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Monday, February 20, 2017

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  • Greek refresher said to make sermons 'exciting'

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Especially in this information age, pastors and other seminary graduates have no excuse for letting their grasp of New Testament Greek slip away, say Greek scholars at multiple Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    Having a firm grasp of New Testament Greek was the emphasis of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Jan. 13-14 Alumni Academy. And it also has been a theme of publications by professors at other Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    "It's never been easier to both maintain and to grow in your Greek skills," Robert ... Read More

  • 'Jane Roe' of Roe v. Wade died as 'friend of life'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Roe v. Wade abortion rights plaintiff Norma McCorvey is being remembered for her Christian conversion and pro-life advocacy. She died Feb. 18 at age 69 in a Katy, Texas, assisted living facility of heart failure, the New York Times reported.

    The mother of three is believed to have never had an abortion herself, the New York Times said upon her death, as she carried to term the pregnancy that was the subject of the court case culminating in Roe v. Wade in 1973. But an estimated 58 million or more children have been aborted in the U.S. since the landmark ... Read More

  • Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don't know where to start, a new study shows.

    Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don't know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic violence. And only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward, according to a new report on churches and domestic abuse from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study, conducted Aug. 22–Sept. 16, is based on a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. Read More

  • Washington & Lincoln baptism claims debated

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Claims that George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both underwent secretive baptisms by immersion have drawn scrutiny from Baptist historians surrounding Presidents Day.

    Washington is said to have received baptism from Baptist army chaplain John Gano during the Revolutionary War while both Baptists and members of the Stone-Campbell tradition have claimed Lincoln sought and received baptism by immersion.

    Immersion claims about both presidents have received a mixed reception from ... Read More

  • Mo. governor to fight St. Louis abortion 'sanctuary'

    by Missouri Pathway & BP Staff, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has pledged to lead a fight to repeal a bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen essentially making St. Louis a "sanctuary city" for abortion, with critics contending it threatens the religious freedom of citizens and institutions opposing it.

    Known as Board Bill 203, it places pregnancy and reproductive health -- including the decision to abort a child -- alongside already protected classes such as race, gender, religion and disability in St. Louis' anti-discrimination ordinance. Read More

  • Reformers urged learning of biblical languages

    by Benjamin Hawkins , posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Discussions among Southern Baptist seminary professors about the importance of the biblical languages is nothing new.

    In fact, it's simply the continuation of a conversation that began well before the Reformation era. Lively interest in the biblical languages -- that is, Greek and Hebrew -- was "in the air" when Martin Luther called for the reform of the church 500 years ago, noted Timothy George, dean of the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Read More