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Two Churches Unite Across Racial Divide

Several questions remain after long talks, compromises, and at least one blunt sermon prior to the merger of a black church and a white church in Louisville. But both pastors say they have the Holy Spirit and a spirit of cooperation to succeed. More than 560 people sang, prayed, and rejoiced August 23 as St. […]

Urban curriculum aids church in transition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Five white, older adult Sunday School teachers aren’t the first images that come to mind in looking at the “YOU” curriculum for urban, multicultural churches developed by LifeWay Christian Resources. But the teachers and their recently merged, mixed-race congregation are proving that YOU has fans even in the suburbs. The teachers are members […]

2 churches, in uniting, envision model for racial reconciliation & changing lives

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Several questions remain after long talks, compromises and at least one blunt sermon prior to the merger of a black church and a white church ...

Nearly 1,000 attend black church event

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--At this year's Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, church leaders explored a multitude of issues and resources including improving Sunday School, helping churches attract men, strengthening couples and raising godly kids.

Conference helps churches connect with black men

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Christ, not culture, models how black men can best lead their families, churches and communities, speakers said during the annual "Be the Man" conference.       "When we look at Jesus Christ as our model, we have the model -- not a model -- as to what it is to be a man," said Fredrick Brabson, pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn.       The conference seeks to provide resources for churches while countering the negative stereotypes that keep many men from attending church, described by two speakers as "60 percent women and 40 percent men acting like women."       "You're trying to reach the first generation of African American men that have never been touched by the church," Edward Johnson, pastor of Greater Galilee Church in Louisville, Ky., said, adding that many older, unchurched men previously attended church. "Did you ever think about asking them why they left?"       Johnson and other speakers said many men avoid church because of stereotypes and a congregational culture that is more suitable for women.       "Jesus is seen in 'the hood' as an effeminate cartoon caricature and the possession of the majority culture," Johnson said.       Kevin Smith, pastor of Watson Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, urged churches to reach and disciple young men.       "We have got to gain [understanding] that the church is hurt when men are not where men ought to be," Smith said.

‘I’m the Man’ aids black church outreach

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Seeking to help predominantly black churches strengthen male leadership in homes, churches and communities, LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention has launched an initiative for starting and undergirding men's ministries.

Univ.’s homosexuality stance puts pharmacy school at risk

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (BP)--The University of the Cumberlands expelled a homosexual student April 6, sparking reactions on and off campus, including some state legislators who called for the Baptist-affiliated university to forfeit public funds for a pharmacy school.

‘Mountain Crusade for Christ’: 1,100 decisions, unified spirit

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP)--More than 1,100 people reported making spiritual decisions during the "Mountain Crusade for Christ" in Pikeville, Ky.

Personal faith stories are par for the course on PGA golf tour

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Some of the best golfers in the world are striving for more than a championship trophy or prize money.

Ky. Baptist children’s agency settles hiring/referral dispute with state

FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP)--Just when it looked as though Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children's contract with the state would expire, uprooting children and forcing massive layoffs, a call from the governor initiated a reprieve until both sides were able to reach an agreement.