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    SBC seminaries healthy, face M.Div. challenge

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (2 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to training pastors, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries compare favorably with North American seminaries generally, according to a comparative data analysis by Baptist Press.

    Still, a slight shift of students away from the master of divinity -- the basic pastoral training degree -- and toward less rigorous master of arts degrees focused on general theological studies parallels a trend nationally at seminaries and other graduate schools of theology. Read More

  • Moore: Gospel-defined conservatism needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians need to make certain what they are seeking to conserve in America is distinguished by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Russell Moore told attendees of a national conference on cultural engagement.

    "[I]f what we are conserving is not defined by the Gospel, defined by a righteousness found in the lived life and shed blood of the resurrected Jesus Christ, a Gospel that is seen in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God, a Gospel seen in the community of the redeemed, a Gospel seen in that ministry of reconciliation, then we have nothing worth conserving at all," the president of the ... Read More

  • WRAP-UP: ERLC event addresses culture, Gospel

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (23 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers and panelists sought to help Christians understand how they can engage the culture in a Gospel-focused manner during the second day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference Aug. 26.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 National Conference featured pastors, academics and authors providing guidance to the audience -- which consisted of more than 900 registrants -- regarding not only what biblically based cultural engagement is but how to avoid being a captive of cultural Christianity. Read More

  • N.C. transgender ruling 'narrow' but a 'step back'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (23 hours ago)

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- A federal judge's ruling suspending enforcement of North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill for three individuals in the University of North Carolina system has been classified by a pro-family organization in the state as "very narrow" and of "little effect" practically.

    Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled Aug. 26 that UNC must allow three transgender individuals to use restrooms corresponding to their perceived gender identity until their claim challenging North Carolina's House Bill 2 is decided. H.B. 2, among other provisions, requires individuals at public agencies to use restrooms ... Read More

  • Atheists block city grant to National Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (23 hours ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Atheists have blocked a $65,000 grant the Kansas City, Mo., government had allocated for use during the National Baptist Convention USA (NBC USA) annual meeting Sept. 5-9 in the city.

    John Modest Miles of Modest Miles Ministries had counted on the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund grant to help cover ground transportation costs for delegates at the 31,000-church NBC USA meeting, saying the funds would support

    tourism. But after American Atheists Inc. and two of its Kansas City members contended in a lawsuit that the public funds would support religion, the city ... Read More

  • Mother, son fight for 'right' to incestuous relationship

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (yesterday)

    CLOVIS, N.M. (BP) -- A mother and adult son charged with incest in New Mexico are going public with their relationship, saying they are willing to go to jail to fight for the "right" to be together.

    The mother, Monica Mares, 36, and her son, Caleb Peterson, 19, met again last year after nearly 18 years apart. Another family adopted Peterson soon after Mares gave birth to him. Their relationship soon turned romantic, according to the couple, and Peterson started living with Mares and her two youngest children, ages 5 and 6, in Clovis, N.M. Read More

  • ERLC event: Gospel applies to race, politics, art

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 26, 2016 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference on cultural engagement provided guidance Thursday (Aug. 25) on how the Gospel of Jesus addresses issues from race relations to politics to the arts.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference attracted more than 900 attendees for the first of two days of considering how Christians can engage the culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. The conference continued today (Aug. 26) with a full schedule of plenary and breakout sessions. Read More