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Life lessons from baking with family and friends, by Justin Cox
11/25/2022
In Aunt Minnie’s kitchen, I learned about fellowship, food and family

Life lessons from baking with family and friends, by Justin Cox

Where the Appalachian region of North Carolina crashes against the central Piedmont's rolling hills, I came of age. Where the exploitation of workers centered less on what took place in coal mines and instead played out inside the walls and on the lines of hosiery mills, my people lived. In such a p...

Sid Smith asks conservatives about their agenda: What if you're wrong?
11/25/2022
What if you’re wrong?

Sid Smith asks conservatives about their agenda: What if you're wrong?

I feel compelled to reason with my white evangelical sisters and brothers about their political choices, particularly those of late. We agree on the ultimate issues of Christ, salvation, the Bible and such. But, with all the humility and respect that I can muster, I have to ask this question: What i...

Is Brittney Griner a "patriot" or not?
11/23/2022
A better definition of patriotism

Is Brittney Griner a "patriot" or not?

This week, a reader of Baptist News Global wrote to columnist Greg Garrett to refute his excellent column on Brittney Griner. I wrote a similar column back in August. Our points were similar: Why is a Baptist university like Baylor so silent on the plight of one of its star athletes held captive by....

Amber Cantorna on how "innocent" jokes create a climate of hate that leads to murder.
11/23/2022
It’s a short distance from your Thanksgiving table jokes to q***r people being shot dead

Amber Cantorna on how "innocent" jokes create a climate of hate that leads to murder.

Are you alive? My phone began blowing up with texts, emails and messages early Sunday morning. Are you safe? This is not the first time I’ve experienced this. Are your people safe? My body remembers; we’ve been here before. Sunday morning, I awoke to the news that five people had been murdered a...

Rick Pidcock on the common theme of three stories told by Jesus in Luke 18.
11/23/2022
Three stories from Jesus about the danger of hierarchy and gratitude

Rick Pidcock on the common theme of three stories told by Jesus in Luke 18.

Remember the parable where Jesus warned against thankfulness in corporate worship? It’s a well-known parable in Luke 18, the first in a trilogy of scenes that question our assumptions about status and blessing in relationship with others. In the third scene, Jesus tells a rich ruler to “sell all...

Susan Shaw on why more than "thoughts and prayers" are needed to support the LGBTQ community.
11/23/2022
If you want to offer thoughts and prayers after the latest massacre at a q***r club, do so with your actions

Susan Shaw on why more than "thoughts and prayers" are needed to support the LGBTQ community.

Five people were killed and at least 25 injured when a young man walked into a q***r bar in Colorado Springs and started shooting. We don’t need any more “thoughts and prayers” after these acts of violence. I’m not saying don’t pray for people, but I am saying don’t announce it. Pray in ...

https://baptistnews.com/article/can-you-guess-the-largest-christian-ministries-in-america-by-annual-revenue/#.Y31b5OzMI6...
11/22/2022
Can you guess the largest Christian ministries in America by annual revenue?

https://baptistnews.com/article/can-you-guess-the-largest-christian-ministries-in-america-by-annual-revenue/#.Y31b5OzMI64

What would you guess are the largest Christian ministries in America by total annual revenue? If you guessed an institution of higher education, you might be right. The No. 1, 2 and 3 spots on the list are occupied by universities with Baptist roots. The list was compiled by Ministry Watch, a nonpro...

A Dallas-Fort Worth TV station featured BNG columnist Greg Garrett on its news broadcast tonight for his column about Ba...
11/22/2022
Baylor University professor calls out university for not 'talking about Brittney' Griner

A Dallas-Fort Worth TV station featured BNG columnist Greg Garrett on its news broadcast tonight for his column about Baylor University and Brittney Griner. Watch the segment here:

A Baylor University professor is gaining attention on social media for an article he published​ about Baylor grad and women's basketball standout Brittney Griner.

 By Mark Wingfield
11/21/2022
Arkansas ‘free exercise of religion’ amendment fails at ballot box

By Mark Wingfield

A controversial Arkansas ballot initiative to “protect religious freedom” from government intrusion narrowly failed in the Nov. 8 elections. Arkansas Issue 3, the “Government Burden of Free Exercise of Religion Amendment,” was not adopted by a 49.57% to 50.43% vote. The initiative would have...

 By Mallory Challis
11/21/2022
Becoming a ‘midwife of grace’ — an interview with Molly Marshall

By Mallory Challis

At age 12, Molly Marshall’s pastor asked if she’d ever considered working with young people as a career option. She thought to herself, “Well of course I haven’t, I am one!” Two years later, at age 14, while at a camp, she felt a beckoning into ministry. Marshall began her career as a yout...

