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LifeWay pulls ‘The Blind Side’ after pastor submits SBC resolution

BakerLAKE CITY – LifeWay Christian Stores will no longer sell “The Blind Side” movie after a Florida pastor proposed a resolution to next week’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting expressing “dissatisfaction” with its continued sale. Rodney Baker, pastor of Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, Fla., submitted the resolution, unsatisfied that his concerns about the movie first raised in 2010 remained unheeded. He believes the movie is inappropriate for a Christian bookstore because of its use of some profanity, taking God’s name in vain, and a racial slur.

'Tension exists' because of military gay policy

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The military's revised policy on homosexuality has definitely produced stress for chaplains and service members, Southern Baptists' lead chaplain told a Washington, D.C., audience. An increasing intolerance toward religion appears to be a by-product of the ongoing controversy over religious expression in the armed services, said Douglas Carver, executive director of chaplaincy services for the North American Mission Board.

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SBC pastors: Black president good for convention

NASHVILLE, Tenn (BP) -- Eighty-six percent of Southern Baptist Convention pastors who expressed an opinion believe it would be good for the convention to have an African-American leader. Fred Luter, an African-American pastor from New Orleans, will be nominated for SBC president at the denomination's annual meeting in June.

LifeWay Research polled SBC pastors asking their level of agreement or disagreement with the statement: "Without regard to any individual, I think it would be a good thing to have an African-American as president of the Southern Baptist Convention."

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ERLC trustees to be led by Arkansas pastor

PilesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – An Arkansas pastor has become chairman of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission after the resignation of a retired Indiana minister who was leading the Southern Baptist entity’s trustee board. The new chairman, Richard D. Piles, pastor of First Baptist Church in Camden, Ark., circulated an email notice May 21 of the change in trustee leadership.

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Editor recovering from bike wreck

WebbBill Webb, editor of the Missouri Baptist newspaper Word and Way, is recovering in a hospital from serious injuries sustained May 12 in a cycling accident in Jefferson City, Mo.

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