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  • Death & dying examined by state Baptist newspaper

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, July 30, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    GREENVILLE, S.C. (BP) -- In 37 years as a pastor, Rudy Gray sat at the bedside of many terminally ill church members. He stood at gravesides with many grieving families. He sought to speak comforting words -- at least he hopes they were comforting.

    But one thing he is sure of -- he wasn't fully ready to deal with bereavement in his early years of ministry.

    "I think that's one of the things most pastors aren't thoroughly prepared for when they launch out into the ministry," said Gray, now editor of South Carolina Baptists' publication the Baptist Courier. Read More

  • Labrador retrievers put their paws on the Gospel

    by Holly Jo Linzay/Baptist Message, posted Friday, July 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) -- Johnny Morgan's life has really gone to the dogs, and he couldn't be happier.

    "I'm getting to use a passion of mine for God. It's a blessing to use my Labrador retrievers to teach about obedience and present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique way," Morgan, founder of the ministry Obedience 2 Death, said.

    The nonprofit organization, based in Denham Springs, La., uses dogs as visual illustrations and blends timeless biblical truths with humor to show the power of obedience in a believer's life. Morgan named his ministry after Philippians 2:8: "Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Read More

  • EASTER: 'No fear in death!'

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    If you're afraid of death, Steve Gaines writes, "Jesus unlocked the door of eternity, went into the grave and turned the lights on" through His resurrection on Easter morning for those who trust in Him. Read More

  • EASTER: The resurrection -- a fatal blow to death

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Preaching, evangelism and every other aspect of life is affected by what we believe about the resurrection, Joshua Crutchfield writes, noting, "The chief victory of Jesus is not that He died, but that even though He died, He lives." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A Valentine for grieving husbands

    by Erich Bridges, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Erich Bridges, after the shock of his wife's death just over a year ago, is learning to "weep with those who weep" -- "when the house grows quiet and friends go on with their lives." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Death & angels

    by Shane Pruitt, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (one year ago)

    No one becomes an angel in heaven, Shane Pruitt writes, noting that angels never get to experience the glory of God's grace, hope and forgiveness. "God does not gain another angel," Pruitt writes. "Rather, God calls another worshipper to come home." Read More

  • Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- With death penalty cases making headlines in Arkansas, California and Alabama, pastors in the affected states have expressed diverse views on capital punishment while underscoring the "enormous complexity" of the issue.

    In Arkansas, three convicted murderers -- Jack Jones, Marcel Williams and Ledell Lee -- have been executed in the past week, according to media reports, with Kenneth Williams scheduled to die April 27. ... Read More

  • Death penalty affirmed by Calif., Neb., Okla. voters

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- All three states with death penalty-related measures on the ballot Tuesday (Nov. 8) -- California, Nebraska and Oklahoma -- affirmed the use of capital punishment.

    In California, a measure that would have repealed the death penalty failed by a margin of 46-54, according to the secretary of state. Nebraskans overwhelmingly overturned their state legislature's 2015 repeal of the death penalty, and Oklahomans approved an addition to their state constitution affirming existing death penalty statutes amid controversy surrounding the state's lethal injection methods. Read More

  • MOVIES: Gene Wilder & Dad

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, September 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Phil Boatwright, sparked by the death of Gene Wilder, thinks of his dad who died four years earlier. Though P.D. Boatwright's passing didn't make the news, his son remembers a father who was "devout in his faith, loyal in his marriage, gifted in sales and caring of others." Read More

  • Moore: Pope's reasoning wrong on death penalty ban

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, February 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis is wrong in asserting the death penalty always violates the Bible's command not to murder, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says.

    In a Feb. 21 blog post, Moore responded to the pope's call the same day for a worldwide ban on capital punishment. The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) took issue with the reasoning used by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in his abolitionist appeal. Read More