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MOVIES: Beware Tinseltown’s political persuasion
This presidential election season, beware the bombast from a liberal Tinseltown, movie critic Phil Boatwright warns. Read More
SWBTS profs address World Congress of Families“[T]itanic global contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”-World Congress of Family’s “Tbilisi Declaration”FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Evan Lenow and Candi Finch from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s faculty were among 50-plus speakers at the 10th World Congress of Families in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.
In a “Tbilisi Declaration,” the congress warned that “a titanic contest over the nature of society and the fate of children … has now come to a head.”
“On the one side are gathered the forces combining revolution with retrogression, novelty with depravity, and cries of liberation with a new slavery,” the declaration pointed out. “This movement elevates sexual desire and atomistic individualism to the highest of human values. It denies any natural order to human life. And it degrades children into nuisances or tools to serve adult ends. Read More
Bible Study: June 12, 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 YOU! curriculum.
Bible Passage: 1 Samuel 13:5-14
Discussion Questions: What are your fears when you see difficulties and obstacles in your way? Where is your safe haven during conflict; in God or in yourself? How can impatience lead to self-sufficiency? Read More
NOBTS adds Ph.D. apologetics major, 3 new faculty
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustee executive committee approved a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) major in apologetics and elected three new faculty members during their June 7 meeting.
“Apologetics is an area of strength at NOBTS,” NOBTS Provost Steve Lemke said, adding that the Ph.D. major builds on the seminary’s three master’s degrees in apologetics and has generated “great student interest.” Read More
SBTC DR, Red Cross serve thousands impacted by floodsPFLUGERVILLE (BP) -- Mike Northen never imagined disaster relief would begin in his church’s parking lot, but that is what happened as First Baptist Pflugerville set up a Southern Baptists of Texas Convention disaster relief feeding unit to support Red Cross efforts in central Texas following region-wide flooding in May.
“We set up the kitchen at our church because it was a central location,” said Northen, First Pflugerville’s associate pastor of education and church administration.
The feeding unit, manned initially by volunteers from First Pflugerville, began preparing meals June 1 for Red Cross workers to transport to area communities including Brenham, Bryan-College Station, Somerville, Cedar Creek, Bastrop and Giddings, Northen said. Read More
Mosque lawsuit: editor, profs, ERLC, IMB weigh inBERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (BP) -- The proposed construction of a mosque in New Jersey has prompted discussion among Southern Baptists of the proper way to protect Muslims' religious liberty.
Today (June 9) a trio of Southern Baptist professors -- Jason Duesing, provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Thomas White, president of Cedarville University; and Malcolm Yarnell, professor of systematic theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary -- issued an open letter deeming it "inappropriate to question whether Muslims should retain the right freely to practice their religion" even though "granting such rights to some forms of Islam might one day lead to the threatening of Christians in our worship." Read More
Moore: Religious liberty for non-Christians as well“To empower the state to command or to forbid worship is not fidelity to the Bible.” – Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- Baptists and other Christians should defend religious freedom for non-Christians, including Muslims, because it is morally right, as well as helpful to their own cause, says Southern Baptist religious liberty leader Russell Moore.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), advocated for religious freedom for people of all faiths in a blog post Wednesday (June 8), which came two days after a Baptist state editor questioned providing such liberty for Muslims.
Religious freedom is not a government benefit “but a natural and inalienable right granted by God,” Moore wrote. “At issue is whether or not the civil state has the power to zone mosques or Islamic cemeteries or synagogues or houses of worship of whatever kind out of existence because of what those groups believe. Read More