Faith and Culture

Pennsylvania church shooter charged with manslaughter

April 29 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A member of a Philadelphia Southern Baptist church has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of a fellow church member during a worship service April 24. Mark Storms, 46, allegedly shot and killed 27-year-old Robert Braxton ...

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Potential church planters get enhanced screening

April 29 2016 by NAMB Communications Staff

After Bryan Bair attended the North American Mission Board’s reconstituted Send Network Church Planter Assessment, he finalized his decision to plant a church with NAMB. “The assessment rejuvenated my faith in SBC life and its leadership,” said Bair, now a church planter partnering with the Florida Baptist Convention.

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Tennessee Christian counselors get ‘added protection’

April 29 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Tennessee law allowing licensed counselors to opt out of serving patients whose goals “conflict with the sincerely held principles of the counselor” has drawn praise from two Southern Baptist mental health care professionals despite the American Counseling Association’s condemnation of the measure as discriminatory against homosexuals.

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Ark Encounter gets tax incentive up to $18.25M

April 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The Kentucky tourism authority has granted the Answers in Genesis apologetics ministry a tax incentive that could top $18 million for its Ark Encounter museum opening July 7 in Williamstown. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved the incentive at its April 25th meeting, ending a years-long AiG battle with the state.

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Atheists plan billboards against Ark museum

April 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A small group of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana atheists has launched a campaign to buy billboards mocking the message of the Answers in Genesis Ark Encounter museum and its July 7 opening. The 1,500-member Tri-State Freethinkers have raised $10,000 …

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Anglican rift over same-sex marriage widens

April 29 2016 by Leigh Jones, WORLD News Service

Conservative Anglicans reiterated their frustration with the U.K.-based Anglican Communion over the growing divide on same-sex marriage. Six primates with the Global Anglican Future Conference, an organization representing archbishops and their provinces around the world, met to discuss the group’s future and its ongoing response ...

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John Avant announced as Pastors’ Conference nominee

April 28 2016 by Baptist Press

John Avant, pastor of First Baptist Concord in Knoxville, Tenn., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference, according to an announcement by fellow Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines. A former vice president at the North American Mission Board, Avant has pastored seven churches in Georgia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

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Illinois pastor Doug Munton to be 1st VP nominee

April 28 2016 by Baptist Press

Illinois pastor Doug Munton will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Missouri pastor John Marshall announced April 26. Munton has been pastor of the St. Louis-area First Baptist Church in O’Fallon, Ill., for 20-plus years. He is a former president of the Illinois Baptist State Association and …

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Avery Association forges partnership with Scottish church

April 28 2016 by Avery Baptist Association staff

The churches of the Avery Baptist Association have covenanted with a local congregation in Scotland for a 5 year ministry partnership. The Scotland Partnership is an opportunity for the churches of the Avery Association to develop a Kingdom partnership with Buckhaven Community Church.

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God & politics: Mohler, Thomas revisit disagreement

April 28 2016 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Cal Thomas, a political pundit and syndicated columnist, discussed their views regarding the religious beliefs of political candidates before a full Alumni Memorial Chapel in Louisville, Ky. They agreed Christians should be involved in the political process but ...

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