Faith and Culture

ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a “fair and redemptive” justice system in the world’s leading incarcerating country. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission partnered with the country’s largest outreach to prisoners …

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9Marks panels discuss church, SBC

June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press & Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

Mark Dever warned pastors that Satan “is going to continue to put increasing pressure on our churches to fall out with each other over different answers to debatable questions.” Dever distinguished such essentials as the deity of Christ and the inerrancy of Scripture from “debatable” issues.

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It started with a baby & a puppy

June 22 2017 by Rhonda Rhea

Not that I’m big on throwing my time away, because I had plans for accomplishing something great today. But you have to understand, that video said I wouldn’t BELIEVE what happened next.   “BELIEVE” – it was in all caps.

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Why read missionary biographies?

June 21 2017 by David Sills

We generally consider seeking counsel to be approaching the “gray-beards” in our lives – those who are older, who walk closely with God, who have made wise decisions in their own lives – and asking them their thoughts on a matter.

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Deporting Iraqi Christians called ‘death sentence’

June 21 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has joined other evangelical leaders in urging the Trump administration to stop its deportation of Christians to Iraq. Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and six others asked the Department of Homeland Security, in a letter June 19 to end the deportations.

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At the loading docks, Phil Baker brings the Word

June 14 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Just to the right of a heart defibrillator and fire extinguisher, Phil Baker has set up a plastic-top folding table in the cavernous loading dock at the Phoenix Convention Center. Baker has placed a plastic box there labeled “Prayer Requests,” along with a supply of blank index cards and pencils and a couple dozen devotional booklets. ...

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Crossover & Harvest America share timeless gospel message

June 13 2017 by Josie Bingham, NAMB

It started Friday, June 9 – the rumblings of an awakening. More than 700 voices worshiped at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., kicking off the weekend’s Crossover Arizona and Harvest America events. Crossover Arizona and Greg Laurie’s Harvest America joined forces to host a three-day evangelistic outreach.

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Wilkes County church to build ‘inclusive’ play park

June 12 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Fairplains Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro is sending a message to their community by introducing the area’s first inclusive play park. Pastor David Dyer said the congregation wants families with special needs children to know “there is a church that’s thinking of them.”

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Steven Johnson’s enduring faith motivates others

June 12 2017 by Roman Gabriel III, BR Sports Q&A

Steven Johnson began playing football at a young age in Media, Penn. He’s now an accomplished professional linebacker, but the road to his dream hasn’t been easy. What seemed difficult at the time, Johnson now sees as part of a plan that has made him stronger both on and off the field. ...

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Executive Committee marks 100 years ‘behind the scenes’

June 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s (EC) 100th anniversary will be marked by a “low-key” celebration, says EC President Frank S. Page, because by design the committee has never been characterized by publicity and attention. … the EC has been a “quiet, behind-the-scenes, steady hand that has helped guide and direct [the SBC] over the years.”

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