• U.S.-Cuba diplomacy sparks hope & wariness

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 (18 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- President Obama's opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba may fuel an already-vibrant evangelistic movement there, or it may fuel a repressive regime, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said in voicing divergent opinions to Baptist Press.

    "Our prayer is that the Cuban church planting movement continue to expand. The Cuban people are very receptive to the Gospel," Kurt Urbanek, IMB strategist for Cuba, said in a statement to BP. Read More

  • Midwestern, filmmaker partner for Spurgeon documentary

    by T. Patrick Hudson , posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 (20 hours ago)

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    KANSAS, Mo. (BP) -- A new documentary on the life and legacy of 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon, set for release today (Dec. 18), prominently features two Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary leaders and the Kansas City-based school's Charles H. Spurgeon Library.

    The film entitled, "Through the Eyes of Spurgeon," was directed and produced by Canadian filmmaker, Stephen McCaskell. He said the goal of the documentary is to introduce a new generation to Spurgeon in the hopes that their relationship with God will be challenged and deepened as they learn more about "The Prince of Preachers," who was radically transformed by the Gospel. Read More

  • Akin tells grads of 'Win-Win Scenario'

    by Ali Dixon, posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 (23 hours ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and The College at Southeastern celebrated the graduation of 160 students Dec. 12 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.

    Daniel Akin, Southeastern's president, spoke on "The Ultimate Win-Win Scenario" in his commencement address. Read More

  • 'Porn Free WiFi' campaign keeps eye on McDonald's, Starbucks

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (yesterday)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Despite nearly 25,000 supporters, a public campaign asking McDonald's and Starbucks to install anti-pornography filters on their in-store free WiFi networks has so far been unsuccessful.

    The "Porn Free WiFi" campaign, organized by the Internet safety group Enough is Enough (EIE), is urging the fast-food and coffee giants to implement Internet filters in their U.S. stores to stop customers from accessing or distributing child pornography and graphic adult pornography via their free Internet connections. Read More

  • Family TV not 'family-friendly,' PTC finds

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Contemporary television series showcasing family life will likely include sex, profanity and violence that make the entertainment unsuitable for family viewing, the Parents Television Council has found.

    As many as 99 percent of the broadcast television shows about family that PTC studied contained some form of adult content in 2013, they noted in a Dec. 10 report. Profanity was found in 94 percent of shows; sexual content in 84 percent; 33 percent contain violence. Read More