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SBC meeting theme to spotlight 'Neighborhood & Nations'

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- "Jesus: to the Neighborhood and the Nations" is the theme for the Southern Baptist Convention's June 19–20 annual meeting in New Orleans, SBC President Bryant Wright has announced.

Drawn from Luke 24:47-48, the theme is worded to convey the importance of dual missions at home and abroad, Wright said.

"Sometimes people feel like it's either/or, that they must focus on those at home to the neglect of those in the uttermost parts," Wright said. "Sometimes people are so focused on the uttermost part that they neglect their own neighborhood, their own mission field. ...

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ELRC's Richard Land warns of political element in Martin case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, who played a key role in the Southern Baptist Convention's 1995 repentance of the "racism of which we have been guilty," has caught media attention over what he views as the infusion of politics into the Trayvon Martin killing.

LandLand, on his radio show "Richard Land Live!" March 31, said President Obama and black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should not have been so quick to jump into the case.

Land's comments were reported nationally by Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and other media.

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Chuck Colson showing signs toward recovery

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson remains in critical condition following surgery on the surface of his brain but has made "slow" yet "encouraging" progress toward recovery, according to a statement from his ministry.


Colson has been hospitalized since Friday, March 30, when his speech became slurred during a conference. Doctors performed surgery the next morning, removing a pool of clotted blood from the surface of his brain.

Over the Easter weekend, Colson "hit some important milestones," the April 10 statement said.

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Masters winner Watson not ashamed of his Christian faith

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) – There's something different about Bubba Watson.


And he doesn't care if you know it.

The winner of the 2012 Masters golf tournament realizes he's not like most famous athletes.

In fact, he welcomes it.

"People always ask 'Why is Bubba different?'" said Watson during a pre-Masters phone interview from Scottsdale, Ariz. "They're just trying to figure it out."

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Easter, a worldly holiday? 100 years ago, Southern Baptists thought it was

MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists originally did not attach much significance to Easter. This was much the same regarding Christmas (see "Southern Baptists have not always embraced Christmas " in Baptist Press, Dec. 23, 2011).

Both days were not recognized as a special day of worship in any of the historic Baptist confessions; allusions to them were rare in Baptist history volumes before the 20th century; and both holidays possessed an association with worldliness, and even paganism, in the minds of many Baptist ministers. Even as late as 1903, a writer for the North Carolina state Baptist paper, the Biblical Recorder, wrote an anti-Easter article that stated that "Baptists do not keep this day" (March 18, 1903).

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