Faith and Culture

Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

December 14 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend. While 56 percent of U.S. adults identified such a trend, a quarter of that group said the trend doesn’t bother them.

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Church imparts a heart for missions to its young

December 8 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

After Myra Middlebrook’s mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away – and she knew exactly what it was. “I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year,” Middlebrook said. “She put money away all year for missions. She always had.”

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Amid RVers in the Arizona desert, church offers faith

December 1 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

At least 400 vendors for the nation’s largest RV show plus nine major rock/gem/mineral shows and 15 general swap meets gather each balmy winter in the Sonora Desert of southwestern Arizona. The vendors see more than a million visitors between December and March.

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Navajo DR volunteers reach out to Harvey victims

December 1 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, Southern Baptist TEXAN

For generations the Navajo have often been on the receiving end of volunteer mission teams. Buddy Evans chaperoned one such trip in 1985. For two weeks his team led Vacation Bible School in the mornings, revival meetings in the evenings and explored the desert high country of New Mexico.

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Puerto Rico missionary’s relief aid opens hearts

November 29 2017 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Even in the aftermath of Puerto Rico’s devastation from Hurricane Maria, church planting missionary Jorge Santiago has been experiencing the truth of Romans 8:28 that all things can work together for good. In July, Santiago and his wife moved to Puerto Rico with their two children to serve as church planting missionaries in Comerío.

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Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Montana church & town

November 22 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley’s life but, the course of a church and a Montana community. In his early 20s, Webley was entrenched in a rough lifestyle and people just wanted him to leave town.

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Sex abuse prevention resources available at

November 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

While a growing international storm of sexual abuse allegations are swirling, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has long encouraged churches to be proactive in preventing abuse. Churches should model the highest standards of moral integrity and churches should use legal resources to exclude sexual predators from leadership, the SBC said as early as 2002.

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Shootings don’t stop churches, say past victims

November 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Church shootings like the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, will not intimidate the body of Christ, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Congregations that have experienced shootings are offering testimony to support his assertion.

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N.C. Baptists' resolution denounces racism

November 7 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

North Carolina Baptists approved a resolution condemning racism at their annual meeting in Greensboro Tuesday. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s two-day gathering was held in a city of historic significance to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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Puerto Rico DR efforts advanced by Texas volunteers

November 6 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Flooded streets, potable water shortages, communications disruptions, power outages and six-foot-long iguanas were among the obstacles encountered by eight Southern Baptists of Texas Convention volunteers in completing initial projects to facilitate Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts in Puerto Rico following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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