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Lottery lease proposals prompt warnings

It isn’t clear whether the Illinois Senate will tackle a bill to lease the state’s lottery at a special session in November. But regardless of that legislation, it is only one of a dozen states contemplating such action.
       

Birth control sinful and maybe ‘murder,’ seminary prof asserts

A Southern Baptist seminary professor has sparked controversy with a recent sermon labeling use of birth-control pills a sin.
       

Bible says it and Baptists believe it, but religious practice far from settled

Throughout their history, Baptists have uniformly revered the Bible but passionately disagreed about what it means, historian Bill Leonard told an audience at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
       

Baptist Briefs: Marse Grant dies

James Marse Grant, editor emeritus of the North Carolina Baptist Biblical Recorder, died Oct. 17 at his home, in Raleigh, N.C. He was 88.
       

Church forced to rebuild again after hurricane damage

In the past three years, Memorial Baptist Church has absorbed a series of hard punches from Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, but the congregation and its pastor refuse to give up.
       

View salvation as more than transaction with God, Leonard urges

To preserve spiritual vitality, Baptists must reconsider salvation as more than a mere transaction with God, church historian Bill Leonard noted during the Parchman lectures at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary.
       

Baptism remains Baptists’ symbol, but ‘problems’ must be answered

After four centuries, believers’ baptism remains the symbol of Baptist identity, historian Bill Leonard stressed during a lecture series at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But in the 21st century, Baptists must respond to two pressing “problems” with baptism—the widespread requirement that long-term Christians be immersed before joining a Baptist church and the rebaptism of church members, Leonard urged.
       

CBF field personnel minister among Middle Eastern group

Frank Morrow was in the Middle East doing relief work after a natural disaster when a local official asked, “Why do you do what you do? Why did you come?”
       

'Billy: The Early Years' falls flat in box office

A biopic about evangelist Billy Graham hit theaters with a thud its opening weekend Oct. 10-12, earning far less than other religion-themed movies like Fireproof and Bill Maher's agnostic comedy documentary Religulous.
       

N.Y. Baptist group says to defrock pastor facing child-porn charge

A statewide fellowship of independent Baptist churches in New York is recommending defrocking one of its pastors arrested on child-pornography charges.
       

GuideStone addresses market volatility

GuideStone Financial Resources launched a new Internet resource for its participants Oct. 14 to answer commonly asked questions about recent market volatility.
       

Oklahoma Baptist University names new president

David Whitlock, 46, an administrator at Southwest Baptist University, has been named Oklahoma Baptist University's 15th president, OBU trustees announced Oct. 10.
       

Baptist Briefs: Relief bound for Cuba

Southern Baptists are sending two containers of relief supplies to Cuba to help victims of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike rebuild their homes and lives.
       

Churches partner with PORTA to provide computer lab for immigrants

By teaching computer skills that will allow them to navigate the “data super highway,” Ric Stewart and Williams Trace Baptist Church in Sugar Land believe they can help Albanian immigrants living in Athens, Greece.
       

Book says Southern Baptist women stronger than confession suggests

While professing to believe the Bible teaches them to submit to their husbands, Southern Baptist women tend to function as equal partners when it comes to most decision-making in the home, according to a new book by an author familiar with Southern Baptist women.

       
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