Baptist Press Archive

Friday, February 08, 2019

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  • Millennials' witness stymied by 'faulty discipleship’

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    Barna research indicating nearly half of U.S. millennial Christians believe evangelism is wrong reflects the church's failure to disciple them, say two Southern Baptist evangelism leaders. Read More

  • Pro-life concerns mount over high court's La. ruling

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's latest action in an abortion-related case again has prompted pro-life Americans to wonder whether a majority even exists to protect unborn children and their mothers.

    In an order issued Thursday (Feb. 7), the high court blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law to require that an abortion doctor have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had upheld the 2014 law, which is intended to protect the health and lives of women who suffer complications from abortion. Read More

  • 'Every town in America & our world' needs a Jerome

    by Paul Baxter, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    LAGRANGE, Ga. (BP) -- Many pastors have climbed the heights of real and admirable ministry. The late Jerome Shipman was one of them.

    I have never seen so many ministers seated down front nor scattered throughout the audience as at his memorial service last August, nor a processional that lasted perhaps 10 minutes, as did the one for this dynamic African American leader in our community. It may well have been the largest such service in the history of First Baptist Church on the Square in LaGrange, Ga. Read More

  • History needed telling, SBTS grads & NAAF say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    SBTS Photo
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Slavery and racism once supported by the Southern Baptist Convention's oldest seminary needed to be documented for history's sake, black alumni and a representative of nearly 4,000 black pastors told Baptist Press.

    In this month annually dedicated to black history, the leaders are lauding Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. for initiating the report dating to the racism and slave ownership of SBTS founding fathers. Read More

  • SBDR leaders honor key volunteers

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    Photo by Brandon Elrod.
    KANSAS CITY (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief leaders and volunteers gathered Jan. 23 to honor those who exhibited great selflessness and determination in the aftermath of disaster. Around 150 people attended, representing 42 state convention teams and North American Mission Board (NAMB) staff.

    The event was part of SBDR leaders from across North America gathering to assess the previous year, discuss ways to enhance their effectiveness and recognize exemplary service. The majority of the 2019 annual meeting took place at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kan. Read More

  • Charles Stanley: photography an 'awesome opportunity'

    by Laura Erlanson, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    Photo by Lauren Shelburne
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Stanley's journey into photography began decades ago with a borrowed camera he had no idea how to use.

    "I didn't have a camera, and I was going on a mission trip to Haiti," he told attendees at the 2019 Southeastern Photojournalism Conference. "My wife had the finest camera Kodak made in those days, and she said, 'Why don't you just take my camera?'"

    With some coaching from the man seated next to him on the plane to Haiti, he learned just enough for the trip.

    "I was there for about three weeks. I came home with the most incredible photos and didn't know what I was doing most of the time." Read More

  • Trauma healing, conciliation focus of racism forum

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    Screen capture from "Unchained" documentary
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Pastor K. Marshall Williams has experienced what researchers term "post traumatic slave syndrome," the trauma and pain African Americans suffer from societal and institutional racism and marginalization.

    Racial conciliation, the process of empathizing with this trauma and pain, is necessary to achieve racial reconciliation, Williams told Baptist Press in advance of a forum he's hosting Feb. 23 on the subject at his pastorate, Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

    "Listening, learning, understanding and empathizing with the deep hurts and wounds of generational trauma due to our history of slavery, racism, oppression, injustice and its repercussions," is conciliation, Williams said. "After being reconciled to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, this is the next step. Read More

  • RACIAL RECONCILIATION: Thinking Christianly

    by Curtis A. Woods, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (15 days ago)

    Curtis Woods reflects on a 50-year-old prediction that the Southern Baptist Convention would become more interracial in membership and leadership. Read More