Faith and Culture

Filipinos ‘well-suited’ for multicultural gains

June 21 2011 by Adam Miller & Norm Miller, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Filipino Southern Baptist leaders met June 14 in Phoenix to ramp up church planting efforts among the 3. 2 million Filipinos living in the United States and Canada. “We want to see the number of Filipino churches double,” said Roger Manao, president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America and pastor of Philadelphia Bible Church International.

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Resolutions: SBC tackles immigration, NIV

June 17 2011 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Messengers addressed the thorny issue of immigration by adopting a resolution that sought to promote the gospel of Jesus while calling for justice and compassion during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), June 14-15 in Phoenix.

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Evangelicals rising as U.S. falters, Land says

June 17 2011 by Dwayne Hastings, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — While the number of evangelicals in the United States is rising, the moral health of the nation continues to falter, Richard Land told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting June 14. In his report to the convention, Land, president of the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), said the ERLC continues to fight for the sanctity of all human life, from conception to natural death and “everywhere in between.

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So. Baptists approve historic ethnic measure

June 16 2011 by Joni B. Hannigan, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Sensitive to the need for greater diversity in leadership and increased participation of ethnics, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) voted overwhelmingly June 14 to ask for greater accountability regarding their involvement in SBC life.

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Gay leaders meet with SBC president

June 16 2011 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — A coalition of homosexual leaders and their allies met for more than 30 minutes Tuesday with Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Bryant Wright, with the leaders demanding an apology from the SBC and Wright refusing to budge, saying that scripture is clear on the issue.

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Resolution affirms biblical doctrine of hell

June 16 2011 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

PHOENIX — Messengers approved a resolution affirming the Bible’s teaching on hell during the June 15 morning session of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Phoenix. The resolution on hell, which urges faithful proclamation of the gospel to those who face eternal suffering, was one of six passed by unanimous or nearly unanimous votes upon recommendation of the Resolutions Committee.

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Public school students hear gospel

June 9 2011 by Laura Moore, BR Editorial Aide

With the school year coming to a close, 103 student’s lives have been changed forever. 2011 will mark the year that they came to know Jesus Christ through a program they signed up for at — believe it or not — their public school. Out of 450 students, 103 have made professions of faith since four Released Time Bible Education programs were started in February in Bladen County.

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Volunteer with cancer tries to ‘give back’

June 7 2011 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications

Howard Wacaster pulls a heavy electrical cable and then mounts a ladder to make a connection. He is at the Shelby Mission Camp, helping finish off the interior of the camp’s administration/housing/food station building. The mission camp is situated on a 43-acre site just off the 74 Bypass in Shelby.

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Garner church celebrates American Idol

June 6 2011 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor

Seeing Scotty McCreery grow up through First Baptist Church in Garner to become this season’s American Idol is no surprise to Travis Tobin. “We are very proud and pleased in how he’s represented the Lord,” said Tobin, FBC’s senior pastor. When the 17-year-old defeated Lauren Alaina in the final show May 25 he knew exactly who to thank: “I thank the Lord.

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Religious leaders call a strike on tobacco

June 3 2011 by Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. More than two dozen members of the coalition group Faith United Against Tobacco wrote May 30 to Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, focusing on the hazards of smokeless tobacco.

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