Culture



THE PUBLIC SQUARE — LAID BARE BY INTOLERANCE

May 18, 2017

By Kevin Shrum Pastor, Inglewood Baptist Church, Nashville We live in interesting days, do we not? With hostile adversaries overseas and serious divisions at home, most of us are looking for a more reasonable and peaceful civility that seems to have escaped us. Cultural unity eludes us. The public square is now naked, laid bare […]

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STATE LEGISLATORS OK POST-VIABLE ABORTION BAN

May 16, 2017

By Tom Strode Baptist Press NASHVILLE — The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved a ban on post-viability abortions, drawing praise from the president of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and the head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity. The House of Representatives voted 69-18 in favor of the Tennessee Infants Protection Act May 3, […]

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PORN DEEMED HEALTH HAZARD IN TENNESSEE

May 5, 2017

Baptist Press       NASHVILLE — At least five states have officially declared pornography a public health crisis or harmful to the public, and at least one other is considering a similar measure, according to bill updates filed on state legislature websites. A resolution passed by the Tennessee Legislature declaring pornography a public health hazard was […]

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AMERICANS LIKE BIBLE BUT DON’T READ IT

May 5, 2017

By Bob Smietana Lifeway Research NASHVILLE — Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today. However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible. Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have […]

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BALANCING SPORTS AND FAITH

April 18, 2017

Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD — Mark Moore, executive pastor at Third Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, has coached travel teams in baseball and knows firsthand the challenges of playing sports while maintaining a commitment to God and church. He offers five tips on maintaining a healthy balance.

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BALANCE NEEDED BETWEEN SPORTS, CHURCH

April 18, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector BRENTWOOD — Little Johnny has a travel baseball game on Sunday morning, sister Becky has a soccer game in the early afternoon, and older brother Ben has an AAU basketball game at the same time. And, by the way, church starts at 9 and is over at noon. […]

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KEEP YOUTH SPORTS IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE

April 18, 2017

By Lonnie Wilkey Editor, Baptist and Reflector A few years ago I was umpiring a high school baseball game in Nashville. The home team’s catcher was really good — strong arm, could hit with power. He had the tools to play college baseball and perhaps even professionally. Between innings we engaged in a brief conversation […]

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SINGLE ADULT NUMBERS ARE SOARING. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR CONGREGATIONS?

March 20, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global Churches may want to take a hard look at what they’re offering young, single adults — and then boost it. “Many churches are built around a family model,” Roxanne Stone, editor and chief of the Barna Group, said in remarks published with a survey about romance and relationships. “They are […]

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DISNEY’S ‘GAY MOMENT’ SOURS MANY CHRISTIANS

March 17, 2017

By Diana Chandler Baptist Press NASHVILLE (BP) — A gay plot twist in Disney’s upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure. The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to […]

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MARCH MILDNESS?: AMERICANS SHARE VIEWS ON SPORTS

March 15, 2017

By Aaron Earls LifeWay Christian Resources NASHVILLE (BP) — Thanks to wild buzzer beaters and unbelievable upsets, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has become known as March Madness. For most Americans, however, their attitude toward sports is more mild than mad. A study released from LifeWay Research today (March 14) found 52 percent of Americans […]

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THE SHAKINESS OF ‘THE SHACK’

March 9, 2017

By Todd Brady Vice President for University Ministries, Union University Based on the wildly popular best-selling book, The Shack, the movie by the same title hits theaters March 3.  While all that glitters is not gold, The Shack proves that all that is spiritual is not trustworthy. Pastor Eugene Peterson outrageously claimed that the book […]

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AMERICAN PASTORS ARE OLDER, AND GETTING OLDER, THAN EVER

March 9, 2017

By Jeff Brumley Baptist News Global If you’re noticing a lot of gray in the pulpit at your church these days, you’re not alone. Pastors are getting older. “The aging of pastors represents a substantial crisis for Protestant churches,” David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, said in remarks included with a report titled “The […]

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