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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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  • End times, rapture & Antichrist focus of new study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse, a new study shows.

    A third of America's Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured -- or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus -- as the end times begin. About half think a false messiah known as the Antichrist will appear sometime in the future. A surprising number ... Read More

  • Target transgender policy: Protests escalate

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With more than three-quarters of a million people signing on to boycott Target over the retailer's transgender restroom policy, evangelical leaders are discussing whether consumer boycotts are an effective means of cultural engagement.

    Many conservative evangelicals apparently disagree with Target's policy of allowing customers to use whichever restroom or fitting room corresponds to their perceived "gender identity." Read More

  • ERLC brief opposes hostility against religion

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "[S]tate neutrality toward religions does not mean state hostility toward religious people." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A church daycare center's participation in a state's playground resurfacing program would not violate the First Amendment ban on government establishment of religion, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The ERLC filed a friend-of-the-court brief April 15 in opposition to lower court rulings that upheld a Missouri government decision ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Southeastern adds 4 new faculty

    by Harper McKay, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected four new faculty members during their April 18-19 spring meeting in addition to voting on curriculum revisions and approving the 2016-17 budget.

    Southeastern's newest faculty members are:

    -- Keith Whitfield, SEBTS vice president for academic ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NOBTS adds collegiate ministry prof

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected a collegiate ministry professor and approved a new graduate certificate in counseling ministry during their spring meeting April 13.

    The board also approved a $24.3 million budget, elected two faculty members to serve in Leavell College (the seminary's

    undergraduate program), and approved minor curriculum ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Reviving a dying church

    by Randy Adams, posted Tuesday, April 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    To rejuvenate a struggling church, Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, urges pastors to "share the Gospel on a regular basis and lead your church to do the same." It carries "the power of God to save a person from sin, and nothing revives a church like God's people getting right with Him and then sharing the Gospel with others," Adams writes. Read More