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Baptists & alcohol: Is the consensus shifting?NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid a years-long battle with postpartum depression, anxiety and insomnia, a therapist gave Jenny Morrison what proved to be a life-altering suggestion: "Why don't you try drinking a small glass of wine at night?"
When Morrison, a longtime follower of Jesus and Southern Baptist, tried it that night, "it made me sleepy and gave me almost immediate" relief "from the depression and anxiety," she said.
So over the course of several years, she drank more, and more, and more -- until she nearly lost her family and her life. Read More
Perkins: The Gospel leads to racial reconciliationNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- To achieve true racial reconciliation in the church, Gospel proclamation must remain the central theme, John M. Perkins said in a daylong visit to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
As Christians band together around the Gospel's reconciliation between God and man, Perkins said racial reconciliation should come naturally, and he is hopeful that the current generation will make great strides in bringing it about.
Perkins, a Christian minister and leader in the racial reconciliation movement among evangelicals, directs the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Miss. In 1976, Perkins authored "Let Justice Roll Down," a classic volume which charts his conversion to Christianity and how the power of the Gospel positions the church for racial reconciliation. Read More
Cooperative Program lifts church's core commitmentsHARRISON, Ark. (BP) -- Above-and-beyond giving at Union Baptist Church caused Bill Melton to wonder.
"As the new pastor coming in who has never seen this kind of percentage giving [to Southern Baptist causes], I had to ask, Does that kind of giving hurt 'this' or 'this'?" Melton recalled.
"It doesn't hurt anything! It helps everything."
Union Baptist has given 25 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions for many years through the Cooperative Program, the way Southern Baptists work together in state, national and international endeavors. Read More
National CP 10.59% under 1st month projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 4.37 percent below last year's opening month of the convention's fiscal year and 10.59 percent below the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee Interim President and Executive Vice President D. August Boto.
As of Oct. 31, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the CP Allocation Budget totaled $14,454,637.36, or $660,003.72 below the $15,114,641.08 received in October 2017. The October total is $1,712,029.31 below the $16,166,666.67 monthly allocation budget projection to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America. Read More
Stand for Life becomes ERLC initiativeNASHVILLE (BP) -- The popular online, pro-life group Stand for Life has become a new initiative of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The ERLC and Stand for Life announced the change Thursday (Nov. 1) for a ministry that began about three years earlier with a single post on social media. Stand for Life -- which seeks to promote human dignity through storytelling -- has grown to more than 41,000 Facebook followers and nearly 30,000 Instagram followers.
ERLC President Russell Moore said he "couldn't be happier about continuing the outstanding work of Stand for Life as an ERLC initiative." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What God looks like
Lynn Pryor ponders what God looks like. It's quite different, he notes, than a matter of physical characteristics. Read More