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  • Yanny/laurel: Any spiritual relevance?

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (7 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Does the debate over whether an internet audio clip is saying "yanny" or "laurel" have any spiritual relevance for Christians? Professors at two Southern Baptist institutions think it might.

    Despite the audio clip's peculiar ambiguity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary philosophy professor Mark Coppenger said it highlights the fact God made the world "reliably accessible" to our senses -- despite claims to the contrary by a millennia-long string of philosophers including the Greek thinker Pyrrho and Enlightenment scholar David Hume. Union University physicist Bill Nettles said the online debate shows "true knowledge" is accessible through scientific investigation, but it takes "a lot of hard work." Read More

  • Evangelicalism needs to focus on cross, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    PRINCETON, N.J. (BP) -- American evangelical Christianity needs to be born again to an embrace of the cross of Christ, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in a lecture on the Princeton University campus.

    The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told an April 17 audience in Princeton, N.J., "Any evangelicalism that is worthy to face the future must be cross-shaped, must call all people everywhere to repent and believe in Christ, must call all people everywhere to demonstrate love of God and neighbor in our various communities and callings, but most importantly, evangelicalism must ... Read More

  • GQ's slam of the Bible 'sadly laughable'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- GQ's inclusion of the Bible in a list of 21 overrated classic books has drawn expressions of pity for the popular men's magazine.

    "Our response as believers should not be defensiveness or outrage," said Union University Bible professor George Guthrie, "but pity for those who have never glimpsed even the smallest ray of beauty, the song of hope found in the Bible's wonderfully cohesive story."

    Last week, GQ's editors published a list of "21 books you don't have to read and 21 you should read instead," complied by "a group of un-boring writers." At no. 12 on the list, novelist Jesse Ball recommended scrapping the Bible in favor of Agota Kristof's novel "The Notebook." Read More

  • Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the rise

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (10 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 (one year 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