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  • BGCT: Decision on CBF driven by 'biblical truth'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' decision to stop forwarding churches' contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship reflects a commitment to the biblical view of marriage, say the convention's president and executive director.

    "I am very grateful for the consistent, steady way in which the BGCT has held to God's Word," BGCT President Danny Reeves said according to a news release from the convention. "We lovingly say to all people the truth that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Read More

  • LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's decision to lift its absolute ban of hiring homosexual and transgender individuals has drawn diverse reactions from within the Fellowship -- and predictions that churches on both sides of the ideological spectrum could break ties with the CBF.

    "The reality is that we're liable to lose some churches -- on the left and on the right," Steve Wells, a Houston pastor who served on the CBF committee that recommended revising the Fellowship's hiring policy, told Texas' Baptist Standard newsjournal. "I really don't believe it will be that many." Read More

  • CBF nixes 'absolute' LGBT hiring ban, maintains it for leaders

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 09, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Governing Board has voted to lift the Fellowship's "absolute prohibition" of hiring homosexual and transgender employees.

    But CBF "leadership positions in ministry" and missionary roles still will be limited to individuals "who practice a traditional Christian sexual ethic of celibacy in singleness or faithfulness in marriage between a woman and man," according to a hiring "implementation procedure" also adopted by the Governing Board. Other positions will be open to "Christians who identify as LGBT." Read More

  • LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A survey claiming a decrease in Americans' comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible's lingering influence on society.

    The pro-homosexual advocacy group GLAAD released data Thursday (Jan. 25) indicating Americans' comfort level with a variety of situations involving lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals -- including learning a family member is homosexual and having a child placed in a class with an LGBT teacher. Read More

  • CBF committee to propose homosexuality policy in Feb.

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can remain united despite diverse opinions on homosexuality within the Fellowship has said it will make specific policy proposals in February, according to a Sept. 29 CBF news release.

    Meanwhile, nearly 600 people, including former CBF moderators, have signed an online petition calling the Fellowship to "remove its discriminatory hiring policy," which, according to CBF governing documents, forbids "the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 14, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, has clarified his beliefs about homosexuality, stating he affirms "a biblical view of marriage" and would not perform a same-sex wedding. Read More

  • Eugene Peterson's homosexuality views draw Baptists' focus

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an interview with Religion News Service he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and that he would perform a same-sex wedding if asked.

    LifeWay Christian Resources told Baptist Press it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms he holds the views reported by RNS.

    "LifeWay only carries resources in our stores by authors who hold to the biblical ... Read More

  • Samford to withdraw from state conv. funding channel

    by Jennifer Davis Rash/The Alabama Baptist, posted Monday, July 10, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Birmingham, Ala. (BP) -- Samford University in Birmingham -- described by many as Alabama Baptists' "crown jewel" -- will no longer receive annual budget allocations from the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) after 2017.

    As of Jan. 1, 2018, the $3-plus million Cooperative Program allotment for Samford will be reduced from Alabama's CP budget, assuming the request to eliminate funding for Samford is approved by the State Board of Missions (SBOM) and convention messengers. This was a voluntary action taken by the school, Samford officials announced July 7. Read More

  • CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issues

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can "strengthen [its] unity" despite "differing beliefs and practices in matters of human sexuality" has said it hopes to propose in the next six months "a more faithful path forward" in the CBF's discussion of homosexuality.

    The six-member Illumination Project Committee was appointed in June 2016 by then-CBF moderator Doug Dortch to, among other tasks, recommend whether the CBF Governing Board should amend the Fellowship's hiring policy. The policy currently "does not allow ... for the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More

  • N.C. college's faith statement defended

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    MONTREAT, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina college long associated with evangelist Billy Graham has sparked controversy by instituting a requirement that faculty affirm a pro-life ethic and a traditional definition of marriage.

    In January, Montreat (N.C.) College's trustees adopted a faculty handbook, including a "community life covenant" that requires faculty, among other obligations, to:

    -- "Uphold the God-given worth of every human being, from conception to death, as unique image-bearers of God;" and Read More