September 15, 2014


NASHVILLE (BP) -- In A.D. 33 Jerusalem was a political powder keg ready to explode. More than ever, Jews expected a Messiah who would overthrow their hated Roman oppressors. In turn, the Roman Empire was spring loaded to pounce on any rivals to Caesar at the first sign of trouble.

Into that milieu came an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth, riding into town for Passover on a donkey and being proclaimed by the crowds as the promised Messiah. Within days one of two things would surely happen: either He would overthrow the Romans or suffer a brutal death. Read More

Attacks don't hinder Ukrainian Christians
DONETSK, Ukraine (BP) -- Christians gathering to pray near a political rally site in one of Ukraine's eastern cities have come under numerous attacks -- even gunfire -- from protesters. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: From tragedy to tourism
KIEV, Ukraine (BP) -- Just a month after the fiery riots now known as Euromaidan occurred in Kiev's Independence Square, I visited Ukraine's capital. I was there less than a year before this most recent trip, but that was a different time -- a different Kiev. Read More
Moore, Obama meet on immigration reform
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore and other religious leaders have met with President Obama to discuss the continuing effort to pass immigration reform this year. Read More
Hiring policies updated at Southern Seminary
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- In order to continue to "attract and retain a first-class academic faculty," President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's board of trustees approved updates to faculty employment policies and unified the graduate and undergraduate faculties during its April 14-15 meeting. Read More
Baptists minister to fire victims in Chile
VALPARAÍSO, Chile (BP) -- Baptists in Chile are providing food, supplies and the hope of Christ to victims of a large and fast-moving forest fire that has killed 15 and displaced at least 12,000 people in Valparaíso, Chile. Read More

First Person
Jimmy Draper
CALL TO PRAYER: 'Lord, prepare me to be ...'
As our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the church is the body of Christ. "Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary," should be our prayer, says Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Luis R. López
EDITORIAL: ¿Recuerdas? Tetelestai
Consumado es. Esta fue la expresión del original griego que Jesús expresó momentos antes de morir en la cruz del calvario. Por un lado se refería al sufrimiento y a la vida terrenal del Maestro. ...



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