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  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (4 days 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 (11 days ago)

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    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

  • Starbucks, Roseanne create John 13:34 opportunity

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid news of Starbucks diversity training and the cancellation of ABC's "Roseanne" over a racist tweet by its star, two African American Southern Baptists have noted ways to increase cultural sensitivity among followers of Christ.

    "Some basic commonsense practices and beliefs" need to become "universal," said Ken Weathersby, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's vice president for convention advancement. "We ought to seek to understand before we can be understood, and we need to treat others ... Read More

  • Scott & Gowdy voice hope via 'unlikely friendship'

    by Michael E. Young, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

    There had been a shooting in Charleston, S.C. A white gunman entered a Wednesday evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated. Read More

  • Housing discrimination still draws focus 50 years later

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the 50th anniversary of America's Fair Housing Act, Baptists noted progress in eliminating race-based housing discrimination while also citing a need for further improvement.

    Economist and ethicist Craig Mitchell told Baptist Press the volume of housing discrimination today isn't "anywhere near" what it was "50 years ago or 30 years ago" thanks in part to the Fair Housing Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on April 11, 1968.

    The bill outlawed discrimination in rental, sale and financing of housing based on race, religion and national origin. Read More

  • Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, April 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- What began as a harmonious relationship between a declining Anglo church and a growing African American church plant in Georgia ended when Mallary Baptist Association disfellowshipped Raleigh White Baptist Church on grounds of racism.

    After two years of intervention by the association and the Georgia Baptist Mission Board between the church and New Seasons Church, the association's Executive Committee voted unanimously April 3 to remove the church from its membership and return all monies contributed this year. Read More

  • Racial reconciliation is college's day-long topic

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- Supernatural unity of the heart is the key to racial reconciliation, speakers said at a day-long event sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Mississippi College.

    As part of Mississippi College's annual Evangelism Lectures, NOBTS President Chuck Kelley and Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, spoke on unity for the sake of the Gospel in the morning chapel service.

    "We very naturally seek out people like us. Division, separation is natural," Kelley said during a panel session with Weathersby. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Black history is American history

    by Curtis Woods, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Black History Month, Curtis Woods writes, can help Christians gain a "view of God's providence and grace" by listening "to one another's story of pain and promise without contempt." Read More

  • They 'paid a big price' for racial reconciliation

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 16, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Striving for racial reconciliation was costly for some Southern Baptist pastors in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. It cost Jack Kwok his property, Paul Turner a beating by angry segregationists and Thomas Holmes his pastorate.

    But Kwok, now executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, says the price pastors and other ministers paid was worth the result: Today, though more progress is needed, nearly one in five Southern Baptist churches is non-Anglo, and about half of North American Mission Board church plants are predominantly non-Anglo. Read More

  • Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutions

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A desire for racial reconciliation is on the minds of Southern Baptists across the U.S. as 10 state convention adopted resolutions decrying racism of any form. Other states have addressed the concern in previous years, though tensions in recent years likely motivated a return to the subject this fall.

    With the exception of New England Baptists, state conventions where messengers passed resolutions on racism were in the South and Southwest, including Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. Read More