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  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    October 24 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

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  • Kelley: ‘Baptist blues’ sermon sought unity, not attack

    August 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kelley: ‘Baptist blues’ sermon sought unity, not attack

    Chuck Kelley’s New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel sermon on “the Baptist blues” was not an attack against anyone in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), he told Baptist Press Aug. 29, but an attempt to foster unity by getting “conversation on the table.”

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  • Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    June 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. 

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  • Pew: 25% of survey’s Christians don’t buy biblical God

    May 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: 25% of survey’s Christians don’t buy biblical God

    A fourth of self-identified Christians don’t believe fully in the biblical description of God, Pew Research Center said in its latest study. Rather, 25 percent of American Christians believe in what Pew described as “God or another higher power” who is not necessarily all-loving, omniscient and omnipotent as scripture reveals.

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  • Whitten unwavering in support for Greear, denounces attacks

    April 30 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 4 comments
    Whitten unwavering in support for Greear, denounces attacks

    Florida pastor Ken Whitten said he is still “firmly convinced” J.D. Greear is the right man for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and he is “grieved” by campaign-style attacks on the former missionary. Greear’s background includes two years of service overseas, and he has recently come under fire ...

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  • Video games studied in new theological framework

    April 19 2018 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway | with 0 comments
    Video games studied in new theological framework

    Matt Millsap admits he made up the word “theoludology” for his doctoral dissertation in systematic theology. Broken up into its roots, his dissertation topic becomes clearer. “Theo-” and “-ology” are clear enough. “Ludo” is the Latin root for “game” or “play.” Mashed together, it is thinking about video games from a theological point of view.

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  • Pope’s alleged hell denial scrutinized

    April 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope’s alleged hell denial scrutinized

    Pope Francis’ reported denial that hell exists – which the Vatican says is not “a faithful transcription” of his words – has occasioned analyses of both Roman Catholic and biblical teachings on hell. In a front-page article March 29, the Italian newspaper La Republica quoted Francis as saying “there is no hell,” according to the Boston Herald’s translation.

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  • Christ’s resurrection: strongest evidence cited

    March 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Christ’s resurrection: strongest evidence cited

    Did Jesus really rise from the dead? It’s a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations. This year, two Southern Baptists who train others to defend the faith have offered their thoughts on the best way to answer.

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  • Exorcists in demand? Baptists discuss demonic activity

    March 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Exorcists in demand? Baptists discuss demonic activity

    Amid reports of increased demand for exorcisms among some Roman Catholics, resources by Southern Baptists are helping to clarify the Bible’s teaching on demonic activity. “Can a Christian be demon possessed? No,” Southern Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Stephen Wellum said. “To be demon possessed would mean one is outside of Christ.”

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  • Scientists’ gender findings said to confirm Bible

    January 19 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Scientists’ gender findings said to confirm Bible

    Scientists’ claim that a researcher’s sex can affect the outcome of experiments has been cited as corroboration of biblical teaching on gender. According to an article in Science Advances, volunteers for experiments as diverse as intelligence tests and pain sensitivity studies have been found to respond differently when they are dealing with a researcher of the opposite gender.

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  • Pope critiques Lord’s Prayer translation

    December 12 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pope critiques Lord’s Prayer translation

    Pope Francis’ comment that “lead us not into temptation” is a poor translation of a famous line from the Lord’s Prayer has generated discussion of Bible translation and the differences between Protestant and Catholic beliefs about scriptur

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  • Theologians unite for Reformation panel

    December 11 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Theologians unite for Reformation panel

    What do Catholic, Reformed and Baptist theologians have in common? That question may sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but theologians from those three traditions gathered Nov. 6 to talk about the Reformation and ideas such as priesthood of believers and religious liberty.

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  • Baptist view of theology to mark new B&H series

    December 1 2017 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Baptist view of theology to mark new B&H series

    A new series of theology resources conveying a distinctly Baptist perspective has been launched by B&H Academic. The new series, “A Treasury of Baptist Theology,” is edited by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Jason G. Duesing, provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • Theistic evolution critiqued by evangelical scholars

    November 30 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Theistic evolution critiqued by evangelical scholars

    An interdisciplinary critique of theistic evolution” was the topic of a half-day session at this fall’s meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The event featured scientists, philosophers and theologians presenting arguments against the notion that God created humans and other living beings through the process of evolution rather than by direct creation of distinct species.

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  • Reformation yields gospel unity, Mohler tells conference

    November 8 2017 by SBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Reformation yields gospel unity, Mohler tells conference

    On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his famous 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, R. Albert Mohler Jr. addressed Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s “Here We Stand” conference. In his address, Mohler laid out the significance of the Reformation and answered criticisms that the Reformation split the church.

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