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Mississippi flag change influenced by SBC resolution

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – When Mississippi raised its new state flag this week, the banner did not bear the Confederate battle emblem – a symbol ditched six months ago by state lawmakers. A prominent Mississippi legislator says the SBC helped influence the change with its 2016 resolution on the Confederate battle flag.

Pastors more hesitant to preach on race

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago.

NAAF leaders, seminary presidents hold ‘honest and open conversation’

NASHVILLE (BP) – A multi-ethnic group of Southern Baptist leaders described a meeting Wednesday (Jan. 6) as productive and trust-building, saying although they did not agree on all points, they were committed together to fighting racism and to honoring “our common commitment to the inerrant Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Group of Southern Baptists opposes those who ‘distract’ from racial reconciliation

NASHVILLE (BP) — Citing “recent events [that] have left many brothers and sisters of color feeling betrayed and wondering if the [SBC] is committed to racial reconciliation,” a cross-ethnic group of Southern Baptists released a statement today (Dec. 18) titled “Justice, Repentance, and the SBC.”

SBC DIGEST: Floyd calls meeting to ‘find a way forward’; National Prayer Breakfast to be virtual

Floyd-called meeting to focus on 'how we relate to each other'; National Prayer Breakfast will be virtual in 2021 due to COVID-19.

NAAF, Ausberry respond to seminary presidents’ statement

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (BP) – Citing “concerns that affect all ethnic groups in the SBC,” the president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a statement on behalf of the group related to the “breadth and depth” of a recent statement by presidents of the six Southern Baptist seminaries.

FIRST-PERSON: Living a life of significance

NASHVILLE (BP) – Sixty-five years ago this week on Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks – a 42-year-old seamstress and NAACP member – refused to give up her seat on a crowded city bus to make room for white passengers. She was arrested and jailed.

Seminary presidents reaffirm BFM, declare CRT incompatible

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Council of Seminary Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention has reaffirmed “with eagerness” the BFM’s status “as the doctrinal statement that unites and defines Southern Baptist cooperation and establishes the confessional unity of our Convention.”

Study: Multiracial churches growing, but racial unity may be elusive

(RNS) — Derwin Gray and his wife, Vicki, founded Transformation Church in Lancaster County, South Carolina, 10 years ago, with the goal of gathering a congregation that reflected the racial demographics of the public schools in the area just across the border from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mississippi voters adopt ‘In God We Trust’ flag free of Confederate emblem

JACKSON, Miss. (BP) – Mississippi Baptist Convention Board (MBCB) leader Shawn Parker is applauding Tuesday's adoption of a new state flag that honors God and notably lacks the Confederate battle emblem.