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Oklahoma State University Diversity Coordinator Lawrence Ware Writes Op-Ed In ‘New York Times’ on Why He Is Leaving the Southern Baptist Convention

The first time I was called a nigger to my face was by a fellow camper at a Southern Baptist Convention retreat near Oklahoma City. I was 13, and it was 1995. Devastated, I complained to a counselor who suggested I pray for the ability to turn the other cheek.

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Pastor and Author Efrem Smith: “We Cannot Surrender the Outposts of God’s Kingdom To the Ways of Our Nation. Christians Are Here To Transform.”

Over the past several years, cultural divisions of race, class, politics and faith have become starker than any time in recent memory. While it would be easy to only think of American politics here, it is a worldwide phenomenon, one that requires a quiet, global response of love and reconciliation

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Author and Mother Denene Millner Talks About Empowering African-American Children Through Literature

Denene Millner, the doting mother of two daughters, was weary of the selection of books marketed to parents of African-American children. (more…)

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Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?

How historic congregations grapple with Confederate legacy. (more…)

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‘The Atlantic”s Emma Green Details How a Resolution Condemning White Supremacy Caused ‘All Hell To Break Loose’ at the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention

At its annual meeting, the evangelical denomination initially declined to consider a statement of its opposition to the alt-right. (more…)

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Two African-American Faculty Members at SBTS Focus on Racial Unity In the SBC In New Book, “Removing the Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention”; Albert Mohler, Dwight McKissic Sr., and More Contribute

A new book co-edited by two African-American faculty members at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip Southern Baptists for healing racial wounds in the denomination, which was founded in 1845 in a split from Northern Baptists so slave-holding families could serve on the mission field. (more…)

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Controversial Pastor Claims Slavery Saved Black People From ‘Bone In Nose, Fighting Lions’ In Africa

Pastor Keith Gomez, leader of the "old-fashioned, independent" Northwest Bible Baptist Church in Elgin, Illinois, argued in a recent sermon that if it wasn't for slavery, black people "would still be in Africa with a bone in their nose fighting lions." (more…)

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Community Activists, Ministers Partner for ‘National Heal America Campaign Collaborative’ This Memorial Day

Community activists who are part of the National Heal America Campaign Collaborative are marking Memorial Day as a second "A Time of Love and Reconciliation" opportunity. As part of a yearlong campaign, the collaborative is spreading the word about a 2008 congressional apology for slavery and Jim Crow policies and

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Alabama Lawmakers Approve Protections for Confederate Monuments

Alabama lawmakers of Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property. (more…)

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Mount Olive Baptist Church’s Walk Symbolizes Its 150-Year History

When members of Mount Olive Baptist Church ma[de] the 8/10th of a mile walk from Hungary Road Baptist Church to their sanctuary in Henrico County on Saturday, it symbolize[d] an important journey in the church’s 150-year history. (more…)

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LISTEN: One Way Passage, Part 4; An Arena of Political Life; Reconstruction and Retaliation, Part 12 (The History of Black Americans and the Black Church #43 with Daniel Whyte III)

https://soundcloud.com/danielwhyteiii/the-history-of-black-americans-and-the-black-church-43 Our Scripture verse for today is Romans 5:10 which reads: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life." Our History of Black Americans and the Black Church quote for today is

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New Book Publishes Images from Underground Railroad Where Volunteers Helped Smuggle Over 100,000 Slaves to Freedom

What would it mean to shed light on a part of history that remains largely invisible because it was conducted in secret and under cover of night? This was the challenge faced by Colson Whitehead, for example, in his award-winning novel, “The Underground Railroad.” A clandestine and loosely organized network of

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