Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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  • Gorsuch affirms independence, refuses opinion on Roe

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch defended his judicial independence and refused to express his opinion on U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- including Roe v. Wade -- during the first two days of hearings on his nomination to serve as a justice.

    In his opening statement Monday (March 20) and in responses to questions this morning (March 21), the nominee to the high court assured the Senate Judiciary Committee of his willingness to rule against President Trump, who nominated him. The hearings will continue tomorrow, with a committee vote scheduled April 3. Read More

  • ERLC 'unity' statement praised by Gaines, Graham

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement by Russell Moore and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission executive committee, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has drawn praise from SBC President Steve Gaines and former SBC President Jack Graham among others.

    Meanwhile, Christian worldview analyst John Stonestreet said in a radio interview that controversy surrounding Moore, the ERLC's president, gives Southern Baptists an opportunity to "model what it looks like to have deeply held differences ... on political issues" yet "keep the main things the main things and move forward in a way that improves the reputation of the Gospel." Read More

  • Jim Henry -- 'redeployed,' still on 'a wonderful run'

    by David Dawson/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jim Henry, mid-1990s president of the Southern Baptist Convention, hasn't been sitting around with his feet propped up since his 2006 retirement as pastor of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. -- unless it was sitting in airports or vehicles getting to his next assignment.

    "I'm busier now than I've ever been," said Henry, before adding with a laugh, "or maybe it just takes me longer to get everything done. [It's] one of the two." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Bible speaks on racism

    by David Johnson, posted Tuesday, March 21, 2017 (one year ago)

    The Bible speaks clearly against racism, David Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, writes, listing seven key principles. "We just need to believe it," he adds, "and live it." Read More