Faith and Culture

Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a “divine opportunity” for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The event – “Gospel Sexuality in …

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Crossover Dallas, Harvest America crusade proclaim gospel

June 12 2018 by Josie Rabbit Bingham, North American Mission Board

“I’m not here to talk to you about religion,” Pastor Greg Laurie told the crowd Sunday evening (June 10) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the Crossover Dallas Harvest America crusade. “I’m here to talk to you about a relationship with God that you can experience,” he said. “Christ can fill that big hole …

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WinShape announces partnership with Gardner-Webb for 2019

June 12 2018 by Pinkston Group

WinShape Camps announced a new partnership with Gardner-Webb University that will expand its overnight camp offerings to the Carolinas starting in 2019. Early registration for the one-week boys’ and girls’ camps opened June 6, and first-time overnight campers are eligible for a 50 percent discount. “Each year, thousands of campers come to WinShape Camps to …

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Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds

June 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce, marijuana and pornography are approved by a growing percentage of Americans, Gallup found in an annual poll including nearly 20 behaviors placed on its morality scale. Adultery draws disdain from 88 percent of Americans, Gallup said, and Americans are almost evenly split on the morality of abortion. “Gallup’s trends on many …

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Dads: Lead like Joshua

June 11 2018 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

Near the end of his life, Joshua gathered the children of Israel together and made the well-known admonition and declaration that we read in Joshua 24:15 in which he says, “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve ... But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (NKJV). While Joshua …

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Their ‘consciences were exercised’ over U.S. ‘crisis’

June 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As Sen. Robert Kennedy lay dying from an assassin’s bullets and more than 100 U.S. cities smoldered from race riots following Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted what may have been its strongest statement to date on racial justice. On the statement’s 50th anniversary, Southern Baptists – black and white – who were …

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2019 VBS takes kids ‘In the Wild’

June 8 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources

Next summer, kids will seek animals in rainforests, grasslands, frozen tundra and even the Rocky Mountains with “In the Wild,” the 2019 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources. In the Wild will have kids embark as photographers seeking to snap pictures in settings decorated to mimic animals’ natural habitats. Along the way, kids …

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Stories around the casket

June 7 2018 by Wendy Baker

As terrible as experiencing my father’s funeral visitation was, it was nevertheless a rich time of remembering.     One thing that I will always cherish was getting to hear people, even strangers to me, come through the line and tell about their personal interactions with Dad, such as how he loved to sing and play his guitar; their shared love for fishing and hunting; and how he was a family man.

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A tour unholy in name, unpleasant by design

June 7 2018 by Scott Barkley, The Christian Index

It’s Thursday evening, and a group boards a bus at the Georgia Baptist Convention building for several strip clubs, a few hotels and an apartment complex where human trafficking has been reported. The “Unholy Tour,” jointly sponsored by Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols and the Georgia Baptist public affairs office, stretched nearly three hours …

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300-mile, 2-week trek: Church prays for Chicagoland

June 7 2018 by Meredith Flynn, Illinois Baptist

The idea came to Phil Nelson after preaching through the book of Jonah. If the prophet’s preaching judgment on Nineveh made the whole city repent and turn to God, he wondered what would happen if someone preached not just judgment, but hope. Nelson and a small team from his church in southern Illinois, Lakeland Baptist …

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