communities who charged Planned Parenthood with targeting minority populations. Planned Parenthood Federation is nearing completion in Houston of what organizers said would be the nation's largest abortion-providing clinic.
Attempts to contact Planned Parenthood Houston/Southeast Texas for a response went unanswered.
Land called the new facility a "monstrosity" and others said the site of the clinic is no coincidence but merely representative of the racist ideals held by the organization's late founder, Margaret Sanger. At the very least, Land said, the location is "making the taking of human life more convenient." Read More
Haiti relief pipeline opening, military saysPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP)--Conditions on the ground in Haiti are very difficult, a member of Southern Baptists' joint assessment team reported from Port-au-Prince Jan. 20. A U.S. military commander, however, said important progress has been made on enlarging the conduit for relief shipments into the quake-ravaged island nation. Read More
Chan Gailey carries faith back to NFLBUFFALO, N.Y. (BP)--Chan Gailey, who held firm in his faith during a two-year stint as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, is taking the helm of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Read More
GCR chairman: 'difficult decisions ahead'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The chairman of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force is asking for Southern Baptists to be in a "concentrated" time of prayer as members of the task force meet Jan. 26-28 in San Antonio to make "many difficult decisions" regarding its report to the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More
No. of suspected church arsons reaches 9
TYLER, Texas (BP)--Early Wednesday saw two additional church fires in East Texas, bringing to nine the number of suspected arsons to churches in the region since Jan. 1.
Federal investigators are working with state and local authorities in seeking clues to the string of blazes in Smith, Van Zandt and Henderson counties.
According to the Associated Press, a fire at the Bethesda House of Prayer in Lindale, north of Tyler, Texas, was contained Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, firefighters fo... Read More
PROP 8 TRIAL, Day 7 summary: prof says religion 'chief obstacle' to gay progress
SAN FRANCISCO (BP)--A Stanford University professor Wednesday criticized the traditional beliefs on marriage by Southern Baptists and Catholics, saying during the California Prop 8 federal trial that "religion is the chief obstacle" to political progress by homosexuals.
The trial before U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco could last several weeks and will determine whether California was within its rights to prohibit "gay marriage" in 2008 by adopting Prop 8. The case likely... Read More
SWBTS obtains Dead Sea Scrolls fragments
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Pieces from what many scholars argue is the greatest archaeological discovery of the 20th century have found a permanent residence at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Southwestern trustee Gary Loveless presented President Paige Patterson with the collection during a seminary chapel service Jan. 20.
Loveless, founder and CEO of Square Mile Energy in Houston, provided the lead gift for the purchase of the fragments, which were acquir... Read More
GGBTS: Classes launched in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (BP)--Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is offering two eight-week classes in Las Vegas during the spring semester.
The classes are Foundations for Ministry with Gary McCoy and Basic Evangelism with Jim Wilson, both professors at the Mill Valley, Calif.-based seminary.
"Golden Gate Seminary is delighted to come to Las Vegas to offer seminary training," Jeff Iorg, Golden Gate's president, said. "Our goal is to provide contextualized seminary training in the West so tha... Read More
SEBTS: Confer. spotlights creation care ...
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--The connection between God's creation and His image-bearers was the topic of a Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary conference titled "Creation Care: A Theology of Creation Stewardship.
Among the topics: historical approaches by Christians to creation care; the current need for good stewardship; and various issues related to creation care.
The conference was sponsored by Southeastern's L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and consisted of four major sp... Read More
SBTS: Mohler appointed to Schaeffer chair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been appointed to the Francis Schaeffer Chair of Cultural Apologetics at the World Journalism Institute at The King's College in New York City.
As the holder of the Francis Schaeffer chair, Mohler will give a series of lectures to the World Journalism Institute students at its multi-week course on convergence journalism in May in New York. This will be the second series of lectures by Mohler ... Read More
NOBTS: Prof -- relationships reach the lost
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--It's a theological issue that determines whether a church grows or a church declines: "whether or not they believe that people are lost," Gary McIntosh, a professor of Christian ministry and leadership, said.
"[I]f people are lost, then they need to be found. If they're not lost, then they don't need to be found. That makes a big difference in how we do church."
McIntosh, who teaches at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, Calif., spoke at New Or... Read More
SWBTS: Students aid NASCAR ministry
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary are a vital part of the work of Texas Alliance Raceway Ministries, which serves racing fans at the Texas Motor Speedway.
A team from the seminary passed out fliers for a Saturday night concert by a local country and gospel band as well as for campground church services on Sunday, the day of the NASCAR Dickies 500. As they found opportunities, they shared their faith in Christ.
"With the economy as it is, we'... Read More
MBTS: 'Confronting Postmodernism'
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--"Truth isn't a matter of taste, value or style," Steve Lemke noted at a "Confronting Postmodernism" workshop at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.
"It's not a matter of one's comfort with the truth," said Lemke, provost and professor of philosophy and ethics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
"When a postmodernist says truth is relative, he or she is still admitting a truth that they hold," Lemke said.
Lemke, Ted Cabal of S... Read More
NOBTS: Dutch archeologist recounts discovery of Solomon's Temple
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Without digging a single shovel of dirt, archaeologist Leen Ritmeyer found the location of Solomon's Temple with a keen eye, biblical and historical knowledge and a tape measure.
Later, Ritmeyer became one of the leading scholars in Temple Mount research. And it all started with one unique stone.
Ritmeyer, a Dutch architect and archaeologist, was the featured speaker at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Manual Family Lectures on Archaeology and the Bible in m... Read More
SWBTS: Scholar counters attacks on existence of Solomon's kingdom
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Contesting the views of revisionist scholars, world-renowned archaeologist William G. Dever defended the existence of an Israelite state in Palestine during the 10th century B.C., the biblical era of Solomon's reign.
Dever, a leading figure in biblical archaeology for nearly half a century, was the guest speaker for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's Biblical Archaeology Lecture sponsored by the seminary's Charles D. Tandy Archaeology Museum and Tandy Instit... Read More