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Scott & Gowdy voice hope via 'unlikely friendship'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 laterNASHVILLE (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 chargesALBANY, 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 topicCLINTON, 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
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