Faith and Culture

Virginia governor’s comments called ‘horrifying’

February 1 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The expanding effort to strike down state regulations on abortion until the moment of birth brought a sharp rebuke from a Southern Baptist ethicist of a governor whose comments supported permitting babies to die if they survive the procedure. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, described Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s remarks …

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Another abortion video goes viral

January 31 2019 by Josh Wester, ERLC

This week, a second video about abortion went viral. But instead of New York, this one was from the general assembly in Virginia. The video features a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates offering comments in defense of proposed legislation that would dramatically expand abortion laws in the commonwealth.

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Super Bowl: Rams receiver delivers ‘spiritual spark’

January 31 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, NAMB

For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday’s Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption. Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Greear: White privilege should extend to all races

January 31 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Anglos receive “privilege” in American culture because of their ethnicity, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a podcast. But rather than debate the political ramifications of that privilege, Greear urged believers to “extend” it to people of all races.

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‘Evangelism with Johnny Hunt’ NAMB podcast launched

January 31 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Johnny Hunt, the new senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, has launched a podcast – “Evangelism with Johnny Hunt” -- co-hosted by NAMB President Kevin Ezell. The podcast is among the new resources from NAMB to boost evangelistic conversation and activity among Southern Baptists.

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Asia Bibi victory draws praise, caution from advocates

January 31 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who escaped death from a disputed blasphemy conviction in Pakistan, has stirred optimism as a legal victory and caution over her safety. The Pakistan Supreme Court upheld Bibi’s acquittal Jan. 29. The three-judge panel ruled against Islamic extremists who challenged the court’s October decision to free Bibi.

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Human trafficking during Super Bowl week prompts ministry

January 30 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University

When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song “27 Million” by worship leader Matt Redman about the number of slaves in the world. She was moved enough to begin doing her own research and taking measures to fight human trafficking. This weekend, she’s leading a group of 10 people …

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New Mexico suicide bill spurs call to pray

January 30 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A New Mexico assisted suicide bill that has been described as “devastating” to the sanctity of life is drawing opposition from Baptists and other pro-family groups in the state. Two of the bill’s most controversial provisions – suicide prescriptions via telemedicine and a broad definition of terminal illness – were removed Jan. 28 by a committee …

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ERLC’s 2019 agenda includes life, religious liberty

January 29 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) will continue to advocate for the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, the family and justice in its work during 2019 in Washington, D.C. The ERLC released its annual Legislative Agenda Jan. 16 with the recognition a divided Congress will make its efforts more difficult …

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Shutdown spurred ministry to ‘broken nation’

January 28 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When portions of the federal government shut down, Southern Baptists ramped up their ministries to furloughed federal workers across the country. President Trump announced Jan. 25 he would sign a bill opening the government until Feb. 15 while lawmakers finalize legislation to increase border security.

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