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  • Samford considers pro-LGBT student group

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (25 days ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A recommendation by Samford University's faculty to approve a pro-homosexual student group could have "serious implications ... for the relationship" between the university and the Alabama Baptist State Convention, according to a joint statement by the convention's president and the executive director of its State Board of Missions.

    Samford President Andrew Westmoreland told faculty in an April 28 email he hopes the university and state convention leaders "find meaningful ways to affirm beliefs regarding the authority of Scripture held by so many of us, while enabling us to ... Read More

  • Ala. governor's resignation yields call to prayer

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (one month ago)

     
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- After Alabama's governor pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations and resigned amid allegations of illegal conduct to cover up an extramarital affair, the state's Southern Baptists expressed disappointment and pledged prayer.

    "More than anything, we need to pray for Gov. [Robert] Bentley," Alabama Baptist Convention President John Thweatt told Baptist Press. "Pray for his family. Pray for our new governor [Kay Ivey], lifting her up and asking God to give her direction and give her wisdom." Read More

  • Alabama, Clemson players pique pastor's compassion

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Bruce Chesser.
    TAMPA, Fla. (BP) -- Six seasons as chaplain of the University of Alabama football team give pastor Bruce Chesser a unique perspective on the Jan. 9 College Football Playoff title game between Alabama and Clemson University.

    The uniqueness, however, isn't the strength of his allegiance to the Crimson Tide -- though his office does feature a sign that reads "Jesus bled crimson." What's unique for Chesser, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., is the way he thinks about the players on both sidelines. Read More

  • Ala. Baptists approve office relocation

    by The Alabama Baptist staff, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    PELL CITY, Ala. (BP) -- Approving the relocation of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions' office and a flat $40 million Cooperative Program budget for 2017 topped business items addressed by messengers during their state convention annual meeting Nov. 15–16.

    Messengers also unanimously elected John Thweatt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Pell City, as president and adopted five resolutions, four of them related to social and religious issues. The convention theme for the 194th annual meeting was "Sent … Here, There and Everywhere." Read More

  • Rash named editor-elect of Ala. Baptist newspaper

    by The Alabama Baptist Staff, posted Wednesday, October 12, 2016 (7 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Jennifer Davis Rash has been named editor-elect of The Alabama Baptist newspaper in a succession plan for editor Bob Terry.

    Terry, a 50-year veteran in Christian journalism, told the newspaper's board of directors during an Oct. 7-8 meeting in Birmingham, "At some point I will finalize my plans for retirement, and as I do so, it will be with great appreciation for the action of this board of directors and with great confidence in the future of this ministry. Read More

  • Roy Moore suspension said to ignore 'rule of law'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 30, 2016 (8 months ago)

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Although the nine-judge panel charged with trying Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore did not achieve the unanimous ruling required to remove him from office, it suspended him without pay for the remainder of his term in what Moore's attorney Mat Staver called a violation of state law. Read More

  • Roy Moore trial leaves supporters hopeful

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Mary Pope
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- As Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood trial today (Sept. 28) on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, an attorney for the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary said he was "optimistic" Moore would retain his job.

    Rules of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), the nine-judge panel before which Moore was tried, state that failure to issue a ruling within 10 days "shall constitute an acquittal." A unanimous ruling is required to remove him from office, though a six-judge majority may impose lesser penalties. Read More

  • New Ala. office building proposed for Jan. 2018

    by Alabama Baptist & BP Staff, posted Thursday, August 25, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- A proposal to relocate the Alabama State Board of Missions offices will be placed before messengers at the Alabama Baptist State Convention's Nov. 15–16 annual meeting in Montgomery.

    The proposal would involve an "exchange of keys" with Baptist Health, which operates hospitals and other medical facilities in central Alabama.

    If approved by messengers in November, SBOM ministry offices and staff would relocate -- without any indebtedness -- to a new facility by Jan. 1, 2018, built to SBOM specifications by Baptist Health near Interstate 65's exit 181 on the northeast side of Prattville, a city of 35,000 people. Just under four acres of land would be included with the new construction. Read More

  • Roy Moore to stand trial for gay marriage order

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Mary Pope
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- With Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore set to stand trial next month on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, a legal adviser to Alabama Baptists' public policy auxiliary has called the allegations against him unmerited.

    At issue in Moore's case is a Jan. 6 administrative order in which he stated Alabama's 68 probate judges had "a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses contrary to" the state's ban on same-sex marriage until the Alabama Supreme Court clarified the relationship between state law and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Read More

  • Alabama-Clemson matchup about more than championship

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, January 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Gary Cramer.
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (BP) -- For many, it could be difficult to imagine a College Football Playoff National Championship between two more quintessential Bible Belt teams than tonight's (Jan. 11) Alabama and Clemson matchup.

    Exhibit 1 and Exhibit 1A for fan bases, that love God and football with that order sometimes up for debate.

    Talk to those in the know, however, and one thing isn't debatable -- both teams have a strong ... Read More