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Pro-life Dems seek to hold Pres. Obama 'to his word'
WASHINGTON (BP)--A coalition of about 40 pro-life Democrats apparently could decide the fate of a health care bill that soon will come before the House of Representatives, with the outcome decided either way by only a handful of votes.
At issue is whether the health care bill being written by congressional Democratic leaders will include public funding for abortion -- which every bill passed in recent months by committees in the House and Senate did, in one form or another. Those various bills are being combined.
Leading the Democratic pro-life coalition is Rep. Bart Stupak, D.-Mich., who offered an amendment in a committee in July that would have explicitly prevented the health care bill from funding abortion. It was defeated, 30-28.
"We're holding the president to his word," Stupak said in an interview on C-SPAN Tuesday, referencing President Obama's pledge that there would be no federal funding of abortion.
Stupak would prefer that his amendment receive a vote on the floor, but Democratic leaders likely won't allow him to offer it because it would be "almost certain to prevail," the Associated Press reported. If his amendment is not allowed a floor vote, then his only option is to try to prevail in a procedural vote known as the vote on the "rule" -- a vote that sets the rules on debating and amending the bill. If Stupak and his coalition of about 40 Democrats prevails, then the health care bill cannot be brought ... Read More
Richard Land to D.C. Elections Board: SBC strongly opposes 'gay marriage'
WASHINGTON (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity strongly opposes the legalization of "gay marriage" in the District of Columbia for a variety of reasons, Richard Land told a government board ... Read More
Pastor's accused killer found unfit for trial
MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP)--The man accused of the March 8 murder of Illinois pastor Fred Winters has been ruled unfit to stand trial. Read More
CP EMPHASIS: Diverse profiles reveal a common passion for cooperation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Whether a few decades old or spanning more than a century, these five churches know the importance of building a Great Commission legacy. Each testifies that putting love in action through the Cooperative Program is an investment in God's Kingdom ... Read More
Sunday School in black culture examined
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Sunday School is about Bible study. But cultural differences need to be considered for class members to get the most out of the experience.
At a National Black Sunday School Conference in Nashville, Tenn., more than 250 Christian educators from black churches across the country focused on building strong Sunday Schools and on issues within the context of traditions and culture of predominantly black congregations.
Participants chose from more than 40 breakout ses... Read More
Urban curriculum aids church in transition
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Five white, older adult Sunday School teachers aren't the first images that come to mind in looking at the "YOU" curriculum for urban, multicultural churches developed by LifeWay Christian Resources.
But the teachers and their recently merged, mixed-race congregation are proving that YOU has fans even in the suburbs.
The teachers are members of St. Paul Baptist Church at Shively Heights, a church in Louisville, Ky., that launched in August when the mostly white Sh... Read More
Kan.-Neb. Baptists honor Peck Lindsay
WICHITA, Kan. (BP)--This year's annual meeting of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists focused largely on Executive Director R. Rex (Peck) Lindsay, who is retiring Dec. 31 after nearly 40 years with the convention.
Lindsay joined the convention staff in 1971 as director of missions and assumed the role of executive director in 1977. His wife Sue helped develop the KNCSB church library ministry into a nationally recognized program and has worked in the KNCSB archives to preser... Read More
Fellowship blankets Mont. annual meeting
BELGRADE, Mont. (BP)--In 1963, Roger and Patty Hill moved to Montana to grow a church after graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas.
They didn't stop with one congregation: Hill received a "Fisher of Men" lifetime achievement award and an extended standing ovation during the Montana Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting at Belgrade Baptist Church.
"You were at First Baptist Three Forks for 26 years, started six churches in Treasure State Baptist Associ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What's really at stake with global warming
LANSDOWNE, Va. (BP)--What's more dangerous -- global warming or the proposed "solutions" to global warming? Read More