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PTA turns down exhibitor request from ex-gay group
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--The National Parent Teacher Association has denied a pro-family organization that advocates for the ex-gay community, Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays, the right to exhibit at the PTA's national convention, June 10-13, in Memphis, Tenn.'Why is it gay groups meet the PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy but our families do not?' -- PFOX executive director Regina GriggsPFOX was told in a letter from the PTA's president, Charles J. "Chuck" Saylors, that PFOX's mission, goals and objectives were "not in harmony with the National PTA's Diversity and Inclusion Policy." Saylors, the first male national PTA president, is a member of Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. He served a two-year term, 2003-2005, as the South Carolina PTA president. Read More
People 'being killed for their organs'?
WASHINGTON (BP)--A dangerous precedent was set in Belgium, an ethicist said, when a woman chose assisted suicide and then opted to donate her organs. Read More
Poll: Half say abortion morally wrong
WASHINGTON (BP)--A new Gallup poll reports the American public takes various stands on the moral acceptability of life issues. Read More
JOHNNY HUNT: In his own words
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--At the news conference after messengers elected him to lead the Southern Baptist Convention in 2008, Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., stated that key points of focus for his presidency would be "to keep ... our hearts on what united us" and "inspiring the next generation with a vision for the Southern Baptist Convention."
In many ways, the annual meeting in Orlando will define the success of these efforts.
Last year, messengers overw... Read More
BOBBY WELCH: A view of the crossroads
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--During his 40 years of ministry, Bobby Welch has served the Southern Baptist Convention from a wide range of perspectives including prominent pastor, SBC president and now as strategist for Global Evangelical Relations (a ministry that continues already established relationships and builds others in the wake of the SBC's withdrawal from the Baptist World Alliance).
Such diversity marks not just his roles in the SBC, but also his life and service:
-- During the Vi... Read More
GCRTF VIEWPOINT (J.D. Greear): Why younger S. Baptists should pay attention
DURHAM, N.C. (BP)--I want to address those of you who, like me, have a Baptist past but have often found yourself wondering, regarding the Southern Baptist Convention, "What is the point? Aren't denominations a thing of the past?"
I want to try and persuade you that this movement, the Great Commission Resurgence, is something of God, is valuable for the Kingdom, and worth the investment of your time. I do so simply as a pastor of a young Southern Baptist church, not as an official spokespe... Read More
GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Ernest J. Kelley): GCR plan sends SBC back to pre-1950s era
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The question the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force brings to the Southern Baptist Convention is not "whether," but "how" will we facilitate this divine commission. Key proposals this task force is bringing before the SBC could potentially weaken, lessen effectiveness and divide our convention.
Specifically, there are three critical areas of concern:
First is the Cooperative Program. We need to find ways to strengthen and improve the Cooperative Program, but ... Read More
GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Danny Sinquefield): The motivation behind the mission
BARTLETT, Tenn. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention is talking about the Great Commission with a renewed sense of energy and expectancy. This is a good thing. Our Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has worked faithfully and prayerfully to bring a proposal to our annual meeting that will capture a compelling vision for our churches, state conventions, and our agencies to embrace. This is a positive moment in the life of our convention that God can use to unify us around a common cause and a... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What hath Nebraska wrought?
WASHINGTON (BP)--You can't keep a good state down. Nebraska has again stepped up to take the lead against the horrific practice of late-term abortion and its main proponent. Read More