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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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  • Billy Graham statue finds new home at Ridgecrest

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. -- A larger-than-life statue of evangelist Billy Graham has been installed at its new location at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the North Carolina mountains.

    The sale of LifeWay Christian Resources' 14-acre downtown Nashville campus prompted the move from middle Tennessee to LifeWay's conference center near Asheville, N.C.

    The statue was removed from LifeWay earlier this summer and placed in storage ... Read More

  • SBC leaders defend religious liberty vs. gender laws

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    "We must not negotiate away our convictions in the name of fairness." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- More than 20 leaders of Southern Baptist institutions have endorsed a new statement that defends religious freedom by rejecting sexual orientation and gender identity laws.

    The document -- "Preserve Freedom, Reject Coercion" -- says even "narrowly crafted" sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) measures "threaten fundamental freedoms, and any ostensible protections for religious liberty appended to such laws are inherently inadequate and unstable." The Colson Center for Christian Worldview released the statement today (Dec. 14) with 79 ... Read More

  • Kasich: Veto of 'Heartbeat Bill' was strategic

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- In an action that drew divided response from the pro-life community, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill yesterday (Dec. 13) banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and vetoed a measure outlawing abortion following detection of a fetal heartbeat.

    The 20-week ban includes an exception only for saving the life of the mother, The Columbus Dispatch reported. The so-called “Heartbeat Bill” would have banned most abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy. Read More

  • PPFA prosecution could have 'cooling effect'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's decision to refer the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and several affiliates for potential federal prosecution has drawn praise from a pastor who helped draft a Southern Baptist Convention resolution rebuking America's largest abortion provider.

    Prosecution "would have a cooling effect on the abortion industry," said Darrell Orman, chairman of the 2008 SBC Resolutions Committee, which recommended a resolution adopted by messengers "on Planned Parenthood." Read More

  • Akin exhorts grads to live as new creations

    by Harper McKay, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- During his presidential address at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary fall commencement ceremony, Danny Akin exhorted graduates, faculty and guests to proclaim the Gospel because of who they are in Christ.

    Speaking Dec. 9 from 2 Corinthians 5:17, which he called a foundational "life verse," Akin, SEBTS president, explained that becoming a new creation in Christ means "you are radically altered … once you were lost, now you're found. Once you were spiritually dead, now you are spiritually alive." Read More

  • 'Joyful celebration' at Northwest annual meeting

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (one year ago)

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    SPOKANE, Wash. (BP) -- Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention (NWBC), described the group's 2016 annual meeting as "a time of joyful celebration, meaningful fellowship, and heartfelt worship."

    Multiple stories of church revitalization, church planting and missions at home and abroad were heard with testimonies and reports about the Lords' work through Northwest Baptist churches in the NWBC coverage area of Oregon, Washington and northern Idaho. Messengers also adopted a 2017 budget, elected officers and adopted resolutions voicing messengers' concerns. Read More