Faith and Culture

SBC, church’s role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

June 25 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The Southern Baptist Convention’s current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year’s 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas. Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of …

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B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

June 25 2018 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas. More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the …

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Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy denounced, defended

June 20 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist and other evangelical female leaders expressed their opposition Monday (June 18) to separating children from parents on the border as Congress prepares again to take up the immigration issue. The call for a change in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in family separation at the United States’ border with …

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Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

June 20 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church “finds I’m spending more time in preparation than ever before” for his Sunday morning sermons. Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that …

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Stewardship panel: Finances & marriage discussed

June 20 2018 by Barbara Denman

Developing a stewardship plan to get out of debt will strengthen marriages and create stronger disciples, according to a group of pastors and speakers who participated on the President’s Panel on Stewardship June 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in Dallas. Led by immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines, the …

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Dave Ramsey urges pastors to lead people out of debt

June 19 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey, addressing the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12, urged pastors to lead people out of debt by teaching them what the Bible says about money. “When you stand up in front of your congregation, you’re looking at a large number of people who do not have the …

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ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

June 18 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Moore, the ERLC’s president, said the entity will convene a women’s summit as a major part of its work in the year …

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NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

June 15 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

“We are here for you,” Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. “We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America.” NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission …

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SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention affirmed the dignity and worth of women, denounced all forms of abuse and called for sexual purity among Christian leaders in adopting 16 resolutions Tuesday (June 12). Passage of the resolutions on women, abuse and pastoral purity by nearly unanimous votes late in the afternoon session came after …

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Sex abuse news ‘wake-up call’ for pastors, ERLC panel says

June 14 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a “divine opportunity” for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The event – “Gospel Sexuality in …

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