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Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's bookNASHVILLE (BP) -- Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting.
The author of the new book "The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home" told Baptist Press he recognized a "common theme" in his conversations with people in different states of family crisis. In part, "many Christians have an implicit 'prosperity gospel' when it comes to the family," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More
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Bert, Ernie and the culture warsASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Sesame Street producers tried to set the record straight last week, asserting that puppet characters Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple.
For generations, smirking teens have suggested that the roommates were more than friends, and former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman seemed to confirm it in an interview posted Sept. 16 on the website Queerty. He said he always imagined Bert and Ernie as a romantically involved couple when he was writing scenes for them. Read More
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Advocates sue Nigeria for Christian girl's releaseABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government should urgently secure the release of a Christian schoolgirl that Boko Haram terrorists have threatened to imminently kill because of her faith, an advocacy group said in a Nigerian federal lawsuit.
Lift Up Now, led by Southern Baptist Nigerian native Adeniya Ojutiku of Raleigh, N.C., is one of three plaintiffs in the Sept. 19 lawsuit urging Nigeria to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, described in court documents as 16 years old.
Boko Haram captured Sharibu and about 110 of her classmates Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Yobe state town of Dapchi in ... Read More
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Vermont's 251 townships get NEBC's attentivenessBENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- "I've never seen anything like that before!" a man with two friends exclaimed. While students from Northeastern Baptist College washed their car, the men watched as Mark Ballard, NEBC's founding president, used an EvangeCube to share the Gospel.
Using the small cube's pictorial storytelling, Ballard explained Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. As the conversation unfolded, Ballard realized that the man had never heard the Gospel. Read More
SBC DIGEST: FBC Woodstock looks to Morton as Hunt's successor; LifeWay stores welcome Proverbs 31 Ministries and PassionIn today's SBC Digest: FBC Woodstock looks to Jeremy Morton as Johnny Hunt's successor; LifeWay Christian Stores welcome Proverbs 31 Ministries and Passion. Read More
ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisisBOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger.
When I shared that with him, his face contorted into a mask of grief.
"It is so horrible what is happening," he said, "They are our brothers." Read More
Hurricane Florence relief mobilization underwayLUMBERTON, N.C. (BP) -- Cars stretched from Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C., down Highway 211 waiting to receive hot meals in a makeshift drive-thru set up by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) in the church's parking lot.
Volunteers with the North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM), who comprise North Carolina's SBDR outreach, along with volunteers from churches in town, cooked and distributed meals to residents, many of whom lost everything during Hurricane Florence.
Some of the volunteers like Hyde Park member Donna DiChiara likewise endured severe damage to their homes. Read More
Greear tightens SBC Birmingham scheduleNASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year's SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions.
The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
Following a Sept. 19 meeting of the SBC Committee on Order of Business in Nashville, Greear tweeted, "Spent the day w/ the Committee on Order of Business under chairman @AdamGreenway's excellent leadership. Very excited about #SBC19 next summer. New ideas coming -- it's a new day. Tightened schedule -- No evening sessions." Read More