Faith and Culture

Former SBC pres. on ‘60 Minutes,’ addresses refugee crisis

October 20 2016 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press

Amid today’s tumult of political rhetoric and social discourse about Syrian refugees entering the U.S., a pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president spoke out in an 60 Minutes report, as well as a sermon, calling on Christians to lean on God’s Word to determine how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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Massachusetts churches sue over ‘anti-bias’ law

October 19 2016 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service

Four Massachusetts churches and their pastors filed a preemptive lawsuit in October in an attempt to halt application of a newly amended state law requiring pastors to temper their speech and churches to allow transgender persons to use the bathroom of their choice.

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Megan moves into the light

October 18 2016 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications

Megan and her houseparents laugh as they walk together. The sun-drenched greens of the grass and trees across the Baptist Children’s Homes’ Kennedy Home campus in Kinston reverberate their joy as they chatter. Megan’s life today shines in bright contrast against the backdrop of a tumultuous childhood. ...

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Asia Bibi appeal postponed amid tensions in Pakistan

October 14 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The appeal for Asia Bibi, was postponed after one of three justices set to hear the case recused himself. Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman said he might be biased in his decision because he had heard all the details of a related case against Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed in February for killing one of Bibi’s most outspoken supporters.

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Moore, others urge Obama to reject USCCR report

October 13 2016 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Russell Moore and other religious representatives have called for President Obama and congressional leaders to repudiate a contention by the country’s top civil rights panel that religious liberty is used as a pretense for discrimination. The letter from a diverse coalition of religious leaders took issue with assertions made by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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Flood survivor in tumult lifted by chaplain

October 12 2016 by Julia Bell, South Carolina Baptist Courier

Andrea Muncy’s life was unraveling. The young mother was carrying years of emotional hurts, addicted to prescription pain medication and in a difficult relationship. Then the flood came. “That’s what it took for God to get my attention,” Muncy said of the torrential rainfall and flooding in South Carolina in October 2015.

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Engage 24 workshop champions evangelism

October 11 2016 by Josie Rabbitt, NAMB

An Engage 24 workshop was exactly what pastor Bruce Smith Sr. apparently needed. Some could say it is what he was searching for. “I’m just so excited I came,” Smith said of the evangelism forum hosted at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) building in Alpharetta, Ga., Oct. 4-5.

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Study: Pastors prefer ‘Undecided’ to Clinton or Trump

October 7 2016 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends

Political endorsements by preachers appear to have been few and far between this election season. That may be because the most popular candidate among preachers is “I don’t know,” a new study shows. Few pastors believe Christians who vote their conscience will all support the same candidate.

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Pew: Americans divided over religious liberty

October 7 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A Pew Research Center report suggesting deep division between Americans who support religious liberty and those who support so-called sexual liberty has drawn critique for its framing of issues related to contraception, same-sex marriage and transgenderism. At the same time, the report has drawn praise as generally reflective of the cultural moment.

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El Cajon pastors urge unity after police shooting

October 6 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptists are among an interdenominational group of pastors urging transparency, peace and unity in El Cajon, Calif., a week after police shot and killed Ugandan immigrant Alfred Olango, who was unarmed.

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