Faith and Culture

Southern Baptists march for life in Washington

January 23 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists joined tens of thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. A contingent of those who participated in the Evangelicals for Life (EFL) conference Jan. 16-17 took part in the march and the rally that preceded it on the national mall.

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SCOTUS: Trump’s ban on transgender military service stands

January 23 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

The Supreme Court ruled Jan. 22 to allow the enforcement of President Trump’s ban on transgender military service, a ban previously frozen by lower court injunctions. The policy immediately stops transgender persons from entering the military except “under certain limited circumstances,” according to media reports. It was first announced by Trump via Twitter in July 2017 …

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Baptist dishwasher’s $21.5M victory honors Sabbath

January 23 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A hotel dishwasher awarded $21.5 million in her court battle to honor the Sabbath is a faithful member of Bethel Evangelical Baptist Church in Miami, pastor Keny Felix told Baptist Press Jan. 18. Marie Jean-Pierre, fired from the Conrad Hotel in 2016 after she refused to work on Sundays …

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Apologetics conference speakers underscore ‘truth in love’

January 23 2019 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS

Apologetics experts from across the nation took the stage at Defend ‘19, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) weeklong apologetics conference, Jan. 7-11. “Christians have always needed to be able to state what they believe clearly and to defend their faith when asked to give a reason for the hope that they have in Christ …

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MLK taught as ‘Christian hero’ at SBC seminaries

January 21 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California. So Lawler gathered the association’s 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service.

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ERLC boosts advocacy through training

January 21 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is known for its advocacy work among the nation’s lawmakers on behalf of Southern Baptists, but its efforts do not stop there. ERLC staff members also advocate alongside Southern Baptists by equipping them to understand public policy and petition legislators independently.

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Russell Moore at EFL: Dignity, gospel needed

January 21 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Human dignity and gospel mission should characterize the Christian voice at a time when people are treated like machines, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said at Evangelicals for Life on Jan. 17. “We march for life, but we march beyond that to eternal life,” said Moore.

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Sanctity of Life: Beware the distractions

January 18 2019 by J.D. Greear, SBC President

Today in our nation’s capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. The march is built on the conviction that unborn babies are made in the image of God and, as such, they deserve the rights God has given to all people.

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Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman

January 18 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Obedience to the Great Commission leads Christians “inevitably to treasure the sanctity of human life,” David Platt told the audience Jan. 16 at Evangelicals for Life. The opening session of the fourth annual conference – sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – featured a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman to benefit the Psalm 139 Project …

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Prohibition and Baptists 100 years later

January 18 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) called it “the greatest victory for moral reform in America since the Declaration of Independence.”  The convention’s jubilance came in part because Southern Baptists had worked at least three decades to secure legal prohibition.

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