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August 2, 2017

Brownback lauded as international religious liberty nominee

July 31, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
President Donald Trump’s selection of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for the U.S. State Department’s top religious liberty post has drawn praise from advocates for the freedom under threat. READ MORE 

Bumgarner to depart Florida paper, change coming

August 1, 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press
Florida Baptist Witness executive editor Kevin Bumgarner has announced his resignation to become director of communications at Tampa-area Bell Shoals Baptist Church. READ MORE

Infant's death cause for grief, work, ethicists say

August 1, 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
Charlie Gard’s travail and death call for grief and renewed attempts to protect children and the right of parents to help them. The infant died after months of legal battles ...

Redefine your life, Send Conference's 4,000 exhorted

July 31, 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB
“Is anybody hungry for a fresh move of God?” Las Vegas pastor Vance Pitman asked the crowd of 4,000-plus during the first of four main gatherings at the Send Conference in Orlando, Fla. READ MORE

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Why I'm staying in the Southern Baptist Convention
Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor

Why do you cooperate with the SBC? 

Last week a vibrant conversation about racial issues in Southern Baptist (SBC) life erupted when a black Oklahoma minister announced his departure from the SBC. We reported that story on BRnow.org.

We also reported another perspective from a black pastor who gave his reasons for staying in the Southern Baptist family. Blogs, news articles and social media are still active with conversations favoring each side.

Times of disagreement and conflict can be great learning experiences. This is not the time to draw a line in the sand. It is time to humble ourselves, be teachable, open the scriptures and learn from the Holy Spirit. A good verse to memorize is Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Expanding to a broader question, why are you a Southern Baptist? Why do you choose to serve in God’s greater Kingdom work alongside fellow believers in the SBC? Why does your church choose to cooperate with other SBC churches to finish the Great Commission? Let’s talk about it. Feel free to share your thoughts with me. I would also like to hear how your church is intentionally breaking down the walls of racial and ethnic division in your church and community.

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