Faith and Culture

SWBTS trustees transition Patterson to president emeritus

May 23 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

UPDATED: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's (SWBTS) board of trustees convened May 22 at 1:30 p.m. on the school's campus in Fort Worth, Texas, to discuss and deliberate controversy that has engulfed SWBTS President Paige Patterson. As the meeting extended into the early morning hours of May 23, more than 12 hours later, the trustees issued a statement on Patterson's retirement and the seminary's future.

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Mission:Dignity affirms couple’s trust in God’s care

May 23 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources

No matter how little they appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can’t out-give the Lord. Whether it was helping a fellow seminary student at Criswell College pay for his textbooks or giving from their Mission:Dignity gift to a widow they knew couldn’t afford her medicine, the Southerns have been faithful to share.

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Prayer for Southern Baptist resolutions

May 22 2018 by Jason G. Duesing

As chairman of the 2018 SBC Committee on Resolutions, I write to ask for members and messengers of Southern Baptist churches to pray for the committee during this season where we carry out our work and to provide a brief overview of our responsibilities.

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‘Broken and hurting’ Santa Fe seeks hope, healing

May 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Associate pastor Joey Tombrella had a personal story to tell in his graduate recognition sermon days after the Santa Fe High School mass murder. His sister Rachel Blundell, the school’s principal, and her daughter, 18-year-old niece Faith, were among those seeking safety when a teenager walked into the school, killed 10 and injured another 10.

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The problem of evil – for atheists

May 21 2018 by Adam Groza

In his book “The Cross of Christ,” John Stott said that the “the fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith. ”   The ages-old problem of evil is the apparent conflict or contradiction between the existence of evil and suffering and the existence an all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present God who is also perfectly good.

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Texas shooting: Baptists mourn ‘lives snuffed out’

May 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Grief counseling, prayer and offers to assist with funeral arrangements are among the ways local Southern Baptists sprang to action after a gunman killed 10 people at a Houston-area high school May 18. Nine students and one adult are among the dead at Santa Fe High School just south of Houston, according to media reports.

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3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

May 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

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New rule would cut Title X Planned Parenthood funds

May 21 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Department of Health and Human Services announced May 18 a regulation that would bar Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or refer for abortions from receiving federal money through the Title X family planning program, according to news reports.

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Pew: 25% of survey’s Christians don’t buy biblical God

May 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A fourth of self-identified Christians don’t believe fully in the biblical description of God, Pew Research Center said in its latest study. Rather, 25 percent of American Christians believe in what Pew described as “God or another higher power” who is not necessarily all-loving, omniscient and omnipotent as scripture reveals.

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Honoring spiritual mothers

May 8 2018 by Autumn Wall

Mother’s Day is coming fast! And let me just say, my mom is literally the best, just as you could say the same for yours. This coming Mother’s Day is a great day to get to honor those who have loved and cared for us teaching us to obey Jesus and love others.

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