Faith and Culture

Black church conference meets ministry needs

July 31 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Black Church Leadership & Family Conference, originally created to attract African Americans to Southern Baptist Convention training events, annually brings as many as 1,200 African American Southern Baptists from across the country, offering training, education, preaching, inspiration, praise and worship, fellowship and recreation.

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ERLC’s Wussow moves overseas to aid poor, suffering

July 31 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Travis Wussow and his family will arrive in the Middle East on July 31 after some difficult farewells but with a convictional certainty about their move. ERLC President Russell Moore described establishment of the Middle East office as a “historic moment” when it was announced during the SBC meeting in June.

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1 month later: Evangelicals continue marriage advocacy

July 31 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A month after the Supreme Court’s nationwide legalization of gay marriage, evangelicals continued raising objections to the ruling. Commentators to offer analysis included National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Director Rick Lance, Christian authors and speakers Rosaria Butterfield and Christopher Yuan, and ...

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Prayer major focus of black church conf.

July 31 2015 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A God-initiated prayer movement among Southern Baptists spurred a major focus on prayer at Black Church Leadership & Family Conference July 20-24 in Ridgecrest, N.C., prayer mobilizer Gary Frost told Baptist Press. Frost, North American Mission Board vice president for the Midwest Region and Prayer, led conference organizers to devote …

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Religious freedom addressed in survey

July 30 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research

Americans believe firmly in religious freedom but think atheists are more welcome than Muslims in the United States, LifeWay Research finds. While 92 percent agree America is a welcoming place for Christians and 87 percent agree for Jews, the number drops to 67 percent for atheists and only 57 percent for muslims.

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Moore, others back law to protect religious liberty

July 30 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Ethicist Russell Moore has initiated an effort by Southern Baptist and other leaders calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect the religious freedom of those who object to same-sex marriage. Moore and 29 cosigners sent a July 28 letter to Congress urging approval of the First Amendment Defense Act.

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3rd video may build pro-life momentum

July 30 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Some 13,000 pro-life activists called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood at more than 60 rallies across America on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion.

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Blind student teaches VBS to Lakota children

July 30 2015 by Jim Burton, Baptist Press

When Ahbee Orton positioned herself in front of the class at First Baptist Church in Eagle Butte, the children became quiet and attentive. The 15-year-old, blind, ethnic Chinese is hardly a master teacher or experienced in classroom discipline – she had never taught a Bible study before.

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More than 13,000 registered for Send Conference

July 29 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB

More than 13,000 people have signed up for NAMB’s 2015 North America Conference to be hosted at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, Aug. 3-4. Organizers say the two-day gathering is more than a missions conference. It will challenge Christians to live on mission in every aspect of life and …

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Scouts’ vote may diminish numbers, Bapt. leaders say

July 29 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Boy Scouts of America’s executive board has voted to lift the Scouts’ national ban on gay adult leaders and employees – a move Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said may hasten the exodus of Southern Baptists from Scouting. The BSA executive board approved the policy change by a 79-percent majority.

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