|April 23, 2013 by Tess Rivers, Baptist Press|
|"No foreigners beyond this point," reads the sign in a remote area of a Central Asian country. Paul Hart* notices it just as the motorcycle he is riding blows past.|
|Southeastern's enrollment reaches 2,999|
April 22, 2013 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor
"Our on-campus enrollment is stronger than it has ever been," said Daniel Akin as the Board of Visitors and Board of Trustees met for their biannual meeting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
|Samaritan's Purse: 100 million reasons to celebrate|
April 22, 2013 by Sherrie Norris, Special to the Recorder
Thousands of people converged in Orlando, Fla., April 6 to help Boone-based Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child (OCC) celebrate a milestone.
|Scouts propose allowing gay-identifying youth|
April 22, 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press
Members at the Boy Scouts national convention in May will consider a proposal that would leave in place the prohibition on homosexual Scout leaders but would allow youth who identify as gay to join. It was announced April 19.
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K. Allan Blume
I wrote an editorial for this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder that raises some questions about the role of government in tackling the sin problem. The subject is much larger than I can adequately describe in an 800-word editorial. But I hope my comments will prompt further discussion.
One of government’s roles is to maintain social order. To do so requires certain basic moral standards. One of my concerns is that government in the United States has chosen the wrong moral standards as the foundation for law. Furthermore, lawmakers have been too selective with the evils they address.
Is the government taking a stronger position in defining morality for us? Is the New Testament church abdicating our moral responsibility to politicians? As government grows stronger and the church grows smaller, it is extremely important that Christians stand strong and hold our ground.
As always, there are some great stories that deserve your attention this week – the status of the Boy Scouts’ position on homosexuality, the phenomenal growth of Southeastern Seminary, and other newsworthy items. Read the Biblical Recorder to stay informed.
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