Faith and Culture

Kid vaping epidemic cited in FDA e-cig fines

September 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nicotine-rich e-cigarettes commonly clothed in pastel brights with perky flavors have reached epidemic use among kids, a federal agency said in levying industry penalties to limit youth access. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters and fines to more than 1,300 retailers “who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors” …

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‘Unbroken’ follow-up opens as audience favorite

September 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” was an audience favorite, but a low earner at $2.4 million and a fourth place showing among new releases on its opening weekend, according to industry insider reports. Audiences rated the movie an A in CinemaScore polling, the highest among new releases on more than 1,500 screens.

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Viral photo shows problems with IVF

September 17 2018 by Andrew Walker

A picture showing a beautiful baby girl surrounded by over 1,100 in vitro fertilization (IVF) needles is making the rounds on the internet.   According to the description of the photo, “After trying to get pregnant for four long years via IVF, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill, a couple from Arizona, finally welcomed a beautiful little girl, London, into the world via C-section on Aug.

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Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

September 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research. The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain “fresh” tissue from aborted babies for experimentation.

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Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

September 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church.

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Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, Pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press. Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as “an unreached people group within our nation.”

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Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

September 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ. Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches…

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Social justice statement spurs ‘productive conversation’

September 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid ongoing discussion of social justice in the Southern Baptist Convention, more than 5,500 people – many of them Southern Baptists – have signed a statement claiming “lectures on social issues” in the church and “activism aimed at reshaping the wider culture” “tend to become distractions that inevitably lead to departures from the gospel.”

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Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

September 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A shooting rampage in Cincinnati that left four dead and two others injured Sept. 6 led a city councilman to request aid from the community. Within minutes Cincinnati Baptists began responding. An unidentified gunman entered Cincinnati’s 30-story Fifth Third Center through a loading dock at 9:10 a.m. local time and opened fire in the lobby, according to media reports.

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ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

September 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

For the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices – Nashville and Washington, D.C.

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