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  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (17 days 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 (18 days 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 (one month 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 (2 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

  • Black So. Bapt. history said to be 'at a crossroads'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members was African American. By 1900, there were virtually no black Southern Baptists. Today, about 1 in 5 Southern Baptist churches is predominantly non-Anglo, including some 3,400 predominately African American congregations.

    The story behind those numbers, historians say, is a remarkable narrative of slavery, sin, emancipation, struggle and God's grace -- and a challenge for the SBC to do more in terms of racial reconciliation. Read More

  • Remembering MLK: BP's Q&A with key Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor James Dixon calls it "otherness," loving others enough to die for their benefit. That's what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years after the civil rights leader's death.

    "He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them," Dixon told Baptist Press in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. "If we're going to keep his memory going, we've got to have that same type of otherness. And that otherness comes because we love people, and that love flows from God through us to the other." Read More

  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists in at least six state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy.

    Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and SBC of Virginia (SBCV) conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States. Their resolutions expressed many of the same convictions offered in a resolution approved at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June. Read More

  • Man arrested for threatening to burn down Bapt. church

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    BENTON, Ky. (BP) -- A man who reportedly claimed to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan has been arrested for allegedly threatening to burn down a Southern Baptist Church in western Kentucky.

    Dustin Wright, 24, of Calvert City, was charged Wednesday (Nov. 1) with terroristic threatening and taken to the local jail. Read More

  • Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    ZIMBABWE (BP) -- A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation.

    Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team -- made up of five Anglo-Americans and eight African-Americans -- shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships. Read More

  • Engaging nations focus of conf., outreach

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As white supremacists are planning anti-immigration rallies for this weekend in Tennessee, Southern Baptist church planters across the United States and local church members have gathered in North Carolina to find ways to welcome and share the Gospel with those from many nations.

    In conjunction with the Reaching the Nations conference this weekend (Oct. 27-28), the Practitioners Collaborative took place Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Attendees included church planters who are working throughout North America with unreached people groups, some of whom are also leading breakout sessions throughout the Reaching the Nations event. Read More