Faith and Culture

God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

October 1 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

NeighborHealth Center, a new faith-based community health center in Raleigh, N.C., opened its doors in June to offer primary care and other medical services to local residents, especially those from low-income, refugee and immigrant population “[God] cares for these people,” said Doug Briggs. “Communicating that love to them through our medical work is our chief motivation.”

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Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger

While the foster care needs in Oklahoma remain great, Oklahoma Baptists are finding creative ways to minister and meet the needs of foster families. One such example comes from southeast Oklahoma, in LeFlore Association, where the Foster Family Retreat at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly took place, July 28-29.

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Women, babies to benefit from ERLC gift to clinic

September 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The placement of a new ultrasound machine at Liberty Women’s Clinic by a Southern Baptist entity means this to Carol Graham – more women will have the information needed to choose life for their unborn babies. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced Monday night (Sept. 24) the placement through its Psalm 139 Project …

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‘More than ever’ global school prayer event critical

September 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Prayer is needed now in schools more than ever, organizers of an annual prayer event said as the initiative marks its 28th year Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. in schools globally. See You at the Pole (SYATP), drawing an estimated 1 million students in prayer on school grounds, is expanding its influence this year by teaming with Claim Your Campus …

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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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