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Denver basketball tourney unites diverse pastors, first responders, youth

DENVER (BP) – White pastor Mark Spence understands the challenges Black drivers face caused by what many call “driving while black,” or DWB. In advance of the Unity at the Rim basketball event to build bridges between first responders and diverse youth, Spence relates an experience of about 20 years ago.

Excavation of graves begins at site of colonial Black church

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (RNS) – Archaeologists in Virginia began excavating three suspected graves at the original site of one of the nation’s oldest Black churches on Monday (July 18), commencing a monthslong effort to learn who was buried there and how they lived.

Black churches more important to SBC than ever before

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) – African American churches are more important to the Southern Baptist Convention than ever before, Jamie Dew told Baptist Press Monday (July 18) at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center.

Keahbone uses Native American resolution to minister to survivors of forced conversion

ANADARKO, Okla. (BP) – Mike Keahbone, pastor of First Baptist Church Lawton, Okla., not only played a crucial role in drafting a resolution decrying the forced conversion of Native peoples, but he has already begun to use the resolution as a way to minister to survivors.

Unify Project allows SBC to set Gospel-based racial unity example

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Fred Luter, the lone African American to have served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, sees great opportunity in the Unify Project, a new national grassroots racial unity initiative he’s leading with former SBC President Ed Litton and Dallas-area pastor Tony Evans.

Guidance in lament resolution was 1 Corinthians 5, Barber says

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – The apostle Paul’s admonition to the church at Corinth was the example the Committee on Resolutions followed for a resolution on lament and repentance for sexual abuse adopted by messengers to the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif. In the resolution, Southern Baptists publicly lamented the harm their “actions and […]

Lament, repentance for sexual abuse underscore resolutions

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) -- Southern Baptists publicly lamented the harm their “actions and inactions have caused to survivors of sexual abuse” in a resolution adopted by messengers to the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif., on June 15.

Litton, Luter, Tony Evans to lead national grassroots racial unity work

ANAHEIM, Calif. (BP) – Outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton, former SBC president Fred Luter and noted author and pastor Tony Evans announced an initiative June 15 to build racial unity nationwide, conducted by the local church.

Texas pastor helps build community bridge with local police

KELLER, Texas (BP) -- A couple of years after Kason Branch planted Creekstone Church in Keller, he had an idea that he believed would improve his community.

Southern Baptist leaders welcome anti-lynching law

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist leaders commended the enactment of an anti-lynching law that required more than 120 years of legislative efforts before succeeding.