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HOUSTON (BP) –The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29). The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and...

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A shocking new poll shows that more Americans oppose gay “marriage” than support it. A poll released earlier this month shows that 47 percent of Americans “oppose legalizing same-sex marriage,” while only 44 percent supported...

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Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, responds to those who are critical of the Cooperative Program (CP). To learn more about the CP, visit mobaptist.org/cp....

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Former President Jimmy Carter recently made two important points – one of which was ridiculous and the other quite correct, but not rightly applied. In the first case, Mr. Carter affirmed gay civil rights and...

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Federal judges have invalidated the will of millions of Americans who voted to amend their state constitutions to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. I am shocked at the lack...

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“Opposition from the world is an opportunity to witness,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during a special Heritage Week chapel service, Oct. 15. “The opportunity of greatest Christian...

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and a motion for a temporary restraining order Oct. 17 to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers...

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Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined together to speak out against the recent subpoenas targeting Houston area pastors. In response to these pastors being asked to turn over their sermons,...

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"The country settled, a long time ago, with a First Amendment that the government would not supervise, license, or bully religious institutions," and Houston's pastors and churches should follow the New Testament example by defying...

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Activists are demanding that Justice Elena Kagan recuse herself from any Supreme Court case determining the future of same-sex “marriage” after she officiated a homosexual “wedding” – a call seemingly endorsed by fellow Justice Ruth...

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BOSTON – In a meeting room at Boston’s Fenway Park, Southern Baptist church planter and Boston Red Sox chaplain Bland Mason explains how much members of his plant, City On A Hill church, long for...

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This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of...

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) – Faith-based films are becoming more and more like real movies, not just cinematic sermonettes. Better still, many Hollywood actors looking for roles of substance are embracing film characters that depict...

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,…” I John 4: 18 Halloween is a holiday that presents a real challenge to Christians. Many would like to ignore it. Some try...

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“Most people pray when they need the red phone for help,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, adding that many of them may not have a prayer life “rooted in a relationship with...

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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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CHICAGO (BP) – Supporters of the ministerial housing allowance should be hopeful about a federal appeals court’s anticipated ruling on the 60-year-old provision, a religious liberty lawyer said after oral arguments in the case. The...

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By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the horrific video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious inside a casino elevator. The Ravens have terminated Rice’s contract, and the NFL has placed...

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Dr. Larry Lewis was shocked when in 1979 he opened a St. Louis newspaper to see the full-page ad listing the religious denominations and groups who favored a “pro-choice” – a pro-abortion – position.  He...

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WASHINGTON (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity has called for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a municipal sign ordinance it says violates a church’s free speech and assembly rights. The...

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FERGUSON – When the National Day of Prayer (NDP) bus stopped at First Baptist Church Ferguson Sept. 13, the prayer warriors moved beyond their planned emphasis and prayed for unity. According to Dion Elmore, the...

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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...

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ST. LOUIS – God is on the move in North America and every follower of Jesus –regardless of age, talent or personality –can play a vital part in what He is doing to push back...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – Tim Tebow, the popular former college and pro quarterback revered and criticized for his Christian faith and his on-the-field prayers that coined the word “Tebowing,” continues to make headlines this year as...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptists must boldly proclaim the Gospel as they fight for religious freedom in the United States and globally, David Platt said in an interview conducted by the Southern Baptist Ethics &...

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BRISTOL, Fla. (BP) – Local lore – spun by a Baptist preacher in the 1950s – has it that the Garden of Eden may have been in the Southeast. The Apalachicola River that flows near...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen  –  this time offered by Victoria Osteen as...

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The Send North America Experience Tour is a gathering for the church that challenges you to leverage your life in a way that counts for the kingdom. The tour carries the God-sized vision for pushing...

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KANSAS CITY – During a chapel service and prayer summit held at Midwestern Seminary on Aug. 27, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) emphasized the need for “extraordinary prayer” in expectancy of the...

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The premiere on America's public television stations of a documentary about late-term abortion doctors has prompted concerns and criticisms from pro-life advocates. On Sept. 1, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) telecast "After Tiller," a 2013...

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Participants of the Heartland Interstate Strategy (HIS) vision tour exited the bus on Prospect Hill and gazed into South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska. Dr. Leo Endel, a former pastor in the...

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The United States possesses a distinctive duty in Iraq to combat the reign of terror by an Islamist army and needs discernment on how to do so, the Southern Baptist Convention’s lead ethicist has said....

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ATLANTA (BP) — S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, died today (Sept. 8) at 1:35 a.m., according to an announcement from the Atlanta-based restaurant chain. Cathy was 93. Baptist Press will post...

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R.G. Lee Payday Someday from Baptist Press on Vimeo. Some people have called it the most famous sermon of the 20th century. R.G. Lee, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis from 1927 to 1960,...

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A U.S. Federal Court magistrate found no evidence of misconduct in last year’s sale of Glorieta Baptist Conference Center to a Christian camping ministry. The judge’s 79-page document filed yesterday (Sept. 4) recommends dismissal of...

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) – An atheist group reached a settlement last month with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over stronger enforcement of policies against “church politicking,” and at least one religious freedom group voiced optimism,...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – LifeWay Christian Resources is exploring opportunities to better utilize its downtown Nashville corporate offices, which could mean the sale of some – or all – of the 14.5-acre property, Thom Rainer said...

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Lawmakers will gather in Jefferson City Sept. 10 for this year’s veto session. They will consider overriding vetoes of two pro-life bills by Gov. Jay Nixon. The first veto was of legislation that expands the...

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MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) – Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary has signed a purchase agreement for a new primary campus site in Southern California east of Los Angeles near the Ontario International Airport. In announcing...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. His family has called for justice in his shooting while...

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TWISP, Wash. – Patty Wetzel already knew the life-altering devastation that can come when fire strikes her home. She remembers well the night 37 years ago—as a young mother—when she and her family were forced...

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For many of the members at Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville, N.C., the events of Oct. 2, 2013 will be etched in their memories for the rest of their lives. On that day nearly...

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SOUTHGATE, Mich. – One pastor learned the answer to prayer sometimes comes in the least likely of ways – even a bank robbery. This unexpected answer to prayer came while Calvary Baptist Church in Southgate,...

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The Christian movie wave has not yet subsided and doesn’t look to be slowing down. Alex and Stephen Kendrick, creators of Courageous and Fireproof and authors of The Love Dare, have finished principle filming of...

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BAYFIELD, Colo. (BP) – An exhibit of 19,000 white 12-inch crosses rotates among various locations in Bayfield, Colo. The crosses are an outreach of First Baptist Church. The Crosses Project, seen only in the town...

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“Strong, independent, graceful, assertive, understanding – these descriptors I preferred. Submissive sounds weak. For a long time I didn’t even want to look at those passages in the Bible that talk about submission,” SarahHorn recounted...

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The deaf residents of Manchester, Conn., now have a church of their own, as do the students at the University of Hartford – and it’s right on campus. This is because God is using church...

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. – It’s easy to forget about the “other” St. Louis on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River, but the churches of Laclede Baptist Association have seen Kingdom results in East...

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NEW YORK (BP) – GuideStone assets have nearly doubled since the bottom of the economic downturn of 2008-2009, trustees learned during their 2014 summer meeting. Total organizational assets rose to $13.1 billion by the end...

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CUBA (BP) – A diverse group of students marked the third opportunity for The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville, Fla., to participate in the ongoing partnership between Baptists in the state and Cuba....

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