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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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  • How his church learned to embrace multicultural ministry

    by Mark Hearn, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    Photos provided by LifeWay
    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- I grew up in a small town tucked away in the mountains of Pulaski, Va. This beautiful Appalachian upbringing provided great vistas and wonderful childhood memories. However, it did little to prepare me to be a ministry leader in an increasingly diverse context.

    After 35 years of pastoral ministry, I wonder if anything could have prepared me for what I encounter today.

    In early 2010, my wife Glenda and I moved from our predominantly monocultural ... Read More

  • Eugene Peterson's homosexuality views draw Baptists' focus

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bestselling Christian author Eugene Peterson, known for "The Message" paraphrase of Scripture, reportedly said in an interview with Religion News Service he does not believe homosexuality is sinful and that he would perform a same-sex wedding if asked.

    LifeWay Christian Resources told Baptist Press it will stop selling all works by Peterson if he confirms he holds the views reported by RNS.

    "LifeWay only carries resources in our stores by authors who hold to the biblical ... Read More

  • Sam Porter named national director for disaster relief

    by Josie Bingham, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    The North American Mission Board has named Sam Porter as the new national director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. Porter will replace Mickey Caison, who officially retires Aug. 31. Read More

  • Texas Baptists Committed ceases operations

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Texas Baptists Committed, an organization formed in the 1980s to promote moderate principles and leadership within the Baptist General Convention of Texas, announced on the organization's blog July 8 that its board of directors had voted to cease operations at the end of July.

    TBC Executive Director Bill Jones cited lack of funds and "battle fatigue" as factors.

    "Funds have been tight at TBC at least since I first joined the board in January 2006," Jones said in the blog post. "With no visible 'battle' for control of the ... Read More

  • Bible Study: July 16, 2017

    by By staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Psalm 19:1-14 Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Dad & daughter at the ballpark

    by Evan Lenow, posted Wednesday, July 12, 2017 (8 days ago)

    Evan Lenow, in taking his 10-year-old daughter to a baseball game, follows through on a commitment this season to spend one-on-one time with his children. "We need to put our cellphones away," he writes, "and invest time in our children's lives." Read More