Faith and Culture

Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, Pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press. Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as “an unreached people group within our nation.”

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Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

September 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ. Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches…

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Social justice statement spurs ‘productive conversation’

September 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid ongoing discussion of social justice in the Southern Baptist Convention, more than 5,500 people – many of them Southern Baptists – have signed a statement claiming “lectures on social issues” in the church and “activism aimed at reshaping the wider culture” “tend to become distractions that inevitably lead to departures from the gospel.”

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Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

September 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A shooting rampage in Cincinnati that left four dead and two others injured Sept. 6 led a city councilman to request aid from the community. Within minutes Cincinnati Baptists began responding. An unidentified gunman entered Cincinnati’s 30-story Fifth Third Center through a loading dock at 9:10 a.m. local time and opened fire in the lobby, according to media reports.

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ERLC internships: Investing, life-changing

September 5 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

For the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity, its internship program provides an opportunity to influence future Christian leaders. For its interns, it can bring a new direction in life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) completed in recent weeks its summer program with multiple interns in both of its offices – Nashville and Washington, D.C.

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North Carolina women lead immigrant outreach

September 4 2018 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

Two North Carolina Baptist women have established relationships with Yemeni families in the state – the first known instance of N.C. Baptists engaging this unreached people group after four years of prayer, Zac Lyons told the Biblical Recorder July 5. Lyons said there are only 35 known believers in northern Yemen.

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Tenn. Baptist on cereal boxes for tutoring efforts

August 31 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector

Somewhere between exercising, working tirelessly in his yard, rebuilding classic cars, cutting hair and serving multiple roles as a lay leader at his church, 82-year-old Neal Buchanan still finds time to volunteer as a reading tutor at the elementary school near his home.

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Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

August 31 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year’s end. Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25.

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S.C. church plant sues town for rental ban

August 30 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A Southern Baptist church plant in South Carolina has sued the town of Edisto Beach for prohibiting it from use of its civic center. Redeemer Fellowship of Edisto Island filed suit Aug. 27 in federal court in Charleston, S.C., because of a policy it says violates its free speech and religion rights guaranteed in the First Amendment.

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Trump hosts evangelicals to celebrate faith, freedom

August 29 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Some 100 evangelicals, including Southern Baptists, attended a White House dinner Aug. 27 to celebrate what President Trump called “America’s heritage of faith, family and freedom.” The event included remarks by Trump, prayer and an opportunity for attendees to reflect publicly on the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence also was in attendance.

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