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FIRST-PERSON: Celebration & challenge
Ronnie Floyd takes note of three points of celebration and challenge over the course of seven days: the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.; the inauguration of a new president; and the sanctity of human life. Read More
1957 SBC president drew MLK's praise for standLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president "suffered with us" in the cause of civil rights.
King's reference was to the late U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, D-Ark., who served as SBC president from 1956-58. After helping to mediate a conflict over integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Hays lost his bid for reelection to a ninth term in Congress to a write-in segregationist candidate. Read More
Reformers' disagreement on Christmas yields lessonsNASHVILLE (BP) -- When it came to celebrating Christmas, leaders of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation were divided on whether followers of Jesus should say "bah humbug" or "joy to the world."
While Martin Luther loved to celebrate Christmas with feasting and special church services, the so-called Reformed wing of the Reformation, led by Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin, raised objections to such festivities, arguing believers should worship God only in ways explicitly commanded by Scripture and that a festival in December commemorating Christ's birth was not commanded. Read More
Why celebrate the Reformation after nearly 500 years?JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Had he used a hammer, one could perhaps say that its sound would reverberate across Europe and, eventually, across the globe.
But it's not fully certain that Martin Luther carried a hammer when, on Oct. 31, 1517, he approached the Castle Church in the small university town of Wittenberg, Germany, where he served as both priest and professor. Luther may have used paste, according to Reformation scholar Andrew Pettegree at the University of St. Andrews, when he posted a set of 95 Theses for public debate on the church door, which served at the time as a community-wide bulletin board. Read More
Where were they then? Luther, Calvin & Menno in 1516NASHVILLE (BP) -- Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1516, Martin Luther was a German Catholic priest questioning whether the pope truly had power to spring souls from purgatory. John Calvin was a 7-year-old in France who had just reached what medievals deemed the "age of accountability."
In the Netherlands, Menno Simons was a 20-year-old headed toward the Catholic priesthood who had never read the Bible. Read More
FLOYD: Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction
SBC President Ronnie Floyd writes on freedom, including President Obama's proclamation on religious freedom; Saeed Abedini's release from prison in Iran; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; and the death of a friend to cancer. Read More
MLK's advice to pastors called key to revivalMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Sixty years ago, the Montgomery Bus Boycott famously catapulted Martin Luther King Jr. to national leadership of the civil rights movement and led to the end of segregated public transportation in Alabama. Less commonly known is that the boycott occasioned advice to pastors by King that some Southern Baptists say they still take to heart.
King, in this 1958 book "Stride Toward Freedom," recounted the struggle in Montgomery, ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The 'Charleston Way': Dr. King's dream still lives
Seminary president Richard Land sees in Charleston a reemergence of the "life-changing impact and power of the nonviolent, reconciling message of the 1960s civil rights revolution that transformed our nation in so many very important ways." Read More
King's vision embraced by Ala. churchBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- An Alabama church whose pastor was criticized 52 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr. for contributing to the "silent -- and often vocal -- sanction" of racial segregation says today it has come to embrace the civil rights pioneer's vision for Christian fellowship among people of all races. Read More
Famous marriages 'breathe life' for couples
NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1523, Martin Luther found himself the matchmaker for 12 nuns who had escaped in pickle barrels from a Roman Catholic nunnery near Wittenberg, Germany. He secured husbands for 11, but the 12th, Katharina von Bora, rebuffed two potential husbands. Read More