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  • Floyd voices call for racial unity at Ark. capitol

    by Tim Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued "A Call to Racial Unity" Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol.

    Floyd, the event's keynote speaker, told pastors and other leaders that "racism is Satan's tool" for dividing the church.

    "Pastors and churches must be the prophetic voice of not just doom and gloom, but the voice for hope and future," Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted. Read More

  • Remembering MLK: BP's Q&A with key Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (11 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor James Dixon calls it "otherness," loving others enough to die for their benefit. That's what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years after the civil rights leader's death.

    "He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them," Dixon told Baptist Press in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. "If we're going to keep his memory going, we've got to have that same type of otherness. And that otherness comes because we love people, and that love flows from God through us to the other." Read More

  • The Reformation was a missionary movement

    by Michael Haykin, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- It is well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core New Testament doctrines regarding salvation and worship.

    Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?

    In one sense, no. The Roman church had been involved in a variety of missional enterprises throughout the Middle Ages. But in another, much deeper sense, yes -- the Great Commission did have to be recovered because medieval missions all too frequently involved forcible conversions like those of the Saxons by Charlemagne in the eighth and ninth centuries and the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th century. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: Why the Reformation still matters

    by Daryl Cornett, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (2 months ago)

    The Reformation, Daryl Cornett notes, "is not dry, dusty irrelevant history" involving the Bible's authority in the church and how to find favor with God. "We would be wise to renew our commitment to that for which they sacrificed so much," he writes. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: One verse of Scripture

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Randy Bennett tells of a young but neurotic and fearful Augustinian monk who came across a Scripture verse 500 years ago that changed his life and impacted the world. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: 'Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise'

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Martin Luther's battleground "also is our battleground -- the authority of Scripture," Joshua Crutchfield writes, underscoring the Bible "not as a book of suggestions or good advice, but as words spoken from the very mouth of God." Read More

  • Seminary Reformation tours leave pastors inspired

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WITTENBERG, Germany (BP) -- Renewed commitments to expository preaching and teaching theology were among pastors' takeaways this summer from Reformation tours of Europe led by Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    "After going and seeing the tour of Martin Luther [sites] -- all that went into his life, the risks he took -- why would you ever do anything other than preach the Bible?" said Clint Pressley, a North Carolina pastor who participated in Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Land of Luther Study Tour in Germany Aug. 14-21. Read More

  • 'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition.

    The event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- will be held April 4, 2018, in Memphis, half a century to the date of King's slaying in the city. Announced Tuesday night (April 4) at TGC's National Conference, the event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture. Read More

  • Reformation's 'Solas' highlighted at NRB in Orlando

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The five "solas" of the Protestant Reformation were highlighted during the National Religious Broadcasters' "Proclaim 17" convention to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

    Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, preached on "Sola Gratia" (by grace alone) during the NRB International Christian Media Convention, Feb. 27-March 2 in Orlando, Fla., with Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago, addressing "Sola Fide" (by faith alone); Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., on "Solo Christo" (through Christ alone); R.C. Sproul, founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, on "Sola Scriptura" (by Scripture alone); and Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College in Dallas, on "Soli Deo Gloria" (glory to God alone). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Reformation & Baptists

    by Ray Van Neste, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Baptists should celebrate the Reformation, Ray Van Neste writes, noting: "Here is why: At its heart, the Reformation was a rediscovery of the Gospel." Read More