Faith and Culture

10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

July 25 2018 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today

Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church. Since becoming pastor of the Bowling Green congregation in 1991, Ayers has seen the church grow from 30 people into a megachurch where 5,000 people regularly attend Sunday morning services.

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Deaf men stir IMB worker’s heart for their souls

July 25 2018 by IMB Staff

The imam placed his copy of the Quran carefully on the table and called the men at the memorial service to attention. He opened the book, lifted his hands toward heaven and began to chant in honor of the man who had died. The Deaf men in the room copied the stance but remained silent …

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Spurgeon, personal integrity & beards

July 25 2018 by Adam Groza

Over the past few years, perhaps you’ve noticed the proliferation of beards among younger pastors in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Aside from being fashionable, I was recently reminded of an important point about personal integrity and beards from the Prince of Preachers (and beards) himself, Charles Spurgeon.

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Adoption agency protection moves forward in Congress

July 23 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Legislation to prohibit government from discriminating against adoption and foster care agencies over their religious or moral convictions has taken an initial step toward potential passage in Congress. The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee included the Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act (CWPIA) in a spending bill it approved July 11.

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A rainbow in the blue sky

July 20 2018 by Keith Shorter

I remember Oct. 10, 2013, so vividly. When someone called me with the news, they had to repeat what they said because my brain could not comprehend the words. Brent was dead. I had never met someone so full of life.   Read More

IMB, ex-missionary’s accuser differ over abuse response

July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The International Mission Board (IMB) and an alleged sexual assault victim of a former missionary have presented differing accounts of how the board handled an investigation of the alleged misconduct. After Baptist Press published a July 16 update on the case of former IMB missionary Mark Aderholt – who has been charged in …

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SBC seminaries: #MeToo is ‘wakeup call for the church’

July 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have “heightened the alert.” From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse …

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Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

July 19 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church’s internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention’s church-state entity. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge’s order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas …

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Zoning restriction stymies church’s expanded ministry

July 17 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Members of Redemption Community Church can grab a cappuccino and a scone in the building the church bought three years ago. They can hang out with friends, listen to live music or sit in on a coffee brewing class. But they can’t go to church.

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Lord, make me uncomfortable

July 17 2018 by Lee Clamp

“Lord, please give me an opportunity to share with Barry*,” I prayed halfheartedly as I walked up to my son’s ballgame. I wasn’t in the mood to talk to anyone, and it was so hot I decided to sit in the visitors stands in the shade.

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