Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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  • T-shirts now in religious liberty battle's spotlight

    by Art Toalston & Kentucky Today Staff, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (BP) -- And now it's T-shirts.

    Blaine Adamson, owner of Hands On Originals apparel company, has become another figure in the battle over religious liberty for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride festival because of his Christian beliefs.

    In 2014, Adamson's small business in Lexington, Ky., was charged by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission with violating the city's fairness ordinance for refusing to print T-shirts in 2012 ordered by Lexington's Gay and Lesbian Services Organization.

    Both the Fayette Circuit Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals subsequently ruled in favor of Hands On Originals before an appeal was filed with the Kentucky Supreme Court in January. Read More

  • Nigeria's Adeagbo sees God in unlikely Olympic trek

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- They may not have much snow and ice in Nigeria, but that hasn't stopped Simidele Adeagbo from making Olympic history -- and she says the Lord is the one who directed her path.

    Adeagbo is the first Nigerian, the first African female and the first black female to compete in the skeleton event (riding down a track headfirst on a sled) in the Olympics.

    Lots of athletes spend years practicing their sport to attain the skills necessary to make the Olympics. For Adeagbo, it was just a matter of weeks. Read More

  • Museum of the Bible offers Olympics devotional plan

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A new devotional plan connects Bible reading to the Winter Olympics and gives readers insight into how the Bible has affected current and former Olympians.

    Produced by the Museum of the Bible, "Winter Olympics and the Bible" is a 10-day plan available for free on the YouVersion Bible app and at Bible.com.

    "These Winter Olympians all had significant moments in their lives where the Bible provided hope and comfort in the face of struggles and triumphs," said Allison Brown, a writer and editor for the Museum of the Bible in Washington. "Readers can use this reading plan individually as part of their daily routine, or complete the plan with friends as they cheer for their favorite athletes." Read More

  • LGBT hiring policy highlights CBF factions

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's decision to lift its absolute ban of hiring homosexual and transgender individuals has drawn diverse reactions from within the Fellowship -- and predictions that churches on both sides of the ideological spectrum could break ties with the CBF.

    "The reality is that we're liable to lose some churches -- on the left and on the right," Steve Wells, a Houston pastor who served on the CBF committee that recommended revising the Fellowship's hiring policy, told Texas' Baptist Standard newsjournal. "I really don't believe it will be that many." Read More

  • #MeToo 'poster boys' on 2018 sex exploitation list

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Four of Hollywood's leading men accused of various forms of sexual abuse are targeted in an advocacy group's 2018 Dirty Dozen list of major contributors to sexual exploitation.

    The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) dubbed Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and James Franco "the poster boys of #MeToo" and, in adding them to the list, broke with NCOSE tradition of placing only corporations on the list of offenders NCOSE has named annually since 2013. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Virtues make the best Valentines

    by David H. McKinley, posted Tuesday, February 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    David McKinley encourages men "to raise a new standard of virtue in their hearts and homes with regard to all women" centered on respect, which is "at the core of what makes society, community and family work." Read More