Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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  • 'In the Lord we have protection,' Gaines tells EC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- God protects Christians facing contemporary turmoil and troubles just as He protected the apostle Paul in the first century, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said in his address to the SBC Executive Committee Feb. 19 in Nashville.

    Just months ago in November 2017, a gunman slaughtered 26 people attending worship service at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on the heels of an October massacre that killed 58 concertgoers and injured 500 more at an outdoor venue in Las Vegas. Most recently, a teenage student who had been expelled from a Florida high school returned, killed 17 students and teachers, and wounded 14 others, although Gaines didn't mention any specific tragedies. Read More

  • Parents lose custody of transgender teen

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

    CINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- An Ohio couple on Friday (Feb. 16) lost permanent custody of their teenage daughter because they didn't want her to undergo sex-change treatment.

    Cincinnati-area Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Hendon removed the girl from her parents' custody and turned her over to her maternal grandparents, who support the 17-year-old's desire to identify as a boy. The teen moved in with her grandparents early last year.

    The names of the girl and her parents and grandparents are sealed by court order. Read More

  • Page: Churches & stewardship key to SBC honoring God

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- God wants "everything we do to bring Him glory," Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, noted.

    The church must be a focal point where God's glory is evident, Page stated during the opening session of the EC's Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville.

    Page read two verses from the apostle Paul in Scripture, Ephesians 3:20-21, to open his message: Read More

  • Hockey an opportunity for Hensley to love God, others

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Ally Eames/USA Hockey
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Her love of hockey started as a child with a neighborhood friend named Hayden.

    Nicole Hensley, a goalie on the U.S. women's hockey team, remembers Hayden was always outside of her Colorado home playing street hockey with his family and friends. One day, he asked if she wanted to play, too.

    "From there, we would play all day every day outside, and I just kind of fell in love with it," Hensley said. Read More

  • Fla. church finding a way forward after school shooting

    by Nicole Kalil, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    PARKLAND, Fla. (BP) -- As church families gathered around the nation on Sunday (Feb. 18), many congregations prayed for those affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last week.

    Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention, had asked that Southern Baptists take time during worship to pray for the families impacted by the tragedy that took the lives of 17 staff and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.

    "Our prayer is for God to grant comfort, mercy, and peace to these families," he said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Hazardous exposure

    by David Jeremiah, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (10 months ago)

    David Jeremiah warns of spiritual toxins that can seep unseen into the soul. "The Lord Jesus is the greatest hazmat specialist in the world," Jeremiah writes. "He can cleanse you from hazardous friends and exposures … with His blood and with the water of His Word." Read More