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SBC celebrates racial reconciliation progressNASHVILLE (BP) -- When the late Victor Glass led the Home Mission Board's outreach to black Baptists, he would conduct an exercise in phonetics with fellow white Southern Baptists at the board's frequent racial reconciliation conferences.
"He would have everybody bend into a bending position, with their hands on their knees, and say 'Negro-o-o'" is how Emmanuel McCall, the first black to hold a professional leadership position within the Southern Baptist Convention, remembers it. McCall began working with Glass as associate director of the board's Department of Cooperative Ministries with National Baptists. Read More
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Racial reconciliation: NV Baptists 'being proactive'LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Nevada may not be the first place that comes to mind when the topic of racial reconciliation arises.
After all, the latest U.S. Census data reveals more than three-quarters of the state's population is white. Plus, the Silver State is more than a thousand miles removed from the South -- the region of America most known for its need to overcome a heritage of racial prejudice. But Nevada's Southern Baptists say God is uniquely at work there breaking down racial and cultural barriers. Read More
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Helping prostitutes in Indonesia leave the streets]INDONESIA (BP) -- International Mission Board worker Rosemary Brackey* and her daughter Patricia* had a dream: to offer a safe place for women to escape lives of prostitution; receive job training, medical care and psychological counseling; and even bring a child there if they have one.
An Indonesian Christian had told Rosemary that if prostitutes with a child want to change their lives, they usually have to put their child in an orphanage. Read More
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Into the trenches: an IMB worker's visit to the streetsINDONESIA (BP) -- We got out of the car and walked away from the bright, crowded market and into the darkness. We went down the path of broken bricks and past the rats and bonfires with seedy-looking men to a clearing where we saw the outlines of two girls standing at the edge of the shadows. It was impossible to see any details, but we knew from their location that they were likely prostitutes. Read More
Youth curriculum debuts: 6-year free resourceFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Richard Ross has spent most of his life leading youth to a deeper relationship with Christ, so he didn't hesitate when he felt God's call to develop a small group curriculum for teens and young adults.
But even Ross was surprised at the result: a six-year free curriculum for grades 7-12 encompassing a multi-year journey to learn everything from apologetics and ethics to evangelism and missions. Read More
Trump, Sanders dominate in N.H.WASHINGTON (BP) -- Maverick candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders easily won Tuesday (Feb. 9) in the first primary election to determine the major political parties' nominees for the White House.
Trump -- the brash, billionaire businessman and celebrity -- outdistanced the crowded Republican field by nearly 20 points to gain victory in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, the United States senator from neighboring Vermont who describes himself as a socialist, dominated Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic ... Read More
LifeWay to close stores on 3 seminary campusesNASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Stores are closing at three Southern Baptist seminary campuses, the retail chain confirmed to Baptist Press Feb. 10.
The LifeWay Christian Stores chain also confirmed the closure of its longtime downtown Nashville location due to the sale of SBC entity's 14.5-acre campus last November and the relocation of its offices to a new facility late next year also in the downtown area. Read More
Baylor's sexual assault response draws protest
WACO, Texas (BP) -- Baylor University's response to reports of campus sexual violence has drawn scores of protesters to the university president's house and provoked at least two observers to call for the severing of official ties between Baylor and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Baylor President Ken Starr responded to critics with two statements, which affirmed the protesters' "poise and maturity"... Read More
China detains pastor of largest state-sanctioned church
CHINA (BP) -- Chinese officials detained the pastor of the country's largest state-sanctioned church in late January, likely as a punishment for speaking out against the government's campaign to demolish church crosses in Zhejiang province. If so, Pastor Gu Yuese of Chongyi church is the latest victim in a nationwide crackdown on dissent that has included human rights lawyers, publishers and pastors. Read More
NASA bans 'Jesus' in emails, Liberty Institute saysHOUSTON (BP) -- Liberty Institute has threatened legal action against NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, charging that employees who comprise a praise group were prohibited from using the name of Jesus in emails advertising a meeting.
NASA banned the praise group from using the name of Jesus after the group sent emails announcing the theme "Jesus is our life" for a meeting in a space center building, Liberty Institute and attorneys Fish & Richardson P.C. of Dallas informed NASA in Feb. 8 official correspondence. Read More
Bible Study: Feb. 14, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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 Bible Studies For Life curriculum. Read More