Faith and Culture

Baby-saving ministry ready to extend its reach

January 9 2019 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press

Justin Phillips said it’s the best and worst thing he’s ever done with his life. Every day, he stands across the strip mall parking lot from a door marked simply G-3422. It’s sandwiched between two dollar stores. Every week, 20 to 30 babies are aborted there.

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Third gender option takes effect in NYC, California

January 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

People who don’t believe they’re either male or female can now choose a third gender in New York City and California, joining six other states and Washington, D.C., that allow the option. Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington State and Washington, D.C. allow a non-binary gender option, often designated by X on legal documents …

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Senate passes justice reform bill

December 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The federal government took a major step toward criminal justice reform Dec. 18 when the Senate approved legislation backed by a broad coalition that includes the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity. Senators voted 87-12 for the First Step Act, which is designed to promote the rehabilitation and societal reentry of prisoners while maintaining public safety.

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Christmas, nativity spotlight Baptist racial unity

December 19 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

One-month-old Luke Molette was the nativity centerpiece, an African American baby portraying Jesus in the arms of his mother as a white “Joseph” sat at their side, flocked by an interracial chorus. The 2018 Christmas parade float was the latest collaboration between Nashville First Baptist Church, a majority white congregation …
 

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Market volatility called ‘return to historic norms’

December 19 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone

Stock market volatility has increased in recent weeks, but GuideStone Financial Resources analyst David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term investment objectives and avoid impulsive decisions, even as the news of the day can appear alarming.

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Kids & Santa: Advice from Greear, LifeWay expert

December 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Navigating the “surprisingly emotional subject” of what to tell kids about Santa requires grace toward others and a focus on Jesus, say SBC President J.D. Greear and LifeWay Christian Resources marriage and family strategist Joshua Straub. Greear discussed kids and Santa – which he called “a surprisingly emotional subject for a lot of people” in an episode …

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Study: Infidelity, porn prevalent sex sins in church

December 18 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A great majority of Protestant pastors were approached by staff or members for help with marital infidelity, premarital sex, pornography and other sexual sins, according to new data released by Barna Group spanning a year. But only a third of pastors said they felt “very qualified” to address the preponderance of issues …

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A wounded warrior’s baptism

December 17 2018 by Jeff Iorg

Over the years, a few people have asked me for a private baptism experience. I have always declined.   A private ceremony undermines key purposes of baptism – a public witness of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and public identification with a community of believers.

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CHRISTMAS: The reality of God’s favor

December 14 2018 by J.D. Greear

What do we mean when we talk about the “favor of God”?   The house you’ve always wanted goes into foreclosure and you buy it for a steal. Your kids bring their report cards home and it’s straight As. You find out that a long lost relative left you a tidy sum of money.

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World Vision among aid groups ousted from Pakistan

December 13 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country known for persecuting religious minorities, has expelled 18 aid organizations including World Vision and other Christian groups. The expulsions will affect more than 11 million aid recipients in the country that suffers in healthcare and education, entailing an estimated loss of more than $130 million in annual aid, the Associated Press reported.

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