A Baptist student group that initially filed for registration at Vanderbilt University for the upcoming semester has changed course and has opted instead to refuse recognition due to Vanderbilt's "all-comers" policy.
Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Vanderbilt was originally set to remain a recognized religious student organization. Randy Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, told The Christian Post that the reason for the course reversal was a better understanding of what BCM was agreeing to in working under a policy that requires groups to extend membership and leadership positions to all, including those who do not share the group's beliefs, goals and values.
"Now if it was just we understand the policies of, that would be one thing, but to abide by it means to adopt as your own," said Davis. more >>
Chuck Colson, the Prison Fellowship founder and evangelical Christian who died on April 21 after struggling with an intracerebral hemorrhage, will be buried privately with full military honors at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia.
The 80-year-old Southern Baptist, who served as an aide to former President Richard Nixon and was convicted for his role in the Watergate scandal in 1974, will also be remembered at a later service at Washington National Cathedral, RNS reported. During his military career, Colson served as captain in the Marines.
"There will be a public memorial service at the National Cathedral, pending working out some scheduling," noted Michelle Farmer, a spokeswoman for Prison Fellowship. "We anticipate that that will be in the coming weeks but no dates have been set in stone at this point." more >>
Baptist Collegiate Ministry of Vanderbilt University has decided to remain a registered student organization on campus, even with the "All-Comers" policy Vanderbilt has decided to implement among religious groups.
Thom Thornton, director of Vanderbilt BCM, explained to Baptist Press that his group has "been assured by the university that we can select leaders committed to the organization's mission."
In November 2010, Vanderbilt University began to implement rules which mandated that religious organizations allow all students to run for leadership positions, even if the students did not agree with the spiritual aims of the group. more >>
Mars Hill Church founding pastor Mark Driscoll responded to controversy over being chosen as a guest speaker at Liberty University in Virginia by poking fun at the apparent inaccuracy of a blogger who claimed the megachurch pastor was not welcome at the campus.
Driscoll is scheduled to speak at the campus on the topic of "The Rebellious and the Religious" during the daytime on Friday. On Friday evening and on Saturday, he and his wife will teach from their book, Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together, as part of their ongoing tour to help promote the book.
"The trouble started with a Southern Baptist blogger . . . yes, you should have seen that one coming," Driscoll wrote in his blog post on Monday titled, "An Official Response to The Kerfuffle At Liberty University." more >>
A gay rights group demonstrated at Oklahoma Baptist University on Wednesday as part of an ongoing project to advance acceptance of homosexuality in religious organizations.
Members of Soulforce demonstrated across the street from the OKBU campus in Shawnee, holding a silent vigil and dialoguing with students.
Marty O'Gwynn, assistant to the president of Oklahoma Baptist University, told The Christian Post that the Soulforce participants were not given permission to demonstrate on campus. But he also noted that the protesters were peaceful. more >>
A University founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas is considering a change in name in order to be more appealing to prospective students.
Houston Baptist University, founded about 50 years ago, has been mulling over a name change that would make the academic institution seem, in the words of one board member, less "limiting."
"Houston and the name Baptist are somewhat limiting to a national Christian university," said HBU board member Ray Cox Jr. at a town hall meeting. more >>