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Moore, Obama meet on immigration reform

April 18 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president joined Obama and others in an oval office meeting April 15 as the attempt to reform the immigration system awaits action in the U.S. House of Representatives. Flaws in both the system and its enforcement have resulted in an estimated 11 million to 12 million…

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Food, tea aid couple’s ministry

April 17 2014 by Sara O’Hara, Baptist Press

“America Day” – when the Christian couple invited some Nepalese friends to their home to eat American food – had been a success. Living in Nepal has shown Reece and Justina Dehn the significance of building relationships and showing hospitality to those around them.

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‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say

April 16 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Televangelist John Hagee’s prediction that a series of “blood moon” lunar eclipses signals a “world shaking event” is a misinterpretation of the Bible, two Southern Baptist professors said. A complete lunar eclipse is called a “blood moon” because the earth blocks direct sunlight from striking the moon…

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Jehovah’s Witness prediction spurs evangelism

April 16 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The 100th anniversary of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ prediction that history would end in 1914 presents an opportunity for leading members of the group to faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, a Southern Baptist expert on Christian sects and cults said.

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Send North America vision shared with pastors

April 15 2014 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

The Send North America gathering in Nashville both introduced church leaders to the North American Mission Board’s Send North America strategy and cast a vision for the Send North America Conference, to be held next year at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Aug. 3-4.

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ERLC, IMB, GuideStone urge court to uphold housing allowance

April 14 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the International Mission Board and GuideStone Financial Resources signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief with a diversity of religious organizations in the important church-state case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

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‘Subjective discrimination’ fuels states’ religious freedom bills

April 11 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Concern that anti-discrimination laws infringe on religious liberty is among factors that have prompted more than a dozen states to consider religious freedom bills to protect Christians’ right to speak against homosexuality. Currently, 18 states have passed versions of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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‘Future of marriage’: topic of ERLC conference

April 10 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Escalating support for same-sex marriage from the American people and their court system is part of a new wave of challenges for Christians, Russell Moore says. The ERLC announced April 7 a national conference to help with that goal. The event, titled “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage,” will be held Oct. 27-29 in Nashville.

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Carver: Fort Hood counts on chaplains

April 9 2014 by Carolyn Curtis, Baptist Press

Participating in an April 9 memorial service with President Obama in attendance is one of many ways military chaplains are ministering in the wake of a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left four dead, including the gunman, with 16 people injured.

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Supreme Court declines photographers’ appeal

April 8 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Supreme Court announced without comment April 7 it would not review a lower court decision that found Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin, Christians who operate a photography business, violated New Mexico’s ban on sexual orientation discrimination by refusing to photograph a lesbian commitment ceremony.

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