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  • Mike Pence meeting sparks reports, prayer in churches

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 16, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Prayer for America's leaders and reports of a pastors' meeting with Vice President Mike Pence were among the components of worship in some Southern Baptist churches Sunday (April 15).

    The prayer times and reports followed an April 11 meeting involving Pence and several dozen pastors and their wives in Washington for the Mega Metro Conference, an annual gathering for pastors of Southern Baptist churches with average worship attendance of at least 3,000 or average Sunday School attendance of at least 2,000. Read More

  • Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the assessment of a new book on the president's faith: he seems to possess a growing eagerness for spiritual knowledge.

    Those advisors -- Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham and Richard Land -- also say they have witnessed believers share the Gospel with Trump on multiple occasions. They noted that most of the president's evangelical advisors have not hesitated to speak bold truth to him on issues ranging from the sanctity of life and religious liberty to ... Read More

  • Trump at Prayer Breakfast: 'Lord's grace all around us'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- America's heritage of faith and ongoing experience of God's grace were President Trump's focus in an address today (Feb. 8) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    "Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty," Trump said. "Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God we trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'one nation under God.'" Read More

  • Trump urges unity, but response divided

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump called for unity across party lines in his first State of the Union speech following a contentious opening year for his administration.

    Speaking to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, the president told Democrats and Republicans, "[I]t is not enough to come together only in times of tragedy. Tonight, I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve." Read More

  • Views on Trump 'not a distraction,' pastors say

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- In the wake of President Trump's first State of the Union address, the presidents of five Baptist state conventions say believers in the churches they lead hold diverse views on the commander-in-chief, but such diversity has not distracted or divided the congregations.

    When queried by Baptist Press, three of the state convention presidents said church members appreciate at least some of Trump's policies. Four mentioned misgivings about the president within the church body. All five said diverse opinions of Trump are no barrier to church unity. Read More

  • U.N. said to lack 'high ground' for Jerusalem rebuke

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    UNITED NATIONS (BP) -- In a move characterized by media outlets as a denunciation of the Trump administration, the United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday (Dec. 21) to ask nations not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

    By a 128-9 vote with 35 abstentions and 21 U.N. member nations absent, the General Assembly's resolution "Status of Jerusalem" expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" -- an apparent reference to President Trump's Dec. 6 announcement the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there. Read More

  • Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists' reactions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- As violence continued in the Middle East after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Southern Baptists expressed a range of views on the topic.

    Former Southern Baptist Convention Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham were among those to celebrate Trump's Dec. 6 proclamation on Jerusalem, which included a promise to move the U.S. embassy there. Jamal Bishara, an Arab Israeli who served on the Multiethnic Advisory Council appointed in 2014 by SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page, called the Trump administration's move "another slap in the face to Palestinians." Read More

  • So. Baptists, others release letter on 'alt-right' to Trump

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter drafted by a group of Southern Baptists and others has called on President Trump to denounce clearly the racism of the "alt-right."

    The letter -- titled a "Call for Unifying Leadership" and first reported by CNN today (Sept. 29) -- urges Trump to go beyond his previous comments and actions to rebuke a movement that "gained public prominence" during his presidential campaign. It commends the president for signing a joint congressional resolution Sept. 14 rejecting white nationalism and supremacy, but it tells him the country "needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves." Read More

  • Trump issues transgender military directive

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service.

    In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service. By March 23, 2018, the Armed Forces also must "halt all use" of government funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel, Trump stated, "except to the extent ... Read More

  • New transgender military guidelines called 'wise'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration will bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the U.S. military and let Defense Secretary James Mattis decide whether those already in the military may continue to serve, according a Wall Street Journal report confirmed by other media outlets.

    The White House explained its policy in a two-and-a-half-page memo to the Pentagon, The Journal reported Wednesday (Aug. 23), fleshing out specific policy implications of President Trump's July 26 Twitter announcement that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any ... Read More