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Friday
Jan232015

'Moral cowardice,' Moore says of GOP dropping abortion vote

MooreWASHINGTON (BP) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives were guilty of "moral cowardice" when they canceled a scheduled vote on a bill to ban late-term abortions, the Southern Baptist Convention's lead ethicist said.

On the eve of the annual March for Life, House GOP leaders abandoned their plan to vote Thursday (Jan. 22) on the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36. The Jan. 21 reversal by House leadership put off a vote on a bill that would ban abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation.

House leaders pulled the scheduled vote after about two dozen Republicans, led by female members, expressed concerns about the legislation, according to news reports. The chamber, however, had approved the same measure in the previous congressional session.

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Friday
Jan232015

Ronnie Floyd interviewed on Fox News: America must 'return to God'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – As Americans focus on President Obama's State of the Union address, they should also consider the spiritual state of the Union, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel Jan. 20.

"I believe it's time that the faith leaders of our country stand up and encourage our country to return to God," Floyd said via Skype on Fox's "The Real Story." "This country was based off of a strong Christian faith many, many years ago, and it's time that we understand that no longer can we check our faith at the door like a piece of luggage."

Floyd added, "The greatest need in America today is a spiritual awakening."

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Children share love of Christ through Children’s Ministry Day

Julie Walters
Woman’s Missionary Union

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On Feb. 14, thousands of children across the country will participate in the eighth annual Children’s Ministry Day in a concerted effort to reach out to their communities and share the love of Christ through hands-on missions projects.

“This year’s theme, All for You, can help girls and boys recognize that everything they do – even heavy-lifting, just-plain-hard-work jobs – can be done in a way that proclaims the love of Jesus,” explained Heather Keller, children’s ministry consultant for national WMU. “Children’s Ministry Day is the perfect opportunity for children’s leaders and parents to help children realize they can make a difference in their community, association or across the state as they actively minister and share God’s love.”

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Monday
Jan192015

WMU board focuses on missions discipleship in postmodern culture

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Approximately 150 people—including board members, state and national Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) staff members, and guests—gathered for national WMU’s board meeting, Jan. 10–12, at Shocco Springs Conference Center in Talladega, Ala.

In her report on Saturday night, WMU Executive Director Wanda S. Lee recapped progress on strategic directions set by the board in 2010 and outlined three focus areas for 2015–2018: equipping leaders, preparing children and youth for missional living in a postmodern culture, and focusing on small churches.

Lee outlined leadership development and training opportunities planned for 2015–2016 and said national WMU “will focus on equipping for missional living in as many different formats and avenues as possible.”

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Monday
Jan192015

How Southern Baptists became pro-life

IN 1979, LARRY LEWIS picked up a copy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and saw a full-page ad listing the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) among denominations that affirmed the right to abortion.
 
Lewis“Right there beside the Unitarians and universalists was the Southern Baptist Convention,” Lewis, a St. Louis pastor who went on to become president of the Home Mission Board (HMB; now the North American Mission Board), told Baptist Press (BP). “... That bothered me a lot.”
 
So Lewis did something about it, proposing in 1980 the first of more than 20 pro-life resolutions adopted by the SBC over the next few decades. When Lewis became HMB president of in 1987, one of his first actions was to create the office of abortion alternatives to help churches establish crisis pregnancy centers.

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