Day of Service: NAMB gives back to communityALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The phrase "Whatever it takes" is one of the North American Mission Board's operating values. Staff members are reminded that the mission agency exists to serve Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches. Giving back to the community in service was a tangible demonstration of this value as staff participated Dec. 12 in the annual NAMB Day of Service. Read MoreNAMB photo by Susan Whitley
Family TV not 'family-friendly,' PTC finds
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Contemporary television series showcasing family life will likely include sex, profanity and violence that make the entertainment unsuitable for family viewing, the Parents Television Council has found.
As many as 99 percent of the broadcast television shows about family that PTC studied contained some form of adult content in 2013, they noted in a Dec. 10 report. Profanity was found in 94 percent of shows; sexual content in 84 percent; 33 percent contain violence. Read More
McDonald's, Starbucks resist porn-free WiFi campaignCHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Despite nearly 25,000 supporters, a public campaign asking McDonald's and Starbucks to install anti-pornography filters on their in-store free WiFi networks has so far been unsuccessful.
The "Porn Free WiFi" campaign, organized by the Internet safety group Enough is Enough (EIE), is urging the fast-food and coffee giants to implement Internet filters in their U.S. stores to stop customers from accessing or distributing child pornography and graphic adult pornography via their free Internet connections. Read More
Midwestern celebrates graduation, honors professorKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its 56th commencement exercises on Dec. 12. The event was highlighted by seminary president Jason Allen's keynote address and the honoring of longtime faculty member Jim Anderson.
Speaking to 59 graduates, their families and friends, Allen opened the service with a Gospel presentation, and then added, "It is our prayer and ambition that this service would so bear witness to our Lord Jesus Christ that you would be stirred in your interest to become a follower of Christ. All that we do here, and all that you will see in this hour, is rooted in our unshakable belief in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read More
Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists' defenseATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical view of sexuality.
Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More