Faith and Culture

Sanctity of Life: Beware the distractions

January 18 2019 by J.D. Greear, SBC President

Today in our nation’s capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. The march is built on the conviction that unborn babies are made in the image of God and, as such, they deserve the rights God has given to all people.

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Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman

January 18 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Obedience to the Great Commission leads Christians “inevitably to treasure the sanctity of human life,” David Platt told the audience Jan. 16 at Evangelicals for Life. The opening session of the fourth annual conference – sponsored by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) – featured a concert by Steven Curtis Chapman to benefit the Psalm 139 Project …

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Prohibition and Baptists 100 years later

January 18 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) called it “the greatest victory for moral reform in America since the Declaration of Independence.”  The convention’s jubilance came in part because Southern Baptists had worked at least three decades to secure legal prohibition.

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Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress

January 17 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Pro-life advocates in Congress have not given up on extracting the federal government from the abortion business. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives already have introduced legislation in the new congressional session, which began Jan. 3, to end funding for abortions and abortion providers.

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Judges block rules on abortion mandate

January 16 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold. Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania blocked Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, respectively, implementation of final rules from the Trump administration that provided exemptions for employers with religious or moral objections to the 2011 requirement instituted under President Obama.

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Former N.C. pastor answers plea for help at Tijuana border

January 15 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

The day Juvenal Gonzalez spoke with the Biblical Recorder started just like every other day for him since early December: preparing and serving breakfast – tamales, chilaquiles, sometimes bacon and eggs and pancakes – to asylum seekers at El Barretal, an abandoned concert venue in Tijuana, Mexico, that now houses caravan migrants from Central America.

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Foster care and adoption infused into church plant

January 15 2019 by Chris Forbes, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma

From a church planting perspective, The Well is averaging approximately 100 in weekly attendance, recently baptizing several new believers. Meanwhile, the planters – Stephen Myers and Steven Giblet – have worked to cultivate a culture within the church conducive to foster care and adoption. Now in its second year, the church plant of the Baptist General Convention …

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5 ways to make TV safe for kids: See PTC’s 2019 list

January 15 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Protecting children from obscenity on television has never been more difficult than in 2019, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in listing the top five reforms the entertainment industry needs to make this year. “Even with the most diligent parental oversight, the industry has exceptional power and leverage to influence our children,” the PTC said.

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ERLC releases update on sex abuse study group

January 14 2019 by Biblical Recorder Staff

Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the study group on sexual abuse launched last summer by J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is currently focused on assessing needs and reviewing ways to prevent abuse and care for survivors.

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Court limits Jack Phillips’ religious bias lawsuit

January 11 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christian cake artist Jack Phillips can proceed with his latest lawsuit alleging Colorado harassed him based on his religious beliefs, but he may no longer seek damages from nine of the 10 defendants targeted. Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, has legal standing to challenge Colorado’s discrimination law, the U.S. District Court for Colorado ruled Jan. 4 …

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