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  • Black So. Bapt. history said to be 'at a crossroads'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 05, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1845, at the Southern Baptist Convention's founding, approximately 1 in 3 Southern Baptist church members was African American. By 1900, there were virtually no black Southern Baptists. Today, about 1 in 5 Southern Baptist churches is predominantly non-Anglo, including some 3,400 predominately African American congregations.

    The story behind those numbers, historians say, is a remarkable narrative of slavery, sin, emancipation, struggle and God's grace -- and a challenge for the SBC to do more in terms of racial reconciliation. Read More

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

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 12, 2018 (8 months 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

  • State conventions denounce racism, white supremacy

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 17, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists in at least six state conventions have approved resolutions decrying racism or white supremacy.

    Messengers to the annual meetings of the Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and SBC of Virginia (SBCV) conventions have passed statements in November addressing the rise of white nationalism and supremacy in the United States. Their resolutions expressed many of the same convictions offered in a resolution approved at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in June. Read More

  • Man arrested for threatening to burn down Bapt. church

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Friday, November 03, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    BENTON, Ky. (BP) -- A man who reportedly claimed to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan has been arrested for allegedly threatening to burn down a Southern Baptist Church in western Kentucky.

    Dustin Wright, 24, of Calvert City, was charged Wednesday (Nov. 1) with terroristic threatening and taken to the local jail. Read More

  • Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    ZIMBABWE (BP) -- A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation.

    Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team -- made up of five Anglo-Americans and eight African-Americans -- shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships. Read More

  • Engaging nations focus of conf., outreach

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As white supremacists are planning anti-immigration rallies for this weekend in Tennessee, Southern Baptist church planters across the United States and local church members have gathered in North Carolina to find ways to welcome and share the Gospel with those from many nations.

    In conjunction with the Reaching the Nations conference this weekend (Oct. 27-28), the Practitioners Collaborative took place Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Attendees included church planters who are working throughout North America with unreached people groups, some of whom are also leading breakout sessions throughout the Reaching the Nations event. Read More

  • Moore, others oppose 'White Lives Matter' rallies in TN

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other Christian leaders in Tennessee declared their opposition to "White Lives Matter" rallies in the state in a joint statement issued today (Oct. 27).

    Release of the statement -- titled "Gospel opposition to white supremacy" -- came on the eve of rallies sponsored by white nationalists in the Middle Tennessee cities of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Those scheduled events prompted Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other signers to say, "[W]e declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy. We denounce and repudiate white supremacy as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide." Read More

  • As protests loom, TN Baptists denounce racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Corinne Rochotte, Baptist and Reflector
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- With white supremacist rallies scheduled for this weekend in the state, a mix of ethnically diverse Tennessee Baptists gathered in a display of unity in Franklin on Wednesday (Oct. 25) to publicly denounce the white supremacist movement and racism.

    "We don't call press conferences very often but we believe it is impossible to stand silently by while the white supremacy movement plans to invade our state and perpetrate its evil Saturday (Oct. 28) in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro," said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission ... Read More

  • So. Baptists, others release letter on 'alt-right' to Trump

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A letter drafted by a group of Southern Baptists and others has called on President Trump to denounce clearly the racism of the "alt-right."

    The letter -- titled a "Call for Unifying Leadership" and first reported by CNN today (Sept. 29) -- urges Trump to go beyond his previous comments and actions to rebuke a movement that "gained public prominence" during his presidential campaign. It commends the president for signing a joint congressional resolution Sept. 14 rejecting white nationalism and supremacy, but it tells him the country "needs your voice and your convictions to defeat racist ideologies and movements in every form that they present themselves." Read More

  • Teach early racial unity, panelists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Kelly Hunter
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents should start teaching early and model for their children consistently the Bible's teaching on ethnic diversity, panelists said at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's national conference.

    The guidance came from a diverse panel addressing the topic "All God's Children: Growing Kids Who Embrace a Biblical View of Racial Unity" during an Aug. 25 breakout session of the ERLC's conference on Christ-centered parenting. About 1,300 people attended the three-day conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Read More