 By Jeff Brumley
11/21/2022
Author explains the history of ‘Peace Be Still’ and its social influence

By Jeff Brumley

One of “the most beloved gospel songs of all time” achieved that status by offering Americans hope during some of the darkest moments of the 19th and 20th centuries, according to Robert Marovich, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gospel Music. “Peace Be Still” was written by whit...

 By Phillip Thomas
11/21/2022
I’ve been following the wrong Jesus

By Phillip Thomas

Imagine looking for Jesus in the Antebellum South of America. Both the slave master and the slave proclaimed allegiance to Jesus. The slave master, because he believed all his wealth, wisdom and power over people he considered sub-human was a direct result of his fidelity to Jesus — white, blond, ...

 By Greg Garrett
11/21/2022
We don’t talk about Brittney

By Greg Garrett

Last week WNBA star, Olympic gold medalist and Baylor Bear standout Brittney Griner was moved to one of Russia’s most notorious prison camps to begin serving her nine-year sentence for possession of drugs. A remarkable all-round player, she led Baylor to a national championship and a 40-0 undefeat...

 By Staff
11/21/2022
Hardin-Simmons and McMurry reach agreement on nursing school

By Staff

A dispute between Hardin-Simmons University and McMurry University — both located in Abilene, Texas — over the future of a shared nursing school has been resolved, according to a joint news release. Hardin-Simmons, a Baptist school, will establish its own nursing program by 2025, and McMurry, a ...

 By Mark Wingfield
11/18/2022
Evangelical pastors not yet jumping on Trump’s campaign bandwagon

By Mark Wingfield

This story was updated on Nov. 18 to include additional quotes from evangelical leaders. If Baptist and other evangelical pastors intend to support Donald Trump’s third run for the U.S. presidency, it was not obvious on the night of his campaign announcement Nov. 15. None of the usual suspects —...

 By Beverly A. Howard
11/18/2022
What if we sang our prayers of thanks before meals?

By Beverly A. Howard

In her recent opinion piece, Mallory Challis reminded us of the importance of saying grace over a meal. Singing grace is another fulfilling way to express our gratitude for food and other blessings. The ritual and spiritual discipline of singing a table blessing and grace after eating has a rich his...

 By Jeff Brumley
11/18/2022
Panelists say supporting Respect for Marriage Act is a matter of faith

By Jeff Brumley

Advocating for same-sex marriage and encouraging LGBTQ couples and parents is an act deeply rooted in religious values for many Americans, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline said. He spoke during a Nov. 17 interfaith rally to promote the Respect for Marriage Act, which is pending in Congress a...

BNGopinion By Brett Younger
11/18/2022
When the bride chooses Song of Solomon

BNGopinion By Brett Younger

Carol and I were delighted to be asked to officiate the wedding of Alyssa Aldape and Nick Schaufelberger. When the lovely couple said, “We’ll pick the biblical texts we want you speak on,” we said, “Sure,” because we are accommodating ministers. Most couples pick 1 Corinthians 13 (“Love ...

 By Harold Ivan Smith
11/18/2022
Counting your blessings instead of sheep

By Harold Ivan Smith

“Have you not heard anything I’ve said in the last four weeks!? Just what do I have to be grateful about?” The elderly widower in my grief group was incensed that the fourth session was focused on gratitude. The topic had made sense to me as facilitator since the group was meeting two weeks be...

 By Mark Wingfield
11/18/2022
Many people who watch Jeopardy know the Bible better than the show’s writers

By Mark Wingfield

Question: This show’s writers made an enormous biblical blunder by assuming the Apostle Paul wrote the book of Hebrews and that it is an epistle. Answer: What is Jeopardy? The popular game show best known for its backward syntax on answers and questions got the Bible wrong on a Tournament of Champ...

 By Barbara Francis
11/17/2022
Transitions for the week of 11-18-22

By Barbara Francis

Please submit transitions — including staff changes, ordinations, anniversaries or deaths — to Barbara Francis. This page will be updated bi-weekly. STAFF CHANGES Alyssa Aldape, to Commonwealth Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va., as minister of faith formation. Laura Ayala, to Cooperative Baptist F...

 By Jeff Brumley
11/17/2022
Words matter, even when talking about those you hope to empower

By Jeff Brumley

Movements for racial and social equity cannot succeed as long as their members and supporters use stigmatizing language about the challenges they face, social entrepreneur Trabian Shorters said recently on the “Interfaith America with Eboo Patel” podcast. Even when the motivation is to support p...

 By Mark Wingfield
11/17/2022
Bill to protect same-sex and in*******al marriage now appears likely to become law

By Mark Wingfield

In a rare example of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate advanced the Respect for Marriage Act Nov. 16, clearing the way for likely passage of a bill that would protect same-sex marriage beyond future court challenges. By a 62-to-37 vote, the Senate overcame the biggest procedural hurdle, the 60...

