Faith and Culture

Kentucky convention to hotels: Fight human trafficking

September 23 2016 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today

The Kentucky Baptist Convention will not do business with hotels that fail to train employees to recognize and report human trafficking, KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood announced Sept. 21. Chitwood set forth the convention’s position in a letter to potential vendors and listed several resources for free training.

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Church cheers for high school football team

September 23 2016 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger

Cherokee Hills Baptist Church is investing in Putnam City High School as families “adopt” players on the Pirates’ football team by going to home games and cheering them on. The idea happened as pastor Mike Keahbone was looking for ways the Oklahoma City church could have a community presence.

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New report endangers religious liberty, critics say

September 22 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious liberty as Americans have known it will suffer a critical setback if a new report by the country’s top civil rights panel is followed. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights declared protections to ensure nondiscrimination “are of preeminent importance in American jurisprudence” and religious exemptions “significantly infringe upon” those civil rights guarantees.

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Charlotte churches ask God to bring ‘peace to our city’

September 21 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Midweek services for several Southern Baptist churches in the Charlotte area will feature focused times of prayer for the city amid controversy and overnight violence sparked by the shooting death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement officials Sept. 20.

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Churches called to action for Global Hunger Sunday

September 19 2016 by BGR and BR staff

When Southern Baptists observe the annual Global Hunger Sunday the second Sunday in October, they will be called to act out the powerful love of Jesus, who the Bible says was “moved with compassion” for people in desperate need. Baptist Global Response has published a new media kit to help churches promote Global Hunger.

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Baptist flood recovery aid slated through 2017

September 19 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, NAMB

The North American Mission Board is facilitating a recovery effort to help Louisiana flood survivors rebuild and to assist churches and individuals who want to serve. The initiative, under NAMB’s Send Relief ministry, will begin Oct. 1 and continue at least through the end of 2017.

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Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriage

September 16 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

In a speech to America’s largest pro-gay lobbying group, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the Bible buttresses his support of same-sex marriage. And he predicted the Roman Catholic Church eventually will change its mind on the issue, like he has. Evangelical theologians said Kaine distorted biblical teaching in service of a political agenda.

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Razor wire & steel door give way to layman’s heart

September 16 2016 by Chris Turner, Tennessee Baptist and Reflector

It is a familiar routine. First there is the sound of an obnoxious buzzer, then the sudden firing of a heavy deadbolt that unlocks the gray steel door separating freedom from incarceration. The closing slam reverberates down the gray cinderblock hall sending an authoritative reminder that freedom is not an option. ...

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‘Insanity of God’ ticket sales top $1 million

September 16 2016 by Marty King, LifeWay

Ticket sales for an encore showing of The Insanity of God in theaters pushed box office receipts to $1.1 million. “Due to the success of the film’s two one-night theater showings,” Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, said, “we are planning a church simulcast for the film and a DVD.”

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GameDay Church, in 2nd NFL season, ready to expand

September 15 2016 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Witness

When most people think about tailgating, they think of football, food and fun with family and friends. But believers in the Jacksonville area will have the chance to add faith to the mix before every Jacksonville Jaguars home game as GameDay Church returns for the 2016 NFL season.

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