6 Things to Know about Paige Patterson and the SBC's Stance on Wifely Submission

An audio recording recently surfaced in which a prominent Southern Baptist leader said abused wives should focus on praying, “be submissive in every way that you can” and not seek divorce.

The recording, which dates back to the year 2000, is of Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a leading figure in the Southern Baptist Convention. Many credit him with orchestrating the conservative resurgence of the denomination beginning in 1979.

Not surprisingly, Patterson’s comments touched off a flurry of condemnation and calls for him to step down. Commentators mostly objected to the implication that he condoned domestic violence, which he has denied. But the Southern Baptist Convention has had a long history of conservative stances on women that it maintains are based on Scripture.

So what’s the back story on the SBC’s position on the role of women, and wives in particular?

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What is Meant by the Kingdom of God? 10 Things to Know

Theologists and religious leaders have long discussed and debated the phrase, “The Kingdom of God.”

It’s one of the phrases Jesus himself consistently uses in his teaching and one of the most important tenants of Christianity. It’s also one of the more mysterious phrases, drawing opinions from religious experts and others.

Here are 10 things you need to know about understand about the Kingdom of God.
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25 Free Email Devotionals You May Not Know About

When Christians hear the word, devotion, it’s likely that they’ll imagine a small, hardback book with gilded pages and a silky ribbon attached to it. Those are great; I love those tiny books. But when I look in the Bible, even in the dictionary, devotion tells a different story. I like Google’s definition of devotion: “love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.” In the Bible, Hezekiah finds out from a prophet that he will not be healed of his serious illness. Naturally distraught, Hezekiah cries out to God in 2 Kings 20:3.

“Remember, LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.”

God knew and remembered this man’s devotion. Before Hezekiah left the Temple, God told the prophet Isaiah to tell Hezekiah: “This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you,” 2 Kings 20:5. And Hezekiah went on to live in devotion to God on this earth for another 15 years.

This is a list summarizing 25 free email devotionals that are researched, written, formatted, and sent out to inspire your love, loyalty, and enthusiasm (aka: devotion) for the LORD. When God’s people devote themselves to him, he notices and remembers. Sometimes “having quiet time” or “doing devotionals” can feel like it doesn’t really matter. But bowing your heart and sacrificing your time – one of your most valuable resources – to the LORD matters. He sees your devotion and remembers. Many of these email devotionals include provoking questions, journaling prompts, prayer suggestions, and additional scripture to read. Whether you’re looking to spend 15 minutes or 45 minutes in a new devotional, we’ve got you covered.

Discover one that’s right for you by browsing through these summaries and reading a sample.

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Why Unity is Important for America (and the Church)

[Editor’s note: The following is adapted from two articles by Ronnie Floyd, published on Used with permission.]

People need each other.

Following having a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, our greatest need is each other. God believes this so much that at the moment of salvation, we become part of Jesus’ family, His Church! This occurs just as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:13, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body.”

While this happens to us spiritually, we are living in a culture that is completely opposite of this. The American way compels us to live independently of one another. This leads to a selfish and oftentimes destructive life. It also defies the Scripture and is not the life we are called to live within the body of Jesus Christ.

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3 Ways We Can Pray for Our Nation

We have never been where we are today as a nation. While division abounds in almost every segment of America, it is time to cry out to God in prayer for America. No longer can the people of God be silent before the Lord. We need to call out to God passionately and urgently until the glory of God is experienced in every corner of our nation.

Share these prayer needs with every spiritual leader, church, and Christ follower in America and across the world. Let’s come together and pray in agreement for these three urgent requests and prayer priorities in America.

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Here's How to Be a Smarter Christian with Social Media

A major evangelical website recently reviewed a new book on the rise of technology in which the review lamented the challenges Christians face when navigating the digital world led by Google, Amazon, and Facebook. It was a helpful review of what seems to be a valuable book. But there was plenty of cyberspace irony. The title of the post was optimized for Google’s search algorithms. The review featured a “buy this book on Amazon” widget. And the website prominently displayed easy-to-link quotes to share on social platforms such as Facebook.

Such is digital life for Christians in the modern age. We have a love-hate relationship with the online realm. Everyone is dependent on technology, but everyone loathes some aspects of it. For example, it seems like every week one of my friends creates a Twitter thread about how he is going to quit Twitter (some for the third or fourth time). And I can’t count how many times I’ve seen an article about “Why I left social media, and how it made my life better” go viral on social media.

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10 Things Christians Can Pray for on the National Day of Prayer

Once a year on the first Thursday of May, Christians gather together to pray for our nation. It’s the National Day of Prayer, a day set aside for America to seek God in faith and unity. t’s easy to pray generically and ask God to bless America. From reading the Bible, we know and understand God loves the details of our lives. Our Heavenly Father wants us to live in a continual attitude of prayer. Here are ten prayer starters to spark your prayer life during the National Day of Prayer:

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10 Things Christians Should Know about the Alfie Evans Case

The case of Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy who has a rare neurodegenerative disorder, has garnered international interest. In a case involving implications both for the pro-life movement and for parental rights, Alfie's parents have been fighting for their son's life. People around the world have been rallying in support of Alfie and his parents. Here is what you need to know about this heartbreaking case so that you can stay informed, and most especially, so that you can pray for this little boy and his parents.

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5 Reasons Why America Needs Prayer Right Now

From Assembly Bills that are trying to silence the voice of truth, to legislation that limits parental rights and seeks to promote perverted sex education, we are at the crossroads: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). It is clear America is in desperate need of prayer. The good news is that God has promised to hear our prayers and accept our repentance. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." Let's take a moment right now to intercede for our nation.

23 Important Things about Syria, as Found in the Bible

Syria has been in the news over the last several years. With the recent chemical attacks and bombing, curiosity over Syria and Bible Verses regarding this country has increased.

Syria is written about throughout the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Its people trace their origins to Noah. So, what exactly can we learn about Syria and its people?

Have you ever wanted to know:

What land is Syria comprised of? What are other names for Syria found in the Bible? Were there famous Biblical figures who lived in or visited Syria? What prophecies are there regarding Damascus? Why is this country important in the Bible? And, who are the Biblical ancestors of the Syrian people?

These important questions we will delve into.

Here are 15 Things About Syria's People and History, as Found in the Bible:

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