Faith and Culture

White House flubs the Bible – along with everyone else

November 18 2011 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

WASHINGTON – The White House proved itself Scripturally challenged Nov. 2 when Press Secretary Jay Carney said: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Actually, no.

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Study: Gays can change sexual orientation

November 16 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

A major seven-year study published in a mainstream journal is challenging the secular notion that gays and lesbians cannot change their sexual orientation. The longitudinal study followed 61 subjects for between six and seven years and found that 23 percent of them reported successful conversion to heterosexual orientation and function and another 30 percent reported stable behavioral chastity with a significant dis-identification with gay orientation.

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Q&A: Songwriting duo shares why hymns matter

November 14 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The word “hymn” usually doesn’t lead to thoughts of “modern,” but modern hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty are trying to change that. That doesn’t mean they want churches to stop singing the old hymns – just the opposite – but they do want churches to see that modern songs can have a similar lyrical depth.

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Scroll fragments to be featured at 2011 SBL

November 14 2011 by Benjamin Hawkins, SWBTS Communications

FORT WORTH, Texas – Old Testament scholars will present their research on Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments during the 2011 meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Francisco, Nov. 19-22.

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SBC chaplain demonstrates Christ’s peace in war zone

November 11 2011 by Mickey Noah, North American Mission Board

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (BP) – U. S. Air Force Chaplain (Capt.) Kevin Humphrey’s last quarterly report to the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) chaplaincy group in Alpharetta, Ga., reads like the script of a Hollywood blockbuster.

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Army chaplain’s hero is wife

November 11 2011 by Mickey Noah, North American Mission Board

LIHUE, Hawaii (BP) – Talk to Army Chaplain (Col.) Brent Causey long enough and you’ll learn his ultimate hero is not Gen. David Petraeus, retired commander of forces in Afghanistan, now CIA director and his boss for three years as they both served in the war-torn country – although Causey brims with admiration and respect for the four-star general.

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Senate committee votes to repeal marriage act

November 11 2011 by Michael Foust , Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP) – A Democratic-controlled Senate committee passed a bill Nov. 10 that would overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), marking the first time that a committee in either chamber of Congress had acted to reverse the 1996 law that gives states the ability to make their own marriage laws.

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Pastors encouraged to maintain integrity, balance

November 10 2011 by Buddy Overman, BSC Communications

Day two of the North Carolina Baptist Pastor’s Conference Nov. 7 featured powerful sermons and exhortations from God’s Word. Clayton King, founder and president of Crossroads Worldwide, used 1 Kings 19 to illustrate how pastors can navigate both the highs and lows in pastoral ministry.

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Miss. Personhood amendment defeated

November 10 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

JACKSON, Miss. – On Nov. 8 Mississippi voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined human life as beginning at conception, capping a campaign that had divided the pro-life community and delivering a blow to the nationwide personhood movement.

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Polls: Minn., N.C. marriage amends. enjoy lead

November 9 2011 by Baptist Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment defining marriage between a man and a woman has a lead heading into the 2012 election, according to a new poll. The Star Tribune survey of 807 adults shows that by a margin of 48–41 percent, voters favor “amending the Minnesota constitution to allow marriage only between a man and a woman.”

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