United Methodists elect first openly gay bishop

July 28 2016 by Ciera Horton, WORLD News Service

The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the denomination’s first openly lesbian bishop on July 15, going against the UMC’s official stance on homosexuality. The Rev. Karen Oliveto’s election follows long-term disputes within the 12.7 million-member UMC about homosexuality, furthering concerns of an impending church division.

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DNC features Planned Parenthood, talk of ‘glass ceiling’

July 28 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Talk of Hillary Clinton’s Methodist roots, an address by Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and discussion of Clinton’s becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party were among the newsworthy events July 26 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Felony charges dropped over baby body parts videos

July 27 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

All criminal charges have been dismissed against two investigators who posed as procurers of aborted baby body parts in undercover videos of interactions with Planned Parenthood executives. Daleiden and Merritt had been charged with tampering with a governmental record by using false identifications to enter Planned Parenthood and faced up to 20 years in prison.

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DNC abortion stance provokes pro-life Democrats

July 27 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Despite the Democratic Party’s adoption July 25 of a platform calling, for the first time ever, for direct taxpayer funding of abortion, a pro-life group within in the party is laboring at the Democratic National Convention to shift Democrats’ stance on sanctity of life issues.

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‘Left Behind’ author Tim LaHaye dies at 90

July 26 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Tim LaHaye, author of the best selling Left Behind novels who helped stir a national interest in end-times prophecy, died July 25 of a stroke. He was 90. In addition to his end-times novels, LaHaye was a pastor, evangelical leader and author of more than 60 other books with 14 million copies in print.

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Motion well taken: Connecting Robert’s Rules to the Great Commission

July 26 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Biblical Recorder interviewed four of the SBC’s current parliamentarians to see if the allegedly boring yearly procedures are a vital part of Southern Baptist life, or just dead weight. The annual parliamentary session is the “vital connection” between local churches and the entities that enable their missionary efforts.

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CLI finds niche in prison ministry

July 25 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

When Kathleen Skaar moved to Raleigh more than 20 years ago, she and her husband, Anders, did the “proper thing:” joined a church. Both admit they did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at the time. In April 1995 Skaar attended a church-sponsored women’s retreat. Skaar gave her life to Christ that day.

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Trump promises change; Baptists remain divided

July 25 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Donald Trump told Americans he would solve their country’s problems in accepting the Republican Party’s nomination for president but appeared unable to bridge the divide over his candidacy among Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians. “I am your voice,” Trump told viewers more than once. “I am with you. I will fight for you.”

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Kaine, a social ‘moderate,’ is Clinton VP choice

July 25 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, whose pro-life stands in state-level offices stand in stark contrast to a socially liberal voting record since being elected to the U.S. Senate, has been selected as the running mate of presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Clinton announced her selection July 22 via text message to her supporters.

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Pence makes case for Trump; Cruz steals spotlight

July 22 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Vice presidential nominee Mike Pence made a social conservative’s case for Donald Trump on the Republican National Convention’s third day, but the runner-up – Ted Cruz – grabbed the spotlight by refusing to endorse his party’s nominee. Pence accepted the nomination for vice president and offered reasons Trump should be trusted over Hillary Clinton.

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