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Samford to withdraw from state conv. funding channelBirmingham, 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 issuesATLANTA (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 defendedMONTREAT, 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
Samford considers pro-LGBT student groupBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A recommendation by Samford University's faculty to approve a pro-homosexual student group could have "serious implications ... for the relationship" between the university and the Alabama Baptist State Convention, according to a joint statement by the convention's president and the executive director of its State Board of Missions.
Samford President Andrew Westmoreland told faculty in an April 28 email he hopes the university and state convention leaders "find meaningful ways to affirm beliefs regarding the authority of Scripture held by so many of us, while enabling us to ... Read More
Civil Rights Act bans LGBT bias, circuit court says
CHICAGO (BP) -- The same law that guards against workplace discrimination based on religion, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was interpreted April 4 by a U.S. appeals court to protect against bias based on sexual orientation. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Accepting & affirming the repentant
"If we ignore the call to repentance because we want to attract the unrepentant," Mike Goeke, associate pastor of First Baptist Church San Francisco, writes. "We will have nothing real to offer the unrepentant when they show up." Read More
HGTV stars 'hounded' for pastor's marriage stanceWACO, Texas (BP) -- Media reports criticizing HGTV personalities Chip and Joanna Gaines for attending a church whose pastor believes homosexuality is a sin have drawn criticism from Southern Baptist commentators as illogical and "unbecoming of the term 'news.'"
The Gaines, who star in HGTV's popular series "Fixer Upper," were the subjects of a Nov. 29 article on the news and entertainment website BuzzFeed which classified their pastor and Waco, Texas, church as holding a "severe, unmoving position ... on same-sex marriage." Read More
Gay-affirming churches trigger BGCT responseDALLAS (BP) -- In response to messenger actions at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting Nov. 15, convention leaders will ask the BGCT Executive Board to consider withdrawing fellowship from two churches that permit practicing homosexuals to be members.
The congregations at issue are First Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. Neither church cooperates with the Southern Baptist Convention or the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Read More
Pro-gay 'shame list' heavy on Baptist colleges
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Nearly a third of the 102 institutions of higher education on a pro-homosexual activist group's list of "the absolute worst colleges for [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] youth" have Southern Baptist ties.
All schools on the list, which was published Aug. 29 by the college-focused organization Campus Pride, have a religious affiliation, with the vast majority affirming historic, orthodox Christianity. Thirty-one institutions listed (30.4%) cooperate either with the Southern Baptist Convention or a Baptist state convention that partners with the SBC. Read More
Sexual identity report lauded as pastor resource
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A report by two Johns Hopkins psychiatry scholars debunking myths about homosexuality and transgenderism has been cited by a pastor who specializes in mental health care issues as a valuable aid for ministry to those struggling with sexual identity. Read More