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  • FIRST-PERSON: Death & angels

    by Shane Pruitt, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (7 months ago)

    No one becomes an angel in heaven, Shane Pruitt writes, noting that angels never get to experience the glory of God's grace, hope and forgiveness. "God does not gain another angel," Pruitt writes. "Rather, God calls another worshipper to come home." Read More

  • Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- With death penalty cases making headlines in Arkansas, California and Alabama, pastors in the affected states have expressed diverse views on capital punishment while underscoring the "enormous complexity" of the issue.

    In Arkansas, three convicted murderers -- Jack Jones, Marcel Williams and Ledell Lee -- have been executed in the past week, according to media reports, with Kenneth Williams scheduled to die April 27. ... Read More

  • Death penalty affirmed by Calif., Neb., Okla. voters

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- All three states with death penalty-related measures on the ballot Tuesday (Nov. 8) -- California, Nebraska and Oklahoma -- affirmed the use of capital punishment.

    In California, a measure that would have repealed the death penalty failed by a margin of 46-54, according to the secretary of state. Nebraskans overwhelmingly overturned their state legislature's 2015 repeal of the death penalty, and Oklahomans approved an addition to their state constitution affirming existing death penalty statutes amid controversy surrounding the state's lethal injection methods. Read More

  • MOVIES: Gene Wilder & Dad

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 (one year ago)

    Phil Boatwright, sparked by the death of Gene Wilder, thinks of his dad who died four years earlier. Though P.D. Boatwright's passing didn't make the news, his son remembers a father who was "devout in his faith, loyal in his marriage, gifted in sales and caring of others." Read More

  • Moore: Pope's reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis is wrong in asserting the death penalty always violates the Bible's command not to murder, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says.

    In a Feb. 21 blog post, Moore responded to the pope's call the same day for a worldwide ban on capital punishment. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) took issue with the reasoning used by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in his abolitionist appeal. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When tears arrive

    by Diana Davis, posted Thursday, February 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Diana Davis relays ideas for ministry when death comes to a member of your church or an unchurched friend. Acts of compassion, she writes, "can remind the bereaved of God's love for them." Read More

  • Fla. capital sentencing procedure overturned

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Florida law granting judges rather than juries the final say in whether convicted murders receive the death penalty. Some observers wonder whether the Jan. 12 ruling signals a step toward a broader decision on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

    The 8-1 ruling marks the culmination of nearly two decades of Supreme Court opinions strengthening the role of juries in capital cases, veteran legal journalist Lyle Denniston wrote in an analysis. Read More

  • Death penalty debate rekindled by SCOTUS ruling

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Supreme Court ruling that Oklahoma's method of lethal injection does not constitute "cruel and unusual punishment" has rekindled discussion of capital punishment among evangelicals and the high court's nine justices. Read More

  • Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, combined with four allegedly botched executions in the U.S. last year and an anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty this summer, has fueled debate among evangelicals regarding the legitimacy of capital punishment. Read More

  • Live each day, says terminally ill woman

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    CEDARVILLE, Ohio (BP) -- Melinda Pinkerton was on the cross-country track team when her coach noticed the 14-year-old's ankles turned inward when she ran. She recalls the date, Nov. 18, 2002 when her parents received the results of her MRI.

    "They told me about the results; the big NF2 [Neurofibromatosis Type 2] word scared me. My first thought was that I was going to die," Pinkerton wrote. "A month later, Dec. 18th, I had surgery to remove a grape-sized tumor that was squeezing my spinal cord flat." Read More