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  • Trauma healing, conciliation focus of racism forum

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 08, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Pastor K. Marshall Williams has experienced what researchers term "post traumatic slave syndrome," the trauma and pain African Americans suffer from societal and institutional racism and marginalization.

    Racial conciliation, the process of empathizing with this trauma and pain, is necessary to achieve racial reconciliation, Williams told Baptist Press in advance of a forum he's hosting Feb. 23 on the subject at his pastorate, Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

    "Listening, learning, understanding and empathizing with the deep hurts and wounds of generational trauma due to our history of slavery, racism, oppression, injustice and its repercussions," is conciliation, Williams said. "After being reconciled to God through the Lord Jesus Christ, this is the next step. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The playbook

    by John Yeats, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (16 days ago)

    Sports teams have a playbook, John Yeats writes, and Christians have one as well --– "the revealed, infallible, inerrant Word of God, the Bible," revealing "God's purposes and plans for people in whatever context we find ourselves." Read More

  • Jim Slack's 'Hello World!' now heard in eternity

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, November 19, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- "Hello World!" was Jim Slack's enthusiastic greeting to coworkers and his exclamation whenever he learned something new.

    His "Hello World!" also reached the ends of the earth.

    An unassuming man always in good humor, Slack became one of Southern Baptists' most influential missiologists during a 50-year career with the International Mission Board.

    He died Nov. 15 at age 80 in Richmond, Va. Read More

  • Museum of Bible outs fake Dead Sea Scrolls pieces

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Five pieces of papyri passed off as fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls have been discovered as fake and removed from display at the Museum of the Bible (MOTB) in Washington.

    The museum founded by Hobby Lobby President Steve Green and family announced the discovery Oct. 22. The findings are based on a battery of tests MOTB commissioned months before the items were first displayed in 2017, MOTB said.

    Many scholars viewed the papyri with suspicion well before the discovery, biblical archaeology professor Daniel Warner told Baptist Press today (Oct. 24). Read More

  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

    Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "When the majority of Americans believe religious belief is more personal opinion than objective truth, then we expect to see contradictory beliefs [as well as] beliefs that change over time," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Bibles, joy visible in schools across U.S. Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Students rallied behind the Bible and the joy of Scripture in social media posts Oct. 4, as a projected half-million or more students participated in Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    Focus on the Family's (FOTF) fifth annual event drew smiles and encouragement from students and parents in a diversity of grade levels, schools and Christian communities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, including public, private, parochial and trade schools as well as homeschool communities.

    -- "We shared goody bags with the class filled with bookmarks, Scripture and candy. So thankful for the freedom we have to share our faith! This was our 4th year participating in this ministry by sharing the love of Jesus," a member of First Baptist Church of Somerville, Tenn., said on Facebook of a local school. Read More

  • U.S. students urged to take Bibles to school Oct. 4

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- The freedom to distribute Bibles in schools and discuss Scripture openly with fellow students is being celebrated nationwide Oct. 4 at the fifth annual Bring Your Bible to School Day.

    The Focus on the Family (FOTF) event founded in 2014 is on track for its largest participation to date, founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press today (Oct. 2).

    "We'll definitely exceed half a million participants, but it's hard to measure and predict exact numbers because lots of kids wait until the last moment to sign up and join the movement," said Cushman, FOTF director of education issues. "In addition to public school students in every state in the nation, we also have involvement from many kids in private schools and homeschooling communities who choose to do special events or distribute Bibles in their communities as a way of showing support. We welcome all of them." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Reading the Bible, every year

    by Doug Munton, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

    For Doug Munton, reading through the Bible each year helps him see "the big picture of God's story more clearly" and "stretches my understanding and deepens my faith." Read More

  • New Billy Graham tributes launched

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- On Aug. 20, the permanent Sirius XM channel dedicated exclusively to messages from "America's Pastor," who preached over the decades in hundreds of venues around the globe, will launch.

    The Billy Graham Channel began a series of limited runs last November, beginning with Graham's 99th birthday, and included a temporary tribute channel in conjunction with his passing earlier this year.

    Since his death, ministry supporters and Sirius XM subscribers have steadily contacted his ministry, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), as well as the broadcast company, to petition for more inspiring messages from the world-renowned evangelist. Read More

  • Bible website garners billions of views

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, August 01, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Celebrating their 25th anniversary today (August 1), Bible Gateway announced their website has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than 1 billion devices.

    "To give some perspective to that astronomical statistic, one million seconds equal 11.5 days, one billion seconds equal 31.75 years, and one trillion seconds equal 31,709.8 years," said Rachel Barach, general manager of Bible Gateway.

    "Our mission statement is 'To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible wherever they are.' What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that." Read More