PODCAST: Beth Moore Leaves the Southern Baptist Convention (BCNN1 3.11.21)

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According to Religion News Service, For nearly three decades, Beth Moore has been the very model of a modern Southern Baptist. She loves Jesus and the Bible and has dedicated her life to teaching others why they need both of them in their lives. Millions of evangelical Christian women have read her Bible studies and flocked to hear her speak at stadium-style events where Moore delves deeply into biblical passages. But Moore’s opposition to Trump and criticism of the 45th president’s abusive behavior toward women and her advocacy for sexual abuse victims turned her from a beloved icon to a pariah in the denomination she loved all her life. Because of her opposition to Trump and her outspokenness in confronting sexism and nationalism in the evangelical world, Moore has been labeled as “liberal” and “woke” and even as being a heretic for daring to give a message during a Sunday morning church service. Finally, Moore had had enough. She told Religion News Service in an interview Friday (March 5) that she is “no longer a Southern Baptist.” Moore said, “I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists. I love so many Southern Baptist people, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don’t identify with some of the things in our heritage that haven’t remained in the past.” Moore also revealed that she recently ended her longtime publishing partnership with Nashville-based LifeWay Christian. While Lifeway will still distribute her books, it will no longer publish them or administer her live events.

According to Religion News Service, The company owned by Christian financial guru and radio show host Dave Ramsey has lost one of its best-known personalities. Chris Hogan, once viewed as a successor to Ramsey, announced in a video on Wednesday (March 10) that he was no longer with the company. “Recently, it’s come to light that I’ve done some things personally that are not in line with Ramsey Solutions and as a result, I’m no longer a team member at Ramsey,” Hogan said in the brief video. “I’m sorry for the harm that this has caused.” The company said it was “deeply disappointed” in what it called Hogan’s “recent admissions.” “This week, new information came to light that Chris Hogan has recently done some things personally that are not in line with Ramsey Solutions’ core values,” the company said in a statement. “As a result of his current actions and behavior, Chris Hogan is no longer a team member at Ramsey or a Ramsey Personality.”

According to DISRN, Pastor Robert Lee Hamilton Sr. had been saying to his family and his parishioners for the last five years that if Jesus didn’t come back first, he wanted to die while preaching at church on a Sunday morning. According to witnesses, after preaching what was described as an “eerie” sermon about being prepared for life after death Sunday, Hamilton sat down in his chair next to the pulpit, looked to heaven, suffered a massive heart attack, slumped to the ground, and died next to his pulpit. The minister was transported by emergency crews to a local hospital and pronounced dead just after 1 p.m. “He’s been speaking this, and it’s been his testimony for at least five, six years or more. He said, ‘If I don’t get raptured in church … I want to die in the pulpit while I’m preaching the word,'” his son Norman Hamilton said in an interview. “That would be his way to die, and that’s what God did.” The younger Hamilton said his dad was adamant that he didn’t want to die in a hospital or even at home. The family said that his death was a shock. “He was great strength all my life that I’ve known him. Never been to the hospital or anything, never been sick. He got into the church yesterday, feeling good, speaking, and he sat down at the pulpit in his chair around about 1 o’clock. [Then], he looked up to Heaven like he looked up to the sky, and he died; like he had a massive heart attack right then and there,” Norman Hamilton recounted. Even more coincidental, Golden Gate Cathedral Church of God in Christ, the place where Hamilton pastored for 45 years, had just held a community presentation about the perils of heart disease. Hamilton was 84 years old.

According to the New York Times, Cornel West is abandoning his quest for tenure at Harvard and going back to Union Theological Seminary, where he first taught 44 years ago, the New York seminary announced on Monday. Over the past few weeks, Dr. West, a popular professor of African-American studies and progressive activist, had threatened to leave Harvard because, he said, the university had balked at a recommendation by a faculty committee that his untenured position be converted to a tenured one. He has been a tenured professor at Yale, Princeton and Harvard in the past but left Harvard once before, in 2002 after a public fight with Lawrence Summers, the university’s president at the time. He returned to a nontenured position at Harvard in 2017. The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, the president of Union, said in an interview on Monday that “our whole school is devoted to the same prophetic message” as Dr. West, and that he would bring his intellectual rigor to bear on “the meaning of life and why we’re here, and what we’re called to do and be.”

According to Daily Mail, Nearly half of white evangelical Christians and a third of black protestants in the US say they definitely or probably will not get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new survey. On the other hand, more than 70 percent of Catholics and people who do not affiliate with an organized religion say they’ve had or will get a shot, the latest Pew Research survey shows. Vaccine acceptance is up across the board in just the past three months, with 69 percent of Americans saying they probably or definitely would get a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 60 percent in January. But the data quantifies an issue long-observed by public health officials: Many Americans with deeply held religious beliefs fear that vaccines somehow go against the tenets of their faiths. Among white people, evangelicals are far and away the most wary of vaccines. Some evangelicals have tried to popularize a false notion that shots contain the ‘mark of the beast.’ But across all races, black Americans are most wary of vaccines. Vaccine acceptance has increased among black people in the US, up from 42 percent in November to 61 percent last month. Still, that falls well below the 69 percent of white Americanas who say they will or probably will get a vaccine, 70 percent of Hispanic people who want the shot and 90 percent of Asian Americans who say they will get vaccinated.

According to the Hill, Republican firebrand Candace Owens is getting ready to gab — launching a new talk show that she vows will be a “space for conservatives to feel heard.” “Candace,” debuting March 19 on conservative media brand The Daily Wire, will be taped in front of a studio audience in Nashville. “I guess the best way to describe it would be like a late-night talk show,” Owens tells ITK. “It’s going to be funny. It’s going to be lighthearted. I think the most important adjective is it’s going to be hopeful,” she promises. The weekly series will feature the hallmarks of a TV talk show, including a panel, an interview segment and a monologue penned by its host. Crafting a monologue was how the “Blackout” author says she got started with the idea for the show. “I just think that people feel lost right now in this moment, not just in America but in Western civilization, everything that’s being covered is so depressing,” Owens says, noting how ITK inquired about COVID-19 prevention measures being taken for the show’s live audience. “Even the late-night talk shows, everybody is obsessed with bad news. And so it becomes very easy to insert yourself as someone that says, ‘Look, this is bad. But here is the silver lining.’ And ‘The Silver Lining’ could have been another name for the show, because that is really what we’re focused on, giving people the silver lining,” she says.

According to Reuters, former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame along with eight other women including former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, soccer icon Mia Hamm and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who died last year. The National Women’s Hall of Fame named the members of its Class of 2021 set to be inducted on Oct. 2 on Monday. Others in the list include author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, Rebecca Halstead, who had a near three-decade career in the military, poet Joy Harjo, artist Judy Chicago and activist Emily Howland, who died in 1929 and had taught formerly enslaved people how to read and write in refugee settlements where she worked during the American Civil War. “Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most influential and iconic women of the 21st century,” the National Women’s Hall of Fame website said. “The National Women’s Hall of Fame will celebrate the inclusion of these extraordinary women into the Hall at the biennial in-person induction ceremony on October 2, 2021.” The organization said it was closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in New York state and will plan carefully to ensure that the in-person portion of Induction Weekend is safe for all attendees.

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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