Browsing the "Society & Culture" Category

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has announced a summit on race relations in the wake of grand jury decisions regarding police killings of black men that have provoked widespread protests and...

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ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is the among four southern cities targeted by American Atheists’ new billboard campaign attacking Christmas. The billboards, which began appearing Dec. 1, feature a young girl writing a letter to...

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In many countries, there’s a split between civil marriage and religious marriage. In the United States, those two aspects have been combined. That’s led to some tension, as American views about marriage change. The latest...

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“When I was diagnosed with depression, I felt as though I finally understood why I felt alone,” said one young pastor, after seeking help through his doctor. “However,” he continued, “I still was afraid of...

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It’s impossible to watch Exodus: Gods and Kings and not compare it to two movies: this spring’s Noah and the 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments. You get no points for guessing this modern action epic...

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BENJAMIN HAWKINS/associate editor bhawkins@mobaptist.org SALT LAKE CITY – Leaders within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are speaking more openly about Mormonism’s controversial history and teachings. Even as Mitt Romney’s presidential bid drew...

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The crazy journey of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar is a road of permeating faith and love. They shared about their love for God, for one another, for their 19 children, and even for their enemies...

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The nation’s Protestant senior pastors want the U.S. government to mix justice with mercy when it comes to immigration reform. Most say it’s the government’s job to stop people from entering the country illegally....

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Obama announced his plan to protect an estimated five million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The president’s decision to act on his own is an “unwise and counterproductive move,” said Russell D. Moore, president of the...

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A San Diego judge has found that the governing body of the Jehovah’s Witness church covered up years of sexual abuse by a local church leader and continued to put children in danger of being...

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FERGUSON – As snowflakes swirled outside and rumors of potential grand jury actions swirled across town, a hundred Missouri Baptists gathered for a prayer summit at First Baptist here to pray for the community, the...

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Americans need God’s Word just as much as they ever have; yet research shows they are reading Scripture less. Just like so many in the Church, we long to see a renewal of Scripture engagement...

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On January 24, 2015 Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will host “The Response-Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” As we fast and pray for America, we hope that you will join in this...

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President Barack Obama has insisted that there is a constitutional “right” to same-sex “marriage” in an interview with The New Yorker. “Ultimately, I think the Equal Protection Clause does guarantee same-sex marriage in all 50...

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HOUSTON (BP) –The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29). The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and...

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A shocking new poll shows that more Americans oppose gay “marriage” than support it. A poll released earlier this month shows that 47 percent of Americans “oppose legalizing same-sex marriage,” while only 44 percent supported...

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Former President Jimmy Carter recently made two important points – one of which was ridiculous and the other quite correct, but not rightly applied. In the first case, Mr. Carter affirmed gay civil rights and...

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Federal judges have invalidated the will of millions of Americans who voted to amend their state constitutions to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. I am shocked at the lack...

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“Opposition from the world is an opportunity to witness,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, during a special Heritage Week chapel service, Oct. 15. “The opportunity of greatest Christian...

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This week my denomination, through its executive committee, voted to “disfellowship” a congregation in California that has acted to affirm same-sex sexual relationships. This sad but necessary move is hardly surprising, since this network of...

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) – Faith-based films are becoming more and more like real movies, not just cinematic sermonettes. Better still, many Hollywood actors looking for roles of substance are embracing film characters that depict...

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“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear,…” I John 4: 18 Halloween is a holiday that presents a real challenge to Christians. Many would like to ignore it. Some try...

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“Most people pray when they need the red phone for help,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, adding that many of them may not have a prayer life “rooted in a relationship with...

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By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about the horrific video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious inside a casino elevator. The Ravens have terminated Rice’s contract, and the NFL has placed...

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Dr. Larry Lewis was shocked when in 1979 he opened a St. Louis newspaper to see the full-page ad listing the religious denominations and groups who favored a “pro-choice” – a pro-abortion – position.  He...

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FERGUSON – When the National Day of Prayer (NDP) bus stopped at First Baptist Church Ferguson Sept. 13, the prayer warriors moved beyond their planned emphasis and prayed for unity. According to Dion Elmore, the...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – Tim Tebow, the popular former college and pro quarterback revered and criticized for his Christian faith and his on-the-field prayers that coined the word “Tebowing,” continues to make headlines this year as...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen  –  this time offered by Victoria Osteen as...

