• Racial reconciliation: Nev. Baptists 'being proactive'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (10 hours ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Nevada may not be the first place that comes to mind when the topic of racial reconciliation arises.

    After all, the latest U.S. Census data reveals more than three-quarters of the state's population is white. Plus, the Silver State is more than a thousand miles removed from the South -- the region of America most known for its need to overcome a heritage of racial prejudice. But Nevada's Southern Baptists say God is uniquely at work there breaking down racial and cultural barriers. Read More

  • SBC celebrates racial reconciliation progress

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (11 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When the late Victor Glass led the Home Mission Board's outreach to black Baptists, he would conduct an exercise in phonetics with fellow white Southern Baptists at the board's frequent racial reconciliation conferences.

    "He would have everybody bend into a bending position, with their hands on their knees, and say 'Negro-o-o'" is how Emmanuel McCall, the first black to hold a professional leadership position within the Southern Baptist Convention, remembers it. McCall began working with Glass as associate director of the board's Department of Cooperative Ministries with National Baptists. Read More

  • DR teams continue work amid Flint water crisis

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (10 hours ago)

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    FLINT, Mich. (BP) -- Teams of Kentucky Baptists with expertise in providing clean drinking water to villagers in Third World countries are planning to head to Flint, Mich., next week to install water purification systems for Flint-area families dealing with lead contamination.

    Meanwhile, local Baptists continue to distribute bottles of water and offer encouragement where they can. Read More

  • Valentine's Day: vendors, consumerism evaluated

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (8 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As a Christian watchdog group released its evaluation of which Valentine's Day-related companies are most and least friendly to consumers motivated by faith, a seminary counseling professor cautioned that consumerism should not be the focus of believers' Valentine's Day weekend.

    John Babler, professor of counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Baptist Press that he views celebrating Valentine's Day as optional for married couples as long as they focus on communication and honoring God in their relationships. Singles should "use the cultural emphasis on romantic love as a springboard to focus on deepening their love for God," he said, and parents would do well to ensure their children both give and receive Valentine's Day treats. Read More

  • Iorg: Seminary's relocation 'has no parallel'

    by Kathie Chute, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (9 hours ago)

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    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, said he didn't lose sleep over the decision to build two new campuses and relocate the seminary.

    "What caused many sleepless nights was the personal changes I was asking you to make," Iorg told an audience of students, faculty, staff and seminary supporters Feb. 4. Read More

  • Helping prostitutes in Indonesia leave the streets

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (12 hours ago)

    ]INDONESIA (BP) -- International Mission Board worker Rosemary Brackey* and her daughter Patricia* had a dream: to offer a safe place for women to escape lives of prostitution; receive job training, medical care and psychological counseling; and even bring a child there if they have one.

    An Indonesian Christian had told Rosemary that if prostitutes with a child want to change their lives, they usually have to put their child in an orphanage. Read More

  • Into the trenches: an IMB worker's visit to the streets

    by Rosemary Brackey, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (12 hours ago)

    INDONESIA (BP) -- We got out of the car and walked away from the bright, crowded market and into the darkness. We went down the path of broken bricks and past the rats and bonfires with seedy-looking men to a clearing where we saw the outlines of two girls standing at the edge of the shadows. It was impossible to see any details, but we knew from their location that they were likely prostitutes. Read More

  • Wheaton prof's departure spurs fast for solidarity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 12, 2016 (9 hours ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- A group including students and alumni of evangelical Wheaton College will fast for solidarity and peace until Easter in response to Wheaton professor Larycia Hawkins and the school announcing the two were amicably ending her employment. Read More