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Faith and Culture

Survey: Race relations better, long way to go

December 17 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

Race relations in America are better than they used to be. And most Americans see diversity as a good thing, a new LifeWay Research study shows. But there’s still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

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Hanukkah an ‘evangelism opportunity’

December 17 2014 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Each holiday season Ric Worshill looks forward to the Hanukkah celebration that provides him with a natural opportunity to tell his friends and family that Jesus is the light of the world.
As a Messianic Jew, Worshill celebrates Hanukkah annually for eight days to commemorate the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem…

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Mohler offers ‘Christmas mandate’ to graduates

December 17 2014 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS Communications

At the fall 2014 convocation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president, R. Albert Mohler Jr. told 207 graduates their mission is to announce the birth of Christ and the clear truth of salvation. In an address from Luke 1:67-80 titled “To Give Knowledge of Salvation to His People: A Christmas Mandate for Christian Ministry” …

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Family TV not ‘family-friendly,’ PTC finds

December 17 2014 by Baptist Press staff

Contemporary television series showcasing family life will likely include sex, profanity and violence that make the entertainment unsuitable for family viewing, the Parents Television Council (PTC) has found. As many as 99 percent of the broadcast television shows about family that PTC studied contained some form of adult content in 2013…

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Floyd calls Baptists to racially reconcile

December 16 2014 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist pastor Terry Turner has a newspaper clipping from the early 1900s telling of a family member taken from jail by a mob of southern whites and lynched, never tried or convicted of a crime. Turner’s memory of growing up as an African American under Jim Crow segregation laws in…

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Prayer advocate T.W. Hunt dies at age 85

December 16 2014 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS/Baptist Press

Thomas W. (“T.W.”) Hunt, widely recognized in Christian circles as an authority on prayer, died Dec. 11 at the age of 85. Hunt was the author of such books as The Mind of Christ and Disciple’s Prayer Life and a former professor of music and missions at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pouring gas on South Asia’s church-planting fire

December 16 2014 by Don Graham, IMB/Baptist Press

For Mitch Englehart,* it’s a beautiful sight that’s taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.

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U.S. religious freedom post filled

December 16 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The U.S. Senate confirmed David Saperstein as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom in a 62-35 roll-call vote Dec. 12. Saperstein, a long-time proponent of global religious liberty, has been director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism for more than three decades.

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Prof. Jenkins: Christianity heads back to its roots

December 12 2014 by Kate Weatherly, Baptist Press

Vibrant colors of flags representing several nations paraded down the chapel aisle before history professor Philip Jenkins from Baylor University described the consequences of the movement of Christianity toward the Global South from its predominant foundation in North America and Europe since 1900.

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Metro L.A.’s daunting challenge to church planters

December 12 2014 by Tobin Perry, NAMB/Baptist Press

God called D.J. Jenkins to a community with a population of around 40,000. In the midst of a mostly upper middle-class neighborhood full of young families, Jenkins set out to plant a church in a place where there were no evangelical churches.

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