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Thursday, February 07, 2019

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  • EC search committee has 'actively pursued' non-Anglos

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Responding to "recent online stories and related social media activity," the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's presidential search committee says it has "actively pursued resumes from non-Anglo candidates."

    In a Feb. 7 statement to the full EC, the search committee also said it "will not have a nomination to share" at the EC's Feb. 18-19 meeting in Nashville. It is seeking a successor to Frank S. Page, who resigned in March 2018. Read More

  • Rainer: LifeWay did 'all we could' to save stores

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (16 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources did "all we could" to keep brick and mortar stores open, LifeWay President Thom Rainer told the entity's trustees. But despite positive indicators in mid-2018, by late in the year, data from stores showed revenue declines "had not reversed" and "had been exacerbated."

    Rainer's comments during a Feb. 4-5 trustee meeting in Nashville came prior to approximately three hours of executive session over two days, in which business and financial matters were discussed. LifeWay has not yet announced any actions taken during the executive session. Read More

  • Chitwood installed as IMB president

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- Unity, fellowship and promises of mutual support characterized the installation of International Mission Board President Paul Chitwood and the Sending Celebration of 19 newly appointed international missionaries on Wednesday (Feb. 6).

    Chitwood is the 13th president of the Southern Baptist Convention's 173-year-old International Mission Board. The special service took place at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, in Richmond, Va.

    Southern Baptist leaders from across the convention and a number of state conventions attended the event, which included worship led by The Summit Church from Raleigh-Durham N.C., remarks by SBC President J.D. Greear, a charge by former IMB President Tom Elliff, and a response by Chitwood. WMU Executive Director Sandy Wisdom-Martin and IMB President Emeritus Jerry Rankin also participated in the service, which featured testimonies from the 19 new missionaries. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB elects EVP, appoints 19 missionaries

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va.(BP)-- International Mission Board trustees unanimously elected Todd Lafferty as the 173-year-old entity's executive vice president during their Feb. 6-7 meeting in Richmond, Va.

    Trustees also appointed 19 new missionaries for service around the globe; affirmed Roger Alford as vice president of communication, and recognized 48 emeriti in memoriam.

    Lafferty, 59, most recently has served as pastor of mobilization for Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. He and his wife Susan previously served with the IMB for nearly 29 years. See related Baptist Press story. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Blackface mars 'the soul & the mind'

    by Marshal Ausberry, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (16 days ago)

    The message communicated by a person in blackface, Marshal Ausberry writes, "ranges from cultural ignorance to overt racism." Christians are called to forgiveness, he notes, "but I hope we learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others." Read More

  • Trump promotes life, prayer at breakfast

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP)-- President Trump reaffirmed the sanctity of every human life and encouraged Americans to pray for the pursuit of justice during the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday (Feb. 7).

    The president also defended religious liberty and the work of faith-based adoption agencies in a 20-minute address at the annual event in a Washington, D.C., hotel.

    In calling for prayer for the United States, Trump said, "Let us pray for the courage to pursue justice and the wisdom to forge peace. Let us pray for a future where every child has a warm, safe and loving home. Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 10, 2019

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days 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

  • RACIAL RECONCILIATION: A redeemed humanity

    by J.D. Greear, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (16 days ago)

    The church is "God's 'Plan A' for rescuing the world," SBC President J.D. Greear writes, as "a place of refuge for people of every color, of every background, of every segment of society." Read More

  • DIRECTIVOS: Rainer da el último discurso presidencial

    Por Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Los directivos de LifeWay tuvieron su primera reunión de 2019 con su mira puesta en un tiempo de transición y oración optimista por el futuro.

    Aun con la cobertura de las noticias recientes de que LifeWay va a cerrar algunas de las tiendas y a cambiar hacia una estrategia dinámica digital impulsada por el comercio en línea, el presidente y director ejecutivo Thom S. Rainer expresó su confianza en las semanas, los meses y los años por venir.

    "Los mejores días para LifeWay están todavía por venir," dijo Rainer en lo que fue su ... Read More

  • SBTS honra a T. Vaughn Walker con cátedra

    Por Aaron Hanbury, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (16 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- El Seminario Teológico Bautista Southern (SBTS) ha anunciado una nueva cátedra en honor del fallecido profesor de la escuela, T. Vaughn Walker.

    El presidente del Seminario Southern, R. Albert Mohler Jr. hizo el anuncio el sábado (2 de febrero) como parte de un servicio funeral para Walker en la Capilla Alumni Memorial. El seminario, señaló Mohler, financiará un puesto de enseñanza para un profesor de Ministerio Cristiano T. Vaughn Walker.

    Walker, el primer afroamericano elegido en cualquier facultad de un seminario de la ... Read More

  • La historia afroamericana ilumina la vida de un pastor

    Por Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (16 days ago)

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    MESQUITE, Texas (BP) -- Terry Turner entiende el valor de conocer la historia afroamericana al ver la importancia del descubrimiento de la historia de su propia familia.

    Turner, un presidente anterior de la Convención Bautista del Sur, comenzó a escudriñar en la historia afroamericana como parte de su investigación doctoral y descubrió una conexión entre su historia y la historia más amplia de los afroamericanos.

    Llegó a conocer la investigación de Orlando Patterson, profesor de sociología en Harvard, quien examinó los enlaces entre la ruptura en las familias afroamericanas de hoy y la ... Read More

  • PC nacional está 0.18% por debajo HLF de proyección de presupuesto

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Con las ofrendas recibidas de 40 de las 41 convenciones bautistas estatales, las contribuciones a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) recibidas en enero por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC estuvieron 0.18 por ciento por debajo del presupuesto proyectado para los primeros cuatro meses del actual año fiscal. Y estuvieron 3.03 por ciento por debajo de la cantidad recibida durante el mismo período del año pasado, de acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del presidente interino y vicepresidente ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, D. August Boto.

    Hasta el 31 de enero, las ofrendas recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo a través del ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El cántico de María: Las actitudes del corazón que agradan a Dios

    Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (15 days ago)

    El cántico de María conocido como el "Magnificat" es uno de los salmos de alabanza más bellos de las Sagradas Escrituras. Este cántico tiene una profundidad y enseñanza teológica muy importante la cual desgraciadamente pasa desapercibida para la mayoría de los seguidores de Cristo.

    Por ejemplo, no puedo recordar ... Read More