Baptist Press Archive

Friday, March 04, 2016

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Church planter continues to 'brag on Jesus'

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

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    INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- Three years ago Barry Rager was the pastor of a small Kentucky church. Most of his days were centered on important church business. Among his many duties as a pastor, he prepared sermons, visited sick members and mediated church disputes. All good work. All important work. All Kingdom work.

    "I was kind of like the coach saying, 'Hey, reach the people you are with,' but I wasn't actually the one doing it," Rager says. Read More

  • GOP debate: Trump's character draws focus

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- Whether GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is morally fit to be president drew extended focus during a March 3 Republican presidential debate in Detroit that also included discussion of religious liberty, adoption by same-sex couples, judicial nominations and the water crisis in Flint, Mich.

    Trump's opponents, and at times the Fox News moderators, suggested Trump's alleged unkindness toward others, inconsistent policy positions and business impropriety are unbefitting a U.S. president. Trump countered that he is "flexible" rather than inconsistent, his business dealings are all above board and it is logically invalid to conclude from poll data that a large percentage of Republican voters believe he is unfit for the presidency. Read More

  • Churches keep commitment to CP despite struggles

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    IRVING, Texas (BP) -- First Baptist Church of Iowa Park has a long, committed history to giving 10 percent of its undesignated receipts to through the Cooperative Program. The only problem came when the Texas church's budget expenses outstripped income. Read More

  • Abortion debate's lack of 'common ground' bemoaned

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The welfare of women in abortion clinics should be, but isn't, an issue on which pro-life and pro-choice advocates agree and work together, said members of a Southern Baptist-sponsored panel discussion March 3 on Capitol Hill. Read More

  • Q&A: U.S. action on slavery & child labor

    by ERLC Staff, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- President Obama has signed into law a bill from Congress to block imports "made with convict labor, forced labor, or indentured labor." Read More

  • Va. Baptists rally to help storm survivors

    by Ishmael LaBiosa, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Ishmael LaBiosa
    EVERGREEN, Va. (BP) -- Sharanda Totty vividly remembers Feb. 24. It was the night deadly tornadoes struck her state –- with one destroying her home as she held her 1-year-old baby, Aubrielle, tightly in her arms.

    "The lights start flickering. Eventually, the lights go black," she recalled of the EF-3 tornado that hit her house in Evergreen, Va. "And then -- this all happens within five seconds -- I see a tree go by. The house is lifted. It doesn't come apart piece by piece. It is lifted. So, me and my baby were exposed. She is sitting on my lap, and we're exposed to this tornado that is above us.... That whole time I could hear things flying around and everything coming apart. I am saying, 'please God, no. Please!'" Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Ten Commandments, rediscovered

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    The Ten Commandments are more refreshing than ever, Baptist Press senior editor Art Toalston writes. Amid today's cultural demise, the Ten Commandments are like "a hand-warmer on a frigid night" or "an ice-cold soda on a steamy day." Read More

  • Rosas pro-vida en el capitolio: 25th aniversario de los bautistas de Oklahoma

    Por Chrys Doyle/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    CIUDAD DE OKLAHOMA (BP) -- Oklahoma ha sido declarado el estado "número uno" en la "Lista de la Vida" de Americans United for Life -- un reconocimiento otorgado por dicha organización pro-vida, la más antigua de la nación, con base en lo bien que Oklahoma protege la vida.

    El logro puede ser atribuido a los muchos años que Oklahoma ha animado a los líderes del gobierno estatal a que apoyen la legislación a favor de la vida, incluyendo los 25 años que los bautistas de Oklahoma han estado involucrados en el Día de la Rosa. Read More

  • Refugiados, iglesias y temor resaltados en estudio

    Por Bob Smietana, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Cuando se trata de ayudar a los refugiados, las iglesias protestantes y sus pastores a menudo están separados por la fe y el temor, de acuerdo a una nueva encuesta de Investigación LifeWay.

    La mayoría de los cristianos deben darles la mano a los refugiados y extranjeros, y creer que cuidar a los refugiados es un privilegio. Sin embargo, los pastores dicen que sus iglesias tienen el doble de probabilidad de temer a los refugiados que de ayudarlos. Read More

  • J.D. Greear sera nominado a presidente de la CBS

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- El pastor de North Carolina J.D. Greear será nominado para presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur, anunció hoy (2 de marzo) el pastor de Florida, Jimmy Scroggins.

    Greear, 42 años, "está liderando su generación para hacer realidad su pasión por la CBS, las misiones y la iglesia local," escribió Scroggins, pastor de Family Church en West Palm Beach, Florida, en una divulgación noticiosa declarando su intención de nominar a Greear en la reunión anual de la CBS en junio. Read More

  • Primeros frutos del semestre de primavera cosechados en campus universitarios

    Por Alex Sibley, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Dos estudiantes del Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern (SWBTS por sus siglas en inglés) estaban comenzando a testificarle a un estudiante, Esteban, en el campus de la Universidad de Texas en Arlington (UTA por sus siglas en inglés) cuando dos de sus amigas, Stephanie y Belén, aparecieron. Aunque el estudiante de maestría en divinidades del SWBTS Emmanuel Escareno inicialmente pensó que eso interrumpiría la oportunidad de compartir el evangelio, probó ser una cita divina.

    Escareno, junto con el compañero de estudios en maestría de divinidades Daniel Moon, ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Confíe en el poder de Dios… (Josué 3:7-17)

    Por Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, March 04, 2016 (one year ago)

    El liderazgo suele obligarnos a salir de nuestra zona de seguridad. Cuando es lo correcto, y cuando ciertamente Dios lo ha ordenado, los buenos líderes dan un paso al frente. Siempre podemos confiar en que Dios nos va a guiar. No importa si confiamos o no en nosotros mismos. El hecho de obedecer a Dios, aumenta nuestra confianza y también motiva a otras personas a dar un paso al frente. Read More