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With Alito on high court, conservatives optimistic about Ten Commandments cases
WASHINGTON (BP)--Social conservatives may still be waiting for that critical fifth vote at the U.S. Supreme Court on the abortion issue, but -- thanks mostly to the confirmation of Justice Samuel Alito -- they might already have a winning majority on a number of religious liberty issues, including much-embattled Ten Commandments displays. Read More
Appeals court favors homosexuality over chaplain’s rights
CINCINNATI, Ohio (BP)--Homosexual rights have trumped free speech and religious exercise rights in a federal appeals court decision involving a Baptist chaplain. Read More
CULTURE DIGEST: ‘United 93’ draws 9/11 debate; more Americans are reading the Bible, Barna says; ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The first major film about the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, “United 93,” hit theaters April 28, and commentators across the spectrum are debating it from various angles. Some say the event is too fresh in America’s memory while others say the nation needs to remember the day that altered the course of the 21st century.
NAMB trustees urged to find ‘clear, confident choice’ for president; new missionaries, chaplains approved
JERSEY CITY, N.J.(BP)--Trustees of the North American Mission Board met May 2, their first meeting since the resignation of NAMB President Bob Reccord. The board approved 74 new missionaries and 63 SBC-endorsed chaplains, elected new officers and approved a resolution expressing appreciation for Reccord’s term of service.
"We need to rebuild credibility with our state convention and association partners, with our missionaries and with Southern Baptists.... And we are committed to doing everything in our power to do that." Carlos Ferrer
NAMB interim COO
The mission board’s trustees also heard encouraging reports on NAMB’s ministries across the United States and Canada, and they were affirmed and challenged by SBC President Bobby Welch concerning their search for Reccord’s successor. Read More
Baptists from diverse backgrounds issue ‘Memphis Declaration’
REVISED: Lead paragraph changed and signers added May 4, 2006.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Expressing displeasure over what they call a “narrowing of cooperation through exclusionary theological and political agendas” in the Southern Baptist Convention, a group of Southern Baptist conservatives issued a document May 3 announcing their desire to seek renewal in the convention, their churches and their personal lives through repentance. Read More
NOBTS marks return to New Orleans; SBC volunteers praised
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--After almost eight months away, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary closed its temporary administrative offices in Atlanta and returned home to New Orleans. The return marked yet another milestone on the long road back from Hurricane Katrina. Read More
NOBTS magazine focuses on recovery from Katrina
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s latest Vision magazine highlights the seminary’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The special edition recaps the damage caused by the storm and the seminary’s efforts to recover. Read More
LifeWay Store reopens at New Orleans campus
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Eight months after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters crippled New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood, a landmark for the Christian community has reopened. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: America, honor God
Editor's note: Henry Blackaby is serving as honorary chairman of this year’s National Day of Prayer.
ATLANTA (BP)--This 2006 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, may be one of the most important and significant in our history as a nation. We are facing real threats to our national security and the moral fiber of America. Spiritual decay is causing a great social unrest, including the breakdown of the family. In short, we are facing a national crisis that has the potential to bring about some very dire consequences. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Manners, respect and family return to movies
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP)--In the recent theatrical release "Take the Lead," a new teacher, waiting in the principal’s outer office, rises to open a door every time a lady approaches. This causes a student to ridicule him until the gentlemanly act finally hits home. At the end of the scene, the boy is also opening the door for the opposite sex. It’s called manners, and "Take the Lead" (PG-13, excessive language) is trying to reunite them with a generation that has learned etiquette from Homer Simpson and the stars of the "American Pie" movies. Read More