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Mar 7, 2014
HOMESTEAD (BP)—You could say Patrick Coats is a product of his spiritual legacy. But it’s a legacy he attempted to elude—at least for a time.
A native of Miami, Coats was raised by his grandfather, Joe Coats, the first African-American pastor to affiliate with the Florida Baptist Convention in 1968. The elder Coats planted a church in a school building and saw it grow to 4,000 members.
Mar 6, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine (BP)—As Ukraine elected a Baptist preacher to be its interim president Feb. 23, Christians worldwide were urged to pray for the beleaguered nation and its new Christian leader.
New interim president Oleksandr Turchynov was the right-hand man of Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister imprisoned by Viktor Yanukovych when Yanukovych became president in 2010. The former prime minister was released immediately following Yanukovych’s removal from office Feb. 23, an ousting that came on the heels of a three-month-long protest movement in Kiev, the nation’s capital.
Feb 26, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas (BP)—IMB President Tom Elliff, today asked the chairman of the mission agency’s board of trustees to appoint a search committee for his successor.
Elliff made this request during his report at the mission agency’s Feb. 25-26 trustee meeting in Austin, Texas. He said he will remain president until the next IMB president is in place. A 15-member search committee was named to begin the process.
Feb 26, 2014
WASHINGTON (BP)—Christian photographers, florists and bakers are not hypocrites to refuse their services for same-sex weddings, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore has written in response to the charge from other evangelical Christians.
Feb 19, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—President Obama’s comment that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol has drawn objection from a Southern Baptist seminary president and stands in stark contrast to the arguments of many evangelicals about the personal and societal cost of legalizing the drug. For some, Obama’s comment also provides an opportunity for ministry to marijuana users.
The president was asked about the movement to legalize marijuana amid a lengthy interview with The New Yorker. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid,” Obama responded, “and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”
Feb 18, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Calling his message a “frightening responsibility” because of his desire to speak accurately, while simultaneously being “honoring of our Lord,” Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, delivered an “State of the SBC” address at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Feb 17, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has launched a new initiative to help evangelical Christians understand and respond to public issues.
Feb 12, 2014
SOCHI, Russia (BP)—Will Baptists have a witness at the Winter Olympics in Russia? Will it be safe from terrorists? Will other issues arise?
Marc Ira Hooks, one of International Mission Board's main strategists for the Sochi Olympics who was involved in outreach at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, spoke to such questions in an interview about this winter's Feb. 7-23 games.
Feb 12, 2014
SOCHI (BP)—In the basement of a church hung a forgotten American flag, and when John Christensen laid eyes on it, he knew it was the flag he'd been praying for to take to the Sochi Olympics.
Feb 12, 2014
LOS ANGELES (BP)—Mandisa, winner of this year’s Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album, explained on Facebook why she chose not to attend the event that was replete with expressions of immorality.
Mandisa, honored for her “Overcomer” release, cited “the allure of pleasure, the passion to have things and the pompous sense of superiority,” words from a translation of 1 John 2:15-16 warning believers not to fall in love with the world’s ways or worship the things it offers.