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  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More

  • White nationalists to meet Gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers plan to counter any resurgence of racism with worship and repentance.

    In Washington -- where white nationalists are planning a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally -- police are on high alert, and Christians are requesting heightened prayer.

    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, said D.C. and Virginia believers will engage in "a lot of reflection and a lot of praying this weekend" for safety and harmony at rallies and other public gatherings. Read More

  • 'Undivided' race relations resource debuts at SBC

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A breakout session on racial reconciliation during the SBC annual meeting accompanied the release of a new resource to help pastors and churches bridge the racial divide in their communities titled "Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation."

    Those who attended the June 12 session hosted by the North American Mission Board heard a pair of panel discussions centering on the history of race relations in the SBC; current issues that divide different ethnicities; and next steps toward a unified mission. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The issue of race & a compassionate heart

    by Nate Millican, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Through a conference on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Nate Millican gained a new awareness of spiritual warfare, limited perceptions and the need for a compassionate heart. Read More

  • Ethnic breakdown of Gaines' appointments released

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Resolutions may be "one of the most ethnically diverse committees in the history of the SBC," convention president Steve Gaines said in a statement announcing the ethnic breakdown of his presidential appointments.

    The Committee on Committees and the tellers each include 16 percent non-Anglo members, said Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. The Credentials Committee includes a lower percentage of non-Anglos (4 percent) because Gaines tapped for the other three groups most of the non-Anglos who were recommended to him and willing to serve, he said. Read More

  • Committee on Nominations seeks more diversity

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 01, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Nominations says social media discussion helped reinforce its commitment to propose a diverse slate of nominees for trustee boards and committees when the SBC gathers in Dallas.

    "The committee itself had a repeated discussion" at its March 15-16 meeting in Nashville "that our goal was to make sure that we increase the diversity of the nominees," committee chairman James Freeman told Baptist Press. Despite that goal, the committee's selection process generated 67 Anglo nominees for 69 open positions, according to the SBC Executive Committee's tally. Read More

  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said Wednesday (April 4) at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The final day of "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" occurred as Memphis and the country remembered King, who was shot down April 4, 1968, in this Mississippi River city. The two-day event -- co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) -- took place in conjunction with many remembrances of King, including a ceremony at the Lorraine Motel, where he was killed, that conference participants were able to attend. Read More

  • MLK honored on 50th anniversary of death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- White evangelicals' failures regarding racial justice call for repentance, a crowd of nearly 4,000 people heard speakers say Tuesday (April 3) on the first day of a conference to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

    The first two speakers at "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- a white Southern Baptist leader and an African-American pastor -- both pointed to the church's widespread failure to turn away from its past and present to abide by the teachings of Jesus and His Gospel. The two-day event, co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC), is taking place at the Memphis Convention Center half a century after King's slaying April 4, 1968, in the same city. Read More

  • Donna Gaines fields questions on racism, ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (7 months ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Loving your neighbor as yourself is a sure path to overcoming racial prejudice, Southern Baptist women's minister Donna Gaines said in the March cover article of Today's Christian Living magazine.

    "When we love our neighbor, that erases racial prejudice," Gaines said in the cover story. "If we were all actually doing that, we'd be able to turn the world upside down just like the early disciples."

    Expounding on what Jesus described as one of the two greatest commandments, the wife of Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines gave an example from her own life in an interview with Baptist Press today (March 7). Read More

  • Reprint of ex-slave's book opens 'underexplored vista'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Reprinting a theology book by a former slave "offers a window" into the "underexplored vista" of African-American theology, says the Southern Baptist Convention officer who has rediscovered the work.

    Originally published in 1890 by Charles Octavius Boothe, "Plain Theology for Plain People" was reprinted last year by Lexham Press at the prompting of Walter Strickland, SBC first vice president and associate vice president for Kingdom diversity initiatives at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More