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Jack Harwell, 'controversial' Baptist editor, diesMORROW, Ga. (BP) -- Jack Harwell, editor of The Christian Index for 21 years during his 30 years with Georgia Baptists' newsjournal, died Jan. 18 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
A family obituary described Harwell, 86, as "a respected editor, but a controversial one, serving during a time of division in Baptist life over both theological and social issues. Harwell was part of the moderate branch of Southern Baptists that would later break away and form the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship."
The family obituary also stated, "Perhaps his greatest editorial was written after the  assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Harwell called him 'a noble Baptist leader' who 'did more to help his race and to combat the evil oppression of racism and inequality than any other person in modern times.' He called on Georgia Baptists to be in the forefront in seeking 'human equality for all our citizens.' Read More
Reasons for Christians to sing spotlighted at conf.LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Worship leaders and pastors gathered at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Nov. 8-10 for the Doxology and Theology national conference. Matt Boswell, pastor at Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, hosted and organized the conference.
The theme of the conference was "liturgy," and the main sessions highlighted the church's need to sing, read, see, pray and preach the Word of God on a regular basis. Each session highlighted one of those five liturgies in a 45-minute sermon and included dedicated singing time and short, 15-minute talks. Read More
ETS meeting includes 190 Southern Baptist presentersDENVER (BP) -- The Holy Spirit theme of the Evangelical Theological Society's annual meeting provided a venue for application of Scripture's teaching on the Holy Spirit to a variety of disciplines.
According to a count by Baptist Press, a quarter of the presentations (some 190 of 750) were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, Southern Baptist Convention entities and colleges that partner with Baptist state conventions.
The 2,700 participants at the Nov. 13-15 meeting in Denver marked the second highest ... Read More
WWI missions, theology legacies rememberedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist minister C.C. Davison encountered recently drafted soldier Grover Cleaver Sept. 12, 1918, on the back steps of an Army mess hall. Grover appeared dejected over the telegram announcing his mother's death. Sitting on the steps, Davison wrote in Arkansas' Baptist Advance newsjournal, "I marked for him a tract furnished by our Sunday School Board" and "led him to the Savior." A month later, Cleaver was dead.
"What if there had been no Baptist war worker?" Davison asked. Read More
Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinionsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.
Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
"When the majority of Americans believe religious belief is more personal opinion than objective truth, then we expect to see contradictory beliefs [as well as] beliefs that change over time," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More
Pope's death penalty reversal prompts closer lookROME (BP) -- Pope Francis' reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics.
At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis' concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years and increasing awareness of racial and economic disparities in the criminal justice system. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Taking time to read the 'times'
"God has provided us with moral signs that must be read," Rudy Gonzalez writes, "if we are to understand our world, our politics and our cultures with greater sensitivity." Read More
GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'NASHVILLE (BP) -- GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions of pity for the popular men's magazine.
"Our response as believers should not be defensiveness or outrage," said Union University Bible professor George Guthrie, "but pity for those who have never glimpsed even the smallest ray of beauty, the song of hope found in the Bible's wonderfully cohesive story."
Last week, GQ's editors published a list of "21 books you don't have to read and 21 you should read instead," complied by "a group of un-boring writers." At no. 12 on the list, novelist Jesse Ball recommended scrapping the Bible in favor of Agota Kristof's novel "The Notebook." Read More
Pope's alleged hell denial scrutinizedROME (BP) -- Pope Francis' reported denial that hell exists -- which the Vatican says is not "a faithful transcription" of his words -- has occasioned analyses of both Roman Catholic and biblical teachings on hell.
"Even if Francis did indeed deny the existence of hell or affirm some form of annihilationism, his comments to a journalist are his personal words and do not constitute Roman Catholic doctrine or change it from its official formulation," said Gregg Allison, a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor and author of "Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment." Read More
Christ's resurrection: strongest evidence citedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Did Jesus really rise from the dead?
It's a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations. This year, two Southern Baptists who train others to defend the faith have offered their thoughts on the best way to answer.
Rob Phillips, who leads apologetics for the Missouri Baptist Convention, pointed to the "minimal facts argument," which defends the resurrection using only evidence "considered virtually undeniable," even by skeptics. Stephen Wellum, a theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said evidence for the resurrection always must be coupled with an explanation of the resurrection's significance within the Christian worldview. Read More