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Monday, September 14, 2015

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  • Assisted suicide bill passed in Calif.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- When California lawmakers passed an assisted suicide bill, a San Diego-area pastor says, they exceeded their authority by attempting to legislate in a realm governed by God.

    "It saddens me," said Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., "that in the state where I live and have grown up, the legislature has stepped outside of their authority and in essence said, 'We'll make decisions now. We'll enable people to make decisions in terms of life,' when that's God's decision. Read More

  • Chaplain survives dismissal attempt

    by Ken Walker, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (BP) -- The attorney for a longtime chaplain who survived an attempt to force him out of the Navy said the decision marks a victory for everyone who believes in religious liberty.

    "This is a case where a commanding officer sought to punish and prematurely end (Wesley Modder's) career because of his religious expression and beliefs," said Mike Berry, senior counsel for the Dallas-based Liberty Institute. Read More

  • Transgender issues to be focus of conf. at SBTS

    by James A. Smith Sr., posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A "first-ever" conference by evangelicals on the subject of transgenderism will be held Oct. 5 at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

    "Transgender Confusion and Transformational Christianity" is a preconference to the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors annual conference Oct. 5-7, which is focused this year on the subject of homosexuality. Read More

  • 'Killer' bees, Bapt. relief efforts help farmers

    by Ann Lovell, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    COPÁN RUINAS, Honduras (BP) -- The buzzing grows louder as the small group climbs the mountain toward the bee hives. Decked out in protective gear, the group approaches carefully. They've heard the stories of these bees -- Africanized "killer" bees who swarm aggressively and whose painful venom can damage human tissue and even lead to kidney failure and death.

    "The bees are a very different type of work. Sometimes it's fun but also sometimes a little scary," says Obando Velásquez, an agricultural extensionist with the Chorti ... Read More

  • W.Va. elects new exec

    by West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists staff, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. (BP) -- William D. 'Bill' Henard, III has been elected as the new executive director-treasurer of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. With a unanimous vote, the WVCSB Executive Board elected Henard during a Sept. 12th meeting at the Baptist building in Scott Depot.

    Henard will assume his new role in October. He has served as the senior pastor of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., since 1999 and as a professor of ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Generosity is better than greed

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Monday, September 14, 2015 (3 years ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- SBC President Ronnie Floyd addresses the importance of tithing and generosity. "When we do not practice giving the first tenth of our income and enter into the sphere of generosity, we are practicing and choosing greed," he writes. Read More