Faith and Culture

Video-gaming duo break world record to ‘hype’ Jesus

August 19 2019 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway & Art Toalston, Baptist Press

By playing video games for 662 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds during a 30-day period, Joshua and Daniel Greening have become world record holders. Joshua, 20, and Daniel, 17, are on the Twitch video gaming platform where they host the channel, 'TheWay_TV.'

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Court cases continue for 4 Christian business owners

August 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

At least four Christian business owners continue to fight for their religious liberty in years-long court battles. Kentucky T-shirt printer Blaine Adamson, Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips and Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein are fighting for their right to reject business projects that violate their freedom of conscience.

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Picking up the pieces in El Paso

August 13 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Beverly Engle snapped a photo of the El Paso Walmart as she and her husband David walked in Aug. 3 to grab some vitamin water. She meant to post it on Facebook to say it was the Southern Baptist couple’s last stop on the way home to Arkansas after ministering to migrants at a center …

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Church models low-cost, replicable homeless ministry

August 13 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Any church can do this, pastor Rolland Slade told Baptist Press (BP). On a vacant lot at Slade’s senior pastorate Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., a tiny cabin is being built as an emergency, secure shelter for homeless women and children. “All that we were doing before was growing tumbleweeds …

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Kendricks on ‘Overcomer’: One saved ‘better than 10’ Oscars

August 12 2019 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Alex and Stephen Kendrick have enjoyed box-office success that few filmmakers ever will experience. Their movies “Fireproof” (2008) and “Courageous” (2011) both opened in the Top 4. Their 2015 movie “War Room” climbed to No. 1 in America on its second weekend. They’ve been interviewed by big-city newspapers and broadcast networks.

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‘Not for kids’: Rampant gore, obscenity in TV comics

August 8 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Graphic violence, profanity and sex overflow on television shows based on children’s comic books, the Parents Television Council (PTC) found in its latest study. PTC President Tim Winter called out The CW network as the most egregious for its shows “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “Riverdale,” and urged the network to make …

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North Carolina ministries combine foster and adoption efforts

July 19 2019 by Blake Ragsdale, Baptist Children’s Homes Communications

Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and Christian Adoption Services (CAS) have agreed to partner together to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families throughout the state. “This is an exciting day for us and the children and families we serve,” says BCH president/CEO Michael C. Blackwell.

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Title X abortion rule remains amid legal challenge

July 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other pro-life leaders have commended a federal appeals court’s latest action to permit the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule to remain in effect while it undergoes a legal challenge. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in a 7-4 decision July 11 …

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N.M. Baptists continue to aid migrants

July 5 2019 by Daniel Porter, Baptist New Mexican

Serving asylum-seeking migrants is as simple as “a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name” says Frieda Adams, a former 20-year veteran Southern Baptist missionary and current coordinator for medical personnel in New Mexico’s Dona Ana County. Adams is one of many Baptists in New Mexico providing humanitarian assistance to asylum-seeking migrants vetted and released …

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Last abortion clinic in Missouri gets Aug. 1 reprieve

July 2 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The battle to shutter a final abortion clinic in Missouri will continue at least until Aug. 1, according to a state commission’s ruling June 28, acting on a federal judge’s ruling a week earlier. Missouri could become the first state in the nation without an abortion clinic since 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision …

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