Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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  • Past elections: 'dire' Christian predictions not new

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- During the presidential campaign of 1800, Christian opponents of candidate Thomas Jefferson warned he "abhors the Christian system" and if elected, might send troops to seize Christians' Bibles.

    In 1860, Abraham Lincoln's election was thought by some Southern Baptist leaders to threaten fundamental American liberties. A century later, the presidential campaign elicited the Chicago Sun-Times headline "Southern Baptists Tell Why They Are Attacking Kennedy." Read More

  • U.S. missionary kidnapped in Niger

    by Onize Ohikere/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ABALAK, Niger (BP) -- Gunmen kidnapped an American missionary from his home in central Niger and killed two other people. The incident is apparently the first reported kidnapping of an American in the region.

    On Oct. 14, the attackers stormed into Jeffery Woodke's home in the town of Abalak, killing his guard and housekeeper, Niger's interior ministry said in a statement the following day. The armed men, driving a white Toyota Hilux pickup truck, took Woodke and headed across the desert toward Mali. Read More

  • Doctors, states oppose HHS transgender mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "It would be a travesty for the federal government to steamroll consciences in the name of ideology."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Thousands of healthcare providers and eight states are challenging a new federal rule that requires doctors to perform gender transition procedures or treatments even on children.

    The latest transgender directive from the Obama administration mandates physicians carry out such gender-altering measures even if they believe they could prove harmful or would violate their religious and ethical beliefs. Healthcare providers who refuse to abide by the regulation might face imposing fines and the loss of their jobs. Read More

  • Barrett Duke begins in Jan. as new Mont. exec.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Barrett Duke will begin in January 2017 as the new executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) after his near unanimous election to the post.

    "We are very excited about the opportunity the Lord has opened up for us in Montana. The convention confirmed for us what we believed God's call to be with a very strong vote. ... Read More

  • Doug Hodo, former Baptist univ. president, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BOERNE, Texas (BP) -- Edward D. (Doug) Hodo Sr., second president of Houston Baptist University, died Oct. 10 at his home in Boerne, Texas, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81.

    Hodo led HBU from 1987 until his retirement in 2006, when he was named president emeritus. The university has scheduled a memorial service for Hodo at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in Belin Chapel on the HBU campus. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Leading kids to Christ

    by Jason K. Allen, posted Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Seminary president Jason Allen feels "the weight -- and glory" of the "greatest stewardship in life" that can yield "immeasurable fulfillment and joy": helping his children take steps toward Christ. Read More