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  • Former SBC pres. on '60 Minutes,' addresses refugee crisis

    by Margaret Colson, posted Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Amid today's tumult of political rhetoric and social discourse about Syrian refugees entering the U.S., a pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president spoke out in an Oct. 16 "60 Minutes" report, as well as a Sept. 11 sermon, calling on Christians to lean on God's Word to determine how to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis.

    Bryant Wright, senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, said Christians are not to make decisions about Syrian refugees "by our feelings, by our fears, by talk radio, by political candidates, by political ideology, by news stations, by news outlets and publications. Read More

  • Political engagement, trust in God's sovereignty urged

    by SBTS Communications , posted Monday, October 17, 2016 (one year ago)

    SBTS Photo by Emil Handke.
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Jesus is the "ultimate" refugee and immigrant, and as a result the church has a responsibility to love and care for strangers in their land, said Georgia pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president Bryant Wright during an Oct. 11 chapel message during Heritage Week at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "The role of government is different. The role of government includes a protection of the citizens, but our role in the church is to love our neighbor," said Wright, who received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary in 1979. "And we are called to do ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Refugees - retreat or welcome?

    by Erich Bridges, posted Monday, October 17, 2016 (one year ago)

    With millions of refugees across the world -- half of them from Syria, Somalia and Afghanistan -- evangelicals face a choice: retreat or extend a welcome, missions columnist Erich Bridges writes. Churches, he notes, "have been the primary sponsors and welcomers of refugees to the U.S. since the aftermath of the Vietnam War. We still are -- for now." Read More

  • Supporters rally for fired Atlanta fire chief

    by Staff, posted Friday, January 16, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Bryan Nowak/Georgia Baptist Convention
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Some 600 people gathered at the Georgia Capitol Jan. 13 to support terminated Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran and ask elected officials to preserve religious liberty.

    Following the rally, demonstrators delivered 40,000 petitions to Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed requesting Cochran's reinstatement. Reed fired Cochran Jan. 6 following his publication of a book that calls homosexual behavior immoral. Read More