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Monkey study challenged over Darwinian claimsNASHVILLE (BP) -- A study of monkey calls hailed as evidence for the evolutionary origin of human speech has been critiqued by an Intelligent Design proponent as "flimsy" support for the Darwinian scheme.
An article in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society similarly has argued for the supernatural origin of language, stating that a divine creator is the "only reasonable way to account for" the phenomenon of language. Read More
Ga. fires physician for lay sermons, lawsuit saysATLANTA (BP) -- First Liberty Institute has filed a lawsuit for a bivocational lay minister and physician, alleging the state of Georgia fired him because of sermons he delivered in the pulpit before his employment as a district health director.
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) fired Eric Walsh a week after hiring him as a district health director for northwest Atlanta because of the content of sermons he delivered as an ordained lay minister, alleges the suit filed April 20 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. Read More
Grace & truth needed, say Moore, Scroggins to Va. pastorsFREDERICKSBURG, Va. (BP) -- Christian ministry in America's sexual culture calls for both grace and truth, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and pastor Jimmy Scroggins said in a conference for Virginia church leaders.
Pastors and other leaders "must be separated from sin, but we can never be separated from sinners," Moore told an audience April 19 at the Empowered Conference sponsored by the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV). "But it is easier in ministry to do the reverse." Read More
Priscilla Shirer's new journey tackles spiritual warfareNASHVILLE (BP) -- A conversation with her sons over scrambled eggs one morning led best-selling author Priscilla Shirer on a new writing journey that addresses spiritual warfare.
After seeing the way a story captured the imagination of her oldest son and fielding questions from two of her sons on spiritual warfare, Shirer had the idea of communicating that very real topic using a fictional story.
The initial idea became the young adult novel, "The Prince Warriors," which follows bickering brothers Xavier and Evan, along with several friends and classmates, into the mysterious land of Ahoratos. It's there that they discover the part they play in an invisible battle raging all around them. Read More
Tenn. Bible bill veto sustainedNASHVILLE (BP) -- An attempt to override Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's veto of a bill that would have made the Bible the official state book of Tennessee failed Wednesday (April 20).
After nearly two hours of discussion, members of the Tennessee House of Representatives voted 50-43 against overriding the veto, The Tennessean reported. An override would have required only a simple majority in both chambers of the state legislature, a margin it achieved comfortably upon initial passage. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: MBTS & preaching; SBTS & cultural witness; SWBTS & religious liberty
Items in From the Seminaries today: Midwestern & preaching; Southern & cultural witness; Southwestern & religious liberty. Read More
Bible Study: April 24, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Whose money is it anyway?
Lessons from a church member's threat to withhold his giving years ago abides with Joseph Bunce, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. The foremost lesson: "[E]very gift I would ever place in the offering plate was God's with no strings attached, period." Read More