Faith and Culture

UC Berkeley leader slammed over biblical gender views

November 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian student leader is facing backlash and censure after abstaining from a pro-transgender vote and citing a biblical standard of two genders in her defense. A University of California at Berkeley LGBT group is petitioning for Sen. Isabella Chow’s resignation from student government; her political party, Student Action, has dropped ties to her …

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Chapmans, Gettys, Platt join expanded EFL

November 15 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist-sponsored Evangelicals for Life 2019 (EFL) has expanded its schedule and added two leading couples from the modern Christian music world and a well-known preacher/author to the program. Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and David Platt will appear at the fourth annual EFL conference …

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NFL’s Watson aids life through Psalm 139

November 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

National Football League player Benjamin Watson has again joined with the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) ethics entity to provide an ultrasound machine for the benefit of women in crisis pregnancies. Watson, a veteran tight end with the New Orleans Saints, and his wife Kirsten donated a machine through the Psalm 139 Project …

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Faith, technology, innovation explored at conference

November 14 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

In the future, could a machine lead a human to faith in Christ? Actually, it’s already been done, said data scientist Daniel Whitenack. At Faith Leads Tech, a conference hosted Nov. 9 at LifeWay Christian Resources’ corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Whitenack described a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to tell people about Jesus.

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Q&A: Loritts on racism, ethnicity and being an ‘insider-outsider’

November 12 2018 by Maina Mwaura, Special to the Recorder

Bryan Loritts is the son of a well-known evangelical preacher, Crawford Loritts, and has himself become a popular speaker and author in evangelical circles. He is the lead pastor of Abundant Life Church in the Silicon Valley area of California and president of The Kainos Movement …

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Vote splits Congress; judicial outlook called hopeful

November 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Voters returned control of the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democratic Party Nov. 6, but seemed to have strengthened the Republican Party’s hold on the Senate and on its ability to confirm conservative Supreme Court justices and federal judges. Meanwhile, at least two Southern Baptists appear to have won first-time seats in Congress …

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Abortion, marijuana, gambling win, lose in states

November 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Abortion rights, marijuana use and legalized gambling drew mixed results on state ballots across the U.S. Nov. 6. Alabama voters authorized display of the Ten Commandments in public places in a measure that prohibits the use of public funding to support challenges to the state constitutional amendment in court.

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Jesus took naps

November 7 2018 by Jim Futral

That was the message on a sweatshirt worn by a senior adult at a gathering at one of our churches. So pointed, so provoking, so simple – and so true. Read More

Baptists & alcohol: Is the consensus shifting?

November 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid a years-long battle with postpartum depression, anxiety and insomnia, a therapist gave Jenny Morrison what proved to be a life-altering suggestion: “Why don’t you try drinking a small glass of wine at night?” So over the course of several years, she drank more, and more …

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Billy Graham’s ‘Extraordinary Journey’ debuts Nov. 6

November 2 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The late Billy Graham called himself an “ordinary messenger of the Kingdom of God,” but his legacy as “America’s pastor” is unique. Graham’s ministry of nearly 80 years is chronicled in the new documentary “Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey,” available Nov. 6 on DVD and digital HD.

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