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  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebration & challenge

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    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 stand

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LITTLE 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 lessons

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 13, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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?

    by Ben Hawkins/Missouri Pathway, posted Tuesday, November 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    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 1516

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 31, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (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

  • MLK's advice to pastors called key to revival

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, 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

    by Richard Land, posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    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. church

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, 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

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 24, 2014 (3 years ago)

    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