Faith and Culture

Reaching gamers with the gospel

August 28 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Facts & Trends

For Drew Dixon, taking the gospel to the nations involves traversing the Kingdom of Hyrule, visiting the Planet Gaia, and mingling with settlers of Catan. For those who are not familiar with these locations, don’t bother trying to find them on Google Earth. Each of these lands acts as a virtual or imaginary setting for a popular video or tabletop game.

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Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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Political divides in church focus of new study

August 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23). More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views.

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Will Graham hopes ‘Unbroken’ sequel changes lives

August 27 2018 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Will Graham can do a great impersonation of his late grandfather Billy Graham. But for his role in the upcoming film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption,” he was given strict orders: don’t do an impression. “The director said: Don’t imitate your grandfather,” Graham told Baptist Press.

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Harvey anniversary to be marked by prayer

August 24 2018 by Southern Baptist TEXAN Staff

One year later, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) Executive Director Jim Richards and other SBTC leaders plan to commemorate the anniversary of Hurricane Harvey with prayer and fellowship gatherings scheduled for Aug. 25-27. Hurricane Harvey devastated the southeast coast of Texas and portions of Louisiana, dumping as much as 60 inches of rain in less than a week.

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Ebook ‘Porn and the Pastor’ available now

August 24 2018 by SBTS Communications

A new ebook released Aug. 23 addresses the gravity of pornography addiction among pastors and outlines methods for fighting it. Porn and the Pastor: The Life and Death Consequences of Addiction in Ministry, edited by C. Jeffery Robinson and Garrett Kell, is published jointly by Southern Equip, …

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Boat captain fishes for men, catches 43

August 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Like many retirees, you can find James Shepherd, 84, fishing in his boat several days each week. But he’s set apart from many other retirees by what he’s fishing for. When he and a friend bought a pontoon boat four years ago, he sensed the Lord saying, “Why don’t you fish for men off this?”

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Greg Laurie on censored ad: ‘Hold the Bible high’

August 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed Pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word. “Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” …

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Racial unity: Can we move on?

August 20 2018 by Dan Darling

I’m often asked by well-meaning Christians, “Why do we have to keep talking about race?” And the best answer I can give is this: the Bible keeps talking about race.   Read More

University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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