- - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1| SBC repudiates display of Confederate flag |Baptist Press

Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention renounced display of the Confederate battle flag in a historic, overwhelming vote Tuesday (June 14). The convention adopted late in its afternoon session a resolution that urged “brothers and sisters in Christ to discontinue the display of the Confederate battle flag as a sign of solidarity of the whole body of Christ, including our African American brothers and sisters.” 


2| Most “Pro-Life” Americans Unsure About Trump’s Abortion Views |Gallup

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee who describes himself as “pro-life,” still has significant work to do to convince the anti-abortion voting bloc that he is on their side. Sixty-three percent of Americans who describe themselves as “pro-life” are unable to say whether they agree or disagree with Trump on the abortion issue. The rest are about equally divided between agreeing (19%) and disagreeing (18%) with him. 


3| This rapper might be America’s next evangelical leader |The Washington Post

…Many evangelicals who love Lecrae do so not in spite of his middle­of­the­road stances but because of them. American Christians, particularly young ones, are dying for leaders willing to walk away from partisan polarization, and for some, Lecrae may be the model. They fill his concert tours, like the one in April that hop­scotched from one largely white Christian college town to another. They buy his books, listen to his lectures and watch admiringly when he’s on national news doing something like when he brokered a truce between a cop and protesters near his home in Atlanta after the post­Ferguson riots.

“This generation doesn’t have a Billy Graham,” said LaDawn Johnson, a sociologist at Biola University, an evangelical school outside Los Angeles where Lecrae performed in April. “We’ve lost any kind of significant evangelical leader people could point to, and Lecrae is in a position where he could definitely for many young people be that voice and be that model.”

Lecrae was raised mostly by his mother and grandmother in crime­troubled parts of Houston, Denver and San Diego, where, he writes in his memoir, “Unashamed,” he tried to fill the hole left by his absentee father with drugs (using and selling), dreams of being a gang­banger, tons of sex and explosive fights with various violent men who dated his mother. He showed early interest and talent in music and theater, and hip­hop rushed in to fill his void.

Rappers are able, Lecrae believes, to give voice to the pain and sadness of inner­city boys who would be pummeled if they actually complained about the hands they’d been dealt.

 


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