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Thursday, January 25, 2018

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  • Cloned monkeys spur warnings against human cloning

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    SHANGHAI (BP) -- The first-ever primates cloned through a technique that produced Dolly the sheep have been cited by Christian bioethicists as a potentially valuable development in animal research. But they warned that two monkeys engineered by Chinese researchers must not become a step toward cloning humans.

    The cloning method used by the Chinese scientists "should not become a test case for the perfection of human cloning techniques," said Raymond Johnson, a Pennsylvania pastor who received a financial award from Trinity International University last year to help him study the relationship between Christianity and science. Read More

  • Brownback confirmed on Pence tie-breaker

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States once again has an ambassador at large for religious freedom but only by the slimmest of margins.

    The Senate confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback to the post Wednesday (Jan. 24) by virtue of Vice President Mike Pence's tie-breaking vote. As the presiding officer of the chamber, Pence cast the deciding vote to snap a 49-49 tie along party lines.

    All the votes against confirmation came from Democrats, even though Brownback was a colleague to some of them during his 14 years in the Senate. Two Republicans -- Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John McCain of Arizona -- were absent, resulting in the opportunity for a tie-breaker by Pence. Read More

  • Black church, family conference marks 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates its 25th year July 16-20 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, N.C.

    The only year Mark Croston didn't attend was when obligations at his former pastorate, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., kept him away, he told Baptist Press ahead of the 2018 event hosted annually by LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Calif. lawmakers call for more homeschool oversight

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. (BP) -- Homeschooling opponents in California seized on the horrific case of child abuse discovered Jan. 14 in Riverside County to call for more oversight of parents who teach their children at home.

    But homeschooling advocates say policymakers need to consider one key fact obscured by emotional reactions to the Tupin case: None of the organizations that track child abuse list homeschooling as a risk factor. Read More

  • Hugh & Jill Freeze speak of God's grace at Liberty U.

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Hugh Freeze made his first public appearance Wednesday since resigning as Ole Miss head football coach last year in a scandal involving phone calls to an escort service.

    Freeze spoke during an hour-long convocation Jan. 24 along with his wife Jill and his pastor, Chip Henderson of Pinelake Church, a five-site Southern Baptist congregation in Mississippi.

    Freeze said it was "really the first day I can tell the faith family, 'I am sorry, please forgive me.'" Known on Twitter as a coach with a fervent faith, Freeze said he had admitted the moral impropriety to his wife in 2016 before it became public last summer. Read More

  • Pro-life free speech defended by ERLC to high court

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A California law requiring pro-life pregnancy centers to publicize abortion services is unconstitutional, government-compelled speech, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and other organizations have told the U.S. Supreme Court.

    If the justices uphold the California law, pro-life centers would be forced to notify their clients of the availability of abortion services elsewhere or face a fine of as much as $1,000 a day.

    The Supreme Court announced Wednesday (Jan. 24) it would hear oral arguments in the case March 20. The justices are expected to issue a ruling before they adjourn in late June or early July. Read More

  • Bible Study: Jan. 28, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    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: He's listening to a story about Jesus

    by Laura Hurd, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Because God has "so lovingly poured out His care for this special needs mama," Laura Hurd recounts the grace and mercy she is learning to give her autistic child. "Autism will forever be full of surprises," she writes, "but so will my heavenly Father." Read More

  • Líder y pastores ministran en medio de las secuelas de tiroteo en Kentucky

    Por Kentucky Today y Western Recorder , posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    BENTON, Ky. (BP) -- El tiroteo en una escuela en Kentucky proveyó al líder bautista Paul Chitwood una oportunidad extraordinaria para ministrar el martes (23 de enero) entre las familias de dos estudiantes asesinados y otros 18 heridos en una disputa entre compañeros de clase.

    Chitwood, director ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista de Kentucky, visitaba a pastores del condado Marshall cuando recibió información del tiroteo en Marshall County High School (Escuela Secundaria Condado Marshall), cerca de 32 kilómetros al sureste de Paducah. Read More

  • Tercera cruzada en las Islas Vírgenes continúan impartiendo esperanza

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    ST. CROIX, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses (BP) -- La devastación y el sufrimiento entre los sobrevivientes de los huracanes Irma y María en las Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses (USVI) fueron palpables para el bautista de Florida Jeffery Singletary, quien había dirigido un viaje de misiones a las islas meses antes de las tormentas.

    La respuesta que le salió del corazón fue una serie de cruzadas "Alimentación de los Cinco Mil" que cosecharon 620 decisiones para Cristo y alimentaron a miles tanto espiritual como físicamente, le dijo Singletary, catalizador regional de la ... Read More

  • Moore: La salvación, no sólo ganar, es la meta pro vida

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La meta de los esfuerzos pro vida de los evangélicos va más allá de ganar la victoria, dijo Russell Moore, el bautista del sur experto en ética, en su discurso inaugural de Evangélicos por la Vida el jueves (4 enero).

    "Queremos que los doctores que hacen los abortos dejen de hacerlo, pero eso no es suficiente. Queremos que los doctores que hacen los abortos encuentren la vida en Jesucristo," dijo el presidente de la Comisión de Ética y Libertad Religiosa (ERLC) ante los presentes en la tercera conferencia anual en la capital del país. Read More

  • ERLC nombra Concejo de Liderazgo para 2018

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética (ERLC) de los bautistas del sur anunció el miércoles (24 de enero) su Concejo de Liderazgo 2018.

    Los 75 pastores y líderes recibirán equipamiento del personal de la ERLC diseñado para ayudarlos a ellos y a sus iglesias a aplicar el evangelio de Jesús en todas las áreas de la vida. La comisión, la cual inició el concejo en 2014, da a conocer a los últimos miembros del concejo cada enero.

    El presidente de la ERLC, Russell Moore dijo que se emociona cada año "de ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Haz Obra de Evangelista

    Peter Citelli, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Vivimos en un día donde la palabras evangelio, evangelismo y evangelista están siendo frecuentemente usadas en nuestro contexto denominacional. ... Read More