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Faith and Culture

Churches and same-sex marriage seminar at annual meeting

October 31 2014 by BSC Communications

Pastors and other congregational leaders interested in developing a gospel-centered response to same-sex marriage are invited to a seminar being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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Bolster family, ERLC speakers urge

October 31 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Evangelical Christians should graciously and truthfully minister to homosexual people while also pursuing a family reformation, speakers said Oct. 29 in the final session of a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference. More than 1,300 registrants were at “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage,” the first national conference of the ERLC.

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Francis Schaeffer ‘indispensable’ to SBC

October 31 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Many notable Southern Baptist Convention leaders emphasize the legacy and impact that Francis Schaeffer had in SBC life. Schaeffer founded a retreat center in Switzerland called L’Abri – French for “the shelter” – where he studied culture from a Christian perspective and engaged young people with the claims of Christ.

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Marriage equality advocate visits seminary class

October 31 2014 by Keith Collier, Baptist Press

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ethics professor Evan Lenow recognized the risk of inviting Michael Saltsman, co-founder of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, to his classroom to discuss whether evangelicals should support same-sex marriage. But he also viewed it as a learning opportunity for those called to ministry.

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Jack Graham named honorary prayer chairman

October 31 2014 by Berta Delgado-Young, Baptist Press

The National Day of Prayer Task Force has named Jack Graham, who served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as honorary chairman for the 2015 National Day of Prayer. It will be held May 7 in Washington, D.C. Graham will lead the members of Congress in prayer.

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Former homosexuals: Gospel approach needed

October 30 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Evangelical Christians need to change their approach to the hot-button issues of homosexuality and marriage, thinking with a gospel focus and practicing gospel community, participants in a national Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission conference were told Oct. 28. About 1,300 people were registered for the event …

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Pope’s evolution claims ‘frustrating’

October 30 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Pope Francis’ comments that evolution and the big bang theory do not conflict with Christian doctrine have drawn varied responses from evangelical commentators, with some saying he has departed from scripture and others claiming he made at least some valid points.

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Marriage crisis predated gay marriage, ERLC speakers say

October 29 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The crisis in marriage preceded the rapid rise of legalized same-sex unions, and the church faces a daunting challenge in addressing it, speakers told 1,300 attendees on the first day of a Southern Baptist conference on the issue. The conference was called “The Gospel, Homosexuality and the Future of Marriage.”

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Survey: heaven, hell & a bit of heresy

October 29 2014 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research/Baptist Press

Ligonier Ministries researchers asked 43 questions about faith, covering topics from sin and salvation to the Bible and the afterlife. They wanted to know how people in the pews – and people on the street – understand theology. The study’s overall results show churches have a lot of work to do.

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Russell Moore questions gay therapy

October 29 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore denounced reparative therapy at a conference, saying the controversial treatment that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation has been “severely counterproductive.” Moore joins a chorus of psychologists and religious leaders who have departed from the once-popular therapy.

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