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Potential church planters get enhanced screeningALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Church planter Bryan Bair became involved in Southern Baptist life as a youth when he accepted the invitation to join a friend at church. God called Bair into ministry at a Southern Baptist church and he had served in Southern Baptist churches for nearly two decades.
But the 38-year-old, who was in the beginning stages of planting South Point Church in Tallahassee, Fla., was thinking long and hard about whether the new outreach should be part of a denomination. Read More
Atheists plan billboards against Ark museumWILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- A small group of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana atheists has launched a campaign to buy billboards mocking the message of the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter museum and its July 7 opening.
The 1,500-member Tri-State Freethinkers have raised $10,000 to post negative billboards near the life-sized recreation of Noah's Ark and to, as their Indiegogo funding page asserts, "drive our billboard around the Ark Encounter every weekend for the entire summer." Read More
Tenn. Christian counselors get 'added protection'
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Tennessee law allowing licensed counselors to opt out of serving patients whose goals "conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor" has drawn praise from two Southern Baptist mental health care professionals despite the American Counseling Association's condemnation of the measure as discriminatory against homosexuals. Read More
Anglican rift over same-sex marriage widens
NAIROBI, Kenya (BP) -- Conservative Anglicans reiterated their frustration with the U.K.-based Anglican Communion over the growing divide on same-sex marriage.
Six primates with the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), an organization representing archbishops and their provinces around the world, met April 18-21 in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the group's future and its ongoing response to the January meeting of Anglican bishops in Canterbury, England. See related [http://www.bpnews.net/46156/episcopal-church-censured-for-gay-marriage-stance]story[/URL]. Read More
MOVIES: 'Spiritual profundity' on big screen
Movie critic Phil Boatwright shares spiritual lessons amplified on the silver screen. "It's rare to get spiritual profundity at the movies, but occasionally, Hollywood is helpful," he writes. Read More
Bible Study: May 1, 2016
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Protect your children against 'ordinary'
Protect your children from "an ordinary life," Lee Clamp writes. "Protect them from a life of success, and lead them toward a life of significance. Let them dream. Let them try. Let them fail," Clamp, evangelism group director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention, writes. "Who knows? In the process, they may change the world." Read More
Pa. church shooting: member charged with manslaughter
NORTH WALES, Pa. (BP) -- A member of a Philadelphia Southern Baptist church has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of a fellow church member during a worship service April 24.
Mark Storms, 46, allegedly shot and killed 27-year-old Robert Braxton during an altercation in the worship center of Keystone Fellowship's campus in North Wales, Pa., shortly after the 11 a.m. service began. Read More