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  • Trump pledges 'America first' in inaugural speech

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Americans will once again come first in their own country, Donald Trump said Friday (Jan. 20) after being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

    In his 16-minute inaugural speech, Trump told the crowd gathered on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the national mall, "What truly matters is not which party controls the government but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20, 2017, will be known as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again." Read More

  • God & inaugurations: Baptists continue tradition

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The participation of at least five Southern Baptist pastors in inaugural activities for President Donald Trump continues a tradition of prayer, Scripture and references to God surrounding presidential inaugurations dating back to George Washington.

    Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress preached today (Jan. 20) at a private worship service for the families of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at St. John's Church near the White House. The service is a pre-inauguration tradition dating back to the 1933 inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt, according to the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Read More

  • Inauguration day: The Christian response

    by Steve Gaines, posted Friday, January 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    "The fact is Mr. Trump won the election. In doing so, he earned the right to serve for the next four years as President of the United States," writes Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention. "Consequently, it is incumbent upon every Bible-believing Christian to pray that the Lord will bless and guide him and his family in the coming days and years." Read More

  • Seminary prof reflects on pleas to flip vote

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A raucous presidential election year turned personal for Lloyd Harsch, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary history professor, when his seminary inbox filled with more than 90,000 emails from distraught voters.

    Harsch is a member of this year's Electoral College.

    As Harsch, with wife Jill, travel this week to attend the presidential inauguration and ceremony festivities in Washington, D.C., emails and letters continue to come in. The nature of the emails gave Harsch pause. Read More

  • Ky. Baptist to perform at Trump's inauguration

    by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, January 17, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A petite, young Kentucky Southern Baptist with a big voice will take perhaps her grandest stage yet when she performs at the presidential inaugural concert.

    "Whoo! I'm excited," said Marlana VanHoose, who is a member of Liberty Baptist Church near Paintsville.

    At little more than 4-feet-tall, VanHoose has led tens of thousands of sports fans at lots of venues in singing the national anthem since she first appeared center ... Read More