Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

SBC President J.D. Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now "actively involved" in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee.

LifeWay workers 'fine' after bullet destroys window

"Employees are fine" a day after a bullet destroyed a fifth-floor window at LifeWay Christian Resources' downtown Nashville complex, company spokesperson Carol Pipes told Baptist Press.

Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

Thom Rainer voiced hopefulness for the Southern Baptist Convention's future amid a season of denominational transition during a chapel discussion with Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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    Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's book

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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 wars

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD , posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, 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 release

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    ABUJA, 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 attentiveness

    by Northeastern Baptist College Staff, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    BENNINGTON, 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

  • ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    BOGOTA, 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 underway

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    LUMBERTON, 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 schedule

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (4 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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