Faith and Culture

Study: Young Bible readers more likely to be faithful adults

October 18 2017 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

A study shows reading the Bible at a young age and on a regular basis leads to a more faithful adult, according to parents who were interviewed about their children. Other key factors include prayer time, church service and listening to Christian music.

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Annual meeting to prioritize prayer, missions

October 16 2017 by BR staff

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has released details about the 2017 Annual Meeting scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. Messengers will cast ballots on mission-focused resolutions, elect officers and more.

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Committee explains ‘Resolution Denouncing Racism’

October 16 2017 by BSC Communications

Messengers to the 2017 Annual Meeting will cast ballots on mission-focused resolutions. In an explanation for the “Resolution Denouncing Racism,” the Resolutions and Memorials Committee said it hopes to clearly communicate “the message of hope and love found within the gospel.”

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Resolution on a Biblical Stance on Human Sexuality and Marriage

October 16 2017 by BSC Communications

The resolution on sexuality and marriage calls N.C. Baptists to “commit to pray for our neighbors who identify themselves as homosexual and transgender, to minister to them with Christ’s love, and, as they repent, to help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.”

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In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery

October 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists remain an active part of Las Vegas’ recovery as many are still hospitalized, blood-bank donation lines are long and first responders are overstretched 10 days after a gunman killed 58 and injured about 500 at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.

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Church should lead way on civility, Gov. Haslam says

October 11 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The church should be at the forefront of promoting civility in a deeply divided culture, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam told Christian leaders at a Southern Baptist-sponsored event in Nashville. “We, of all people, understand grace,” Haslam said of Christians at an Oct. 3 lunch held by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

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NCAA scandal spurs warnings against sports idolatry

October 2 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid news of an NCAA basketball scandal involving alleged illegal payments to recruits, two Southern Baptist-linked high schools known for producing elite players have underscored the need for a God-focused perspective in athletics. “We’ve got a couple of young men that are being actively recruited” by college basketball programs, said David Conrady.

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Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

October 2 2017 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press

Voices sing out – first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages. “The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá.” The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together.

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As Harvey loomed, church prepared for town’s needs

September 28 2017 by Kirsten McKimmey, Baptist General Convention of Texas

Soon after Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, pastor Mike Martin of First Baptist Church in Huffman made several visits around town, located 30 miles northeast of Houston, before the heavy rains hit the area. He stopped at the local volunteer fire department and told them the church was available if they needed help. ...

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Student-led prayer weathering the storms

September 28 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Catastrophic hurricanes in the U.S. and the Caribbean impeded planning for an annual student-led prayer event held Sept. 27, organizers said. In Texas, Hurricane Harvey killed an estimated 82 people or more and extensively flooded several communities just as training for the prayer event, See You at the Pole, would have begun.

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