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  • FIRST-PERSON: Dr. King's mountaintop

    by J.D. Greear, posted Friday, January 18, 2019 (14 hours 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

  • Jon Nelson: from atheist to 1st black Mo. Baptist VP

    by Christopher Pearson, posted Wednesday, January 02, 2019 (16 days ago)

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The Missouri Baptist Convention's first African American officer, Jon Nelson, is not only a husband, father and church planter. He's also a testimony to the grace of God that can take an adversary of faith, such as Nelson once was, and bring him into the service of the one he had hated.

    Growing up in his parents' inner-city church in Kansas City, Nelson admits he often intellectually wrestled with Christians there.

    "When I attended my parents' church, I would privately engage in debates to destroy others' faith by asking venomous and loaded questions," Nelson remembers of his effort to agitate doubt that anyone had about God, the Christian faith or the Bible. Having become a self-defined -- but not publicly identified -- atheist, he wanted others to taste and see the same freedom he felt by rejecting belief in any God. Read More

  • Christmas, nativity spotlight Baptist racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 18, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo submitted by Valerie Hayes
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- One-month-old Luke Molette was the nativity centerpiece, an African American baby portraying Jesus in the arms of his mother as a white "Joseph" sat at their side, flocked by an interracial chorus.

    The 2018 Christmas parade float was the latest collaboration between Nashville First Baptist Church, a majority white congregation led by senior pastor Frank Lewis, and nearby First Baptist Church Capitol Hill, a majority black church led by senior pastor Kelly Miller Smith Jr. The longtime friends point to a shared church history predating the Civil War, when Nashville First established Capitol Hill as a mission congregation.

    At a college dinner announcing two scholarships in honor of their leadership in racial unity, the pastors explained the Christmas float's creation. Molette is Smith's grandson, born in November to Smith's daughter Valerie Hayes. Read More

  • At Mother Emanuel, S.C. Baptists seek racial unity

    by Butch Blume/Baptist Courier, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- About 300 worshipers filled the sanctuary of historic Mother Emanuel Church Nov. 13 for a session of South Carolina Baptists' annual meeting, held at the site of the 2015 massacre of nine black worshipers by a self-avowed white supremacist. An overflow crowd of 400 watched from closed-circuit TV at the nearby Citadel Square Baptist Church.

    South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC) President Marshall Blalock had arranged for SCBC messengers to hold evening worship at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in keeping with the annual meeting theme, "Building Bridges." Read More

  • Perkins: The Gospel leads to racial reconciliation

    by Gary D. Myers , posted Friday, November 02, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEW 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

  • Multiethnic worship caps Va. weekend demonstrations

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city.

    One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington of the Unite the Right rally Aug. 12 drew fewer than 40 white nationalists and was dwarfed by counterprotestors, according to media reports. Read More

  • White nationalists to meet Gospel witness in Va., D.C.

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- On the one-year anniversary of white nationalist protests that left three people dead in Charlottesville, Va., area believers plan to counter any resurgence of racism with worship and repentance.

    In Washington -- where white nationalists are planning a first-anniversary repeat of their Aug. 12, 2017, Unite the Right rally -- police are on high alert, and Christians are requesting heightened prayer.

    Marshal Ausberry, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, said D.C. and Virginia believers will engage in "a lot of reflection and a lot of praying this weekend" for safety and harmony at rallies and other public gatherings. Read More

  • Race relations gets 'Shrink the Divide' insights

    by Rhoda Pickett/The Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- Messages emphasizing relationship and friendship as a way to combat racial strife were set forth to more than 1,600 ministers, church members, youth and senior citizens during a "Shrink the Divide" gathering in Mobile, Ala.

    As ushers in gray T-shirts with Shrink the Divide in white letters handed out programs and directed visitors to seats in the Mobile Civic Center Theater, the atmosphere took on the feel of a worship service. A praise band shared several songs including one with the words, "There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain." Read More

  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."

    NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More

  • Their 'consciences were exercised' over U.S. 'crisis'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (7 months ago)

    SBHLA photo.
    HOUSTON (BP) -- As Sen. Robert Kennedy lay dying from an assassin's bullets and more than 100 U.S. cities smoldered from race riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted what may have been its strongest statement to date on racial justice.

    On the statement's 50th anniversary, Southern Baptists -- black and white -- who were involved in convention life in 1968 say the "Statement Concerning the Crisis in Our Nation" remains relevant for believers seeking to confront injustice in American culture. Read More