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The premiere on America's public television stations of a documentary about late-term abortion doctors has prompted concerns and criticisms from pro-life advocates. On Sept. 1, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) telecast "After Tiller," a 2013...

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ATLANTA (BP) — S. Truett Cathy, founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, died today (Sept. 8) at 1:35 a.m., according to an announcement from the Atlanta-based restaurant chain. Cathy was 93. Baptist Press will post...

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was shot six times by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. His family has called for justice in his shooting while...

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The Christian movie wave has not yet subsided and doesn’t look to be slowing down. Alex and Stephen Kendrick, creators of Courageous and Fireproof and authors of The Love Dare, have finished principle filming of...

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“Strong, independent, graceful, assertive, understanding – these descriptors I preferred. Submissive sounds weak. For a long time I didn’t even want to look at those passages in the Bible that talk about submission,” SarahHorn recounted...

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NASHVILLE (BP) – When a retired Air Force general’s concern over homosexuality prompted an amendment to the Southern Baptist Convention’s constitution two decades ago, few observers realized that his impulse to defend biblical morality would...

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The death of actor James Garner saddened fans across the country. Born James Scott Bumgarner, the 86-year-old Rockford Files star overcame mental and physical abuse from his stepmother – who would regularly beat him with...

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The tallest man in Canada plays Goliath in the upcoming, high-profile movie, ‘David and Goliath.’ Standing at 7’8, Jerry Sokolosky is also one of the tallest men in the world. “Jerry was a tremendous blessing,”...

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The long-standing notion that America is "one nation under God" is under attack in Oklahoma City after city officials okayed a satanic black mass at the Civic Center on Sept. 21. More than 37,000 concerned...

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The Los Angeles-area Baptist pastor whose church split after he announced he no longer believes all homosexual acts are sinful was President Obama’s guest at the White House LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride...

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A bill introduced by Senate Democrats to erode the religious liberty of Americans who object to abortion-inducing drugs or contraception has stalled. The Democrat-controlled body voted 56-43 to pass the bill, which would require business...

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David Jeremiah/Special to The Pathway EL CAJON, Calif. – Much of what gets shared on some social networking sites can be less than profound. With the wheat comes the chaff in any new endeavor. As...

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Kiley crossland/World News Service WASHINGTON (BP) – Google is cracking down on sexually graphic content with two recent policy changes, one implemented in March and one that started in June. The new rules take steps...

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Public engagement of cultural issues in a “Christ-shaped manner” is crucial for pastors and other Christians, ethicist Russell D. Moore said after hosting Southern Baptist leaders at a briefing in the U.S. Capitol....

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Tim Ellsworth/Baptist Press JEFFERSON CITY (BP) – While many journalists and celebrities praised Michael Sam when he was selected in last month’s NFL draft and subsequently kissed his boyfriend on national television, several Southern Baptists...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), commended Bott Radio as “theologically robust” and “gospel-centered” in messages sent this May to the radio network’s...

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The nation’s largest gay rights advocacy group is putting down roots in the South. Last week, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced it will spend $8.5 million over the next three years to set up...

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HGTV has cancelled an upcoming reality show, and the program’s stars believe the move came in response to a firestorm of controversy surrounding their traditional Christian views on abortion and gay marriage. HGVT had slated...

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Rhonda Rhea wants “p-dubs,” aka pastor’s wives, “to get comfy, to be encouraged and to be inspired” with her new book, Join the Insanity: Crazy-Fun Life in the Pastors’ Wives Club. Rhea described her book...

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If you don’t know what Q is, all you really need to do is to think about the TED Talks. Q = Young evangelical version of TED. An organization offered to pay my entry fee...

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Missouri circuit court judges have granted “divorces” in at least two cases involving female couples who were “married” in other states that, unlike Missouri, recognize same-sex “marriages.”...

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MAY 20, 1927, at 7:52am, one of the greatest feats in aviation began as 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, in his silver monoplane named The Spirit of St....

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