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  • New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    November 1 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    New stance on assisted suicide ‘far from neutral’

    A doctor association’s new “engaged neutrality” on physician-assisted suicide is a misnomer and threatening to people with Alzheimer’s disease, a Southern Baptist ethicist and a specialist on elder care say. Delegates to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) voted Oct. 9 to embrace a stance of “engaged neutrality” regarding assisted suicide.

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  • ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    October 23 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    When attendees arrived at the 2018 ETCH (Equipping the Church and Home) family ministry conference, each discovered a small, monochromatic card on their seat. Over the course of the conference, church leaders assembled these seemingly insignificant cards into a giant collage that revealed a Helen Keller quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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  • Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    October 22 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sexual abuse, grief & hope focus of ERLC panel

    Women are grieving and male church leaders should join them in their grief over the sexual abuse and assault so many have suffered, panelists said Oct. 12 during the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) annual national conference. A panel of lawyers and female Christian leaders addressed sexual abuse and assault …

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  • Repentance vital in Christian homes, ERLC speakers say

    October 16 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Repentance vital in Christian homes, ERLC speakers say

    Repentance should mark Christian parenting, participants were told Oct. 12 at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s 2018 national conference.  Bible teacher Jen Wilkin and Philadelphia, Pa., pastor Eric Mason both pointed to repentance from sin as vital for a Christian home during “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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  • Moore: Cross frees Christians to love their families

    October 15 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Moore:  Cross frees Christians to love their families

    The biblical understanding that Christians have been crucified with Christ liberates them to love their families genuinely, Russell Moore said Oct. 11 at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) fifth annual national conference.  Moore, the ERLC’s president, delivered the opening address to about 950 people gathered for “The Cross-shaped Family” …

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  • ERLC conference focuses on ‘cross-shaped family’

    October 12 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC conference focuses on ‘cross-shaped family’

    The gospel’s centrality for the family will be in the spotlight when the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) opens its fifth annual national conference Oct. 11. About 950 people are expected to gather for “The Cross-Shaped Family” Oct. 11-13 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

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  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    October 8 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day. Focus on the Family’s (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities …

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  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    October 3 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day. The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press Oct. 2.

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  • Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

    September 28 2018 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma churches host Foster Family Retreat

    While the foster care needs in Oklahoma remain great, Oklahoma Baptists are finding creative ways to minister and meet the needs of foster families. One such example comes from southeast Oklahoma, in LeFlore Association, where the Foster Family Retreat at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly took place, July 28-29.

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  • Women, babies to benefit from ERLC gift to clinic

    September 26 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Women, babies to benefit from ERLC gift to clinic

    The placement of a new ultrasound machine at Liberty Women’s Clinic by a Southern Baptist entity means this to Carol Graham – more women will have the information needed to choose life for their unborn babies. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced Monday night (Sept. 24) the placement through its Psalm 139 Project …

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  • Family ‘prosperity gospel’ addressed in Moore’s book

    September 25 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Family ‘prosperity gospel’ addressed in Moore’s book

    Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting. The author of the new book The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home told Baptist Press (BP) …

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  • Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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  • BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    August 29 2018 by Kalie Lowrie, Texas Baptist Communications | with 0 comments
    BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    A celebration of unity and diversity took place as 2,054 messengers and visitors gathered at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Several ethnic fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day event at the Arlington Convention Center.

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  • ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    July 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    An original arrangement of “Blessed Assurance” at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word “assurance” at the same time. “Oh what a blessed assurance.” “Blessed assurance, this is my song.” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,” sang the Whosoever Will Choir …

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  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    July 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention. “It’s the culture,” said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993.

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