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Men's & women's roles is biblical 'battle'GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- While previous generations battled over the inerrancy of God's Word, a current debate among Southern Baptists deals with the sufficiency of Scripture to define the distinct roles of women and men.
"The big battleground today is not that the Scripture is inerrant and absolutely true -- though that's still a battle ongoing -- but among evangelicals and among Baptists the real battle today is whether Scripture is sufficient," Dorothy Patterson, a theology professor in women's studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a founding member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, noted to the Southern Baptist TEXAN, newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Read More
God's 'rules of engagement' urged amid turmoilRIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Appeals for pertinent action amid turmoil following the killings of two black men and five white policemen were issued July 12 during a conference designed to strengthen black churches and families.
As more than 800 gathered at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C., leaders peppered sermons and seminars with advice drawn from Scripture.
Using the conference theme of LEAD, an acronym for launch, engage and advance into destiny, speakers used the biblical story of Nehemiah as a framework to encourage constructive action approved and empowered by God and not defined by individual and personal agendas, nor limited by human strength. Read More
Trinity issue not tied to CBMW pres. resignationKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Owen Strachan has announced his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, citing a need "to step back" from "filling two vocational roles" simultaneously.
A theological debate this summer regarding the relationship between God the Father and God the Son -- a debate that has included criticism of CBMW -- "played no part" in Strachan's decision to resign, he told Baptist Press in an email. Read More
Russian religion law said to 'undercut' missionsMOSCOW (BP) -- A new Russian law that prohibits evangelism and preaching outside state-sanctioned sites reminds New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor Jake Roudkovski of his days as a youth in the Soviet Union.
"Baptist churches in Russia will survive" the law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin July 6 and set to take effect July 20, Roudkovski, associate professor of evangelism and pastoral leadership, told Baptist Press. Such oppression "is nothing new to them.... They will stay faithful to the Gospel." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When Mommy loves Jesus more
Emily Jensen tells her oldest son why Jesus is "the person who Mommy loves more than anything else." To him, it may be a perplexing thing to hear "but ultimately, it's the greatest gift I can give because my love for Jesus impacts my heart and actions," Jensen writes. Read More