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Pastor ignites debate over Romney, Mormonism  

WASHINGTON (BP) - Comments about Mitt Romney and Mormonism by prominent Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress have reignited a debate within evangelicalism about whether Christians should vote for a Mormon for president. 

JeffressIn introducing and endorsing Texas Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas asked attendees, "Do we want a candidate who is a good moral person or one who is a born-again follower of Jesus Christ?" He added, "I believe that in Rick Perry we have a candidate who is a proven leader, a true conservative and a committed follower of Christ."

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World Vision allowed to hire only Christians

WASHINGTON (BP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the hiring rights of World Vision and other federally funded, faith-based groups by refusing to review a lower court decision in favor of the international relief organization.

The high court announced it would not accept a case in which former World Vision employees sued the organization for firing them when it was discovered they did not agree with its doctrinal statement. 

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Steve Jobs: Christian leaders share thoughts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - The death of Steve Jobs is a sobering moment for countless millions, Christians included.

"His impact is hard to overstate - his genius and inventions are ubiquitous," author/blogger Ed Stetzer wrote a few hours after the death of Apple's co-founder on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

"Earlier today, I blogged on tech tools I use - and Steve Jobs impacts my life every day. Steve Jobs literally changed the world," said Stetzer, vice president of research and ministry development at LifeWay Christian Resources.

Greg Thornbury, dean of the school of theology and missions at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., noted that the looming wave of tributes to Steve Jobs will have "rightly lionized him for what he was: a creative genius, entrepreneur, visionary and once-in-a-generation inspiration."

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World Hunger Fund videos available

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Four videos focusing on world hunger are available for use by churches and other groups in connection with World Hunger Sunday Oct. 9.

The available videos:

- "SBC World Hunger Fund" is a fast-paced 92-second video that explains how the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund tackles the world's No. 1 health risk: hunger. Created by AsiaStories.com, this video is available at www.vimeo.com/30022908

- "What are you going to do about hunger?" takes a look at hunger needs around the world and what the World Hunger Fund does. Created by the North American Mission Board for a children's audience, this video is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6fY0NGGSzE

- "More than a meal" takes a look at how one congregation on Los Angeles' Skid Row is using World Hunger Fund resources to change lives for the Kingdom. Also created by the North American Mission Board, this video is available at www.vimeo.com/28671442

- "Beating hunger in Ban Cam" focuses on a team of passionate community development workers who make a treacherous journey by motorbike each week to help residents of a remote Thai village beat hunger. Created by www.AsiaStories.com, this video is available at www.vimeo.com/30020021

These and other multimedia resources also are available at worldhungerfund.com, the home site of the Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund.


CP finishes fiscal year up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - The Cooperative Program (CP) allocation budget ended its fiscal year with its first increase since 2007, a moment that Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President and CEO Frank Page said was a "cause for joy" in light of economic hard times.

The Cooperative Program allocation budget finished its Oct. 1-Sept. 30 fiscal year with receipts up 0.06 percent and combined CP and designated giving for the year up 0.17 percent, although total receipts were 3.98 percent below budget, according to Page.

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