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"These efforts do not represent the vast majority of Americans, religious and nonreligious, who believe in the inherent equality of all people," said Rev. Raushenbush via Baptist News Global.
“Christians are in the business of seeing and helping people be healed and not perpetuating violence. Solitary confinement is itself an act of violence.” -Sam Heath, Manager of the Equal Justice USA Evangelical Network. Read more from Baptist News Global...
I have a new article out this morning for Baptist News Global about how Trump's latest comments regarding American Jews and evangelicals relate to Christian Zionism, and how the impulses of Christian Zionism have been shaped by apocalyptic wounds tracing all the way back to Jesus' disciples.
Check out the report from Baptist News Global on The Center for Church and Community Impact's recent study:

"Most believe their education prepared them to address the trauma of grief caused by a death, but the majority say their training did not prepare them to address other forms of , including public health crises and sexual assault. Only about half said they were trained to address the trauma caused by crises, racial conflict, abuse and natural disasters."

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CHRISTIAN ACTION COMMITTEE NEEDED IN EVERY CHURCH
OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH ON NOV 6.
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Every year thousands of churches observe the first Sunday of November as the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. However, the victimization of Christians has not stopped. While Christians in western countries pray for their oppressed fellow Christians, their government leaders fraternize, aid, and trade with the oppressor nations.
Only active lobbying and protests by western Christians can force their governments to impose trade sanctions on the guilty nations and stop aid to them. For self-preservation, the victimized Christians should seek refuge in some safe country or strengthen themselves to endure the oppression.
OPEN DOORS’ WORLD WATCH REPORT
MANY WESTERN GOVERNMENTS ARE ALLIES OF THE PERSECUTORS OF CHRISTIANS
The foreign policy of a nation is guided by its national interest. Human rights and the safety of Christians are not a consideration in the foreign policy of most western countries.
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NIGERIA
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WESTERN CHRISTIANS SHOULD ENGAGE IN POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTION

CHRISTIAN MINORITIES SHOULD EITHER ESCAPE FROM DANGEROUS SITUATIONS OR EMPOWER THEMSELVES FOR SELF-PROTECTION
Survival of the fittest is the first law of nature. Therefore, churches should strive to make all Christian minorities socially, economically, and politically powerful.
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Here's my latest piece for Baptist News Global.

"There is a reason why one of the most influential worship songs of the past quarter century expresses a truth that could turn evangelicalism upside down and yet has been repeatedly rejected and banned by conservative evangelical complementarian Calvinists."
My interview with Sarah McDugal is the featured article at Baptist News Global today. It's an important conversation about how theology is used to sacralize abuse against women, and about how women can recognize the red flags of abuse in their marriages.
I interviewed Sarah McDugal this week about Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Regarding women who are being abused, she said, "They’re gaslighted into compliance by the very belief systems that have created the space for abuse to thrive in the first place.” So for my article at Baptist News Global today, we explore what those belief systems are, how they create space for abuse to thrive, and a free resource for women to identify red flags of abuse in their marriages.
Jerrod Hugenot's recent Christian Citizen article republished by Baptist News Global.
PRRI asked Americans their views on all these things. Here’s what they found:

50% of Americans see the Confederate flag primarily as a symbol of Southern pride, while 47% see it mostly as a symbol of racism. PRRI says this division has remained relatively steady since 2015.

83% of Republicans see the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, compared with 48% of independents and only 25% of Democrats.

Republicans are more than three times more likely to take pride in the Confederate flag than Democrats.

Support for the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride is most prevalent among white Americans (58%), compared with 48% of Hispanic Americans (48%), 43% of multiracial Americans, 35% of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders and just 16% of Black Americans.

White Americans are more than three times more likely to take pride in the Confederate flag than Black Americans.

New PRRI & EPU report. Baptist News Global
If the Christian nationalism movement succeeds, “it will not be a government for the people and by the people, but a government for a particular people by a particular people,” says Rev. Paul Raushenbush quoting religion scholar Andrew Whitehead.

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“'Our budding partnership with BSK has already given new life to our organization, and this new Bible study series gives congregations in Virginia a practical, theologically sound resource that we could not have produced ourselves,' he said. 'This is the power of partnership.'”

Thanks to Baptist News Global for sharing about the new Bible study series produced by BSK for CBF Virginia churches and others. Download this FREE resource for your church today!
My article for Baptist News Global this week is a mini-memoir on our journey from private school to homeschool to public school. For those who are thinking through where to educate your kids, this might be a helpful article in hearing how we've moved through these worlds.
“We know the death penalty does not deter crime, that it is racially discriminatory, expensive and done in a tortuous manner,” webinar moderator and Equal Justice USA Evangelical Network manager Sam Heath said. Read more in Baptist News Global...
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