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Houston sermon subpoenas unite Baptists

October 20 2014 by Tom Strode & Bonnie Pritchett, Baptist Press

The city of Houston has managed to unite Baptists divided on other issues to speak with one voice on an application of their shared belief in religious freedom – that the government should not subpoena sermons.

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Drop pastor subpoenas, Texas AG to city atty.

October 17 2014 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist Texan/Baptist Press

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance’s protections based on sexual orientation.

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Marriage ‘non-decision’ draws Roe comparison

October 17 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Appearing on C-SPAN Oct. 14, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said the justices’ decision not to review lower-court invalidations of state laws banning gay marriage “was essentially an under-the-radar Roe versus Wade for marriage.” Roe v. Wade was the high court’s 1973 opinion that …

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Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons

October 16 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a motion on behalf of the pastors seeking to halt the subpoenas.

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‘Theology of marriage’ needed, Moore says

October 15 2014 by Gary D. Myers and Frank Michael McCormack, Baptist Press

Christians must hold fast to both conviction and kindness as they share the gospel in a culture that is increasingly supportive of same-sex marriage, Russell D. Moore said during a luncheon at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on the church, homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

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Black pastors engaged in IMB mission

October 15 2014 by Emily Easttom, IMB/Baptist Press

In August, five African-American pastors were challenged by the International Mission Board to embark on a journey to Tanzania to take the gospel to an unengaged, unreached people group like the Vidunda. On the trip, nearly 10 people came to Christ.

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Same-sex marriage on 35-state trajectory

October 13 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

With the latest judicial action, a ruling by a federal appeals court, marriage between people of the same sex will be nearly double the number of states prior to the Supreme Court’s assent to appeals court rulings Oct. 6 that struck down state laws limiting marriage to one man and one woman.

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‘Sending’ churches needed

October 13 2014 by Mike Ebert, Baptist Press

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, issued a call to Southern Baptist churches to come alongside church planters in North America in a way that will encourage, strengthen and provide accountability as they seek to take the gospel to under-reached areas.

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Hillsong big winner at 45th Dove Awards

October 9 2014 by Baptist Press staff

Hillsong UNITED, a worship band at Australia’s Hillsong Church, was the big winner at the Gospel Music Association’s 45th annual Dove Awards Oct. 7. The band was named Artist of the Year and their song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” received awards for Song of the Year, Contemporary Christian Performance…

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U.S. Ebola patient dies in Dallas hospital

October 9 2014 by Baptist Press Staff

The first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil died on Oct. 8. Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, died at 7:51 a.m. CDT, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reported. Duncan contracted the virus in Monrovia, Liberia, where he lived, days before flying to Dallas and developing signs of the disease.

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