Churches across the nation are preparing for Scout Sunday celebrations as they await the Boy Scouts of America's decision on whether or not it will allow openly gay members and leaders.
"Scout Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of the Scouting program and for the Scouting family to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting," Deron Smith, BSA's Director of Public Relations, told The Christian Post in an emailed statement on Friday. "We encourage our chartered organizations and members to commemorate this date and Scouting's commitment to 'Duty to God.'"
The BSA's National Executive Board is scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 4, through Wednesday, Feb. 6, and will likely vote on whether or not to allow gay members and leaders into the organization at that time. BSA officials told CP earlier this week that the ban on gay members will likely be overturned. more >>
As the Boy Scouts of America mull over changing their national policy regarding sexual orientation in leadership, some are looking toward a different youth volunteer group as an alternative.
Royal Ambassadors, a Southern Baptist missions organization for boys in grades 1-6 founded in 1908 by the Women's Missionary Union, may be where some parents decide to put their sons should BSA change its policy banning openly gay troop leaders.
Julie Walters, corporate communications team leader for WMU, told The Christian Post about the fundamental goals of the Royal Ambassadors. "Royal Ambassadors is a Southern Baptist missions organization for boys. As such, RA leaders are members of Southern Baptist churches who are committed to providing a godly example and are expected to work in cooperation with other ministry leaders of the church," said Walters. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention expressed extreme disappointment Monday to news that the Boy Scouts of America will likely approve admission of professed homosexuals as scout leaders, with officials close to the SBC predicting a mass exodus out of Scouting by Baptist churches.
A vote on the matter by BSA is planned during an executive meeting in Irving, Texas, the first week of February.
"This is a catastrophic decision for the Boy Scouts of America. In order to placate their East and West Coast appendages, they are tearing out the heart of their Midwest and Southern support. This decision will lead to a mass exodus of traditional, orthodox Christianity from the Boy Scouts, including thousands of Catholic, Baptist and other traditional faith congregations," Dr. Richard Land, speaking in his role as head of SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told The Christian Post. more >>
The religious and faith backgrounds of the 113th Congress are more diverse now than at any time in the nation's history, with the addition of America's first Buddhist senator and the first Hindu in the House of Representatives.
Since the birth of the nation in 1776, Congress has typically reflected the religious beliefs of the districts from which they were elected. But gone are days where the overwhelming majority of Congress was Protestant.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, with the assistance of Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call, compiled data comparing the faith breakdown of Congress to the American population and released their report on Wednesday. Here is what they found. more >>
The campus director of Cru's University of Louisville chapter was recently demoted after he refused to allow female staff to teach Bible studies in a mixed-gender setting.
As first reported by World Magazine, Daniel Harman was stripped of his title as Missional Team Leader of the Louisville chapter of Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) when he disagreed to fully carry out the ministry's policy that male and female staff share in leadership duties, including teaching the Bible.
Since assuming the position as a campus leader of Louisville in 2009, Harman has allowed women to speak on ministry-related topics to mixed-gender audiences but has stopped short of letting women on the staff teach the Bible to men. Harman, who is currently studying for his Master of Divinity degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, believes Scripture doesn't permit women to teach men. more >>
As families across the nation prepare their Thanksgiving Day dinners, victims of Hurricane Sandy can be thankful for the more than 1.2 million meals that have been served to them by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers since the storm hit.
In all, over 1,200 SBDR volunteers from 34 states and Canada have responded to provide disaster relief following the superstorm that ravaged the East Coast, the North American Mission Board (NAMB) reports in a disaster relief update on its website. These volunteers have also reported that 56 people have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a result of the organization's work.
But victims of the storm aren't the only ones who are glad the SBDR team is lending a helping hand. more >>