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  • Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the rise

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Data pointing to a dwindling percentage of Americas who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has spurred calls for churches marked by God's "presence and power" and for reemphasis of biblical doctrine.

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said a strong denominational identity doesn't seem to hinder the church he pastors or the SBC. Still, the manifest work of God in a church is far more important than its denominational identity, he told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Gallup poll records 'humbling' moral decline

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Gallup poll indicating Americans are more "left-leaning" than ever on 10 of 19 moral issues has been called "humbling" and "chastening" by a Southern Baptist Convention seminary president. A Fordham University ethicist critiqued the poll as "deeply misleading" for suggesting moral permissiveness is limited to liberals. Read More

  • Billboard sparks debate over gender roles

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 02, 2017 (one year ago)

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- A North Carolina billboard that reads, "Real men provide. Real women appreciate it," has generated discussion of gender roles and work.

    While some say the sign expresses a biblical principle that men should provide financially for their families, others argue provision is a shared responsibility not limited by gender roles. Read More

  • War on Christmas leaves 'no one ... happy'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A poster of a Peanuts character with a Bible verse, a cross on a town Christmas tree and even the word "holiday" are among the latest battlegrounds in the so-called war against Christmas.

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines told Baptist Press this year's flurry of attacks on public expressions of Christmas highlight the need to safeguard religious liberty. Read More

  • Irish court: Christian bakers must bake pro-gay cake

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (BP) -- A Northern Ireland appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Christian-run bakery accused of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake supporting gay marriage.

    A ruling by a three-judge appeals panel has upheld a 2015 decision by a lower court finding Ashers Baking Company guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Only Jesus can clear our name

    by Owen Strachan, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (one year ago)

    Christians can expect to face times "when one's character is impugned and one's doctrine is reproached" in a culture rife with hostility, Owen Strachan writes. "The world may hate us, but if we are held secure by Jesus … that is enough, fathoms more than enough, for us." Read More

  • WRAP-UP: ERLC event addresses culture, Gospel

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers and panelists sought to help Christians understand how they can engage the culture in a Gospel-focused manner during the second day of a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference Aug. 26.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 National Conference featured pastors, academics and authors providing guidance to the audience -- which consisted of more than 900 registrants -- regarding not only what biblically based cultural engagement is but how to avoid being a captive of cultural Christianity. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The SBC's wisdom about Disney

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Finding Dory" prompts columnist David Roach to reflect on the wisdom of a 2005 pledge by the SBC "to continue to monitor the products and policies of The Disney Company." Read More

  • Moore: Gospel-defined conservatism needed

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians need to make certain what they are seeking to conserve in America is distinguished by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Russell Moore told attendees of a national conference on cultural engagement.

    "[I]f what we are conserving is not defined by the Gospel, defined by a righteousness found in the lived life and shed blood of the resurrected Jesus Christ, a Gospel that is seen in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God, a Gospel seen in the community of the redeemed, a Gospel seen in that ministry of reconciliation, then we have nothing worth conserving at all," the president of the ... Read More

  • ERLC event: Gospel applies to race, politics, art

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 26, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Speakers at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference on cultural engagement provided guidance Thursday (Aug. 25) on how the Gospel of Jesus addresses issues from race relations to politics to the arts.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2016 national conference attracted more than 900 attendees for the first of two days of considering how Christians can engage the culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. The conference continued today (Aug. 26) with a full schedule of plenary and breakout sessions. Read More