Faith and Culture

Greear: White privilege should extend to all races

January 31 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Anglos receive “privilege” in American culture because of their ethnicity, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said in a podcast. But rather than debate the political ramifications of that privilege, Greear urged believers to “extend” it to people of all races.

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‘Evangelism with Johnny Hunt’ NAMB podcast launched

January 31 2019 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

Johnny Hunt, the new senior vice president of evangelism and leadership at the North American Mission Board, has launched a podcast – “Evangelism with Johnny Hunt” -- co-hosted by NAMB President Kevin Ezell. The podcast is among the new resources from NAMB to boost evangelistic conversation and activity among Southern Baptists.

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Asia Bibi victory draws praise, caution from advocates

January 31 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother who escaped death from a disputed blasphemy conviction in Pakistan, has stirred optimism as a legal victory and caution over her safety. The Pakistan Supreme Court upheld Bibi’s acquittal Jan. 29. The three-judge panel ruled against Islamic extremists who challenged the court’s October decision to free Bibi.

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Human trafficking during Super Bowl week prompts ministry

January 30 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University

When Heather Havard was a freshman in high school, she heard the song “27 Million” by worship leader Matt Redman about the number of slaves in the world. She was moved enough to begin doing her own research and taking measures to fight human trafficking. This weekend, she’s leading a group of 10 people …

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New Mexico suicide bill spurs call to pray

January 30 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A New Mexico assisted suicide bill that has been described as “devastating” to the sanctity of life is drawing opposition from Baptists and other pro-family groups in the state. Two of the bill’s most controversial provisions – suicide prescriptions via telemedicine and a broad definition of terminal illness – were removed Jan. 28 by a committee …

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ERLC’s 2019 agenda includes life, religious liberty

January 29 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) will continue to advocate for the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, the family and justice in its work during 2019 in Washington, D.C. The ERLC released its annual Legislative Agenda Jan. 16 with the recognition a divided Congress will make its efforts more difficult …

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Shutdown spurred ministry to ‘broken nation’

January 28 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When portions of the federal government shut down, Southern Baptists ramped up their ministries to furloughed federal workers across the country. President Trump announced Jan. 25 he would sign a bill opening the government until Feb. 15 while lawmakers finalize legislation to increase border security.

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Ellis: Human, civil rights ‘inseparable’

January 28 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

In an era marked by political and cultural polarization, Karen Ellis, a speaker at the 2019 Evangelicals for Life conference, believes Christians should be united in their support of both human and civil rights. “They are inseparable,” said Ellis, who is director of the Center for the Study of the Bible & Ethnicity at Reformed Theological Seminary.

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N.Y. abortion bill: ‘alarming in every sense’

January 25 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

New York may have re-established itself as America’s leading abortion state by enacting a law that critics say goes beyond even the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) into law Jan. 22 shortly after the state legislature completed passage of the controversial proposal.

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Southern Baptists march for life in Washington

January 23 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists joined tens of thousands of other Americans in demonstrating their pro-life convictions during the annual March for Life Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C. A contingent of those who participated in the Evangelicals for Life (EFL) conference Jan. 16-17 took part in the march and the rally that preceded it on the national mall.

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