Faith and Culture

New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

November 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A doctor association’s new “engaged neutrality” on physician-assisted suicide is a misnomer and threatening to people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Southern Baptist ethicist and a specialist on elder care say. Delegates to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) voted Oct. 9 to embrace a stance of “engaged neutrality” regarding assisted suicide.

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Halloween: Don’t let it divide you, Greear says

October 30 2018 by Grace Thornton, The Alabama Baptist

Christians have long had differing views on how to approach Halloween. But Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a recent podcast that the holiday doesn’t have to be divisive – in fact, it can be a great way to get to know your neighbors. “Some participate and some don’t, but all can redeem …

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Opioid crisis emerges as key W.Va. Baptist ministry

October 26 2018 by Ken Walker, Baptist Press

Soon after West Virginia Baptists passed a resolution last November urging churches to get involved in addressing the opioid crisis, the state’s Upper Ohio Valley Baptist Association started preliminary planning for a Celebrate Recovery group. After five months of leader training, an interdenominational group of churches in the Moundsville area hosted their first Celebrate Recovery meeting in early September.

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ERLC’s new machines in Dallas ‘more impactful’

October 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Ultrasound machines – like those placed recently at the Downtown Pregnancy Center in Dallas with the aid of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – not only help women choose life for their unborn children but create transformative personal stories. The ERLC announced Oct. 13 at its annual national conference …

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Outcry at Trump gender memo shows ‘pain,’ confusion

October 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Angry reaction to news the Trump administration may revert to the traditional definition of gender in some federal programs, three evangelical commentators say, reveals society’s confusion and need for ministry. The administration’s proposal “may sound controversial, but it is not,” Andrew Walker of Southern Baptists’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission wrote in an Oct. 23 commentary.

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Robinsons touched 65 lives by fostering, adoption

October 23 2018 by Katelyn Goodwin, Missouri Pathway

Few people have hearts as big as Ron and Terri Robinson. In 40 years of marriage, Ron followed his calling to ministry and pastored several Baptist churches with Terri at his right hand, opening their hearts to the communities they served. Then they opened their hearts to a new calling from God as foster parents.

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Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

October 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Women are grieving and male church leaders should join them in their grief over the sexual abuse and assault so many have suffered, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) annual national conference. A panel of lawyers and female Christian leaders addressed sexual abuse and assault …

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Erwins unveil next plans, envision ‘Christian Pixar’

October 22 2018 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Filmmaker Jon Erwin says his father often told him to “dream big, dream bold, dream the impossible.” Erwin has followed that advice, and earlier this year many of those dreams came true with his hit faith-based movie “I Can Only Imagine,” which grossed $83 million to become the No. 1 movie all time from Roadside Attractions.

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Christian apologetics club wins free speech battle

October 22 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A Christian apologetics group will be able to display pro-life and other messages freely at a state university, the result of a settlement reached through Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Ratio Christi, a registered student organization at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., gained the right in a settlement ADF announced Oct. 18.

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Students join hurricane relief efforts in N.C.

October 19 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB

When an East Carolina University cross country team found they had an off weekend from running, they decided to go and help survivors of Hurricane Florence. They joined a college-wide effort to help Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers serve in the hard-hit New Bern, N.C., area. 

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