ROY MOORE TO STAND TRIAL FOR GAY MARRIAGE ORDER

By David Roach
Baptist Press

A yard sign near Prattville, Ala., reflects what an attorney for the Alabama Citizens Action Program characterized as broad support for Chief Justice Roy Moore’s views on same-sex marriage. -Photo by Mary Pope

A yard sign near Prattville, Ala., reflects what an attorney for the Alabama Citizens Action Program characterized as broad support for Chief Justice Roy Moore’s views on same-sex marriage.
-Photo by Mary Pope

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) — With Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore set to stand trial next month on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, a legal adviser to Alabama Baptists’ public policy auxiliary has called the allegations against him unmerited.

At issue in Moore’s case is a Jan. 6 administrative order in which he stated Alabama’s 68 probate judges had “a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses contrary to” the state’s ban on same-sex marriage until the Alabama Supreme Court clarified the relationship between state law and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) alleges in a 293-page complaint that Moore “failed to respect and comply with the law,” citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Obergefell ruling among other cases.

The JIC seeks to have Moore, a Southern Baptist, removed from office. [Read more…]

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ALASKA LEADER INJURED IN GAS EXPLOSION

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Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Suffering third-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Alaska Baptist evangelism and church growth director Jimmy Stewart is hospitalized and grateful for prayers after being injured in a gas leak explosion at his Alaska cabin.

Stewart underwent his fourth surgery Aug. 3 — one of many anticipated in a hospitalization of at least six months followed by convalescence and a lengthy rehabilitation, according to the Alaska Baptist Convention (ABC). [Read more…]

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AFTER W.VA. FLOODING, BAPTIST DR AIDING RECOVERY

Editor’s Note: Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief has been asked by the North American Mission Board to oversee operations in the Rainelle, West Va., area. Efforts will include on site command, feeding volunteer teams, chaplains, assessors, and mud out teams. The Tennessee volunteers will be hosted by Calvary Baptist Church in Meadow Bridge, West. Va. Mud out teams are urgently needed. If interested in serving, contact Elizabeth Holmes in Tennessee Baptist DR at eholmes@tnbaptist.org or call 615-371-7926. Donations for disaster relief (designated for West Virginia) may be sent to TBC Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024 or give online at www.tndisasterrelief.org.

 

By Josie Rabbitt & Jacob Brooks, NAMB

Pat McCoy (right) of Berkley Springs, W.Va., member of South Berkley Baptist Church and Raymond Bouchoc of Charlestown, W.Va., member of Baker Heights Baptist Church mark and remove wet drywall in Rupert County as part of mud-out recovery. Much of what various disaster relief recovery teams looked for after damage assessments were rotten walls and dangerous mold. -NAMB photo by Van Payne

Pat McCoy (right) of Berkley Springs, W.Va., member of South Berkley Baptist Church and Raymond Bouchoc of Charlestown, W.Va., member of Baker Heights Baptist Church mark and remove wet drywall in Rupert County as part of mud-out recovery. Much of what various disaster relief recovery teams looked for after damage assessments were rotten walls and dangerous mold.
-NAMB photo by Van Payne

GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. (BP) — Blue and “yellow” hard hats can be seen along eight West Virginia counties’ roads and streets — hats worn by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Engaged in recovery assessment, the SBDR response teams are making their way through communities that were under water just days ago, answering calls for help from numerous West Virginians left without power, vehicles and even homes.

On June 23, torrential rains hit West Virginia, causing flooding that claimed at least 24 lives and more than 100 homes. More than 30,000 homes and businesses lost power.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) described the flooding as a “historic” tragedy and applauded the continued efforts of relief response teams such as the American Red Cross and various SBDR units, as reported by the Associated Press.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin tweeted his appreciation for state partners who provided critical resources to West Virginia as quickly as possible and announced that FEMA will expand federal funding to eight counties: Fayette, Clay, Roane, Summers, Monroe, Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas. [Read more…]

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PARENTS IN GORILLA CASE EXPRESS ‘PRAISE’ TO GOD

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Cincinnati Zoo officials killed Harambe, a 450-pound gorilla, after a 3-year-old boy fell into his exhibit. -Screen capture from YouTube

Cincinnati Zoo officials killed Harambe, a 450-pound gorilla, after a 3-year-old boy fell into his exhibit.
-Screen capture from YouTube

CINCINNATI (BP) — Local Baptists have expressed support for the Cincinnati Zoo’s decision to shoot and kill a 450-pound gorilla in order to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the animal’s enclosure over Memorial Day weekend.

Much of the reaction was released to Baptist Press the same day the boy’s family shared a statement with media outlets expressing “praise” to “God for His grace and mercy.” The child, whose name has not been publicized, suffered only “a concussion and a few scrapes” after being picked up and dragged by the gorilla, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“We continue to … be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child,” the family said in a June 1 statement, according to the Enquirer. “We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us.” [Read more…]

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STATES, CITIES ISSUE TRAVEL BANS TO N.C., MISSISSIPPI

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160421nc-travelJACKSON — At least nine U.S. cities and five states have banned non-essential travel by government employees to North Carolina, Mississippi, or both, claiming religious liberty bills adopted there discriminate against homosexual and transgendered persons.

A Mississippi pastor told Baptist Press he’s proud of his state legislature’s courage and confused by the seeming hypocrisy of some critics. Pastors in Vermont and Washington — two states to enact bans — said such actions are a predictable outworking of the secular worldview that dominates their local cultures.

Joining Washington and Vermont in instituting travel bans were the states of New York, Minnesota, and Connecticut. Cities to institute bans included Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco, Calif.; Santa Fe, N.M.; and Washington, according to USA Today. [Read more…]

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