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ERLC offers guide for pastors on sexuality, gender issues

NASHVILLE (BP)—Southern Baptist pastors and churches have a new theological and practical guide to help them address issues involving sexuality and gender.

FIRST-PERSON: Equipping your children to live in a pro-LGBTQ culture

For the last couple of years, the volume has increased over concerns related to parental rights, especially at public schools. What focused for a time as concerns over in-person education and the use of masks during the pandemic has quickly returned to concerns over matters of sexuality and gender.

SBC President Bart Barber featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

NEW YORK (BP) – SBC President Bart Barber was a guest of Anderson Cooper on CBS’ 60 Minutes program Sunday (Oct. 9). The 13-minute segment dealt with issues of sexual abuse in the SBC, political division in the United States surrounding former President Donald Trump, the separation of church and state, abortion, immigration and same-sex marriage.

FIRST-PERSON: Reframing your marriage story

It was almost 17 years ago when we went on our first date as college students at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Between dinner and a movie with friends, we decided to make a stop for coffee. Brandt was driving his old Camry and began to make a turn down what he thought was a ramp.

FIRST-PERSON: The Manhattan Declaration: Ten Years Later

The Manhattan Declaration issued a clarion call that was clearly necessary 10 years ago, Nathan Finn says. Subsequent events have shown this call is even more important in 2019.

Leading family & ministry well focus of marriage conf.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Christian Resources partnered to host the "Strengthening Your Marriage Family Conference" at the school's Kansas City, Mo., campus. The two-part conference focused on the theme "Leading your life, family, and ministry well," and featured Mark Dance, who serves as director of LifeWay Pastors. The second session involved a panel discussion in which Dance, and his wife Janet, and Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen and his wife Karen, answered questions from those in attendance.

Digital coaching tool to help build healthy marriages

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastors and church leaders may feel called upon to be experts when it comes to shepherding the marriages in their congregations, but research shows many don't feel up to the task. In 2015, LifeWay Research found 78 percent of pastors surveyed had at least one couple approach them regarding challenges in their marriage within the past year, and 69 percent of churches didn't have an ongoing marriage ministry.

‘Miracle’: Lysa TerKeurst reconciles with husband

WAXHAW, N.C. (BP) -- Proverbs 31 Ministries President Lysa Terkeurst is proclaiming God a miracle worker after she reconciled with her husband, whom she said was repeatedly unfaithful and abused substances. She and husband Art renewed their vows near their home in Waxhaw, N.C., but details of the ceremony were not disclosed. "On an unusually sunny Tuesday in December, we dressed up a bit and whispered healing words, heartfelt prayers, and holy vows," she posted on social media platforms after the ...

Russell Moore book on family receives top CT award

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (BP) -- Russell Moore's "The Storm-Tossed Family" has been named by Christianity Today as its 2019 Book of the Year, the second time in four years Moore has authored the publication's top honor. Moore's book -- its full title is "The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home" -- was published in September by the B&H trade books and Bible publishing division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Moore, 47, is president of the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He and his wife Maria have five sons ranging in age from 7 to 16. His book "Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel," also published by B&H, was CT's 2016 Book of the Year.

Marriage ‘sacred’ in God’s sight, ERLC audience told

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Even a troubled marriage is a profound picture pointing toward the Gospel of Jesus, pastor Ray Ortlund said on the first day of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2018 national conference. Ortlund, lead pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, and more than 15 other speakers addressed an audience of about 950 people gathered Thursday (Oct. 11) for "The Cross-shaped Family" at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The three-day event will end ...