Faith and Culture

‘I Can Only Imagine’ to reach 75 countries

June 27 2018 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

A 75-country mission trip would be unfeasible for most Christians, but for filmmaker Jon Erwin, reaching that many countries with the gospel doesn’t require a passport or an overseas flight. Thanks to his surprise hit film “I Can Only Imagine,” Erwin will reach 75 countries and six continents with the message of Christ by the …

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‘Post-truth’ strikes close to home

June 26 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries declared “post-truth” the international word of the year and added it to their dictionary. The action was prompted by the intense debates surrounding that year’s “Brexit” vote for Great Britain to withdraw from the European Union, the heated presidential election in the United States and controversial social movements worldwide.

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CP panelists tackle race, state of SBC, Calvinism

June 25 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Panelists on the Cooperative Program (CP) Stage in the exhibit hall prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas, discussed a variety of cultural and denominational issues during 20-minute segments live-streamed at Among topics on the stage were the state of the SBC, abuse in the church, racism …

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SBC, church’s role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

June 25 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The Southern Baptist Convention’s current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year’s 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas. Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of …

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B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

June 25 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas. More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the …

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Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

June 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue. The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with …

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Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

June 20 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church “finds I’m spending more time in preparation than ever before” for his Sunday morning sermons. Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that …

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Stewardship panel: Finances & marriage discussed

June 20 2018 by Barbara Denman

Developing a stewardship plan to get out of debt will strengthen marriages and create stronger disciples, according to a group of pastors and speakers who participated on the President’s Panel on Stewardship June 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Dallas. Led by immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines, the …

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Dave Ramsey urges pastors to lead people out of debt

June 19 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey, addressing the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12, urged pastors to lead people out of debt by teaching them what the Bible says about money. “When you stand up in front of your congregation, you’re looking at a large number of people who do not have the …

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ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

June 18 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Moore, the ERLC’s president, said the entity will convene a women’s summit as a major part of its work in the year …

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