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  • Eugene Peterson clarifies comments on homosexuality

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 14, 2017 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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

  • Samford considers pro-LGBT student group

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 01, 2017 (one year ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, 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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one year ago)

    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

    by Mike Goeke, posted Thursday, December 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "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 stance

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, December 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WACO, 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 response

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    DALLAS (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