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Friday, July 27, 2018

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  • Race relations gets 'Shrink the Divide' insights

    by Rhoda Pickett/The Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    D. Ladd Photography
    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Messages emphasizing relationship and friendship as a way to combat racial strife were set forth to more than 1,600 ministers, church members, youth and senior citizens during a "Shrink the Divide" gathering in Mobile, Ala.

    As ushers in gray T-shirts with Shrink the Divide in white letters handed out programs and directed visitors to seats in the Mobile Civic Center Theater, the atmosphere took on the feel of a worship service. A praise band shared several songs including one with the words, "There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain." Read More

  • World Changers repair homes, deliver meals in Chattanooga

    by Megan Conley, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Megan Conley
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- The sound of hammers radiated down North Chamberlain Avenue in Chattanooga, Tenn. Every few minutes, shingles were tossed off one side of the roof, and new shingles were lined up on the other. Even though this particular July morning had barely begun, the sun was already radiating off the hot tar paper. But that didn't slow down the group of World Changers volunteers working on Priscilla Ford's roof.

    "[These students] are dedicated, and they are mindful of helping low-income and underprivileged people do repairs on their home they can't do for themselves," said Ford, whose home was in need of a new roof. Read More

  • 'LGBT Christians' conf. draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Revoice Conference for "LGBT Christians," which provoked a messenger question at June's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28.

    Revoice states its aim on the conference website as "Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality." The conference is being hosted by St. Louis's Memorial Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the theologically conservative Presbyterian Church in America. Read More

  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The right tools

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Hance Dilbeck assesses the political and spiritual tools available to Christians for building and repairing our nation's moral fiber. Read More

  • Platt de IMB inicia investigaciones en abuso sexual

    Por Art Toalston, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Foto de IMB.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Dos investigaciones "minuciosas, externas e independientes" han sido iniciadas por el presidente de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB), David Platt, en el manejo de la IMB de cualquier acusación pasada de abuso sexual y en sus políticas de cero tolerancia de tal abuso.

    Platt también manifestó una disculpa pública a Anne Marie Miller, quien ha alegado abuso sexual de parte de un individuo quien posteriormente se convirtió en misionero de IMB, aunque no fue reportado a las autoridades luego de una indagación de IMB en el 2007 sobre el asunto. Read More