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Chick-fil-A stands firm during gay clamor, gains supportNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A decision by a local Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A restaurant to donate food to a pro-biblical marriage seminar has sparked controversy in the homosexual community and caused a university to pull the franchise's food, but it also has led to an outpouring of support from Chick-fil-A's customers as the company has refused to back down.
At issue is the donation of food to a marriage enrichment seminar sponsored by the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Although the "Art of Marriage" seminar itself has little if anything to do with politics and "gay marriage" -- ads say the video-guided seminar will "help couples apply what the Bible teaches about marriage" -- the fact that the Pennsylvania Family Institute has taken positions opposing "gay marriage" has led some in the homosexual community to say they'll take their business elsewhere. The video curriculum wasn't created by the Pennsylvania Family Institute but by FamilyLife, an Arkansas-based pro-family group.
Chick-fil-A's ties to biblical values are no secret. The restaurants are closed on Sundays, and Chick-fil-A's own website says its corporate purpose is, in part, "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us." Chick-fil-A's founder, Truett Cathy, is a lifelong Southern Baptist and longtime member of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Jonesboro. The restaurant is popular among Christian families.
So far, no major homosexual group has urged a boycott, although a petition at the liberal website Change.org -- urging the local franchise not to support the event -- has gained 25,000 signatures. One school, Indiana University at South Bend, chose to pull Chick-fil-A sandwiches from its lunch menu before reversing itself. Read More
Church planting 'a significant priority,' seminary leader saysMILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, believes he has heard God's call on his life five times during his 52 years, but the call 20 years ago to plant a church was the ultimate. Read More
As CP giving rebounded, so did congregationMONTANA CITY, Mont. (BP)--South Hills Baptist Fellowship in Montana City, Mont., got its start 14 years ago with help from the Cooperative Program, but it didn't take the congregation long to forget its Southern Baptist heritage. Read More
CP: 3.19% below previous year's pace
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program are 3.19 percent below the same time frame last year ... Read More
Health care ruling most significant one yet
WASHINGTON (BP)--A federal judge's sweeping invalidation of last year's health-care law has given opponents of the controversial measure probably their most significant victory to date.
Judge Roger Vinson of Pensacola, Fla., ruled Jan. 31 the law's requirement that Americans purchase health insurance was unconstitutional. He struck down the entire law, because he concluded the "individual mandate" could not be separated from its other provisions.
Vinson's opinion leaves the health-care... Read More
SUPER BOWL: Steelers' chaplain benefits from coach's, team's support
ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--When the Pittsburgh Steelers made their last Super Bowl visit in 2009, team chaplain Kevin Jordan was just a rookie in his first year of NFL ministry.
But when the Steelers return for Super Bowl XLV in Texas this weekend, Jordan returns as a seasoned spiritual veteran attuned to the team's spiritual needs.
Jordan, 38, said he appreciates the strong support and access given to him by head coach Mike Tomlin and his staff.
"Coach Tomlin understands the big pict... Read More
SUPER BOWL: Packers' chaplain a 'resource' for players in spiritual need
ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--Green Bay Packers chaplain Troy Murphy was born in Hawaii, loves warm weather and is happiest when he's on the water, wearing board shorts and spending time with his wife and four daughters.
But the senior pastor of Green Bay (Wis.) Community Church also loves to warm the hearts of men, and that's what led him to take over as the Packers' spiritual coach two years ago.
"I am very strong on relationships and very much want to help these men and others," Murphy sai... Read More
CBF budget shortfall: 13 positions eliminated
ATLANTA (BP)--The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has eliminated 13 staff positions amid a continuing decline in revenue, according to a CBF news release.
The CBF news release stated: "This difficult step was taken after previous financial contingency plans in fiscal years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 reduced grants to partners, program funding and staff salaries and benefits. The Fellowship's fiscal year 2010-2011 budget is $14.5 million, roughly 20 percent lower than the previous year's budget.... Read More
'A Scent of Jasmine,' a novel, Chapter 12
EDITOR'S NOTE: Baptist Press today concludes a 12-part serialization of the novel, "A Scent of Jasmine," by David Dockery, a member of Pocahontas Baptist Church near Jackson, Miss.
"Someone's waving at you," Libby whispered.
Stephanie turned to look. "Oh, no! It's Sonny's sister, Allison."
"Stephanie!" Allison called. Her two daughters trailed twenty feet behind. Her daughters were as blond as she was, only Allison's hair had darker shades.
Allison hurried to Stephanie an... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Creating a culture of character in your company
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Leaders of businesses, nonprofits or ministries know that every current and future employee represents their organization's name (or brand) in the marketplace. Read More