Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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  • Chaplains reflect on Sutherland Springs tragedy

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Trained in critical incident stress management, Debby Tiller Nichols heard about the church shooting in Sutherland Springs and knew she had to go.

    Nichols, of Texarkana, was packing her house to move when 27 people were killed at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church in November. But she and four other Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) chaplains would minister to the Sutherland Springs community alongside a half-dozen Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) chaplains from Oklahoma. Read More

  • Christian wedding cake baker wins Calif. court battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund photo
    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- A California trial court has upheld a Christian baker's right to refuse to create a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, but the decision comes as a similar case is already pending in the nation's highest court.

    Tastries Bakery owner Cathy Miller's freedom of speech "outweighs" the state of California's interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace, Judge David R. Lampe said in his decision in the Superior Court of California in Kern County, one of the state's 58 trial courts. Read More

  • State papers celebrate milestones, consider future

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of The Alabama Baptist
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Milestone anniversaries of two Baptist state newspapers have occasioned reflection on the present ministry of state papers and their future role among Southern Baptists.

    The Alabama Baptist celebrated 175 years of continuous publication today (Feb. 6) with a birthday party in Marion, Ala., site of the paper's founding. North Carolina's Biblical Recorder marked 185 years of ministry Jan. 17. Read More

  • Ready for the Olympics? Invite the neighbors

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    IMB Photo
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It was like a blind date with the whole world watching. There at the 2012 Olympic pentathlon event in London, not one of the athletes knew which horse they would be riding during the equestrian show-jumping leg of the competition.

    Each athlete was given 20 minutes to test-ride their steed and figure out their horse's personality before they were sent out onto the international stage to try to make it over fifteen jumps. In past Olympics, a lot of riders have been sent flying over jumps without their horse coming with them. Read More

  • WorldCrafts to aid Baptist foster care ministries

    by Robin McCall, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.(BP) -- WorldCrafts, the global fair trade division of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), has launched an initiative to support the work of the Baptist Coalition for Children and Families, encompassing Baptist children's ministries in 19 states.

    Through the initiative, churches or individuals can support at-risk children in foster care while also providing life-sustaining work for overseas artisans and their families affiliated with WorldCrafts in 24 countries.

    Currently more than 430,000 children are in foster care in the United States alone, according to Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System within the Department of Health and Human Services. Baptist children and family ministries serve this population through Christ-centered care and resources to protect foster children and to reunify families. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Archaeology -- from the subtle to the sublime

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, February 06, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Gary Myers reflects on his experiences at an archaeological dig in Israel, recounting, "As I peel back layers of dirt to reveal the nuances of cultures and customs, my appreciation of the Bible grows exponentially." Read More