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GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowanceWASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance.
GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed April 26 that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption. Read More
Patterson clarifies domestic violence stanceFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson has clarified his view on domestic violence and voiced regret "that the way I expressed that conviction has brought hurt."
Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, issued a written statement Sunday (April 29) amid discussion on social media of an audio clip from 2000 in which he said the proper response of a wife to domestic abuse "depends on the level of abuse to some degree." Read More
Mac Brunson concludes 12-year FBC JAX pastorateJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- When Mac Brunson, co-senior pastor of 10,000-member First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, stepped into the pulpit Sunday, it began as any other worship experience.
But by the time the April 29 service ended, Brunson had announced his immediate resignation from his pastorate of a dozen years and left the sanctuary with his wife Deb.
Heath Lambert, a counseling professor at Southern Baptist Theological ... Read More
NAAF links with Prison Fellowship to reach communityKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Racial disparities within America's criminal justice system are spurring black Southern Baptist pastors to work more closely with the national evangelical Prison Fellowship ministry, a pastors' group told Baptist Press.
The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention is dialoging with Prison Fellowship to study ways pastors can cooperate with the national prison ministry to better serve congregations, NAAF Executive Director Dennis Mitchell said. Read More
Family, supporters mourn death of Alfie EvansLIVERPOOL, England (BP) -- Alfie Evans, the sick toddler at the center of a legal battle over his treatment in Britain, died early Saturday (April 28).
"My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30," his father, Tom Evans, 21, said in Facebook post. Doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, England, discontinued Alfie's life support Monday against his parents' wishes.
Evans and Alfie's mother, Kate Jones, lost appeal after appeal in court for the ... Read More
Beleaguered church buoyed by water from 'cursed' landWEST AFRICA (BP) -- In the Bible, God demonstrates His power through water. Jesus turned water into wine and then walked on top of waves. He even compares Himself to water.
God still uses water as a conduit for miracles. Last year, He blessed a small well in the desert of West Africa.
Shadrach Black, West Africa project coordinator for the Baptist Global Response humanitarian aid organization, recounted the miracle a ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Too much is at stake
Colorado Baptists' Nathan Lorick voices a call for unity as the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches. "There are millions whose eternities hang in the balance of us being united in the mission and task that God has created for us," he writes. Read More