Baptist Press Archive

Friday, February 10, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: Confesiones de un inmigrante

    by Por Octavio Javier Esqueda, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Mi historia se parece a muchas otras. Cuando mi esposa y yo nos casamos y nos vinimos a vivir a los Estados Unidos les dijimos a nuestros padres que en dos años regresaríamos. ... Read More

  • 'Mirror image' of Christ in Fla. church's racial unity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Marcellus Marsh
    ORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) -- Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to Palm Coast, Fla., in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled with strong biblical preaching.

    Based on recommendations from respected pastors, the white professional couple in their mid-50s visited the Orange Park campus of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church some 70 miles away. Read More

  • Open letter: refugee ban 'deeply' concerning

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A full-page ad in the Feb. 8 Washington Post expressing concern over a portion of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration included the signatures of at least seven Southern Baptists among a coalition of some 100 evangelicals.

    Two of the signatories -- former Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin -- told Baptist Press their signatures reflect a specific policy disagreement and not a blanket repudiation of the president's approach to immigration.

    The ad was coordinated by the National Association of Evangelicals' World Relief arm and phrased in the form of an open letter to Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Read More

  • Dead Sea Scrolls: New cave joins the saga

    by Art Toalston & Rob Collingsworth, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Lamar Cooper
    JERUSALEM (BP) -- A major discovery related to the Dead Sea Scrolls has been announced -- a cave where some of the ancient scrolls once were placed.

    Archaeologists previously had listed 11 caves where Dead Sea Scrolls texts had been found. Now there's a 12th cave, according to an excavation led by Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Liberty University in Virginia -- though the cave had been looted during the mid-20th century and its scrolls taken. Read More

  • Gov. Bevin honored by Ky. Baptists

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Gov. Matt Bevin has been honored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention for his leadership in getting laws passed to protect the state's children, including the unborn.

    Paul Chitwood, executive director of the 750,000-member KBC, presented Bevin the "Guardian of Life Award" at a rally in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday (Feb. 8) afternoon.

    Last month, Bevin signed two major pro-life bills into law -- one that requires women to undergo ultrasounds before having abortions and another that bans late-term abortions. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NAMB approves Send Relief ministry hubs

    by Mike Ebert, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt/NAMB
    ONTARIO, Calif.(BP) -- Trustees of the North American Mission Board meeting in Southern California heard reports from local church planters and approved the establishment of three Send Relief "ministry hubs" that will provide mercy ministry and give Southern Baptists more opportunities for hands-on missions service.

    Meeting Feb. 7 for their full board meeting, trustees approved a plan for NAMB to purchase existing property that will be transitioned into the ministry hubs.... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: New Bible, building top LifeWay reports

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is looking ahead to a newly revised Bible translation and a new corporate headquarters, leaders told trustees this week.

    At their semiannual meeting Feb. 6-7, trustees received copies of LifeWay's new Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which is online now and will be available at LifeWay Stores and other retail outlets in March. Read More

  • DeVos confirmation leaves Baptists hopeful for schools

    by David Roach, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education, some Southern Baptists hope that emphases at the Department of Education will parallel themes expressed in Southern Baptist Convention resolutions on education.

    DeVos, a Michigan businesswoman long active in conservative politics, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Feb. 7 by a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote. Her confirmation marked the first time a vice president has been called upon to break a tie regarding a cabinet nomination. Read More

  • Pastor in discrimination case to collect $225,000

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Gerald Harris/Christian Index
    ATLANTA (BP) -- A Georgia pastor fired from his government job over sermons alleged to be discriminatory will instead receive a $225,000 settlement from the state based on his own discrimination lawsuit.

    In 2014 the State of Georgia's Department of Public Health hired Eric Walsh, a lay minister, to serve as a district health director. Walsh accepted the offer but not long thereafter state officials requested samples of Walsh's sermons and searched online for others. Days later Walsh received a voice message from the officials requesting to speak with him about the position. Unintentionally, Walsh later noted, he learned of his firing when the callers mistakenly thought the call had ended and could be heard laughing and using phrases such as "you're out" on the voicemail. Read More

  • Wiley Drake fights to reopen church homeless shelter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Screen capture from The Wiley Drake Show
    BUENA PARK, Calif. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastor Wiley Drake is seeking a restraining order against three city officials in Buena Park, Calif., after the city condemned and shut down his church's homeless shelter Feb. 9.

    Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Buena Park, was given a March 3 court date when he applied for the restraining order hours after the city shuttered the 52-bed shelter for code violations that Drake disputes. The city cited the shelter for a hazardous electrical system and said the shelter lacks proper emergency exits, certified fire alarms and certified smoke detectors, according to the Orange County Register. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebrate diversity

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Friday, February 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    There's a "wonderful beauty" in the SBC's diversity, Myriah Snyder writes. "As long as we are all following Scripture, standing by its inerrancy, the virgin birth, Christ's atoning death and the other faith foundations, what's the problem?" Read More