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South Dakota Senate passes abortion ban; bill challenging Roe close to becoming law
PIERRE, S.D. (BP)--South Dakota's Senate passed a bill Feb. 22 that would ban nearly all abortions, moving it one step closer to a direct challenge of the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous Roe v. Wade decision. The bill passed the state Senate 23-12, one week after it was adopted by the House of Representatives on a 47-22 vote. It now must pass the House once more -- the Senate added a sentence that makes it even more pro-life -- before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Mike Rounds, who is pro-life but hasn't taken a public position. His signature would be historic, marking the first time since the 1973 Roe decision that a state has passed such a wide-sweeping ban on abortion. Pro-choice groups are expected to file an immediate suit if it becomes law. Read More
Historic juncture envisioned for SBC Cooperative Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptist pastors and church members may be entering historic times in their stewardship and global outreach.
“... [T]oday ... we have the privilege of looking to a historic step forward as Southern Baptists in the work of the Cooperative Program,” Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, told the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee Feb. 21.
“... [I]f we follow all the way through with it, it will be a historic breakthrough for the Kingdom [and] for Southern Baptists,” agreed Morris H. Chapman, president of the Executive Committee. Read More
New book promotes CP by focusing on money management
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In an effort to maximize the work of the Southern Baptist Convention’s mission boards and other ministry groups by boosting giving through the Cooperative Program, Ken Hemphill has developed a new resource called “Making Change: A Transformational Guide to Christian Money Management.” Read More
Prayer lifted for mission boards amid respective controversies
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Looking to God and not to headlines, members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee prayed Feb. 20 for the work of the SBC’s two mission boards. Read More
CULTURE DIGEST: Parents wary of teens’ involvement in social websites; homosexual bishop treated for alcoholism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--MySpace.com and other social websites that allow anyone to post photos and personal information about themselves for all the world to see are increasingly becoming the focus of investigations related to the molestation, rape and murder of teenagers, and parents may be starting to catch on to the potential hazards of such sites. Read More
More than 1,100 attend sixth annual SBTS collegiate conference
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--As an 18-year-old University of Tennessee-Martin freshman, Brent Moore came to the first “Give Me An Answer” collegiate conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2001 hoping to be equipped to better proclaim the Gospel to a culture that is hostile to biblical truth. Read More
Prof: ‘Emerging church’ mixes constructive criticism with errors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The emerging church movement has started a helpful conversation about the need for churches to be relevant to postmodern culture but commits fatal errors in the areas of evangelism and the authority of Scripture, says Chuck Lawless, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More
Church must beware of dangers of 'postmodern spirituality,' Whitney says
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Being biblically grounded and church-centered is essential to true Christian spirituality in a postmodern culture, Donald Whitney told students Feb. 4 at the 2006 Collegiate Conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The rest of the story ... repeated once again
DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--For several years we have sounded an ominous alarm about dangers accruing for too many of those whose lives are governed by prescribed medicines that have the potential for deadly harm. Often these warnings have been met with wordy opposition, even in the church, by those who have become entrapped in our nation’s addiction to prescribed and over-the-counter medication. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The spiritual discipline of "Sir" and "Ma'am"
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--When one of my sons responded recently to a grown woman with a "yeah," he received discipline from his father. It was a lesson passed down through the generations, because I received the same discipline. One responded to a grown man with a "yes sir" and to a grown woman with a "yes ma'am." I grew up in an intentionally undignified Sandy Creek tradition Baptist church. We sang "Count Your Many Blessings," not "The Lord Is in His Holy Temple." Still, our pastor was "Brother Naron." If we had called him by his first name, we would have walked a familiar path to the switch tree. Read More