Faith and Culture

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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Reaching gamers with the gospel

August 28 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Facts & Trends

For Drew Dixon, taking the gospel to the nations involves traversing the Kingdom of Hyrule, visiting the Planet Gaia, and mingling with settlers of Catan. For those who are not familiar with these locations, don’t bother trying to find them on Google Earth. Each of these lands acts as a virtual or imaginary setting for a popular video or tabletop game.

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Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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