The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention issued guidelines last week for military chaplains that prohibits them from officiating or attending same-sex marriage ceremonies, or participating in marriage retreats for same-sex couples.
NAMB-endorsed chaplains account for the largest number of chaplains serving in the U.S. military – second only to Catholics – with more than 1,400 (or 18 percent), affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. Each chaplain is assigned to serve between 500 and 700 troops.
Chaplains who violate NAMB's restrictions to not participate in or conduct counseling, civil ceremonies or retreats for same-sex couples would be at risk of losing their endorsement from the SBC. more >>
Bill Thomas, the minister of music and associate pastor of First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Ky., might be resigning from his position following a recent uproar over his wife's commentary about the Southern Baptist Convention's approval of a resolution that expresses the denomination's "opposition to and disappointment in the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to change its membership policy" to allow openly-homosexual members.
Thomas' wife, who's a humor columnist for the Messenger newspaper in Madisonville, told Savannah Oglesby, a staff writer for the publication that she had no inclination that her comments would jeopardize her husband's position at the church.
In her June 19 column, titled "Southern Baptist Convention rejects Boy Scouts" Thomas wrote: "[T]he Southern Baptist Convention has rejected the Boy Scouts of America. Thank goodness. It's about time. They've already rejected the Democratic Party, Disney, the Teletubbies, and any Baptists that aren't southern. So, it's only natural that the Boy Scouts would be next, most likely followed by Betty Crocker (probably a lesbian), baseball (always going to Disneyworld when they win the World Series)…" more >>
A recently created Baptist congregation in Nebraska is looking to purchase and renovate an old bar to use as a sanctuary.
Springfield Baptist Church, which began as a satellite of Bellevue Baptist Church in 2010, filed a conditional use permit with the Springfield City Council in June. A vote on their permit for the facility, formerly known as Stack's Bar and BBQ, will be voted on at a public hearing held by the Springfield City Council Tuesday evening.
In an interview with local media, Springfield Baptist administrator and co-founder Lee Smith explained his church's plans for the site. more >>
In an effort to sign up even more than the 2,400 churches and other venues that hosted an Internet streaming or satellite broadcast of the first Harvest America with Greg Laurie last year, a mobile theater inside a huge truck trailer is touring the U.S., showing video that describes this year's event planned for Philadelphia.
Harvest Ministries associate pastor and senior event director Michael Brazeal recently gave The Christian Post a tour of the Harvest America Mobile Theater while it was parked at the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston earlier this month.
"This mobile theater is a way for us to message what we are doing [for] any pastors in any church, in any city, and in any state," said Brazeal of the 27-seat theater with a small lobby inside. more >>
HOUSTON – The torch for defending biblical truth and practice represented by the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has been passed from its leader of 25 years, Richard Land, to evangelical theologian Russell Moore. The occasion was marked with a special tribute to Land and an address by Moore to more than 4,400 members attending the SBC's annual meeting this week in Houston.
On Wednesday, the day after the ERLC gave its report, Land told The Christian Post that the advocacy group should now focus on the same theme as this year's SBC meeting: revival.
"Our problems in America are only God-sized problems and only God can solve them," said Land, who is retiring from the ERLC president position. "2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that 'if my people, which are called by my name (Christians), shall humble themselves and pray and seek my (Jesus') face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.' more >>
HOUSTON – Pastors and church leaders attending the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting are being challenged to fulfill Jesus' Great Commission by sharing the Gospel with the growing Muslim populations in the United States and abroad.
John Brady, vice president of global strategies for the International Mission Board, and Nik Ripken, a 28-year mission veteran and author of the book, The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected, emphasized the urgent need for Christians to drop their complacency and misconceptions about Muslims and to start sharing the life-saving message of Jesus Christ, during a panel discussion on Tuesday, titled "An unexpected harvest: God's work among Muslims."
"One of the things that's got to be clear is that the Lord really doesn't give us a choice, because He's said we're to go to all people. He exempted none," Brady said. "One of the other things that must be understood when you speak about Muslims is that Muslims are a wide variety of people around the world, and some of the most hospitable. So when you paint the whole religion with the actions of a few, then you really miss the context in which the Great Commission has come to us." more >>