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  • Reprint of ex-slave’s book opens ‘underexplored vista’

    February 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Reprint of ex-slave’s book opens ‘underexplored vista’

    Reprinting a theology book by a former slave “offers a window” into the “underexplored vista” of African-American theology, says the Southern Baptist Convention officer who has rediscovered the work. Originally published in 1890 by Charles Octavius Boothe, Plain Theology for Plain People was reprinted last year at the prompting of Walter Strickland.

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  • African American missions movement highlighted at SEBTS

    February 13 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    African American missions movement highlighted at SEBTS

    The history of the African American missions movement was the primary focus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s fourth annual Black History Celebration Lunch. “If we only hear about a particular narrative of the American Christian story, our assumption is that God is only working amongst those people,” said Walter Strickland.

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  • Black Southern Baptist history said to be ‘at a crossroads’

    February 6 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Black Southern Baptist history said to be ‘at a crossroads’

    In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention’s founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members was African American. By 1900, there were virtually no black Southern Baptists. Today, about 1 in 5 Southern Baptist churches is predominantly non-Anglo, including some 3,400 predominately African American congregations.

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  • Baptist leaders remember Martin Luther King Jr.

    January 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist leaders remember Martin Luther King Jr.

    Pastor James Dixon calls it “otherness,” loving others enough to die for their benefit. That’s what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years after the civil rights leader’s death. “He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them,” Dixon said.

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  • Ancient DNA said to support Bible’s Babel account

    January 5 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ancient DNA said to support Bible’s Babel account

    Ancient human genetic material harvested in Alaska has been cited by two creation researchers as corroborating evidence of scripture’s claim humans migrated en masse from the Tower of Babel. A study claims DNA extracted from the remains of an infant girl buried in central Alaska suggests an ancient migration of people from East Asia to North America.

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  • Jonathan Edwards Center to open at Gateway in 2018

    November 30 2017 by Kathie Chute, Gateway Seminary | with 0 comments
    Jonathan Edwards Center to open at Gateway in 2018

    A Jonathan Edwards Center will be established at Gateway Seminary, Jeff Iorg, the Southern Baptist entity’s president, has announced for the Los Angeles-area Ontario campus. The center, or JEC, will be affiliated with the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University in New Haven, Ct. An agreement between the two institutions was signed in October.

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  • 500 YEARS: Baptists celebrate Reformation

    November 1 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    500 YEARS: Baptists celebrate Reformation

    European study tours, conferences, publications and confessions of Protestant unity are among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary during the past year. Traditionally, the start of the Reformation is dated to Oct. 31, 1517. On that day, a monk named Martin Luther posted 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany.

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  • Twin brothers, WWII veterans, joined for eternity

    October 31 2017 by Mike Schueler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Twin brothers, WWII veterans, joined for eternity

    At age 19, the Stokes brothers volunteered for the Army. Claude was a tank commander and Clyde its driver. A personal letter from President Roosevelt allowed Claude and Clyde to serve together throughout the war, and their adventures made them celebrities in news dispatches from the war’s front lines.

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  • Union University to open R.G. Lee birthplace Nov. 11

    October 31 2017 by Nathan Handley, Union University | with 0 comments
    Union University to open R.G. Lee birthplace Nov. 11

    A piece of Southern Baptist history has been moved to the campus of Union University. On Nov. 11, the university will open the renovated birthplace of R.G. Lee, which has been moved to Union’s campus in Jackson, Tenn., from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.

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  • Sola scriptura cited as Reformation bedrock

    October 30 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sola scriptura cited as Reformation bedrock

    Sola scriptura is among the most important Reformation principles for believers to understand and apply. At least that’s the conclusion of some Southern Baptist Convention seminary professors on the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary. Sola scriptura is the doctrine that the Bible alone is humankind’s infallible rule for faith and practice.

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  • Reformation insights highlighted by seminary profs

    October 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Reformation insights highlighted by seminary profs

    As the world commemorates the Protestant Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Southern Baptist Convention seminary professors have highlighted what they say are among the most important Reformation insights for followers of Jesus today.

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  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    October 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    A 1987 debate on Christ’s atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had “greater significance” in the Southern Baptist Convention’s Conservative Resurgence than some have thought. The debate revealed a need for ongoing “theological examination in all of the Convention’s agencies.”

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  • ‘Remarkable’ Rutledge collection new to SBC archives

    October 19 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Remarkable’ Rutledge collection new to SBC archives

    The late award-winning photographer Don Rutledge tried his hand at pastoring but realized his true calling in uniquely displaying God’s creation. Photographs and related items spanning more than 40 years of his ministry and missions comprise a new Southern Baptist archival collection.
     

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  • Protestant unity is new confession’s focus

    September 22 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Protestant unity is new confession’s focus

    A confession of faith aimed at expressing “interdenominational unity” among Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has drawn endorsement from professors at all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and staff at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The “Reforming Catholic Confession” also has been signed by professors from at least eight Baptist colleges.

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  • Marion pastor: Tabernacle teaches discipleship

    September 19 2017 by Mike Conley, Special to the Recorder | with 0 comments
    Marion pastor: Tabernacle teaches discipleship

    A western North Carolina bi-vocational pastor has spent countless hours crafting a unique, illustrative tool for teaching the Bible. Terry Cheek, pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Marion, built a scale model of the Old Testament Tabernacle. “The theology of the Bible is illustrated in the Tabernacle,” he said.

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