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Southern Baptists not celebrating Roe anniversary
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Jan. 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic and horrific Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion on demand in America. Southern Baptists won't be celebrating, though.
Instead, they can celebrate the fact that due to hundreds of crisis pregnancy centers across the United States supported by SBC churches, an estimated 3,500 babies were spared from abortion during 2007. Additionally, some 5,000 women accepted Christ because pregnancy center staff members shared the Gospel with them.
Through October 2007 -- the period through which exact statistics were available -- almost 94,000 clients had received counseling and free services from the centers; center staff had shared the Gospel with 28,000 girls and women; and almost 2,700 Southern Baptist volunteers were trained to present the Gospel to center clients.
One life-saving example is in Florida, where more than 700 infants are alive today because of the work in 2007 at First Life Center for Pregnancy, an outreach of First Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla. Read More
Story shows that sonograms stop abortions
The SBC's Psalm 139 Project -- an effort of the convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to educate Southern Baptists on the value of ultrasound technology in crisis pregnancy situations -- selected Riverside Pregnancy Center to receive the equipment. Read More
Could you pass? Site tests Roe knowledge
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--When it comes to Roe v. Wade, Americans are, at best, inconsistent, and at worst, confused. Read More
LIFE DIGEST: Newest stem cell research not harmless, ethicists say; Mich. tops list again
WASHINGTON (BP)--Pro-life bioethicists are rejecting recent claims by scientists that they have developed embryonic stem cells without destroying human embryos. Read More
Critics decry, downplay cloning report
WASHINGTON (BP)--Scientists in California reportedly have cloned human embryos from adult skin cells, apparently taking a step toward producing personalized, replacement stem cells to treat diseases.
Observers, however, variously described the research as unethical and unnecessary.
Scientists at Stemagen, a stem cell research and development firm in La Jolla, Calif., reported Jan. 17 they had broken a previous barrier by creating, and carefully documenting, for the first time a human e... Read More
Abortion facility now a Baptist office
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP)--What a difference two years -- and the Hand of God -- can make.
In October 2005, the building at 1837 East Cherry Street in Springfield, Mo., was home to the Springfield Healthcare Center, one of four abortion providers in Missouri.
Fast forward to December 2007, and 1837 East Cherry Street –- once a house of darkness and death –- is now the Springfield office of the Missouri Baptist Children's Home.
"God has taken a building that was used to destroy life an... Read More
Pregnancy counselor's goal is to save lives
LEESBURG, Fla. (BP)--Wanda Kohn, director of the Pregnancy Care Center at First Baptist Church in Leesburg, Fla., said she is in the people business. She is enthusiastically pro-life on behalf of unborn babies whose futures are in danger and on behalf of their mothers who don't know the love and forgiveness Jesus offers.
"One purpose is to save the babies, but our bigger purpose is to draw people to Christ," she told the Florida Baptist Witness.
The Pregnancy Care Center in Leesburg is... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: I was the product of a rape
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Sandra was a 17-year-old girl who was with her mom and dad on a fall vacation visiting family friends. The friends they were visiting had an 18-year-old son.
One evening both families decided to go down and look at the beautiful pond, but the son asked Sandra to stay back at the house. When all the family members were gone, he lured her into the utility room of their home where he raped her. Sandra did not tell anyone about this because she thought it was her fault.... Read More
EDITORIAL: Pennies from heaven
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"Just keep them. They're not worth much anyway."
It's a common exchange I see when I stop at the gas station for a soda, or when I stand in line at a restaurant to pay the bill. People simply just don't value the penny anymore. Some give them away. A few even throw them in the trash rather than carry the coins in a pocket or purse.
There's even been a move in recent years to get rid of pennies altogether. In 2002 and again in 2006, a bill was introduced in Congre... Read More
Crassness & a pro-life message
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Whenever my father witnessed an average athlete excelling in extraordinary fashion he was quick to quip, "Even a blind hog can sometimes find an acorn." Read More
Stalemate, not peace
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The process of negotiating for peace throughout the ages generally has involved an army of superior strength demanding surrender, and a humbled foe acquiescing to it. Read More
Los bautistas del sur no celebrarían el aniversario de Roe vs Wade
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--El 22 de enero marcará el 35º aniversario de la histórica y horrenda decisión que la Suprema Corte de Justicia de los EE UU tomara en el caso Roe vs Wade para legalizar el aborto a voluntad en este país. Pero los bautistas del sur no lo celebrarán.
En su lugar, pueden celebrar el hecho de que debido a cientos de centros para embarazos en crisis localizados en todo Estados Unidos, apoyados por los bautistas del sur, se calcula que se salvaron del aborto a unos 3,500 bebés durante el 2007. Además, unas 5,000 mujeres aceptaron a Cristo ya que los miembros del personal de estos centros les compartieron el Evangelio.
Hasta octubre del 2007 -- el periodo hasta donde las estadísticas estaban disponibles -- casi 94,000 clientes recibieron consejería y servicios gratuitos en los centros para embarazos en crisis; los empleados habían compartido el Evangelio con 28,000 niñas y mujeres; y casi 2,700 voluntarios bautistas del sur fueron entrenados para presentar el Evangelio a las clientes de los centros mencionados. Read More
Los que están a favor de la vida enfrentan una fase crítica en su lucha en contra de Roe
WASHINGTON (BP)--El movimiento a favor de la vida sigue progresando, pero enfrenta una crucial coyuntura dentro del devastador régimen del aborto que lleva 35 años en los Estados Unidos de América. Read More
ELECIONES 2008: Huckabee interrumpe su campaña para predicar la salvación
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BP)--El domingo 13 de diciembre, el republicano Mike Huckabee pareció más un pastor que un candidato presidencial al decir en el servicio de la mañana de la Primera Iglesia Bautista de North Spartanburg (Carolina del Sur) que la fe en Cristo, y no las buenas obras, es lo que se requiere para entrar al cielo. Read More
MEDITACIÓN SOBRE LA VIDA: Una nueva investigación sobre células madre no es inofensiva, dicen los defensores de la vida;...
WASHINGTON (BP)--Los bioéticos a favor de la vida rechazan las recientes afirmaciones de los científicos que dicen haber desarrollado células madre provenientes de embriones sin destruir los embriones humanos. Read More
EDITORIAL: Centavos caídos del Cielo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"Quédeselos. No valen mucho."
Este es un intercambio común que veo cuando voy a la gasolinera a comprar una soda, o cuando estoy esperando en la fila para pagar mi cuenta en el restaurante. Read More