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Monday, January 07, 2013

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  • IMB's shift in medical missions has led to broader influence

    by Tess Rivers, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Medical missions is dead. IMB no longer appoints medical personnel. Transitions of IMB-funded hospitals to local leadership are a failure.

    These are just some of the myths circulating about Southern Baptist medical missions, according to Dr. Charles Fielding,* a physician with more than 15 years of experience with IMB.

    "We have more medical workers on the field now than ever before," Fielding said. Today, more than 300 health-qualified personnel serve overseas.

    The myths originated nearly 30 years ago when the Foreign Mission Board (now IMB) began transitioning away from medical institutions, explained Dr. Rebekah Naylor, an emeritus missionary surgeon who served for 35 years at Bangalore (India) Baptist Hospital.

    "The reasons for the transition were both financial and philosophical," Naylor said. "Financially, institutions are expensive to maintain. Philosophically, the leadership of the [IMB] believed that institutions were not the best and strongest way to accomplish evangelism and church planting."


    Consequently, in the mid-1980s, IMB began handing over control of its more than 30 hospitals and medical and dental clinics to local partners. A 1997 IMB report -- the last publication identifying international institutions with Baptist ties -- lists 17 hospitals, 10 medical clinics, six dental clinics and one school in places such as Brazil, Indonesia, Japan and Yemen. Today, IMB maintains only one -- the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana. Read More

  • Medical workers gain access to unreached

    by Tess Rivers, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by William Haun
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Medical strategies are a key piece of engaging unengaged, unreached people groups, said Trey Alexander,* a church-planting strategist in Central Asia. Read More

  • Supreme Court declines stem cell case

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court declined Monday (Jan. 7) to hear a case about the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research, thereby allowing the continued use of taxpayer dollars for studies that require the destruction of human embryos. Read More

  • CP up 1.70% for the year

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 1.70 percent above the same period last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank Page. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2012-13 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.

    As of Dec. 31, gifts received by... Read More

  • Strachan named CBMW executive director

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    [IMG=34217@right@120]LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Owen Strachan was named executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood Monday (Jan. 7), succeeding Randy Stinson.

    Strachan, 31, serves as assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) is a Louisville, Ky.-based group that supports a complementarian position on manhood and womanhood. The organization holds that men and women a... Read More

  • Appeals court blocks Calif. gay therapy ban

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- A federal appeals court shortly before Christmas blocked a California ban on "reparative therapy," giving concerned parents the right, for now, to seek counsel for a child with homosexual tendencies.

    The first-of-its-kind ban would have gone into effect at the start of this year, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure's constitutiona... Read More

  • Survey: Maturing believers exercise faith, trust

    by Russ Rankin, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Believers who are progressing in spiritual maturity are more likely to exercise their faith by trusting God even in difficult circumstances, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

    "Exercising Faith" is one of eight attributes of discipleship that consistently show up in the lives of maturing Christians. The attributes are part of the Transformational Discipleship study conducted by LifeWay Research.

    Among the eight attributes of discipleship tested, churchgoers ha... Read More

  • BP Ledger, Jan. 7 edition

    by Staff, posted Monday, January 07, 2013 (5 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.

    Today's BP Ledger contains items from:

    World News Service (2 items)

    University of the Cumberlands (2 items)

    Hardin-Simmons University (2 items)

    A Christian broadcasters group warns of a troubling trend of online censorship

    By Daniel James Devine/World News Service

    ... Read More