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  • Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

    September 20 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

    With more than 100 military community students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides in its efforts to engage these students and bring awareness to ministry opportunities within the military community. Affiliated SEBTS military personnel and students gathered for panel discussions and various meetings for the seminary’s first Military Community Focus Week, Sept. 4-7.

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  • Route 66 festival helps spark church’s ‘immediate impact’

    August 10 2018 by Andrew Woodrow, Illinois Baptist | with 0 comments
    Route 66 festival helps spark church’s ‘immediate impact’

    In an Illinois town proud of its Route 66 heritage, thousands gather every year to celebrate what John Steinbeck called “the Mother Road.” For more than 20 years, Edwardsville’s annual Route 66 festival at City Park has offered visitors fun, food, and classic cars. What was missing, realized church planter Rayden Hollis, was a gospel opportunity.

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  • Tiny houses: Sanctuary for needy shows ‘God is good’

    July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Tiny houses:  Sanctuary for needy shows ‘God is good’

    Tiny homes under construction spearheaded by a small Appalachian congregation will offer sanctuary and livelihood to people recovering from addiction and other life setbacks. Crossroads Community Church in Stearns, Ky., bought a 13-acre site and is building 20 homes of 300-540 square feet to meet the needs of a community impacted by poverty …

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  • Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    July 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

    About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team returned home July 9. “The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning!

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  • Gaines: Supernatural God can lift Southern Baptists

    June 15 2018 by David Dawson, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Gaines: Supernatural God can lift Southern Baptists

    Amid the perplexing and potentially divisive issues facing the denomination, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said the formula for unity and restoration is surprisingly uncomplicated. “Stop talking about how big your problems are, and start talking about how big your God is,” Gaines said in his presidential address Tuesday morning (June 12) at the …

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  • Starbucks, Roseanne create John 13:34 opportunity

    May 31 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Starbucks, Roseanne create John 13:34 opportunity

    Amid news of Starbucks diversity training and the cancellation of ABC’s “Roseanne” over a racist tweet by its star, two African American Southern Baptists have noted ways to increase cultural sensitivity among followers of Christ. “Some basic commonsense practices and beliefs” need to become “universal,” said Ken Weathersby.

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  • Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    May 14 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

    Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Steve Gaines released a statement May 11. Gaines specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson on women, divorce and domestic violence.

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  • LINK Conference: ‘A catalyst toward change’ in multicultural ministry

    On April 13, the Kingdom Diversity Initiative at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the LINK Conference to discuss how to put multicultural passion into informed practice. Due to racism’s damaging effects, speakers at the conference gave multiple perspectives for how a church can begin breaking down barriers within congregations.

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  • Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    April 16 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Memphis pastor: Go ‘all in’ for ethnic unity

    As many churches strive to achieve more ethnic diversity in their pews, they often discover that maintaining unity in a multicultural congregation means hard work. Jason Cook, associate pastor at Fellowship Memphis, said all people have “tribal tendencies” and church leaders must continually “push Christians toward each other.”

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  • Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    April 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    On the 50th anniversary of America’s Fair Housing Act, Baptists noted progress in eliminating race-based housing discrimination while also citing a need for further improvement. Economist and ethicist Craig Mitchell said the volume of housing discrimination today isn’t “anywhere near” what it was “50 years ago or 30 years ago.”

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  • SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    April 9 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    Southern Baptists should build on and apply the historic 1995 resolution on racial reconciliation while always being ready to repudiate racism, panelists said April 4 at a conference commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

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  • Call for diversity in SBC leadership resonates at MLK50

    April 6 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Call for diversity in SBC leadership resonates at MLK50

    Multiple speakers at the MLK50 Conference in Memphis, Tenn., made calls to action for racial unity in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), but Vance Pitman, pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, specifically charged two of the denomination’s entities to make definitive progress toward ethnic diversity in coming months.

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  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    April 6 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said April 4 at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The final day of the conference occurred as the country remembered King, who was shot down April 4, 1968.

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  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    April 2 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    MLK50 in Memphis to seek ‘repentance and unity’

    More than 3,600 registrants plan to gather in Memphis to pursue racial unity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition will co-host the event – “MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop.”

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  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    March 22 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that’s a good thing, their pastors say in a new study. Eighty-one percent of Protestant pastors say their congregation is predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. That’s down from 86 percent four years ago, according to the study.

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