Faith and Culture

‘Until He comes’: Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

July 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Months before shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer. The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters, where continuous prayers are planned for the city beginning in August.

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CCCU board considers membership requirements

July 29 2016 by J.C. Derrick, WORLD News Service

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities board of directors is considering recommendations for new membership and affiliate guidelines during meetings this week, amid differences over same-sex marriage hiring policies. The regular July board meeting comes after a special task force spent nine months exploring the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities categories of affiliation.

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Hell defended amid National Geographic’s challenge

July 29 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The doctrine of hell, claims an article in National Geographic, “isn’t as popular as it used to be.” But evangelist David Stockwell apparently hasn’t received the memo. He has preached on hell at every one of his evangelistic meetings through 45 years of full-time evangelism and says he sees people respond “with conviction God.”

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8 Nepalese Christians arrested for proselytizing

July 28 2016 by Julia A. Seymour, WORLD News Service

Eight Nepali Christians arrested in June could soon be tried for trying to proselytize children. The Christians were working in Dolahka District, a part of the nation hard hit by the 2015 earthquakes. Authorities arrested them for distributing religious literature to children in an attempt to convert, a violation of the anti-conversion statute.

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Bicycle ministry steering lives toward recovery

July 28 2016 by Eric Reed and Morgan Jackson, Illinois Baptist

Pastor Jeffrey Gee of Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church in Herrin, Ill., and volunteers taught children bike safety, complete with helmets and a course lined with orange traffic cones. The bikes were second-hand, but they had been repaired and spruced up in the church’s bike shop, which teaches former convicts a trade to keep them from returning to prison.

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Black pastors attend prayer & listening session

July 27 2016 by Keith Collier, Southern Baptist TEXAN

Nearly two dozen black pastors met with Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Director Jim Richards for a prayer and listening session on racial reconciliation amid national tensions stemming from black men being killed by police in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn., as well as gunmen killing police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Pokémon Go party draws 6 gamers to Christ

July 27 2016 by Alex Sibley, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

When viewed through the otherworldly lens of “Pokémon Go,” Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is home to three “gyms,” or virtual meeting places, and nearly three dozen “Pokéstops,” or landmarks. Thus, numerous Pokémon participants – enthusiasts who wouldn’t otherwise trek to a seminary campus – have made their way to the seminary as they play the game.

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CLI finds niche in prison ministry

July 25 2016 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

When Kathleen Skaar moved to Raleigh more than 20 years ago, she and her husband, Anders, did the “proper thing:” joined a church. Both admit they did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ at the time. In April 1995 Skaar attended a church-sponsored women’s retreat. Skaar gave her life to Christ that day.

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N.C. churches respond to tragedies, racial tension

July 25 2016 by BR staff

Two black men from Louisiana and Minnesota were shot to death by police officers in early July, followed immediately by retaliatory attacks in Texas and Louisiana on law enforcement officers that killed eight and wounded many more. The series of back-to-back tragedies left the nation in shock, wondering if racial healing is possible.

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Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

July 21 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

With racial tension high in Baton Rouge, La., black pastor Vince Smith counts among his blessings his interracial marriage to Cassie and his pastorate of the multiethnic Circle Church. Smith considers himself a peacemaker comforting those who mourn, whether they have lost loved ones at the hands of police or at the hands of civilians.

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