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Thursday, January 19, 2017

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  • Seminary prof reflects on pleas to flip vote

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- A raucous presidential election year turned personal for Lloyd Harsch, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary history professor, when his seminary inbox filled with more than 90,000 emails from distraught voters.

    Harsch is a member of this year's Electoral College.

    As Harsch, with wife Jill, travel this week to attend the presidential inauguration and ceremony festivities in Washington, D.C., emails and letters continue to come in. The nature of the emails gave Harsch pause. Read More

  • LifeWay releases new Christian Standard Bible

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources released its newly revised Bible translation this week. The full text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is available at www.CSBible.com, with print versions releasing in early March.

    As a revision of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), the CSB balances linguistic precision to the original languages and readability in contemporary English. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Abortion debate is about to heat up

    by Daryl C. Cornett, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HAZARD, Ky. (BP) -- A full pendulum swing back to the right has put the Republican Party in a position here in Kentucky that has led quickly to the passing of abortion-curbing legislation that in previous decades had absolutely no chance.

    At least for the moment, abortion providers are not allowed to perform abortions on unborn babies over 20 weeks, and women seeking an abortion must be given and ultrasound before an abortion procedure can take place. Read More

  • Pew: Trump deemed good for conservative Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Conservative Christians will gain influence under President-elect Donald Trump's term, more than half of respondents polled in a Pew Research study believe.

    Conversely, Hispanics, the poor, and gays and lesbians will lose influence under Trump, a majority of those polled told Pew. Nearly half of respondents said African Americans and women are poised to lose.

    "The public's assessments of the groups that will gain and lose influence in Trump's presidency are sharply different than before Barack Obama took office eight years ago," Pew said in its findings released Jan. 18. "In many cases, they mirror views of expected 'winners' and 'losers' under George W. Bush before he took office in January 2001." Read More

  • Trump cabinet picks draw Baptist prayer support

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- When U.S. Rep. Tom Price and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt faced Senate confirmation hearings Jan. 18, they were supported by prayers of the Southern Baptist churches they attend.

    The two cabinet nominees of President-elect Donald Trump also appeared at their confirmation hearings with endorsements from some evangelicals who did not support Trump in the presidential election. Read More

  • ERLC names 73-member Leadership Council

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Thursday (Jan. 19) its 73-member Leadership Council for 2017. Read More

  • Bible Study: Jan. 22, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebration & challenge

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    Ronnie Floyd takes note of three points of celebration and challenge over the course of seven days: the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.; the inauguration of a new president; and the sanctity of human life. Read More

  • Reporte: Índice de aborto alcanza el mínimo histórico 

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) -- El índice de aborto en Estados Unidos declinó al mínimo histórico, mientras el número de procedimientos legales cayó a menos de un millón por primera vez desde 1975, de acuerdo a un nuevo reporte.

    El Instituto Guttmacher reportó el martes (17 de enero) que el índice cayó a 14.6 abortos por 1,000 mujeres de 15 a 44 años en 2014, lo cual es un declive de 14 por ciento desde su más reciente encuesta en 2011. En su censo de todos los proveedores conocidos de abortos en el país, Guttmacher encontró que todos los abortos totalizaron 958,700 en 2013 y 926,190 en 2014. Read More

  • ERLC se enfoca en la vida y en la libertad en los programas políticos

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Proteger la vida humana y la libertad religiosa se sitúan en la cima de la agenda política de la Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética (ERLC por sus siglas en inglés) de los bautistas del sur para el 2017.

    La ERLC reveló su agenda el miércoles (18 de enero) para el nuevo Congreso, así como para la nueva administración que comenzará a gobernar cuando el presidente electo Donald Trump sea investido el 20 de enero.

    "Este nuevo año trae gran oportunidad para avanzar asuntos legislativos de ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Nuestras diferencias y nuestra misión

    Por Edgar Aponte , posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- "Jesús: al vecindario y a las naciones" fue el clamor durante la reunión de la Convención Bautista del Sur 2012 en New Orleans. Ese clamor por las misiones y la cooperación encapsula el corazón de los bautistas del sur desde los días de hombres como Jesse Mercer y mujeres como Lottie Moon.

    Fue durante la CBS cuando oí al presidente del seminario, Danny Akin decir a un grupo de pastores: "Dentro de la vida bautista del sur tenemos diferentes ideas teológicas. Diferimos en diferentes asuntos, pero concordamos en el evangelio y en la urgencia de las misiones." Read More

  • La transición de género de un prisionero muestra la necesidad de un ministerio

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- La primera cirugía de reasignación de género financiada por el gobierno para un prisionero en los EE UU ha sido citada como evidencia de la necesidad de abordar los problemas de la identidad de género en los ministerios cristianos en las prisiones.

    Shiloh Quine, un asesino convicto sirviendo una sentencia de cadena perpetua sin opción de libertad condicional, se está recuperando de una cirugía de reasignación de género masculino al femenino, financiada por el estado de California, según reportó The Washington Post el 10 de enero. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Como tratar con el Sufrimiento Cristiano (2 Timoteo 2:1-10)

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    1. El experto en sufrimiento: El apóstol Pablo.

    La última carta del apóstol. Cerca de que lo maten. Está anciano. Enfermo. Muchos lo han abandonado pero él se concibe como alguien que está dispuesto a sufrir y aguantar todo por amor de Cristo, su Palabra, y sus hermanos.

    2. El hermano que sufre: Timoteo. Read More