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FIRST-PERSON: Black history is American history
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 reconciliationNASHVILLE (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
FIRST-PERSON: Must we choose preferences?
Personal preferences, John Yeats writes, often cause needless conflict, even in the church. From a biblical standpoint, however, preferences will be of no avail because "we all must come to God the same way: through the Lord Jesus." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Two sisters
Curt Iles tells the story of two sisters whose years-long estrangement was healed amid the hardship of hurricanes that struck Louisiana in 2005 -- "two bad sisters named Katrina and Rita." Read More
Racism addressed in 10 state convention resolutionsNASHVILLE (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
Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be movedMEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a letter requesting that a Memphis statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest be moved from a public park "to a more historically appropriate site."
In all, 169 clergy members representing 95 congregations and other institutions signed a Sept. 13 letter to the Tennessee Historical Commission in support of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's request to move the statue. Read More
Black history & the SBC: Need for more study notedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Black History Month gives Americans a yearly spotlight on such key figures in U.S. history as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr.
Few Southern Baptists, however, have considered key African American figures in SBC history like Garland Offutt, Emmanuel McCall and Fred Luter -- the first African Americans respectively to attend a Southern Baptist Convention seminary, serve on an SBC entity staff and be elected SBC president. Read More
'Mirror image' of Christ in Fla. church's racial unityORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) -- Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to Palm Coast, Fla., in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled with strong biblical preaching.
Based on recommendations from respected pastors, the white professional couple in their mid-50s visited the Orange Park campus of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church some 70 miles away. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Celebrate diversity
There's a "wonderful beauty" in the SBC's diversity, Myriah Snyder writes. "As long as we are all following Scripture, standing by its inerrancy, the virgin birth, Christ's atoning death and the other faith foundations, what's the problem?" Read More
Black police conf. draws call to love officersWASHINGTON (BP) -- Following attorney general Loretta Lynch's call at a gathering of black law enforcement executives for America to "foster trust between communities and law enforcement," a black Philadelphia police sergeant told Baptist Press Christians should be known for extending the love of Christ to police officers in their communities. Read More