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  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years.

    "To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries -- that's been a huge blessing and an encouragement," Rice told Baptist Press July 18 on the second day of the conference scheduled through July 21 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More

  • Black church conf. aids urban ministry, host says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    Anyone involved in urban ministry can benefit from the annual Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17 -21 in Ridgecrest, N.C., organizer Mark Croston told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Transgender child on Nat. Geographic cover

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    National Geographic photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority.

    But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Bring Bible to School Day to draw 300K students

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    Image from Focus on the Family
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- When 13-year-old Lexie first participated in Bring Your Bible To School Day, she found it "the most amazing experience … just to see everybody down in the hallways just sharing their love for Jesus."

    Before that day a year ago, Lexie struggled with fear and anxiety at her Georgia middle school, she told Baptist Press in advance of this year's national event set for Oct. 6. Read More

  • 'Modern Family' debuts transgender child character

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy will appear on tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of ABC's "Modern Family," portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show's leading gay couple, the series' director has announced.

    Modern Family Director Ryan Case identifies the show's first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, "He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family." Read More

  • Target's bathroom fix falls short, boycotters say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Target's $20 million plan to add single-stall bathrooms in its U.S. stores does not fix its policy allowing bathroom and dressing room use based on gender identity, the leader of a national boycott against the company said.

    Target announced Aug. 17 the timeline and cost of its plan to install the locking, single-toilet bathrooms for customers who feel uncomfortable using the bathroom with those who identify as transgendered. Details of the plan came the same day Target released its second quarter earnings report showing a 7.2 percent drop in sales. Target's stock dropped 3.3 percent in premarket trade the same day, MarketWatch announced. Read More

  • 'Beyond powerful,' woman says of black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler/BP
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- When Dianne Gordon returned home from the 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, friends observed a difference in her appearance.

    "Everybody was telling me this morning, 'Dianne you're shining, you're glowing,' and I really do feel like that," Gordon told Baptist Press July 18. "I feel like 'wow.' I'm good."

    Baptized a year ago at Wake Eden Baptist Church in Bronx, N.Y., the 52-year-old Gordon works fulltime as a registered nurse. She lost her brother to murder two years ago in her native Jamaica and is in the middle of a divorce. She also is pursuing a doctorate in education and leadership at the University of Phoenix. Read More

  • 'No partiality,' Page assures black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page upheld God's impartiality during July 14 greetings to African Americans gathered at Ridgecrest, N.C., for a black church leadership conference.

    "I know, and you know, that we're in difficult days," Page said. "I know that you know there is much struggle in our land today, and we need to lift each other up."

    He shared revelations from his daily personal quiet time focused on Romans 2:11, ... Read More

  • God's 'rules of engagement' urged amid turmoil

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Appeals for pertinent action amid turmoil following the killings of two black men and five white policemen were issued July 12 during a conference designed to strengthen black churches and families.

    As more than 800 gathered at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C., leaders peppered sermons and seminars with advice drawn from Scripture.

    Using the conference theme of LEAD, an acronym for launch, engage and advance into destiny, speakers used the biblical story of Nehemiah as a framework to encourage constructive action approved and empowered by God and not defined by individual and personal agendas, nor limited by human strength. Read More

  • Leadership, family focus of black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- A concurrent spiritual retreat, leadership development week and a family vacation characterize the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C.

    Southern Baptists from across the U.S. will be encouraged to Launch, Engage and Advance into their Destiny, as is the conference theme, drawn from Nehemiah 4:14, said Mark Croston, national director of Black Church Partnerships for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More