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  • MLK taught as 'Christian hero' at SBC seminaries

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When a white supremacist gunned down nine black worshipers at Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., mission catalyst Bob Lawler knew he had to say something to the Baptist association he led in northern California.

    So Lawler gathered the association's 48 ethnically diverse churches for a joint worship service. When he stood to preach, Lawler harkened to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

    "In the 'I Have a Dream' speech," Lawler recalled telling the Redwood Empire Baptist Association, "not only did [King] say, 'I have a dream. I have a dream.' He also said, 'with this faith'" repeatedly, "reminding us that it's not just a humanitarian effort" to effect racial reconciliation. "It's an effort based on the Gospel." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Dr. King's mountaintop

    by J.D. Greear, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (4 days ago)

    Just as Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a day of racial harmony, J.D. Greear calls Christians to pray for the courage to speak and live a similar "counter-cultural, racially diverse, bold and unified faith." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The issue of race & a compassionate heart

    by Nate Millican, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Through a conference on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, Nate Millican gained a new awareness of spiritual warfare, limited perceptions and the need for a compassionate heart. Read More

  • Livestream for MLK50 surpasses 1 million views

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (9 months ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- An evangelical Christian conference honoring Martin Luther King Jr. found an audience that far surpassed even the 4,000 people gathered April 3-4 at the Memphis Convention Center.

    The number of views of the conference's proceedings by live video streaming exceeded one million, The Gospel Coalition (TGC) announced April 9. By comparison, TGC's 2017 national conference recorded 57,000 livestream views, according to the organization. Read More

  • SBC should reflect diverse makeup, MLK50 panelists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 06, 2018 (9 months ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptists should build on and apply the historic 1995 resolution on racial reconciliation while always being ready to repudiate racism, panelists said April 4 at a conference commemorating civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

    The comments came during a breakout session of "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop," a two-day event attended by about 3,900 people and co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition. The conference at the Memphis Convention Center took place in conjunction with many remembrances of King, who was murdered April 4, 1968, in this Mississippi River city. Read More

  • MLK50: Christians must pay price for racial unity

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Evangelical Christians must be willing to pay the price to gain racial unity, speakers said Wednesday (April 4) at a conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The final day of "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" occurred as Memphis and the country remembered King, who was shot down April 4, 1968, in this Mississippi River city. The two-day event -- co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) -- took place in conjunction with many remembrances of King, including a ceremony at the Lorraine Motel, where he was killed, that conference participants were able to attend. Read More

  • MLK honored on 50th anniversary of death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- White evangelicals' failures regarding racial justice call for repentance, a crowd of nearly 4,000 people heard speakers say Tuesday (April 3) on the first day of a conference to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

    The first two speakers at "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- a white Southern Baptist leader and an African-American pastor -- both pointed to the church's widespread failure to turn away from its past and present to abide by the teachings of Jesus and His Gospel. The two-day event, co-hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC), is taking place at the Memphis Convention Center half a century after King's slaying April 4, 1968, in the same city. Read More

  • Southern Baptists, others lament at MLK50 conf.

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- MLK50 conference conveners lamented and asked God for brokenness in the evangelical church during a time of prayer at the close Tuesday (April 3) of the first day of a gathering to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The prayer session occurred at "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop," a two-day conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of King. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) are co-hosting the event at the Memphis Convention Center to consider the state of racial unity and what is required to achieve solidarity, especially in the church. Read More

  • MLK50: The hope of Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Jason G. Duesing, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- The apostle Paul's second letter to Timothy is believed to be his last. While personalized to Timothy and his work in Ephesus, clearly the teaching of the letter was intended for more readers.

    At the time of his writing, Paul was in prison likely facing execution, and because of this, as Calvin notes, "all that we read here ... ought to be viewed by us as written not with ink but with Paul's own blood" for what he was suffering and sacrificing. Read More

  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek 'repentance and unity'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (10 months ago)

    MEMPHIS (BP) -- More than 3,600 registrants plan to gather in Memphis to pursue racial unity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) will co-host the event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- at the Memphis Convention Center half a century after King's slaying on April 4, 1968, in the Tennessee city. The April 3-4 conference's goal is to consider the state of racial unity in the American church and culture, as well as to examine what is required to achieve solidarity amid the country's ongoing division. Read More