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Christians flee northern Iraqi cities

June 17, 2014 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press
Iraqi An estimated 10,000 fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (the Levant), also known as ISIS and ISIL, advanced rapidly on Mosul and other northern Iraqi cities.
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Court backs pro-life ads as free speech

June 17, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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Justices unanimously ruled June 16 the Susan B. Anthony List had demonstrated that an Ohio prohibition on false statements during an election campaign injured the pro-life organization.
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BCH launches multi-million dollar capital campaign

June 17, 2014 by BCH Communications
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Baptist Children’s Homes is taking steps to make sure North Carolina children and families can depend on the 128-year-old statewide organization well into the future.
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ERLC honors heroic Christians at SBC

June 13, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission honored the Greens, who own Hobby Lobby, and Saeed Abedini, a prisoner in Iran Wednesday, June 11 during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.


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Who's in charge of history?

It has become a popular, but pathetic cliché to say someone is "on the wrong side of history." The hollow phrase is usually shouted at Christians and others who oppose same sex marriage. It is an overworked phrase that is like a bullet without gunpowder, an arrow without a point. Those who use it most are liberals whose arguments have run out of substance. They want to stop all discussion with the phrase.

What on earth do they mean? Most seem to imply that history is going in a certain direction (toward humanistic reasoning), and all who buck that trend are going against the inevitable future movement of history. The assumption is that we cannot escape the assumed doom of history. Proponents contend that history is beyond our control, apparently set in motion by some inescapable force that centers on godlessness. This is an argument founded on fatalism.

This definition excludes the God of history and redefines the very meaning of the word "history." Isn’t history more defined by the past than the future? It is in my dictionary. The history I read has not welcomed the socially and morally damaging customs that secularists are touting. So, who is really "on the wrong side of history?"

At the Biblical Recorder we receive comments on our website and letters from those who like to use the empty phrase. They cannot be taken seriously if we take God seriously. Psalm 33:10-11 says, "The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations." God is in charge of history!

We don’t have to be conformed to this world. We are to be "... transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2).

I hope the stories in this week’s Biblical Recorder and at BRnow.org will encourage you to walk in God’s perfect will. There’s much to read this week about the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Baltimore. The stories listed in this week’s BRweekly are only a few from the eventful week. Read about Southeastern Seminary’s reports here. And be sure to read this story about the resolution on the SBC’s transgender stance.

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