Baptist News Global https://baptistnews.com/ Conversations that matter Tue, 06 Dec 2022 11:31:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://baptistnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-bng-icon-32x32.png Baptist News Global https://baptistnews.com/ 32 32 154972450 This Christmas season, let’s not kill Jesus before he’s even born https://baptistnews.com/article/this-christmas-season-lets-not-kill-jesus-before-hes-even-born/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:32:12 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139691

As Christmas nears, one of my favorite things to do is look at Christmas lights. Nothing feels more festive than driving around that one neighborhood in town with the large historic homes decorated immaculately with twinkling lights and Christmas cheer....

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The shock of being 60 years old https://baptistnews.com/article/the-shock-of-being-60-years-old/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:03:26 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139687

I turned 60 years old this past summer. I have not quite gotten over it yet. Sixty is just different. It definitely feels at least three years older than 59. “They” say age is just a number. So maybe this...

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BJC leaders say religious liberty fears about Respect for Marriage Act are overdrawn https://baptistnews.com/article/bjc-leaders-say-religious-liberty-fears-about-respect-for-marriage-act-are-overdrawn/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 11:32:30 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139694

Conservative Christian leaders opposed to the Respect for Marriage Act are engaged in cancel-culture fear mongering that frames marriage equality as a threat to their religious liberty, Amanda Tyler said in a recent episode of the “Respecting Religion” podcast. “For...

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Why these Christian men believe women shouldn’t have the right to vote https://baptistnews.com/article/why-these-christian-men-believe-women-shouldnt-have-the-right-to-vote/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 11:03:24 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139676

Following new data comparing voter registration and turnout rates between women and men, a group of male leaders associated with Doug Wilson believes the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was a mistake....

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Once ordained, always ordained? https://baptistnews.com/article/once-ordained-always-ordained/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 10:32:00 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139672

Long ago, Carlyle Marney, an irascible Baptist preacher of blessed memory, praised Ralph Waldo Emerson for leaving the ministry because his conscience prevented him from serving the Lord’s Supper. Marney noted if he ever left the ministry, it would be...

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Supreme Court hears case of wedding website designer who won’t serve same-sex couples https://baptistnews.com/article/supreme-court-hears-case-of-wedding-website-designer-who-wont-serve-same-sex-couples/ Tue, 06 Dec 2022 10:03:50 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139697

While the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court appears ready-made to support a Colorado wedding website designer who doesn’t want to serve same-sex couples, other justices grilled her attorney hard about why she should be allowed to discriminate on...

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Student ‘slave auctions’ illustrate the existence of a hidden culture of domination and subjugation in US schools https://baptistnews.com/article/student-slave-auctions-illustrate-the-existence-of-a-hidden-culture-of-domination-and-subjugation-in-us-schools/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:15:53 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139671

In an otherwise normal football season, two California high schools abruptly canceled the remainder of their games for the same reason. Players on both teams participated in troublesome acts of racism.

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US targets Russian mercenary group over religious freedom https://baptistnews.com/article/us-targets-russian-mercenary-group-over-religious-freedom/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:10:04 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139670

The Biden administration on Friday placed a well-known Russian paramilitary organization on a list of religious freedom violators alongside a number of notorious terrorist organizations.

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Theological schools report continued drop in master of divinity degrees https://baptistnews.com/article/theological-schools-report-continued-drop-in-master-of-divinity-degrees/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:05:38 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139669

Professional degrees are gaining traction at theological schools across the U.S. and Canada, while the traditional ministerial degree, the master of divinity, is faltering, according to new data released late last month.

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Action urged to prevent deportation of Chinese Christians https://baptistnews.com/article/action-urged-to-prevent-deportation-of-chinese-christians/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 16:00:35 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139668

Sixty-four Christians currently in Thailand face deportation to China—which they fled to escape persecution—unless U.S. officials allow them to resettle in East Texas with the help of area churches.

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Mary, Our Mother (for Baptists): Mary, did you know? https://baptistnews.com/article/mary-our-mother-for-baptists-mary-did-you-know/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 12:32:57 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139646

This is the second in a four-part series BNG will publish every Monday during Advent. A few years ago, I preached on the Sunday after Christmas, low attendance Sunday, a regular occurrence for an associate pastor (and a woman) like...

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World Food Program warns of ‘unprecedented global food crisis’ https://baptistnews.com/article/world-food-program-warns-of-unprecedented-global-food-crisis/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 12:03:43 +0000 https://baptistnews.com/?p=139649

“We are facing an unprecedented global food crisis, and all signs suggest we have not yet seen the worst. For the last three years hunger numbers have repeatedly hit new peaks. Let me be clear: Things can and will get...

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