Several times throughout the year the Biblical Recorder asks pastors and other Christian leaders to share their opinions about specific trending issues. This is one of my favorite features. I like to hear the views of these leaders, and I always learn something when they share with our readers how God is leading them to minister in specific ways. In this week’s print edition we let four pastors speak out on recent race-related violence. We appreciate Gerald Hodges, Kelly Bullard, Byron Greene and Ed Tablazon for sharing their insights.
The CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, Frank Page, preached in his home state of North Carolina last week and Seth Brown, content editor for the Recorder, was at the event. Page preached at an associational meeting of the New South River Baptist Association in Fayetteville. The event was held in an African-American congregation. Page and others addressed the matter of racial tensions. Read the story here.
I interviewed Kathleen Skaar, executive director of Christian Library International (CLI), last week. She shared with me how this ministry is touching men and women in the 5,000 correctional facilities across the United States. CLI provides Bibles and study material to make disciples in prisons, jails and detention centers. Read this encouraging story and if you have Bibles or Bible study books you want to give to CLI, contact them. They are worthy of your support.
More than a year ago a hand full of Charlotte’s elected leaders decided they would move the city toward a very radical agenda. They pressed the city to change laws relating to gender-specific bathrooms, opening public restrooms to the vulnerabilities of sex offenders. The state’s governor and legislature returned the laws to traditional normalcy. Since that time the extreme left has complained that North Carolina’s traditional values made us "intolerant." They have convinced many blind business leaders to set up business blockades against N.C.’s citizens. Now the commissioner of the NBA has pulled the 2017 NBA Allstar game out of Charlotte. It is estimated that the game would have brought $100 million to the Charlotte area. That’s a strong slap in the face of the Queen City, thanks to a hand full of radicals. The mayor and City Council blame this loss of the game on the governor, but he did not light the fuse of this moral bomb. The city’s leaders deserve this financial rebuke.
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