Faith and Culture

Born-alive bill blocked in Senate

February 6 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

An effort in the U.S. Senate to require health care for a child born alive during an abortion fell victim to a Democratic member’s objection Feb. 4. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington blocked approval of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 130) when the proposal’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska …

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African American history illuminates pastor’s life

February 4 2019 by Tobin Perry, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Terry Turner understands the value of knowing African American history by having seen the importance of discovering his own family’s history. Turner, a past president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, began looking into African American history as part of his doctoral research and discovered a connection between his story and the larger story of African Americans.

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Diversity in focus as Baptists await EC announcement

February 1 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has an upcoming meeting Feb. 18-19 in Nashville, Tenn., and many Southern Baptists eagerly await the announcement of their decision on a new leader for the organization. As a handful of entity leadership roles were vacated over the past year, beginning with the resignation of Frank Page …

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Virginia governor’s comments called ‘horrifying’

February 1 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The expanding effort to strike down state regulations on abortion until the moment of birth brought a sharp rebuke from a Southern Baptist ethicist of a governor whose comments supported permitting babies to die if they survive the procedure. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, described Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s remarks …

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Another abortion video goes viral

January 31 2019 by Josh Wester, ERLC

This week, a second video about abortion went viral. But instead of New York, this one was from the general assembly in Virginia. The video features a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates offering comments in defense of proposed legislation that would dramatically expand abortion laws in the commonwealth.

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Super Bowl: Rams receiver delivers ‘spiritual spark’

January 31 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, NAMB

For Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, Sunday’s Super Bowl is an opportunity for redemption. Cooks was part of the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl but left the game prematurely in the second quarter with a concussion. He never returned to the game, which the Patriots lost 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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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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