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  • Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a letter requesting that a Memphis statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest be moved from a public park "to a more historically appropriate site."

    In all, 169 clergy members representing 95 congregations and other institutions signed a Sept. 13 letter to the Tennessee Historical Commission in support of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's request to move the statue. Read More

  • Black history & the SBC: Need for more study noted

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (9 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr.

    Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter -- the first African Americans respectively to attend a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, serve on an SBC entity staff and be elected SBC president. Read More

  • 'Mirror image' of Christ in Fla. church's racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    ORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) -- Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to Palm Coast, Fla., in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled with strong biblical preaching.

    Based on recommendations from respected pastors, the white professional couple in their mid-50s visited the Orange Park campus of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church some 70 miles away. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebrate diversity

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (9 months ago)

    There's a "wonderful beauty" in the SBC's diversity, Myriah Snyder writes. "As long as we are all following Scripture, standing by its inerrancy, the virgin birth, Christ's atoning death and the other faith foundations, what's the problem?" Read More

  • Black police conf. draws call to love officers

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 04, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following attorney general Loretta Lynch's call at a gathering of black law enforcement executives for America to "foster trust between communities and law enforcement," a black Philadelphia police sergeant told Baptist Press Christians should be known for extending the love of Christ to police officers in their communities. Read More

  • Racial tensions beg return to godliness, Page says

    by Staff/Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, July 27, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The church must return to God's lordship to adequately serve communities struggling with such problems as racism, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page told North Carolina Baptists at an associational meeting.

    "God is saying, 'I am calling you back to my lordship,'" Page told pastors at the New South River Baptist Association's messenger meeting at Sperring Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. Read More

  • 'Until He comes': Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Months before related shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men in July, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting clergy and intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer.

    The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters in downtown Houston, where continuous prayers are planned around the clock for the city beginning in August, Union Baptist Association church consultant Rickie Bradshaw told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 20, 2016 (one year ago)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- With Alton Sterling and three police officers dead amid racial tension in Baton Rouge, La., black pastor Vince Smith counts among his blessings his interracial marriage to Cassie and his pastorate of the multiethnic Circle Church.

    Smith considers himself a peacemaker comforting those who mourn, whether they have lost loved ones at the hands of police or at the hands of civilians. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Do people's lives really matter?

    by Terry Turner, posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    Loving people of all ethnicities is the solution to racial tension surrounding the killing of police officers as well as black citizens, Terry Turner notes. "'Lives Matter,'" the Texas pastor writes, "should be the church's rallying cry." Read More

  • Baton Rouge shooting stirs nearby churches

    by Staff/Baptist Message, posted Monday, July 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Though heartbroken from Sunday's deadly attack on Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, the community has hope for the future through Christ, said the pastor of a church mere feet away from a police barricade of the incident, which left three law enforcement personnel dead and three others wounded.

    "In the midst of our sorrow there is hope that God will redeem even this for His good purpose," said Jeff Ginn, pastor of Istrouma Baptist Church. "What Satan intends to destroy and divide, God will use to unite." Read More