Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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  • Kroger to offer transgender health benefits

    by Savannah Petree/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, 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 & ministry

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 liberty

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 grandson

    by Amanda Vernon, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody
    JACKSON, 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 test

    by Brian Blackwell, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Screen capture from Facebook
    METAIRIE, 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

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    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