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PENSACOLA (FBW) – A two-year battle over a “Consent Decree” limiting religious freedom of students and teachers in Santa Rosa School District has been settled, Liberty Counsel announced July 1.
A rather extraordinary thing happened last month at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix—messengers overruled a standing committee’s decision. And, it was not on some arcane parliamentary procedure in which the SBC collectively took matters into its own hands.
Instead, messengers chose to hear a resolution that was passed over by the Resolutions Committee, the body charged with considering and offering statements about key issues on which to put the nation’s largest Protestant denomination on record.
The Baptist Press headline was ominous: “Phoenix SBC attendance lowest since ’44.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—What’s the best movie you’ve ever seen? That’s always a fun topic for a water-cooler or lunch-time moment, and, if you’re like me, the most-recent ones always seem to rank higher on the list.
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
A few years ago, university psychologists conducted a research project on gratitude and thanksgiving. They divided participants into three groups. People in the first group practiced daily exercises like writing in a gratitude journal. They reported higher levels of alertness, determination, optimism, energy, and less depression and stress than the control group. Unsurprisingly, they were also a lot happier than the participants who were told to keep an account of all the bad things that happened each day.
PHOENIX (BP)—Filipino Southern Baptist leaders met June 14 in Phoenix to ramp up church planting efforts among the 3.2 million Filipinos living in the United States and Canada.
“We want to see the number of Filipino churches double,” said Roger Manao, president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America and pastor of Philadelphia Bible Church International. “We have 200 churches, and we are not doing enough. We have to do more.”
PHOENIX (BP)—While the number of evangelicals in the United States is rising, the moral health of the nation continues to falter, Richard Land told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14.
In his report to the convention, Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the ERLC continues to fight for the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death and “everywhere in between.”
PHOENIX (BP)—GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins delivered the 93rd annual report of the financial services organization to messengers of the 2011 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting June 14-15 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Despite the current economy, which continues to struggle since the 2008-09 economic downturn, GuideStone has had one of its greatest investment years ever, receiving favorable recognition from industry firms like Lipper and fi360, Hawkins said.
PHOENIX (BP)—Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention were reminded of the importance of theological education through reports from the convention’s six seminaries during the June 14-15 gathering in Phoenix (reports from New Orleans and Southern were in the June 30 issue of the Florida Baptist Witness):
Of all the activities carried on by the local church, the one most difficult to sustain from year to year is the outreach program. The necessity of it no one can dispute. One approach, we go from door to door making a religious survey to find people who need the Lord.