• Black church conference meets ministry needs

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (12 hours ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Retired International Mission Board executive David Cornelius remembers the early 1990s fellowship that led to the formation of the Black Church Leadership & Family Conference, formerly known as Black Church Week.

    At that time, African American Southern Baptists did not readily attend the various week-long training programs offered by LifeWay Christian Resources, such as the Sunday School training event at Glorieta Conference Center that Cornelius and a handful of other blacks attended. Read More

  • Prayer major focus of black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (12 hours ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- A God-initiated prayer movement among Southern Baptists spurred a major focus on prayer at Black Church Leadership & Family Conference July 20-24 in Ridgecrest, N.C., prayer mobilizer Gary Frost told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Tennesseans await ruling on physician-assisted suicide

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist & Reflector, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (16 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The issue of physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity has surfaced in Tennessee.

    Earlier this year the Tennessee General Assembly failed to act on a bill which would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs when requested by terminally ill patients.

    In May, however, well-known Tennessee lawyer and politician John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging state law that makes it a felony to assist in a suicide, according to a report in The Tennessean on July 10. ... Read More

  • God and assisted suicide: What's the answer?

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (16 hours ago)

    Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, addresses the issue of assisted suicide and "three theological pillars" that can help during "soul-shattering moments at death's door." Read More

  • ERLC's Wussow moves overseas to aid poor, suffering

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (15 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Travis Wussow and his family will arrive in the Middle East on behalf of Southern Baptists tomorrow (July 31) after some difficult farewells but with a convictional certainty about their move.

    Saying goodbye after 15 years in Austin, Texas, was "really hard," Wussow said before adding on behalf of his wife Katie and himself, "At the same time, neither of us have ever believed in anything as much as we believe in this work that we feel called to go do." Read More

  • ERLC presidential candidate forum sparks discussion

    by Staff, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (9 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A presidential candidate forum to be hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Aug. 4 at the Send Conference in Nashville has sparked discussion -- and a variety of opinions -- among Southern Baptists. Read More