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First days of Jesus’ life explored
Dec24

First days of Jesus’ life explored

It may come as a surprise to some that none of these elements are included in the two scriptural accounts of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke—though they commonly are featured in Christmas pageants. In The First Days of Jesus, published this year by Crossway, two authors with Southern Baptist ties urge believers to separate fact from fiction through “a careful reading of the New Testament infancy narratives in their historical...

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Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security
Nov19

Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

NASHVILLE (BP) — With at least 31 U.S. governors opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states following terrorist attacks in Paris, Christians have found themselves discussing the appropriate balance between security and compassion in immigration policy. Various media outlets reported at least one terrorism suspect in Paris entered Europe among a wave of migrants last month by falsely identifying himself as a...

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Yogi Berra lives on in sermons
Oct06

Yogi Berra lives on in sermons

NEW YORK (BP)—When former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died Sept. 22 at age 90, the sports world lost a 13-time World Series champion. Some preachers, meanwhile, lost a source of sermon material who mixed humor with wisdom. Southern Baptist pastors—Ken Whitten, Jack Graham, James Merritt and, according to Merritt, Adrian Rogers among them—have long quoted Berra’s famous “Yogi-isms.” Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972,...

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Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news
Aug31

Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

NASHVILLE (BP) — With the potential affairs of millions exposed by a hack of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website, Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals. “We are already hearing stories of families torn apart, of children terrified about what is happening to their dad, and of the tragedy of suicide,” LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer...

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Royals GM: Character key to team’s turnaround
Aug10

Royals GM: Character key to team’s turnaround

KANSAS CITY (BP)—Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was headed off the field during 2012 spring training when a Royals minor league coach approached him. “Dayton,” the coach said, “God asked me to tell you something.” “Sure, what do you have, kid?” Moore replied, never forgetting the response: “Do your fighting on your knees.” The coach’s message was impactful in part because of the temptation to lash out at critics. The...

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