• Prestonwood escrows CP funds, cites ERLC actions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    At issue are what the congregation calls "various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Convention," according to a statement the church released to Louisiana's Baptist Message newsjournal. Read More

  • House votes to annul rule protecting Planned Parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives acted Thursday (Feb. 16) to rescind a two-month-old rule from the Obama administration that effectively restricts states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

    The House voted 230-188 for House Joint Resolution 43, which disapproves of the rule and renders it without effect. Representatives took the action under Congress' authority to review agency rulemaking -- in this case, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • Pastors' Conference speakers meet to unify sermons

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Keith Collier
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally.

    This year's Pastors'Conference added another first -- the first time the speakers met in advance to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity to their sermons. Read More

  • Key leaders lend support to Pastors' Conference

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Celebrating smaller membership churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is a key aspect of this year's Pastors' Conference. However, key leaders are calling for broad participation by pastors regardless of the size of their church.

    "The core of the SBC has always been faithful men and women living out the Great Commission in local churches without the benefits of large platforms, big budgets or headline recognition," J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., noted. Read More

  • 78 U.S. lawmakers call for release of jailed pastor

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers have signed a letter calling for the release of Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen believed to have been jailed for his Christian faith in Turkey where he had pastored more than 23 years.

    The chairman and ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee are among 78 signatories of the letter calling for Brunson's release, Senate committee chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said in a Feb. 16 press release. Brunson, formerly of Black Mountain, N.C., has been held since October 2016 on accusations of being a member of an armed terrorist group. Read More

  • Restored motorcycles & lives keep Satan 'ticked off'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, February 17, 2017 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    LAUREL, Miss. (BP) -- Next door to Mission at the Cross in Laurel, Miss., is a bike shop. There, residents of the mission -- from former drug addicts and alcoholics to the homeless and ex-convicts -- take damaged, broken-down motorcycles and completely rebuild them.

    Lest anyone miss the parallel between the motorcycles and the residents of the mission who work on them, the repaired bikes are referred to as "born-again motorcycles." Read More