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Panel at SEBTS reflects on civil rights

October 1 2014 by Staff/SEBTS communications team, Biblical Press

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a two-day event focused on America’s struggle for social equality and the roles people of faith played during the civil rights movement.

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Mo. Baptists, join battle over sign restrictions

October 1 2014 by Staff/Missouri Pathway, Baptist Press

The Missouri Baptist Convention has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in joining other religious groups asking for a sign – that religious freedom trumps local sign codes which discriminate against churches and church plants. The case, Reed v. Town of Gilbert, originating the Phoenix area …

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Climate policies said to harm poor

September 30 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Issued by the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation Sept. 17 and signed by more than 150 scientists, economists, theologians and others, “Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies” contends that the effects of carbon dioxide on the climate are…

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ERLC: Town’s sign code violates church freedom

September 29 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission joined in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 22 that contends the sign code of Gilbert, Ariz., discriminates against churches while favoring political and ideological messages. The brief, filed by the Christian Legal Society, asserts the code is based on…

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See You at the Pole marks 24 years

September 26 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The global prayer meeting ‘See You at the Pole’ marked its 24th year Sept. 24. An estimated three million or more elementary through college students gathered at flagpoles on campuses across the United States and many foreign countries to pray for moral and spiritual awakening for their schools and communities.

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Pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

September 25 2014 by Marty King, Baptist Press

According to the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention Compensation study, compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.

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ERLC seeks protection of pregnant workers

September 25 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has joined nearly two dozen other pro-life organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect pregnant women from workplace discrimination. The ERLC signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed Sept. 11 that calls for the justices to uphold employment safeguards in the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

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‘Third way’ church disfellowshipped from SBC

September 24 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Acting on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention, its Executive Committee has withdrawn fellowship from a New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif. where some members, including the pastor Danny Cortez, believe that “same-sex marriage can be blessed by God.”

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Carver: Churches should minister to veterans

September 23 2014 by Jacqui Claypool, Special to the Recorder

Retired U.S. Army chaplain Major General Douglas Carver spoke at a meeting of Agape, a Christian counseling service in Charlotte, on the anniversary September 11th. He believes Christians have a moral obligation to make sure veterans come home to a grateful nation, and that we link up with them.

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Moore to Reid: Vote on relig. Freedom post

September 19 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist public policy leader Russell D. Moore has urged Majority Leader Harry Reid to permit a Senate vote on the nomination of David Saperstein to the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom, a position deemed highly necessary during a time…

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