Faith and Culture

Carson to withdraw as Pastor’s Conf. speaker

April 24 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson and leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference have “mutually agreed” that Carson will not address the Pastors’ Conference in Columbus, Ohio, as previously scheduled. “We didn’t want this to become a distraction for our convention,” Pastors' Conference President William Rice told Baptist Press.

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Pulitzer winners tie domestic abuse to Christianity

April 24 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The South Carolina newspaper that won this year’s Pulitzer Prize has drawn criticism for linking the state’s domestic violence problems with its residents’ belief in the Bible’s teaching about gender. At least two articles in the series suggested that the Christian belief in complementarianism is a cause of domestic violence.

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Sandy survivor’s home rescued from demolition

April 24 2015 by Laura Sikes, NAMB

Hurricane Sandy survivor Cecelya Morsby faced near eviction in March from her flood-ravaged home. More than two years after the superstorm’s onslaught, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers learned of her circumstances and came to her aid in the coastal Long Island town of Freeport.

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Crossover’s impact reaches beyond one week’s efforts

April 23 2015 by Tobin Perry, NAMB

Crossover is held each year in the host city of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. A partnership between the North American Mission Board and the local Southern Baptist association, the outreach includes churches throughout the host city as well as volunteers from churches throughout North America.

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MBTS launches website resource

April 23 2015 by T. Patrick Hudson, MBTS

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched the website,, April 22 with the goal of providing gospel-centered resources intended to engage, encourage and equip those ministering within the local church. The site, which will be overseen by managing editor, Jared Wilson, will host blogs, articles, practical application tools ...

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Grateful friends mark Henry Blackaby’s 80th

April 22 2015 by Lee Weeks, Baptist Press

Henry Blackaby participated in a two-day celebration of his 80th birthday at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ga., where hundreds of people recommitted themselves to God’s call on their lives while paying tribute to the author of the widely influential Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God.

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Obama urged to name envoy for religious minorities

April 22 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has joined a diverse coalition in urging President Obama to act quickly to name a special envoy to help protect religious adherents in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

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Egypt’s president pressured toward reform

April 22 2015 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press

Egypt’s president, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s speech will do little to help his nation’s persecuted Coptic Christians.

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Panel says Christian view of end times should influence daily life

April 22 2015 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS Communications

A biblical view of eschatology shapes faithful ministry in the present, said panelists during an April 14 event hosted by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at The Gospel Coalition National Conference, held April 13-15 in Orlando.

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Chip Luter embraces opportunity in Tampa

April 22 2015 by Bob Carey, Gardner-Webb Communications

Fred “Chip” Luter III has accepted a call as a campus pastor in Tampa, moving from New Orleans where he has served as youth minister under his father, former Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter. Chip Luter will become pastor of the Sulphur Springs campus of Idlewild Baptist Church beginning May 1.

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