Tuesday, December 15, 2015Download All Stories
Kroger to offer transgender health benefitsASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- In 2002, no major U.S. corporation covered transgender procedures, such as gender-reassignment surgery and drug therapy, under its employee medical benefit plan. Today more than 400 do, including Ford, Apple and Coke. The Kroger Co., the largest grocery chain in the nation with 2,500 stores, is set to join the list next month. Read More
WRAP-UP: 23 states increase CP for SBC missions & ministryNASHVILLE (BP) -- Twenty-three state conventions voted to increase the portion of Cooperative Program receipts being forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries in the coming year, continuing a trend inspired by passage of the Great Commission Task Force recommendations five years ago. This year, Florida Baptists made the largest shift, moving from 41 to 51 percent allocated to SBC causes. Read More
States spotlight sanctity of life, religious libertyNASHVILLE (BP) –- The sanctity of human life and defense of religious liberty remained the most often addressed concerns among many state Baptist conventions during their annual meetings as messengers penned resolutions endorsed by fellow Southern Baptists.
Resolutions calling for an end to the funding of Planned Parenthood gained support in eight state Baptist conventions this year, with others declaring the sanctity of human life. ... Read More
Adrian Rogers' sermon tapes given to grandsonJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Baptist preacher Adrian Rogers' legacy lives on in a collection of audio tapes given to his grandson, a current Union University student, during a presentation in Union's Ryan Center for Biblical Studies.
A giant in Southern Baptist life, Rogers was the longtime pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church who played an instrumental role in turning the Southern Baptist Convention away from liberalism and back to the authority of Scripture. Read More
Church tent noise level now a religious liberty testMETAIRIE, La. (BP) -- Vintage Church, a Louisiana Baptist congregation, has filed a lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Parish in a dispute over sound levels during Sunday worship services in a tent serving as the congregation's temporary meeting area.
The tent, erected in August, is intended to be a short-term arrangement while the church expands attendance capacity in its permanent building -- a project estimated for completion in nine or 10 months. Read More
Ezell: Obeying God's call to the nations
North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell recounts an adoption story and calls Christians to make God's love known throughout the world. "Because God has been so good to us in Christ, we give all we have to please Him." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Mo., Ala., Ga. evangelism/missions news; 'Our goal is to see every need met within 24 hours'
Today's From the States features items from: The Pathway (Missouri); The Alabama Baptist; The Christian Index (Georgia) Read More