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Faith and Culture

Whitney updates spiritual disciplines book

September 17 2014 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS/Baptist Press

“Discipline without direction is drudgery,” Donald S. Whitney writes in the familiar opening to his classic NavPress book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, newly released in a revised and updated edition. The 1991 bestseller is widely used in seminary classes across the country.

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Ancient Canaanite water system keys NOBTS archaeology focus

September 17 2014 by Gary Myers, NOBTS/Baptist Press

For the past five years, a team of archaeologists and volunteers from New Orleans Seminary’s Moskau Institute of Archaeology has excavated at Gezer with the goal of determining who constructed the ancient water system and when it was constructed.

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Prayer webcast slates Ezell, Platt, Floyd

September 17 2014 by Baptist Press

On Oct. 2, Southern Baptists are encouraged to take time to pray for pastors and missionaries engaged in spreading the gospel worldwide. The special day, including a webcast, is part of the North American Mission Board’s TenTwo prayer emphasis.

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Freddie Gage, 6 decades an evangelist, dies

September 16 2014 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Freddie Gage, a Southern Baptist evangelist for more than 60 years whose fervency for souls extended to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Conservative Resurgence, died Friday (Sept. 12) in a Houston hospital after an extended illness. He was 81.

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Religious liberty needed to limit state

September 16 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Conservative Christians should recover the proper use of the term “separation of church and state” in defending religious liberty against government interference, Russell Moore said at an evangelical conference in the country’s capital. He also noted that Christians should advocate for the freedom of Muslims and adherents of other religions.

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Busy moms discover everyday life as ministry

September 16 2014 by Adam Miller, NAMB/Baptist Press

Stephanie Copenhaver is not entirely sure why they keep coming back or why they showed up in the first place. Apart from an invitation through her kids and their friends, there didn’t appear to be anything else that drew six students to “learn about Jesus” in a four-week study in July.

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Calif. convention expels 'Third Way' church

September 15 2014 by Terry Barone, Baptist Press

In a unanimous vote of the 35 members of California Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Board, they voted Sept. 11 to withdraw fellowship from New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., whose pastor, Danny Cortez, says he believes homosexual acts are not always sinful.

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Boston kicks off Send North America Experience tour

September 15 2014 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press

The fall tour of the North American Mission Board’s Send North America Experience debuted Sept. 8 at Tremont Temple Baptist Church. More than 1,100 attenders lined up around the block passing the final resting place of Paul Revere and dozens of other patriot’s headstones.

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Platt: Opposition reveals our beliefs

September 12 2014 by Erich Bridges, IMB/Baptist Press

International Mission Board President, David Platt, discussed a number of missions-related issues during a recent interview. Among these was the rise of militant secularism and increasing efforts to make the practice of biblical faith socially and legally unacceptable. The higher cost to live and declare the gospel…

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NFL/Ray Rice stir domestic violence blogs

September 12 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

After professional football star Ray Rice was suspended by the National Football League (NFL) indefinitely for knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in Atlantic City, Southern Baptists took to the Internet to give a biblical perspective on domestic violence.

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