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November 16, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Adrian Rogers, a Memphis televangelist who helped engineer a conservative takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention when he was elected president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination in 1979, has died. He was 74. Rogers, who was hospitalized earlier this month with double pneumonia and cancer, died Tuesday in Memphis, his ministry said.
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OPINION
April 4, 2014
Re "Seeking souls, not votes," Opinion, April 2 Holy doctrinal evolution! The Southern Baptist Convention's Russell Moore urged conservative evangelicals to shelve ardent efforts to thwart gay marriage and even to push hard for immigration reform. The religious right's reassessment of its regressive political agenda may stem from placing too much blind faith in electing conservative evangelicals. After all, in recent times such politicians - while sermonizing on gay marriage, illegal immigration and more - have wound up favoring wealthy patrons' interests much more than those of their faithful electoral base.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1991 | From Associated Press
Southern Baptists, flying a fundamentalist flag without challenge for the first time in 13 years, also struck patriotic colors at their annual meeting here this week. About 23,500 delegates gave thanks for Operation Desert Storm and saluted President Bush for his role in the allied military victory in the Middle East. Bush, in an emotional speech Thursday, returned the favor by praising the fundamentalists' stance on faith.
NATIONAL
December 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Pascal Tessier, 17, had aspired to rise to the rank of Eagle Scout since he was in the sixth grade. "It shows to everyone that I'm a capable person - that I'm worth something," said Tessier, of Kensington, Md. He knew it would be an arduous process to achieve Scouting's highest honor: earn 21 merit badges, play a leadership role in the troop, complete a service project and undergo a board of review. Tessier also knew there was one requirement that he could never meet: being straight.
MAGAZINE
November 17, 1991 | MICHAEL D'ANTONIO, Michael D'Antonio's next book, "Heaven on Earth: Dispatches from America's Spiritual Frontier," will be published by Crown in February
IT IS A TORRID SUMMER FRIDAY in Atlanta. The Rev. Richard Lee wheels into the asphalt ocean that surrounds Rehoboth Baptist Church and parks his car in a reserved space by the front door. He steps out, smoothes his silver hair and adjusts his dark blue suit. Above him, the huge brick church looms like an island fortress. Lee steps inside, greets an armed security guard and skips lightly up the steps to his office. Not even Atlanta heat could ruin this week for Lee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1985 | Associated Press
The Rev. Bailey E. Smith, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said he is resigning as pastor of Del City's First Southern Baptist Church to enter full-time evangelism.
MAGAZINE
December 22, 1991
Your article gave me a great deal of respect for the Southern Baptist Convention. By pulling away from the moderates, it shows they are more concerned about what God wants. God bless the Southern Baptist fundamentalists for not condoning homosexuality, abortion and other sinful acts that are destroying our society. LA VAUGHN ROGERS Mission Viejo
NATIONAL
June 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
The Southern Baptist Convention announced a new initiative Tuesday to convince gays that they can become heterosexual if they accept Jesus Christ as their savior and reject their "sinful, destructive lifestyle." At the denomination's annual meeting, leaders urged their more than 42,000 churches nationwide to reach out compassionately to gays with a message about how Christianity can save them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1999 | Associated Press
Southern Baptists in Texas have repudiated the denomination's call for women to submit graciously to their husbands. The vote Tuesday marked the first time a state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention had rejected the stance. About 2,200 delegates to the group's annual meeting voted on the matter, with only a few dozen favoring the "submit graciously" language. The Baptist General Convention of Texas is the largest state organization, with 2.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1990 | From Times wire services
In the wake of their latest defeats at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention last week, moderates in the 14.9-million-member denomination are trying to organize a national strategy session to plan for their future. The Rev.
OPINION
June 16, 2013
Re "Church opposes gays in Scouts," June 13 As a Baptist, I want to crawl in a hole when I read of such blatant hostility by Christians against gays joining the Boy Scouts of America. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, just does not get it when it comes to sexual issues. Its obsession distorts and hurts religion and morality. It belittles the Bible by imposing anti-gay prejudice into it. Baptists certainly besmirch the legacy of Roger Williams, the English theologian who established the first Baptist church in America.
NATIONAL
June 12, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Members of the Southern Baptist Convention at their annual meeting Wednesday voted to support families who leave the Boy Scouts due to the group's plans to accept gay Scouts , urged the removal of Boy Scout leaders who championed accepting gays and encouraged former Boy Scouts to join a Southern Baptist youth group instead. “Homosexuality is directly opposed to everything that Scouting stands for. I am disappointed in Scouting,” said the Rev. Wes Taylor in speaking for the resolution endorsed by the convention.
NATIONAL
June 20, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination, has approved an alternative name that will allow churches to distance themselves from the organization's past ties to slavery and racism. Great Commission Baptists, the alternative name, was endorsed by 53% of the 4,800 ballots cast at the convention's annual meeting in New Orleans, officials said. The change marks another step in the predominantly white denomination's efforts to become more inclusive.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Richard Land, a prominent Southern Baptist leader, saw his weekly radio show canceled Friday after he used it to criticize President Obama and black pastors' response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee also issued Land two reprimands -- for the "racially charged" comments and for using material from the Washington Times without properly crediting the newspaper. Land had served as president of the ethics committee since 1988.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
In a major shift, Southern Baptist leaders say their denomination has been "too timid" on environmental issues and has a biblical duty to stop global warming. The declaration, signed by the president of the Southern Baptist Convention and others, is being released today. It shows a growing sense of urgency about climate change even within groups that once dismissed claims of an overheating planet as a liberal ruse.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2008 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Carter still spends much of his time injecting himself into the nastiest spats on the planet. But most Sundays, the 83-year-old former president manages to be back here in the tiny city where he was raised. He does not like to skip Sunday school. He gives his Bible lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church, an unassuming red-brick chapel on the outskirts of town. Carter estimates that he has given more than 450 of them since leaving the White House in 1981.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 1992 | From Religious News Service
The long dispute between fundamentalists and moderates in the Southern Baptist Convention has spilled over into a controversy affecting a fund used by a Baptist lobbying agency in Washington that represents 10 Baptist denominations.
NEWS
February 12, 1987 | United Press International
Southern Baptist moderates announced today formation of a splinter group to challenge fundamentalist control of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. The Rev. Henry Crouch, president of the new Southern Baptist Alliance, which will be based in Charlotte, said the group was formed as an alternative to the narrow views of the current leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention. "All of us are painfully aware of the stress and changes within the Southern Baptist Convention," he said.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
Equal but different. You hear that a lot on the lush green campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. God values men and women equally, any student here will tell you. It's just that he's given them different responsibilities in life: Men make decisions. Women make dinner. This fall, the internationally known seminary -- a century-old training ground for Southern Baptists -- began reinforcing those traditional gender roles with college classes in homemaking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The request was in response to the liberal group's urging the IRS on Tuesday to investigate Drake's church's nonprofit status because Drake endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated Internet radio show.
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