Faith and Culture

BSC Executive Committee addresses sexual abuse issues

April 1 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) Executive Committee (EC) took action on two separate measures aimed at helping N.C. Baptist churches prevent sexual abuse and care for abuse survivors during a regularly scheduled meeting held March 22 at Caraway Conference Center near Asheboro.

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Erwins unveil details of unprecedented film venture

March 29 2019 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

The filmmaking team behind “I Can Only Imagine” and “Woodlawn” launched a new faith-based movie studio March 27 – Kingdom Studios – and unveiled four new theatrical films in a first-of-its-kind venture within the Christian movie industry. Lionsgate, the Hollywood company that released such mainstream hits as “La La Land” and “The Hunger Games” series, will fund …

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U.S. expands ban on overseas abortion funding

March 28 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The U.S. will strengthen and expand a policy withholding federal funds from overseas groups that offer or promote abortions, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said March 26. Called the Mexico City Policy, it was crafted during the Reagan administration and renewed under President Donald Trump requiring nongovernmental overseas aid and health organizations to abandon abortion …

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State pro-life bills advance after N.Y. legalization

March 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-life governors have signed into law a host of measures to protect unborn children in the wake of efforts in New York and other states to expand abortion rights to birth and beyond. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill March 22 to prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected …

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Sports gambling: Pastors ready for fallout

March 21 2019 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources

Americans are expected to wager more than $8 billion on this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. But according to a new study released today (March 20), don’t bet on many pastors joining in. LifeWay Research’s survey – conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 11 – found most pastors believe it is morally wrong to bet on sports …

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Couple prays for God’s glory in secular city

March 19 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Home of a population described by some reports as less religious than Los Angeles, Madison, Wis., has become a hub of secularism in the United States. In the middle of the city lies the University of Wisconsin where 40,000 college students navigate a campus intertwined with the state’s capital.

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Admissions bribery scam ‘missed the point of college’

March 15 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A high-profile college admissions cheating scam, evangelical pastors and educators say, should remind students and parents to trust God for their future rather than attempting to manipulate circumstances. “It’s really an idol” to equate success in life with admission to an elite college, said Mark Coppenger …

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Facebook considers whether Gateway is ‘hate group’

March 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Gateway Seminary is cooperating with Facebook to show the school is not a “hate group” in efforts to boost a post describing the Bible as the ultimate authority. Facebook refused to boost a post linking Gateway President Jeff Iorg’s March 5 blog entry entitled “Logical Progression,” which mentioned abortion, gender issues and polygamy …

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Mohler campus tour touches on gospel, social justice

March 13 2019 by SBTS Communications

R. Albert Mohler Jr. took questions for nearly two hours at the University of Southern California (USC) addressing a range of hot-button issues. The event was the third stop on the Ask Anything Tour, a series of public question-and-answer forums with Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on university campuses around the United States.

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Anti-child trafficking ministry goes national, global

March 13 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

From the National Palace in Guatemala to the Oval Office in Washington, leaders of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes have found themselves advocating for child sex trafficking victims on international and national platforms. This year, they have led a conference for Guatemalan government officials on child trafficking and were present at the White House in January …

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