Faith and Culture

SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have “heightened the alert.” From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse …

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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Zoning restriction stymies church’s expanded ministry

July 17 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the church bought three years ago. They can hang out with friends, listen to live music or sit in on a coffee brewing class. But they can’t go to church.

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Lord, make me uncomfortable

July 17 2018 by Lee Clamp

“Lord, please give me an opportunity to share with Barry*,” I prayed halfheartedly as I walked up to my son’s ballgame. I wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone, and it was so hot I decided to sit in the visitors stands in the shade.

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In-school newscast’s cancelation celebrated

July 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Channel One, the daily TV newscast for schoolchildren that once drew criticism from a Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) resolution, announced it has ceased its daily broadcasts. The announcement was greeted with celebration from the conservative group Eagle Forum, which said in a July 11 news release Channel One’s 12-minute newscast for “a captive audience” …

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Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

July 13 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

America’s Protestants like to invite their friends to church. At least once in a while. Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they’ve invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new LifeWay Research study. “It’s a fairly easy thing for churchgoers to do …

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Will missions solve your porn problem? No.

July 11 2018 by Keelan Cook

Let me just come out and say it: pornography is a problem that impacts the mission field. In our #MeToo era, we’re used to seeing web articles speaking of the dangers of pornography. We hear – and it is most certainly true – that pornography is both the result of and fuel for the objectification of humanity.

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Women & Work seeks to broaden Kingdom productivity

July 11 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Women & Work, a ministry launched this year with a panel at the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting, seeks to fill a void in Baptist life for women who want to contribute to the Kingdom by working in ministry, working from home or working in the secular world. Courtney L. Moore, the ministry’s founder …

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‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The world is the common denominator – and the focus of prayer – for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the “Korean Council.” Even Semihan’s name reflects the link: “Se” is part of a Korean word for world; “mi” …

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Canada marijuana law calls for ‘aggressive’ church response

July 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Canada’s nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a “more aggressive approach” to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use. “Everyone is going to be exposed to” legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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