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Huckabee weighs another presidential bid

NASHVILLE (BP) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is considering another run for president in 2016, he said on Fox News during his latest round of defending biblical values.

"When people ask me, 'Are you open to the possibilities?' the honest answer is yes. Does that mean I'm running? I don't honestly know," Huckabee, said on "Fox News Sunday" Dec. 22. "I think there is a lot of time between now and then and, frankly, the Republicans have a strong stable of possible candidates.

"What I'm looking [to do] is to find out whether it's the right thing for me to do, and I'm not ready to make that decision," Huckabee told Chris Wallace. "But I just don't want to tell people, 'Oh, no, I wouldn't open my mind to it' because that would be, frankly, dishonest at this point."

Huckabee, who was a candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, went on to say there is a 50/50 chance he'll run, and while he has other projects to focus on in the meantime, he'll "just keep that option open and make a decision after the 2014 elections."

Huckabee, currently hosting his weekend "Huckabee" show on the Fox network, is a former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Wallace noted that part of Huckabee's appeal is that he's a "populist who is concerned about reaching out to minorities, to working class folks who don't typically or certainly in the last election didn't vote Republican."

Also during his appearance, Huckabee discussed the controversy surrounding comments made by Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" regarding homosexuality. Huckabee launched a Facebook page called "I Stand with Phil."

"I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so that if you want to take a point of view that is traditional, that holds to steadfast, old-fashioned biblical Christian values, which are also, by the way, values of traditional Judaism and even Islam, that somehow you're supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself," Huckabee said.


Parrish to lead Corp. Chaplains of America  

WAKE FOREST, N.C. – Preston Parrish, formerly of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been named the new chief executive officer of the Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA). Parrish succeeds the organization’s founder Mark Cress. 

ParrishFor more than 20 years, Preston has been involved in evangelical ministry leadership roles with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. His responsibilities included the development and implementation of the My Hope America with Billy Graham campaign, which mobilized more than 26,000 churches across the United States to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be prayerfully selected by the board to lead Corporate Chaplains of America at this very important moment in the ministry’s history and into an exciting new era,” said Preston.

Corporate Chaplains of America is a worldwide, non-denominational Christian chaplaincy organization. More information is available at www.chaplain.org.


New app developed for Bible drillers

Eddy G. Oliver
Georgia Baptist Convention

DULUTH, Ga. – The digital age has come to Bible Drill.

A new Bible drill application has been launched by the Georgia Baptist Convention to help students and their leaders study God’s Word on their tablets or smartphones.

Developed as a general discipleship tool for children, students, adults and families, the app allows Bible drill participants to review Books of the Bible and current verses through different activity and study options, said Maria Brannen, Georgia state missionary in discipleship/spiritual renewal.

“Kids are digital natives, and this is a great way for them to have an opportunity for study at home during the week,” Brannen said.

The app provides a tool for children, youth and high school drillers to study in a variety of styles the Scriptures they are memorizing. It includes options such as a bubble game, electronic flash cards and “type out a verse.” Additional activities help them learn and review Books of the Bible. The app is preloaded with three translations used by Bible drillers – King James Version, Holman Christian Standard Version and English Standard Version. Students and adults also have the option to share a verse they are learning via social media.

The app isn’t specific to Georgia’s Bible Drill tournament, so anyone may download it in the Apple iTunes Store for use in preparing for Bible drills.

“It’s a great home study tool where students can learn even if no one else is around,” Brannen said. “We hope to have a whole new generation of children who will have a passion for studying God’s Word.”

Additionally, Brannen said that the app may also be used by Christian parents who want their children to memorize Scripture, facilitating a faith connection at home where activities can be done as a family. The app can also be used as a learning activity on an iPad in Bible drill, Sunday school and missions classes at church.

Bridgett Oliver, Bible drill leader at First Baptist Church in Calhoun, Ga., said, “All my Bible drill parents and teachers are downloading the app, and they love it. We have several church members who do not have children but simply want to be familiar with the material when the competition comes. (The) Bible Drill (app) is contagious!”

First developed in the 1920s, the purpose of Bible drills is to help drillers increase in the knowledge of the Bible, develop skills in locating Bible Books and verses, memorize the names of the Books of the Bible in order along with Bible verses, while learning to apply the Bible to their lives.

The Georgia Baptist Convention is the permanent host for the National Invitational Youth Bible Drill and Speakers Tournament. In 2014, the event will take place on June 20 at First Baptist Church in Helen, Ga.

Eddy G. Oliver serves as state missionary in communication services at the Georgia Baptist Convention.


Darwinists perplexed by DNA found in Spain, The New York Times reports

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) – The discovery of DNA evidence in a cave in Spain is incongruent with current theories of human evolution, according to a report based on interviews with believers in Darwinian evolution in The New York Times.

The Times reported the retrieval of ancient human DNA from a fossil that evolutionists date from 400,000 years ago. The fossil came from a cave in Spain where 28 nearly complete skeletons have been found. Since researchers believed all of the skeletons were from the Neanderthal species, they expected the new fossil also would be a Neanderthal. To their surprise, DNA analysis suggests the fossil is of Denisovan origin, a species previously regarded as limited to East Asia, nearly 4,000 miles from the cave in Spain.

Since it is doubtful that a Denisovan could have traveled that far, evolutionists have no explanation for the presence of a Denisovan fossil among the Neanderthals of Western Europe and Asia, according to The Times' Dec. 4 report.

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Polygamy ban in Utah declared unconstitutional by federal judge

SALT LAKE CITY (BP) – A federal court has struck down a vital section of Utah's anti-polygamy law, lending credence to arguments by defenders of marriage that the reshaping of the institution would not end with legalizing same-sex unions.

Clark Waddoups, a judge in the U.S. District Court of Utah, invalidated a portion of the state law that prohibits bigamy, essentially decriminalizing polygamy in the process. In a 91-page opinion released Dec. 13, the federal judge ruled as unconstitutional a section prohibiting a married person from cohabiting with someone who is not his or her spouse.

In effect, Waddoups legalized polygamy as it is practiced in Utah primarily by members of fundamentalist spinoffs of the Mormon religion. Such polygamous households typically do not have multiple marriage licenses but treat all relationships between a man and the women with whom he lives as marriages. Waddoups ruled the cohabitation section of Utah's anti-polygamy law violated the free religious exercise clause of the United States Constitution's First Amendment and the due process clause of the 14th Amendment.

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