Faith and Culture

Vermont’s 251 townships get NEBC’s attentiveness

September 25 2018 by Northeastern Baptist College Staff

“I’ve never seen anything like that before!” a man with two friends exclaimed. While students from Northeastern Baptist College (NEBC) washed their car, the men watched as Mark Ballard, NEBC’s founding president, used an EvangeCube to share the gospel. Using the small cube’s pictorial storytelling, Ballard explained Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

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Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

September 24 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear’s Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now “actively involved” in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee (EC).

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Via video games, brothers are online missionaries

September 21 2018 by Katelyin Goodwin, The Pathway

Video games – with their reputation for violence, sexual content and profanity – are probably not the first thought in anyone’s mind when it comes to evangelistic outreach. For a pair of brothers from Wentzville, Mo., the millions of people who play video games represent an opportunity.

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Trump ‘just settled in’ at N.C. disaster relief site

September 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

President Trump spent approximately an hour Sept. 19 at a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) site in New Bern, N.C., helping volunteers distribute meals and greeting victims of Hurricane Florence. “I was literally thinking” the president’s visit would last 15-20 minutes, said Jim Pennington, pastor of Temple Baptist Church in New Bern …

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#MeToo, church awareness focus of study

September 19 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy. While the Catholic Church’s continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct. A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say …

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Kid vaping epidemic cited in FDA e-cig fines

September 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Nicotine-rich e-cigarettes commonly clothed in pastel brights with perky flavors have reached epidemic use among kids, a federal agency said in levying industry penalties to limit youth access. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters and fines to more than 1,300 retailers “who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors” …

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‘Unbroken’ follow-up opens as audience favorite

September 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Unbroken: Path to Redemption” was an audience favorite, but a low earner at $2.4 million and a fourth place showing among new releases on its opening weekend, according to industry insider reports. Audiences rated the movie an A in CinemaScore polling, the highest among new releases on more than 1,500 screens.

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Viral photo shows problems with IVF

September 17 2018 by Andrew Walker

A picture showing a beautiful baby girl surrounded by over 1,100 in vitro fertilization (IVF) needles is making the rounds on the internet.   According to the description of the photo, “After trying to get pregnant for four long years via IVF, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill, a couple from Arizona, finally welcomed a beautiful little girl, London, into the world via C-section on Aug.

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Pro-life leaders urge end to fetal research

September 13 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has joined more than 40 other pro-life leaders in urging the Trump administration to halt federal use of aborted baby tissue for research. The letter sent Tuesday (Sept. 11) came in response to an early August report that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed a contract to obtain “fresh” tissue from aborted babies for experimentation.

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Suicide: Churches awaken to persistent crisis

September 12 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pastor Andrew McGinnis still remembers his “solemn drive” home on June 25, 1995. Then 4 years old, McGinnis had been attending a family reunion in Tennessee with his mother and two older brothers while his father Dan, pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church in Waynesburg, Ky., carried out his normal weekend duties at the church.

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