Let's begin by making one thing crystal clear. The debate generated by the Obama administration's requirement that virtually all healthcare insurance plans provide free contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization services in all health insurance plans is not a debate about contraception or "reproductive services."
This debate is about coercion, not Catholics; conscience, not contraception; and freedom, not fertility. This is about principle, not "pelvic politics."
We believe as Americans that every human being has a God-given right of freedom of faith and conscience. Due to our forefathers' persecutions, persistence and insistence, this freedom is acknowledged and recognized in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. more >>
One Southern Baptist who was opposed to his denomination changing its name is relieved to hear that the Southern Baptist Convention may be keeping its name after all.
An SBC task force made the recommendation this week to not make a legal name change but rather add an informal title – "Great Commission Baptists." Under this proposal, a church can choose to identify either as a Southern Baptist, a Great Commission Baptist or both.
Dr. Darrell Orman, member of the SBC Executive Committee, said he was "immensely relieved" at the recommendation. more >>
A Southern Baptist Convention task force appointed to investigate the possibility of a name change for the denomination has recommended that the SBC keep its name, but introduce an "informal" optional title, "Great Commission Baptists."
The task force, which was appointed by SBC President Bryant Wright, released their report and its recommendation on Monday. Rather than a legal name change, the panel recommended "a descriptor name be adopted to go with the SBC official name."
"I'm in complete agreement with the position they have taken," said Wright in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
The leadership of a major Christian retailer has voted to continue selling the latest translation of the New International Version.
Trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources approved the NIV 2011 for their stores in response to a nonbinding resolution passed by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2011 asking LifeWay to reconsider sale of the controversial translation.
Dr. Douglas J. Moo, chair of the Committee on Bible Translation, which translated the NIV 2011, told The Christian Post that he welcomed the decision on the part of the trustees. more >>
An evangelical financial services organization has announced that it opposes President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, and the contraception mandate recently issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.
GuideStone Financial Resources, the Dallas-based organization that serves as the benefits board for the Southern Baptist Convention, released a statement on Monday declaring its opposition to what it calls "any governmental intrusion on the ability of church health plans to reflect fundamental and long held religious convictions."
"This encroachment on religious freedom is blatant and outrageous and should be taken seriously by those of us who are part of the body of believers, as well as by others who respect and regard this nation's history and constitutional foundation," said GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins in the statement. more >>
WASHINGTON – President Obama took a markedly more political tone in his address at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning than he did at the same event last year.
The president talked about his public policy stances, including barring health insurance companies from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions and reducing tax breaks for the wealthy, hand-in-hand with his faith, often citing snippets of popular Bible verses.
"[S]o when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street…or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy strong for everybody," Obama said. more >>