Faith and Culture

Singing ‘Down on My Knees,’ Gaines exhorts SBC to pray

February 22 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

In Nashville all of 24 hours while his wife Donna was home in Memphis, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines had already spoken with her four times because he loves her. The conversations with his wife served as an analogy to encourage Southern Baptists to talk with God and tell others about our Savior.

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‘Benedict Option’: Build communities of resistance

February 22 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

With secular culture increasingly marginalizing the Christian faith, believers should leave behind political battles and embrace the communal life exemplified by St. Benedict of Nursia, author Rod Dreher said. Although Christianity continues to spread in Asia and the global south, it is rapidly losing its influence in the public square in the West, said Dreher.

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Church response to domestic violence focus of study

February 21 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don’t know where to start, a new study shows. Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. Only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward.

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Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

February 20 2017 by Jim Burton, North American Mission Board

John D’Antonio’s family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband. ...

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Washington high court rules against Christian florist

February 16 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

“The Court held that the government can force citizens to use their creative gifts and expressive speech to participate and endorse acts they believe to be immoral. This decision is a loss not only for Barronelle Stutzman but for every American who values liberty and civility over coercion by the government,” said Russell Moore.

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Lent has narrow appeal, LifeWay Research reports

February 16 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

During the season of Lent, some Americans give up chocolate or another favorite food. Others dump guilty pleasures like binge-watching television or social media. But most give up Lent. Three-quarters of Americans say they don’t typically observe Lent, according to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research released Feb. 15.

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Shelters for trafficking victims aid their healing

February 16 2017 by Grace Thornton, The Alabama Baptist

Erin Futch rolled up her sleeves and got to work in the kitchen of Mountain Brook Baptist Church right next to another girl. They started talking that morning, swapping stories. Turns out both of them were 22 and had played softball in high school. But then their stories had gone vastly different directions. ...

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Independent church aligns with Missouri Baptists/SBC

February 16 2017 by Benjamin Hawkins, Missouri Pathway

The shared vision of transforming lives and communities with the gospel has led a historically independent church whose pastor serves as president of the Baptist Bible Fellowship International to become a cooperating church with the Missouri Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.

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‘Authentic Love’ calls teens to identity in Christ

February 15 2017 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay

Love is a popular topic in today’s culture. But since many teens hear a distorted view, Authentic Love aims to ground students’ concept of love in their identity in Christ. The gender-specific studies “make it easy for student pastors and leaders to establish a safe environment where both guys and girls could speak openly and honestly.”

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True Love Waits: a retrospective look

February 15 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

The True Love Waits movement, which began in the early 1990s, has impacted countless lives by its message of purity in a culture that emphasizes the opposite, but somewhere along the way some believers may have focused more on waiting on true love rather than on God.

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