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After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists
Jul02

After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

NASHVILLE (BP) — With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus to issues like alleged workplace, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Some have even proposed stripping churches of their tax-exempt status and legalizing polygamous marriage. Pro-LGBT activists view the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage “as a means to a greater end,” said Jon...

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Pastors respond to SCOTUS on TV, radio & in print
Jun30

Pastors respond to SCOTUS on TV, radio & in print

NASHVILLE (BP) — In the days following the Supreme Court’s nationwide legalization of gay marriage, Southern Baptist pastors have taken to television, radio, print media and social media in defense of biblical marriage. Undergirding their public engagement is a long line of Southern Baptist Convention actions underscoring biblical sexual ethics and calling for compassionate ministry to persons with same-sex attraction....

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Gay weddings: who must perform them?
Jun27

Gay weddings: who must perform them?

WASHINGTON (BP) — Legal opinions vary widely on what the U.S. Supreme Court’s mandate of nationwide same-sex marriage will mean for pastors and government officials authorized to perform weddings. Some legal experts say government officials charged with performing weddings could lose their jobs for refusing to marry gay couples. But others believe both ministers and government officials likely will have freedom not to...

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Holding Strong!: How Southern Baptists became pro-life
Jan27

Holding Strong!: How Southern Baptists became pro-life

NASHVILLE (BP)—In 1979, Larry Lewis picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion. “Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention,” Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press....

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‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipses not a sign, Baptist professors say
Apr15

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

NASHVILLE (BP) — 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. Hagee’s prediction “ignores” a common style of writing in the Bible known as “apocalyptic literature” that “frequently contains cosmic imagery” to...

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