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JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-A hearing for an ordinance banning discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation — and "gender identity or expression" -- drew over 350 to a Jacksonville City Council meeting May 22 and extended past midnight to hear nearly 100 of the bill’s supporters and opponents.
A handful of Southern Baptist pastors and evangelical leaders spoke against the measure on moral grounds, joining John Stemberger, president of Florida Family Policy Council, in alleging the new ordinance could violate religious liberty, create new protected classes of individuals, and expose the city to unnecessary litigation.
TALLAHASSEE (NSF/FBW) -- Religious conservatives and other advocates for children, seniors and people with disabilities are reeling from Sen. Ronda Storms' May 25 announcement that she'll leave the Florida Senate two years before her term expires to run for Hillsborough Property Appraiser.
LEESBURG (FBW)—In light of DC Comics revelation it will re-launch one of its oldest superheroes as a gay man next week, a Christian comic company has pledged to continue to produce content with a biblical worldview.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (NAMB) – Fritz M. Wilson, disaster relief and recovery team strategist for the Florida Baptist Convention since 2006, today (June 7) was named executive director of the North American Mission Board’s disaster relief team. Wilson will be working with NAMB’s disaster relief team leader Mickey Caison through a time of transition.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- More than half of the pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention do not intend to use the name "Great Commission Baptists" in communication about their church, although 40 percent say they have not discussed the issue or decided, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)-Clay Yarbrough, an at-large member of Jacksonville’s City Council, urged opposition of a bill supporters propose will ban discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation and “gender identity or expression.”
Yarbrough, a member of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, told Florida Baptist Witness late June 9 City Council had received about 4,000 emails regarding the bill. Approximately 1,600 are in support of it and 3,200 are in opposition, he said. Yarbrough is optimistic residents will continue to express their opinions to council members, who he believes will “look at the facts.”
LAKE CITY (FBW) – LifeWay Christian Stores will no longer sell “The Blind Side” movie after a Florida pastor proposed a resolution to next week’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting expressing “dissatisfaction” with its continued sale.
NEW ORLEANS (BP)—Mississippi pastor Eric Hankins will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention by North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley during the SBC’s June 19-20 annual meeting in New Orleans.
JACKSONVILLE (NSF) -- A national atheists group and a local resident have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the placement last month of a monument displaying the Ten Commandments outside the Bradford County courthouse in Starke.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Florida Family Policy Council President and General Counsel John Stemberger stood with Jacksonville leaders June 4 outside of City Council chambers where members of the Rules Committee prepared to discuss a proposal banning discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation and "gender identity or expression."
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—The Florida Baptist Convention has filed two post-trial motions seeking reversal of an “inconsistent” May 17 jury verdict that found it liable for sexual abuse committed by a former church-planting pastor.
While the jury found the Convention liable for sexual abuse of a minor committed by a church planting-pastor, it also agreed with the Convention’s contention the pastor was not its employee.
There’s a great debate brewing among Southern Baptists. A recent statement seeks to help settle a matter about which Southern Baptists—and every other kind of Christian—have been contending for many years. The statement was written by leading Southern Baptist thinkers and has many prominent signatories. It addresses an important issue about which every Southern Baptist necessarily must be engaged.
When I first heard of the proposal to adopt the phrase “Great Commission Baptists” as a motto for the Southern Baptist Convention, I was almost ecstatic. My first reaction was, “Hallelujah! We’re getting back to our original purpose of the SBC when it was organized in 1845.” Article Five of the Constitution said it best. The new group would be dedicated to lead the churches for the purpose of organizing and supporting missions world wide. The founders set up two boards, one for home missions and the other for foreign missions, to facilitate the work. After several stops and starts, God finally led our leaders to set up the Cooperative Program in 1925 to funnel money from the churches to a central system for dispersal to the convention’s varying venues.