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Women's lives changed through discipleship  
July 23, 2012 by Ashley Allen, BSC Embrace Women's Ministries
Learn how integrating in-depth Bible study into women's Sunday School classes while also organizing outreach makes a difference.
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How mentoring, discipleship impacted 'most hateful man' 
July 18, 2012 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
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Find out how one dedicated and patient teacher impacted the life of Jim Gillespie, pastor of men’s ministry at Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest.
Colorado tragedy stirs church to share hope 
July 24, 2012 by Aaron Earls, Baptist Press
Sample Image Less than a mile separates the movie theater in suburban Denver where 12 people were killed and Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church. Pastor urges congregation to help others "take a step forward."
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Chick-fil-A interview with BR triggers media storm
July 19, 2012 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press
 As a company, Chick-fil-A takes no position on gay marriage, but comments Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy made to the Biblical Recorder have set off a heated debate.
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Guest column: Opt out of gay marriage debate?

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Allan Blume
K. Allan Blume
BR Editor
How do we handle cultural wars?

There is nothing church leaders would like to do more than to stay out of conflict and enjoy peace in the local church. Whether personal conflict within the church, community controversy or national battles, we would really prefer to stay out of it.

Like the religious leaders in the story of the Good Samaritan, we would rather not get involved in matters that might cause further problems.

But, sometimes honesty forces us to make some tough choices – choices of conviction and courage which are not the "easy road." Such is the case with the cultural wars of the day.

Jeremiah addressed this issue. The prophets and priests of his day were not being honest with the people. In Jeremiah 6:14 he said, "They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace." Do you see what is happening here? The religious leaders were saying, "Everything is going to be fine. You don’t need to get involved." But it was a lie.

This week Baptist Press ran a piece by Owen Strachan titled, "Opt out of the gay marriage debate? That’s no longer an option." It is a thoughtful editorial, deserving of your attention. Strachan said, "...there is a desperate need for the church to be the church in this fallen world. Now is not the time to back off from a robust cultural ethic. Now is the time to engage."

Like it or not, we are in a cultural battle. Will we retreat? Will we tell our people that everything is going to be all right? Or will we enter the battlefield dressed in the armor of God, filled with his grace and truth? Let’s not look for the easy way out. Prayer and truth are our strongest weapons.

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