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  • Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

    Pope Francis’ reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics. At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis’ concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years …

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  • Caswell summer staff member dies in wreck

    September 8 2016 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Caswell summer staff member dies in wreck

    A pastor’s daughter known for her artistic and musical talent died Sept. 2 at age 17. Sarah Anne Johnson was involved in a one-car accident in Asheboro. “Sarah was cheerful, talented in art and music, and committed to doing her best,” said Rick Holbrook, director of Fort Caswell. “She was grounded in her faith and had a true servant’s heart.”

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  • Phyllis Schlafly, defender of family & unborn, dies

    September 8 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Phyllis Schlafly, defender of family & unborn, dies

    Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the conservative group Eagle Forum who was known for her decades-long advocacy on behalf of the traditional family, died Sept. 5. She was 92. Schlafly opposed the feminist movement for more than 40 years. An attorney, speaker and mother of six, she also publicly opposed abortion, same-sex marriage and communism.

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  • Court blocks hospital’s attempt to end toddler’s life support

    June 1 2016 by Samantha Gobba, World News Service | with 0 comments
    Court blocks hospital’s attempt to end toddler’s life support

    A federal appeals court ruled the family of a toddler clinging to life in a Calif. hospital could have more time to find a new facility. Doctors declared 2-year-old Israel Stinson brain dead after an asthma attack deprived him of oxygen. His parents dispute his diagnosis and want to give him a chance to recover.

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  • Moore: Pope’s reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    February 24 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore: Pope’s reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    Pope Francis is wrong in asserting the death penalty always violates the Bible’s command not to murder, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission took issue with the reasoning used by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in his abolitionist appeal.

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  • Florida capital sentencing procedure overturned

    January 14 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Florida capital sentencing procedure overturned

    The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a Florida law granting judges rather than juries the final say in whether convicted murders receive the death penalty. Some observers wonder whether the Jan. 12 ruling signals a step toward a broader decision on the constitutionality of the death penalty.

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  • SCOTUS ruling rekindles death penalty debate

    July 22 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SCOTUS ruling rekindles death penalty debate

    A Supreme Court ruling that Oklahoma’s method of lethal injection does not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” has rekindled discussion of capital punishment among evangelicals and the high court’s nine justices. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled June 29 that Oklahoma may use the sedative midazolam …

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  • Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence

    May 29 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence

    The death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, combined with four allegedly botched executions in the U.S. last year and an anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty this summer, has fueled debate among evangelicals regarding the legitimacy of capital punishment.

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  • Schiavo case, 10 years later, still a ‘tragedy’

    April 1 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Schiavo case, 10 years later, still a ‘tragedy’

    The 10th anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s death has prompted discussions of marriage laws, the definition of a “good death” and even the pro-life record of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Schiavo died March 31, 2005, at age 41 some 15 years after collapsing in her St. Petersburg, Fla., home in cardiac arrest.

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  • Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and ‘death with dignity’

    March 24 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Kara Tippetts, Brittany Maynard and ‘death with dignity’

    Metastatic breast cancer took Kara Tippetts from her pastor husband, Jason, and their four children on March 22. She was just 38. In her last years of life, her saga of accepting suffering became a cultural force for another way of choosing death with dignity, one that refused to hasten death.

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  • Union grieves tragic loss of senior

    February 20 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Union grieves tragic loss of senior

    A Union University senior was found dead in her car Feb. 12 on Union University’s campus in Jackson, Tenn., from an apparent gunshot wound. Jackson police later charged Greenlee’s fiancé Charles Pittman with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in connection with Greenlee’s death.

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  • Iranian-American pastor threatened with death

    January 15 2013 by John Evans, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor currently imprisoned in Iran, is being threatened with death as the country continues its longstanding pressures against Christians, according to a U.S. organization advocating in Abedini’s behalf. The Iranian-born Abedini, a U.S. citizen who planted a network of house churches in Iran, was imprisoned last September and recently indicted on secret charges.

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  • ‘Faithful’ retired missions professor remembered

    January 3 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    Justice Anderson, a Southern Baptist missionary in Argentina for 17 years who later founded Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s World Missions Center, died Dec. 29. He was 83. Anderson and his wife Mary Ann were Southern Baptist missionaries to Argentina from 1959-74.

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  • Social media reverberates with Newtown tragedy comment

    December 19 2012 by Aaron Earls, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Social media reverberates with Newtown tragedy comment

    As news of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School spread Dec. 14, Southern Baptists active on social media began to offer their thoughts on the tragedy as well as their prayers for the people of Newtown, Conn., and messages of hope for all those impacted.

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  • Funerals begin in Connecticut

    December 18 2012 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Funerals begin in Connecticut

    Funerals were held Dec. 17 for two of the 20 children shot to death last Friday in the presumed safety of a Newtown, Ct., elementary school. At nearby Southbury Baptist Church, pastor Bryan Sims met Monday with Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers drawn to the community to speed healing and offer salvation.

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