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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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  • Bonnaroo's 'Jesus Tent' draws 13,000-plus

    by Connie Davis Bushey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector , posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Connie Davis Bushey
    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (BP) -- Among 80,000 people at Bonnaroo -- an annual camping and music festival in Tennessee -- quite a few trekked to "The Jesus Tent."

    An estimated 13,000-17,000 Bonnaroovians visited The Jesus Tent for its 24/7 offer of shade cooled by fans, snacks, water, smartphone charging stations, WiFi and conversation -- a peaceful oasis at a festival featuring 150-plus acts, ranging from Billy Joel and Earth Wind & Fire to Childish Gambino and Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters, over four days at a 700-acre farm near Manchester, Tenn. Read More

  • Baptist universities appeal to Supreme Court

    by Art Toalston and Bonnie Pritchett, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University are appealing to the Supreme Court in challenging the Obamacare mandate to provide insurance coverage encompassing abortion-inducing drugs.

    HBU and ETBU in conjunction with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty along with Westminster Theological Seminary filed a petition today (July 8) with the high court in response to a June 22 ruling by a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that the mandate did not and, likely, would not "substantially burden their ... Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Ernest Easley to teach evangelism at Union; SWBTS, SBTS librarians honored

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Jackson, Tenn (BP) -- Union University has named Ernest Easley as its first professor of evangelism. Easley, pastor of the Atlanta-area Roswell Street Baptist Church, joins the Tennessee university's faculty with more than 30 years of pastoral ministry experience and denominational service at both the state and national levels. Read More

  • Baylor: homosexuality no longer in conduct policy

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WACO, Texas (BP) -- Baylor University has deleted an affirmation of heterosexual marriage from its policy on sexual conduct as well as a specific prohibition of "homosexual acts."

    A university spokeswoman told Baptist Press the revised policy will be interpreted in a manner consistent with the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message, including the 1998 amendment defining marriage as "the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime." Read More

  • How Lecrae's 'Church Clothes' caught hip-hop's ear

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "I'm what happens when Outkast meets the writings of Moses."

    This line, penned by Lecrae in his single "Cosign," reflects the redemptive collision between hip-hop culture and Christianity.

    From the early days of Kool Herc to the celebrated days of N.W.A and the Wu Tang Clan to more recent stars such as Outkast and Kanye West, hip-hop culture has developed a reputation for being uncut and authentic. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: Blessed are the plodders

    by Erich Bridges, posted Wednesday, July 08, 2015 (2 years ago)

    "Plodders get things done," Erich Bridges writes, "even on the mission field." Bill Koehn, one of three workers killed by a gunman in Yemen in 2002, for example, was "one of the most faithful plodders in Southern Baptist mission history," Bridges writes. Read More