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Russell Moore discusses tough issues about sex

August 1 2014 by Adelle Banks, Religion News Service

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), grapples daily with contentious political and economic issues; since becoming ERLC president, he often helps churches with real-life sexual and ethical issues from a Christian worldview.

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Psalms, hymns enrich Black Church Week

August 1 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs enriched worship, study and fellowship among those gathered at Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, an annual week of spiritual enrichment for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in…

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Slaughter of Nigerian Christians rises sharply

August 1 2014 by Baptist Press/Morning Star News

Boko Haram extremists and others have killed nearly as many Nigerian Christians in the first seven months of this year as were killed in all of 2013, the advocacy group Jubilee Campaign reported July 29. Approximately 1,505 Nigerian Christians have been killed for their faith to date this year.

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Russian, Ukraine Baptists voice political divide

July 31 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Russian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (RUECB) stirred controversy at its May 30th congress in St. Petersburg, when it cited Proverbs 24:21, “Do not join with rebellious officials,” in questioning the Ukrainian revolution.

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Ground Zero cross can stay at 9/11 museum

July 30 2014 by Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

A cross-shaped beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center can remain on display in the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, dismissing a lawsuit brought by atheists.

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Special needs families receive ‘buddy’ care at Penn. Church

July 30 2014 by Karen L. Willoughby, SBC Life/Baptist Press

Special needs children and their families have a cadre of buddies at Stewartstown Baptist Church. On Sundays, the church pairs special needs children with volunteers in what they call its “buddy system.” Buddies sit with the children, support them and assist them in the church’s worship services.

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House churches in China report on rapid growth

July 29 2014 by Caroline Anderson, IMB/Baptist Press

During the Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976, Christians in China believed in secret and their access to Bibles was limited. Believers had to be careful about bringing out a Bible in public. Christians in this province now buy Bibles in the Three-Self Patriotic Movement church’s bookstore. These churches are registered with the government…

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Osborne church prays and fasts for spiritual awakening

July 28 2014 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Steve Griffith, senior pastor of Osborne Baptist Church in Eden since 1992, received a phone call last October that launched a movement of prayer and fasting in the church. The church wants believers to understand the purpose of fasting, which is ultimately to honor God.

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Rubio: Economic & moral well-being could cut poverty

July 28 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Marco Rubio addressed the relationship between societal values and the welfare of the United States in a speech July 23 at Catholic University of America in the nation’s capital. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission cosponsored the event with Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies.

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Chapter on alignment most helpful in People of God

July 28 2014 by Micheal Pardue, Book Review

Micheal Pardue, pastor of First Baptist Icard, Connelly Springs, reviews The People of God: Empowering the Church to Make Disciples by Trevor Joy and Spence Shelton. Pardue says that this book provides an encouraging and practical call to…

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