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Speculation about the future of the Boy Scouts of America began almost as soon as the group's leaders voted last month to discontinue a ban on gay members.
The Rev. Fred Luter was at the podium of the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday, running business for the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
Sobered by national tragedies linked to mental illness -- as well as the suicides of two prominent church leaders' children -- Southern Baptists this week affirmed the "wise use of medical intervention for mental health concerns when appropriate."
The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday planned to call for the removal of some of the Boy Scouts' leadership after the youth organization voted to allow gay youth to join, but would not ask its affiliated churches to pull their sponsorship of Scouting.
Visitors who enter Southern Baptist churches these days will usually see posters and pamphlets for everything from marriage-enrichment retreats to tornado-relief fundraisers, from weight-loss classes to drives to find volunteers for African hospitals.
Southern Baptists held their annual convention this week, in Houston, and besides the controversy over whether some Boy Scout troops will burn in Hell, one of the major topics of conversation was the role Calvinism should assume in the church.
Southern Baptists are not known to favor prophecy, speak in tongues or operate in any of the spiritual gifts.
"To love your neighbor is to love your neighbor without conditions," Chuck Jones, the president of the National Association of United Methodist Scouters, said.
The Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources is selling a financially troubled conference center in New Mexico to a group that already operates a Christian camp in Texas.
SBC members weighed in on mental illness in their annual meeting yesterday. While the resolution was being considered, Rick Warren, who has worked to keep mental illness in the national spotlight after his son Matthew committed suicide earlier this year, tweeted: "TODAY we ask #SBC13 to approve a resolution on raising awareness and lowering the ... (more)
The former pastor and president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention said June 10 at a pastors' conference prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston that recent reports the IRS targeted certain groups for greater scrutiny should cause great concern about religious freedom in the U.S. "The recent revelations that the ... (more)
Southern Baptists begin. The nation's largest protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention , is meeting this week in Houston.
The Rev. Fred Luter Jr. is congratulated Wednesday after being re-elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's president during the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
With controversy over a Louisville pastor in the backdrop, Southern Baptist messengers today voted Wednesday to call on their leaders to use the "highest sense of discernment" in affiliating with anyone with "questionable" practices or policies on sexual abuse.
In the world of protestors, there are the revolutionary type and the pacifist/sit-in type , and then you have the bat-shit crazy, inappropriate, and downright horrible type.