Faith and Culture

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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Greear launches advisory group on abuse

July 26 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), announced today (July 26) that he is partnering with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to form an advisory group on sexual misconduct, domestic violence and other issues. The announcement came as many Southern Baptists are discussing how the convention’s leaders and entities should respond

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SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

July 26 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) appears to be in the midst of a complex and uncertain moment as sexual abuse scandals raise questions about how the cooperative body of more than 40,000 self-governing churches can better identify sexual predators and provide safeguards against them.

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In Mormon-heavy Utah, church slates witness training

July 26 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Church leaders and members are invited to Utah’s Desert Ridge Baptist Church for training in evangelizing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, slated for Sept. 7-8. “We love our neighbors in Utah, and to love our neighbors it is important to understand what religious beliefs they hold,” …

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