Faith and Culture

Tennessee churches cross racial barriers

November 25 2015 by Connie Davis Bushey, Baptist and Reflector

Race relations are tense across the U.S., but in Columbia, Tenn., especially in several Baptist churches, “we work together,” reported Dale Ledbetter, director of missions, Maury Baptist Association. “Others should see God’s work in our little corner of the world to counteract all the negative we see and hear,” he said.

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Pro-marriage professor faces possible dismissal

November 25 2015 by Benjamin Hawkins, Baptist Press

A tenured, Southern Baptist professor at a university in California could face dismissal for allegedly “retaliating” against a student who complained about his support for traditional marriage. “If I were to use legal terms – even though this is not a legal proceeding – I’ve been convicted but not sentenced.”

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Meeting needs key to church’s ministry

November 25 2015 by Tobin Perry, Baptist Press

“Is this a Jesus thing?” a homeless man asked Charity Brown. That day Brown and a team of volunteers from The Branch church in Corvallis, Ore., were making it their mission to serve those most in need in the community. And one of the ways the team was doing that was through washing feet.

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Jewish evangelism: Conference spawns reflections

November 24 2015 by Benjamin Hawkins, The Pathway

Convening in Jerusalem, the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism’s 10th International Conference on Jewish Evangelism included some 200 Jewish evangelists from six continents. Participants strategized about the best methods for communicating the gospel to Jews. Jim Sibley argued in a presentation at the conference that Jewish evangelism must continue ...

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‘God’s got it,’ retirees say of Mission:Dignity

November 24 2015 by John Ambra, GuideStone Financial Resources

Mission:Dignity assists nearly 2,000 retirees each month, providing a measure of security and dignity in their retirement years. For some, it means being able to stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home. For others, it covers the cost of groceries, utilities, prescriptions and other necessities.

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Pennsylvania/South Jersey marks 45 years, staff retirements

November 24 2015 by Brodie Smith, West Chester University

Pennsylvania/South Jersey Baptists marked at their annual meeting 45 years of service and the retirement of several long-term employees, including Executive Director-Treasurer David Waltz. The 330 messengers and guests were the largest number of attendees at a Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey annual meeting in eight years.

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In cowboy country, pastor accepts shepherd role

November 23 2015 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS

When John Powell left The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 to become the pastor of First Baptist Church, Hamlin, Texas, he tried to corral his congregation like a cowboy into a pen of spiritual and theological maturity. But Powell realized, “God didn’t call us cowboys; he called us shepherds.”

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Alabama Baptists continue move toward parity

November 23 2015 by The Alabama Baptist staff

Messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention annual meeting approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget that brought state and national ministry allocations closer to parity. They also adopted a new offering aimed at helping fund Baptist missions work in state and expanded the role of the State Board of Missions executive committee.

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ETS meeting addresses ‘marriage & family’

November 23 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press

“Marriage and the family” was the theme around which more than 700 theologians gathered Nov. 17-19 for the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. ETS members adopted four resolutions on human sexuality authored by Owen Strachan. Professors from all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries presented papers at the meeting ...

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With Gloria, relief team reports 55 professions of faith

November 23 2015 by Kevin Parker, Baptist New Mexican

The Baptist Convention of New Mexico deployed a mud-out team to the Rio Grande Valley after Hurricane Patricia’s remnants inundated a town of 35,000 people in late October. The results of their work not only included construction, but also 55 professions of faith.

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