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  • MOVIES: A common thread

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (one month ago)

    Phil Boatwright highlights three diverse films that have a common thread: They suggest we are more than mental and physical beings. Read More

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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (2 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 (2 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

  • Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's book

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting.

    The author of the new book "The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home" told Baptist Press he recognized a "common theme" in his conversations with people in different states of family crisis. In part, "many Christians have an implicit 'prosperity gospel' when it comes to the family," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    "We falsely believe if we love Jesus and we follow the right steps that we will have nothing but peace and tranquility in family relationships," Moore said in a Sept. 19 interview with BP. "That misunderstands what the Bible teaches about the family as an arena of spiritual warfare." Read More

  • TV comedies using sexual quips in scenes with kids

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Prime-time television series promoted as "family comedies" are increasingly using sexually graphic language in scenes including child actors, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in its latest research.

    More than four-fifths, 81.5 percent, of all shows studied had scenes of adult actors using explicit sexual dialogue in front of juvenile cast members, PTC said in "Lewd by Example," its study of 332 episodes of family-themed situation comedies on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW.

    "When it comes to airing sexually charged dialogue in front of children, the broadcast television networks eagerly appear to be saying 'me too' when they could be saying '#metoo,'" PTC President Tim Winter said Sept. 10 in releasing the study. Findings come "when our nation is grappling with a crisis of inappropriate sexual provocation. Furthermore, the networks are marketing this alarming content trend as being appropriate for children to watch." Read More

  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • 'In spirit & in truth' aim of black conf. worship

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- An original arrangement of "Blessed Assurance" at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word "assurance" at the same time.

    "Oh what a blessed assurance." "Blessed assurance, this is my song." "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine," sang the Whosoever Will Choir comprised of volunteers attending the conference.

    Arranger, worship pastor and recording artist Joe Pace, who serves under senior pastor H.B. Charles Jr. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., describes his arrangement as putting a "little spin" on the classic Fannie Crosby hymn. Read More

  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    "It's the culture," said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993. "Each generation and each people group have culture and God created us with differences and uniquenesses. It's not to say one is better than the other. Read More

  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens.

    Seven pastors leading the only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center through July 21.

    "It has been the worst year, and yet it has been the best year," Reginald Joseph, pastor of Cruz Bay Baptist Church on St. John, said at a July 17 networking event. "The hurricane [Maria] has done a number on us, but God has blessed us." Read More

  • Black church, family conference marks 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates its 25th year July 16-20 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, N.C.

    The only year Mark Croston didn't attend was when obligations at his former pastorate, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., kept him away, he told Baptist Press ahead of the 2018 event hosted annually by LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More