Faith and Culture

Scroll fragments could ‘shed light’ on O.T. text

December 15 2011 by Benjamin Hawkins

The potential contribution to Dead Sea Scroll scholarship of nine scroll fragments owned by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary was underscored when several SWBTS professors discussed their research to date during the Society of Biblical Literature’s 2011 meeting in San Francisco.

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Missions-minded grandma confronts thief – and wins

December 14 2011 by Erich Bridges, Baptist Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – They knew something was wrong when they spotted a strange car in their driveway. A black Honda. No one was in it, but it was idling.

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Companies pull ads from Muslim reality TV show

December 12 2011 by Omar Sacirbey, Religion New Service

Lowe’s, the national hardware chain, has pulled commercials from future episodes of “All-American Muslim,” a TLC reality-TV show, after protests by Christian groups.

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Christmas season is prime time for sharing Jesus, leader says

December 9 2011 by BR staff

Amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday season, it can be easy for Christians to get caught up in last-minute shopping, music programs and parties like everyone else.

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High court permits NYC schools to ban churches

December 7 2011 by Todd Starnes/Fox News & Commentary High court permits NYC schools to ban churches

NEW YORK CITY (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an evangelical church’s plea to overturn New York City’s ban on renting public schools for religious worship services. That means the city now has a green light to begin evicting congregations that pay rent to use public school buildings for church services.

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N.C. Baptists leaders ask messengers if they’re ‘All In’

December 6 2011 by Dianna Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

North Carolina Baptists are not alone in losing sight of their primary objective. Just like the people in Ephesus, Greg Mathis says Paul’s words are relevant to N.C. Baptists. He was calling the people back to their primary objective: spreading the gospel.

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1,000 churches to get apps as part of giveaway

December 2 2011 by LifeWay Christian Resources

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – LifeWay Christian Resources and ROAR, a mobile app development group, are giving mobile church apps to 1,000 churches throughout the month of December.

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Only 46% of children grow up in an intact home, study says

November 22 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON – Only 46 percent of children in the United States will reach age 17 having grown up in a home with biological parents who are married – a figure that has a significant impact on the nation’s graduation, poverty and teenage birth rates, according to a new report.

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White House flubs the Bible – along with everyone else

November 18 2011 by Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

WASHINGTON – The White House proved itself Scripturally challenged Nov. 2 when Press Secretary Jay Carney said: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Actually, no.

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Study: Gays can change sexual orientation

November 16 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

A major seven-year study published in a mainstream journal is challenging the secular notion that gays and lesbians cannot change their sexual orientation. The longitudinal study followed 61 subjects for between six and seven years and found that 23 percent of them reported successful conversion to heterosexual orientation and function and another 30 percent reported stable behavioral chastity with a significant dis-identification with gay orientation.

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