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  • Floyd voices call for racial unity at Ark. capitol

    by Tim Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued "A Call to Racial Unity" Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol.

    Floyd, the event's keynote speaker, told pastors and other leaders that "racism is Satan's tool" for dividing the church.

    "Pastors and churches must be the prophetic voice of not just doom and gloom, but the voice for hope and future," Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted. Read More

  • Remembering MLK: BP's Q&A with key Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor James Dixon calls it "otherness," loving others enough to die for their benefit. That's what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years after the civil rights leader's death.

    "He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them," Dixon told Baptist Press in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. "If we're going to keep his memory going, we've got to have that same type of otherness. And that otherness comes because we love people, and that love flows from God through us to the other." Read More

  • 'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition.

    The event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- will be held April 4, 2018, in Memphis, half a century to the date of King's slaying in the city. Announced Tuesday night (April 4) at TGC's National Conference, the event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebration & challenge

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    Ronnie Floyd takes note of three points of celebration and challenge over the course of seven days: the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.; the inauguration of a new president; and the sanctity of human life. Read More

  • 1957 SBC president drew MLK's praise for stand

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president "suffered with us" in the cause of civil rights.

    King's reference was to the late U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, D-Ark., who served as SBC president from 1956-58. After helping to mediate a conflict over integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Hays lost his bid for reelection to a ninth term in Congress to a write-in segregationist candidate. Read More

  • MLK's advice to pastors called key to revival

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Sixty years ago, the Montgomery Bus Boycott famously catapulted Martin Luther King Jr. to national leadership of the civil rights movement and led to the end of segregated public transportation in Alabama. Less commonly known is that the boycott occasioned advice to pastors by King that some Southern Baptists say they still take to heart.

    King, in this 1958 book "Stride Toward Freedom," recounted the struggle in Montgomery, ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The 'Charleston Way': Dr. King's dream still lives

    by Richard Land, posted Thursday, June 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Seminary president Richard Land sees in Charleston a reemergence of the "life-changing impact and power of the nonviolent, reconciling message of the 1960s civil rights revolution that transformed our nation in so many very important ways." Read More

  • King's vision embraced by Ala. church

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

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- An Alabama church whose pastor was criticized 52 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr. for contributing to the "silent -- and often vocal -- sanction" of racial segregation says today it has come to embrace the civil rights pioneer's vision for Christian fellowship among people of all races. Read More