Faith and Culture

Prop 8 supporters appeal to full 9th circuit

February 23 2012 by Baptist Press

Bypassing the Supreme Court for the moment, supporters of California Prop 8 are appealing a ruling that went against them to the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Q&A: A first-century fragment of Mark found?

February 23 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Much of the biblical scholarly world has been buzzing since Feb. 1, when a New Testament professor made a claim during a debate that was news to most everyone who heard it – a first-century fragment of Mark’s Gospel may have been found.

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Vanderbilt policy to impact Baptist group

February 22 2012 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist Press

Leaders of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at Vanderbilt University are determining how a new policy will affect the BCM ministry on campus. On Jan. 31, the administration of Vanderbilt met with students to explain its enforcement of the university’s non-discrimination policy and a new “all-comers” policy.

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Knicks’ Jeremy Lin dubbed the ‘Taiwanese Tebow’

February 21 2012 by Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin’s underdog story and outspoken evangelical faith have some sportswriters dubbing him the “Taiwanese Tebow.”

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Baptist ethicist on mandate: We’d rather go to jail, pay fines

February 20 2012 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Obama administration’s mandate that health insurance plans cover contraceptives that can cause abortions harms not only Baptists and other religious adherents but all Americans, two Southern Baptist ethicists told a congressional panel Feb. 16.

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Southern Baptists mull whether ‘Southern’ still fits

February 17 2012 by Roy Hoffman, Religion News Service

For Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life. He embraces the denomination’s conservative social values, extols its evangelism – “We reach out to people instead of waiting for them to come to us” – and identifies with its name.

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LifeWay trustees vote to continue selling ’11 NIV

February 17 2012 by Marty King, Baptist Press

Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources voted to continue selling the new NIV Bible in LifeWay stores, approved a new vice president for its largest division and elected new board officers.

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New LifeWay VP champions churches

February 17 2012 by Russ Rankin, Baptist Press

Eric Geiger wants to help pastors become heroes. “My dream is that we would bless and serve church leaders so well, they will become heroes within their area of ministry and influence,” said Geiger, newly appointed vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources’ church resources division.

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Poll: Many pastors feel lonely, but privileged in role

February 15 2012 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Though almost all pastors feel privileged to be in ministry, a majority also experience loneliness and discouragement. That is the finding of a new survey by LifeWay Research of 1,000 American Protestant pastors.

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True Love Waits marks February for purity

February 10 2012 by Don Beehler, Baptist Press

February sometimes is called the “month of love,” with Valentine’s week especially being a time when people not only send cards and gifts to loved ones, but also when families and churches give special attention to the meaning of true love and the value of saving sex for marriage.

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