Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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  • Trayvon Martin killing stirs tragic 'ghosts of the past'

    by Erin Roach & Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Amid the backlash surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, Southern Baptist leaders said the case is a reminder of the need for the Gospel and of the unique circumstances in which African Americans live.

    "We need to encourage the authorities to do a thorough investigation and make certain that justice is done," said Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "[W]e sadly in this country have a history where ... oftentimes when the victims were black, there was not justice,"

    Kevin Smith, a black pastor and professor, hopes the tragedy reminds believers that the salvation Jesus offers is the only solution to the world's sinfulness.

    "I'm so glad for the glory of the Gospel," Smith told Baptist Press. "I have good brothers and sisters ... of every ethnicity; they have every kind of background -- because we have a common heritage in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    "We sadly in this country have a history where in the past oftentimes when the victims were black, there was not justice." -- Richard Land
    "That is our bottom line, and it ought to give us more urgency for sharing the Gospel because public policy and social engineering cannot fix the sinfulness of humanity," Smith, assistant professor of Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said.

    Maxie Miller, African American church planting team strategist at the Florida Baptist Convention, said evangelicals must focus on brotherly love in initiating dialogue about the killing and about race relations in general.

    "The conversation must exist. We must not just pray; we must talk about it," Miller said, because "sometimes evangelicals will use prayer as a tool for not doing something."

    The dialogue should focus on the biblical connection of God's expectations for His children to live in unity, as noted in Psalm 133:1, Miller said, and should include prayer for all concerned. Read More

  • Atheist shocked when church helps with bills

    by Sharayah Colter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Photo is courtesy of the Athens Daily Review.
    ATHENS, Texas (BP) -- The man who threatened to sue a Texas county for placing a nativity scene on the courthouse lawn has had a shift in perspective, dropped the lawsuit and now plans to move to the county with his wife and cat. Read More

  • EMBRACE: Churches learn about unreached

    by Kate Gregory, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (6 years ago)

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    HIGHLAND, Calif. (BP) -- Beyond Beverly Hills' designer-label storefronts and gated estates are apartments and condos filled with people from diverse walks of life. Read More

  • Justices ask: Spare some of 'Obamacare'?

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (6 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court considered on the third day of oral arguments whether the 2010 health care law should survive if a requirement at its heart is struck down. In separate arguments later Wednesday, the justices weighed whether the law unconstitutionally coerces states by its vast expansion of Medicaid. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: An MLB opening day confession

    by David E. Prince, posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Baseball fan David Prince lists everything he loves about baseball --the hope that opening day brings, a stadium filled with people from every background, a 162-game season that requires "managed failure." Baseball has parallels to the church, Prince says. Read More