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U.S. entry to WWI remembered as chaplaincy catalystNASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of the United States' entry to World War I is also, says former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, the 100th anniversary of when "the U.S. military chaplaincy came into its own ... as a distinct branch of the Armed Services."
Among Southern Baptists, April 2017 additionally marks the 100th anniversary of the North American Mission Board's assignment to coordinate Southern Baptist Convention participation in U.S. military chaplaincy -- initially under the auspices of NAMB's precursor, the Home Mission Board. Read More
Porn deemed public health crisis, harmful in 5 statesNASHVILLE (BP) -- At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites.
A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature April 21. Days earlier, Tennessee became the fourth state to adopt such a resolution, joining Utah, South Dakota and Arkansas. Read More
A Gideons Bible -- borrowed & primed for witnessSHREVEPORT, La. (BP) -- I was challenged to step up my pace in spreading the Gospel of Christ during the Louisiana Baptist Convention's evangelism conference, especially by the messages of Gevan Spinney, pastor of First Baptist Church in Haughton and president of the Louisiana convention, and evangelist Bill Britt, both calling us to be urgent in sharing the Good News. Read More
TRUSTEES: SEBTS reports gains in minority enrollmentWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the biannual meetings of the board of trustees and Southeastern Society April 16-18 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.
President Danny Akin, reviewing key accomplishments at the seminary, noted to the trustees and Southeastern Society donor supporters that enrollment has increased to 3,580 students. Minority enrollment has grown from 10 percent to 16 percent in the past five years, Akin said, with the Hispanic student population having tripled and African American population doubled. Read More
LGBT education pushed for British toddlers
Britain's largest teachers' union thinks toddlers should be included in expanded compulsory LGBT education programs. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Emeritus Korea missionary Don Jones dies; 2nd WMU grant made for Tenn. wildfire reliefDon Jones, emeritus Southern Baptist missionary who served in South Korea 36 years, dies at age 88; WMU makes second grant to aid Smoky Mountain fire victims.
Don Jones, 36 years a missionary to Korea, dies
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (BP) -- Don Jones, an emeritus Southern Baptist missionary who served in South Korea for 36 years, died April 9 after suffering a head injury in a fall two days earlier. He was 88. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: An uncomfortable question
Keith Shorter's invitation to a Hindu at a rural convenience store prompted the pastor to wonder what might happen if the man indeed came to church. Among the questions Shorter pondered: Are our services focused on those who desperately need the Gospel? Read More