Faith and Culture

Pope’s death penalty reversal prompts closer look

August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pope Francis’ reversal of Catholic teaching on the death penalty continues to draw reaction, with some Southern Baptist theologians saying the move contradicts biblical principles of ethics. At the same time, the theologians surveyed by Baptist Press share Francis’ concerns about just application of capital punishment amid multiple U.S. lethal injections gone awry in recent years …

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Love Life: More prayer, fewer abortions

August 6 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

A group of pro-life advocates in North Carolina believes God can end the abortion industry, and they are working with people across the state to make it happen. “We really can do something about it,” said Josh Kappes, director of city development at Love Life, a non-profit that leads people to pray and rally near abortion clinics …

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What about my kids? Foster care’s impact

August 3 2018 by Rachel Blankenship

Last year, we were a family of four. My husband and I had a 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. But with one phone call our whole world changed.   Read More

Teens’ screen time linked to ADHD, spiritual problems

August 2 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Teens who report high-frequency digital media use are twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports. Christian mental health practitioners say excessive screen time can damage the soul as well.

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Neighborly love

August 1 2018 by Autumn Wall

We’re all pretty good at applying Jesus’ call to “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31) to people we go to church with, people we enjoy being around and people our kids spend time around.   Read More

Religious liberty: International conference seen as key advance

July 31 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious liberty advocates drew hope from a first-ever international gathering of government officials, civil society representatives and faith leaders to promote the freedom of all people to practice their beliefs. The U.S. State Department convened the inaugural Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom July 24-26 in Washington, hosting delegations from more than 80 governments …

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‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

July 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28. Revoice states its aim on the conference website as “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians …

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Uncovering the forgotten history of Sunday School

July 27 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Facts and Trends

Robert Raikes was like a lot of cause-oriented millennial evangelicals. As a writer, he stuck to impartial reporting instead of sensational “fake news.” He fought against inhumane prison conditions and founded a program to educate underprivileged children. But Raikes wasn’t a millennial. He was born in 1736, not 1986.

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Iowa tornado devastation triggers Baptist DR response

July 27 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) teams have begun cleanup work in Marshalltown, Iowa, following a devastating tornado July 19. A Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief team arrived Tuesday to set up incident command at Iglesia Karios in Marshalltown. Chainsaw teams from Iowa have dispersed throughout the city to clear debris.

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Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

July 27 2018 by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends

“There are phrases in culture, that if you look back a year ago, they didn’t exist,” said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “But now (one) that is common, pervasive, and indicative of a lot of pain that has occurred … has been the #MeToo movement.”

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