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Thursday, March 08, 2018

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  • 'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes ahead

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo from Vanderbilt University
    DETROIT (BP) -- With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

    "Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Reaching the nations in small town Ga.

    by NAMB Staff, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- More than 1,000 refugees come to Clarkston, Ga., each year. Send Relief missionaries Trent and Elizabeth DeLoach and the believers at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) have made it their mission to help these men, women and children feel not only welcome but at home in their new country.

    A U.S. refugee resettlement program in the 1990s opened the door of opportunity for people from around the world to start a new life in Clarkston. This suburb of Atlanta eventually became known as "the most diverse square mile in America." More than 60 countries and 100-plus languages are represented, and the population continues to grow. A place so rich in culture is exactly the kind of city the DeLoach family dreamed of finding -- however it was hard to believe such a place existed in North America, especially in Trent's home state of Georgia. Read More

  • Mental illness, kids and how churches respond

    by Joy Allmond , posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Child advocate and mental health consultant Kelly Rosati has spent her fair share of time in psychiatric hospitals. Not for herself, but visiting her kids.

    She and her husband adopted all four of their children out of foster care. Three of them suffer on some level from mental illness, be it depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

    During a recent parenting conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, she and other experts discussed how the church should approach ministering to teens and kids who suffer from mental illness, and serving their families. Read More

  • Rainer shares tips on church hospitality

    by Joy Allmond , posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church members think of themselves as a welcoming bunch -- but they tend to be friendly only to one another, says LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer.

    Most guests feel as though they've crashed a private party, Rainer found after extensively surveying church visitors.

    His latest book, "Becoming a Welcoming Church," released March 1 from B&H Publishing Group, offers a game plan for churches to become more hospitable.

    Rainer discusses several tangible markers churches should have in place to leave a positive impression on guests -- and to encourage them for a return visit: Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Redes para Un Evangelismo Intencional

    by Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Cada persona tiene una red de parientes y amistades a su alrededor. Para muchos de nosotros esas redes se extienden hasta nuestro país de origen. Muchos, con frecuencia, se comunican por teléfono. Otros visitan y ... Read More

  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation.

    Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments to address religious persecution, terrorism and the resulting economic crisis in Nigeria, a coalition representative told Baptist Press today (March 8). Read More

  • Bible Study: March 11, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Strategic seniors

    by Tony Wolfe, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Senior adult ministry, Tony Wolfe notes, entails far more than "health fairs, trips to Branson or backgammon." Optimally, it can yield "an atmosphere where older men and women can be intentional about reproducing themselves in the lives of younger church members." Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: Llenar las necesidades primero en Nueva York

    Por Personal de NAMB, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Foto de NAMB.
    NUEVA YORK, N.Y. (BP) -- La una vez abandonada fachada de una tienda cubierta con pintura en espray, el edificio que originalmente albergó la Iglesia Graffiti, se ha vuelto símbolo de esperanza en el Lower East Side (bajo este) de Nueva York. Los misioneros de Envía Alivio, Taylor Field y su esposa Susan estratégicamente ubicaron la iglesia planta en 1986 en medio de las casas agrietadas y de una población mayormente indigente, y finalmente hicieron de este abandonado vecindario su hogar.

    "Jesús comenzó llenando las necesidades primero," dijo Field. "Su compasión ... Read More

  • El funeral de Billy Graham culminó con una presentación del Evangelio

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Foto de Bob Carey/Baptist Press.
    CHARLOTTE, C.N. (BP) -- Situado bajo una gran carpa al pie de una cruz de cristal con 40 pies de altura, el funeral de Billy Graham estuvo caracterizado por el mismo tema que definió sus 80 años de ministerio: un llamado a confiar en Cristo como Señor y Salvador.

    "Si éste fuera su propio funeral," dijo Franklin Graham, el hijo del evangelista fallecido, "¿estaría usted en el cielo? ¿está usted seguro?"

    A cargo del sermón del funeral ante una multitud de unos 2,300 invitados -- ... Read More

  • PC nacional 6.59% por arriba de proyección

    Por el personal , posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Gráfico de SBC
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A la fecha, las contribuciones a las misiones y los ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC están 6.59 por ciento por arriba de la proyección presupuestada a la fecha, y están 3.27 por ciento por arriba de las contribuciones recibidas durante el mismo período del año pasado, de acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del presidente y director ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, Frank S. Page. El total incluye los ingresos de las convenciones estatales y compañerismos, iglesias e individuos para ser distribuidos de acuerdo con el Presupuesto de Asignaciones del Programa Cooperativo de la ... Read More

  • ERLC, Iglesia Village va a copatrocinar conferencia en Dallas

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Gráfico de ERLC
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética y la Iglesia The Village copatrocinarán una conferencia sobre el involucramiento del Evangelio de la iglesia con el mundo, justo antes de la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur de este año en Dallas.

    Gráfico de The Village Church
    El evento de dos días -- titulado "El Evangelio y el Futuro de la Iglesia" -- se realizará el fin de semana antes de la reunión de la SBC el 12 y 13 de junio en Dallas. La preconferencia, realizada en conjunto con el Seminario Teológico Bautista Southern, será el 8 y 9 de junio en el campus Flower Mound de la Iglesia ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Redes para Un Evangelismo Intencional

    Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Cada persona tiene una red de parientes y amistades a su alrededor. Para muchos de nosotros esas redes se extienden hasta nuestro país de origen. Muchos, con frecuencia, se comunican por teléfono. Otros visitan y ... Read More