Faith and Culture

Former N.C. pastor answers plea for help at Tijuana border

January 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

The day Juvenal Gonzalez spoke with the Biblical Recorder started just like every other day for him since early December: preparing and serving breakfast – tamales, chilaquiles, sometimes bacon and eggs and pancakes – to asylum seekers at El Barretal, an abandoned concert venue in Tijuana, Mexico, that now houses caravan migrants from Central America.

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Foster care and adoption infused into church plant

January 15 2019 by Chris Forbes, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma

From a church planting perspective, The Well is averaging approximately 100 in weekly attendance, recently baptizing several new believers. Meanwhile, the planters – Stephen Myers and Steven Giblet – have worked to cultivate a culture within the church conducive to foster care and adoption. Now in its second year, the church plant of the Baptist General Convention …

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5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC’s 2019 list

January 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in listing the top five reforms the entertainment industry needs to make this year. “Even with the most diligent parental oversight, the industry has exceptional power and leverage to influence our children,” the PTC said.

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ERLC releases update on sex abuse study group

January 14 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the study group on sexual abuse launched last summer by J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is currently focused on assessing needs and reviewing ways to prevent abuse and care for survivors.

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Court limits Jack Phillips’ religious bias lawsuit

January 11 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips can proceed with his latest lawsuit alleging Colorado harassed him based on his religious beliefs, but he may no longer seek damages from nine of the 10 defendants targeted. Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, has legal standing to challenge Colorado’s discrimination law, the U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled Jan. 4 …

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Ashford: ‘Be our better selves’ in the public sphere

January 10 2019 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

As an observer of Christianity and public life, Bruce Ashford sees the good, the bad and the ugly of American political engagement. In a new book, Letters to an American Christian, he is seeking to change it for the better. In a whimsical yet informative series of letters between Ashford, provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary …

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Baby-saving ministry ready to extend its reach

January 9 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Justin Phillips said it’s the best and worst thing he’s ever done with his life. Every day, he stands across the strip mall parking lot from a door marked simply G-3422. It’s sandwiched between two dollar stores. Every week, 20 to 30 babies are aborted there.

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Third gender option takes effect in NYC, California

January 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

People who don’t believe they’re either male or female can now choose a third gender in New York City and California, joining six other states and Washington, D.C., that allow the option. Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington State and Washington, D.C. allow a non-binary gender option, often designated by X on legal documents …

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Senate passes justice reform bill

December 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The federal government took a major step toward criminal justice reform Dec. 18 when the Senate approved legislation backed by a broad coalition that includes the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity. Senators voted 87-12 for the First Step Act, which is designed to promote the rehabilitation and societal reentry of prisoners while maintaining public safety.

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Christmas, nativity spotlight Baptist racial unity

December 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

One-month-old Luke Molette was the nativity centerpiece, an African American baby portraying Jesus in the arms of his mother as a white “Joseph” sat at their side, flocked by an interracial chorus. The 2018 Christmas parade float was the latest collaboration between Nashville First Baptist Church, a majority white congregation …

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