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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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  • Torrential Gulf Coast rains challenge DR efforts

    by Jim Burton, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Louisiana Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
    RUSTON, La. (BP) -- Damage from torrential Gulf Coast rains recently blanketed parts of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi leaving the region not only drenched, but also looking at possibly years of recovery.

    Storm waters have damaged an estimated 5,000 homes in Louisiana alone in about 28 parishes, but that number will likely rise. As water recedes in one town and recovery begins, it's likely cresting in another. Some of the state's bigger rivers have yet to crest.

    "This flood was not a respecter of any one place or people," said David Abernathy, the Louisiana Baptist Convention's disaster-relief incident commander. "This thing hit everybody. Rivers and lakes are cresting at records never seen before." Read More

  • Use of 'Creator' in article sparks controversy

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A scientific journal has retracted an article about the complexity of the human hand after receiving backlash to the authors' use of the C-word, "Creator." Read More

  • Psalm 139 aids East Tenn. healthcare ministry

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Jim Servies
    KNOXVILLE (BP) -- An East Tennessee ministry has a new resource provided by Southern Baptists in its mission to serve the needy -- in this case, underprivileged, pregnant women.

    Wallace Mobile Healthcare, based in Knoxville, Tenn., received an ultrasound machine March 6 from the Psalm 139 Project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The gift -- the latest made by the ERLC to centers across the country -- occurred during the morning worship service of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville. Read More

  • In new book, Hawkins redefines 'VIP'

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins, a golfer since boyhood, says his favorite holes to play are the par threes. "It only takes one really good shot out of three to make par," Hawkins noted.

    But while one good shot out of three can lead to success on a golf course par three, it doesn't lead to success for influential people, he acknowledged. It takes all three factors -- vision, integrity and purpose -- to be men and women of influence. That's the thesis behind Hawkins' newest book, "VIP: How to Influence with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose." Hawkins said influential people must possess a clear vision, high integrity and a God-given purpose that drives them each and every day. Read More

  • Fulani herdsmen kill 300 Nigerian Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BENUE, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen, believed to be buoyed by Boko Haram insurgents posing as the nomadic cattlemen, continue to occupy farmland in Benue state, Nigeria, two weeks after killing more than 300 Christian farmers there in a longstanding land dispute. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Racial unity, prayer, missions among June SBC emphases; WMU search committee prays, plans

    by Art Toalston & WMU Communications Staff, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- "A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America" will be among the highlights of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis, as listed in SBC LIFE's spring edition.

    The racial reconciliation emphasis will take place during the Tuesday morning session of the June 14-15 annual meeting, as announced by SBC President Ronnie Floyd in the Executive Committee journal. SBC LIFE is online at Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Too easily distracted

    by Lee Clamp, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Underscoring the tragedy of "being lost when no one is looking for you," South Carolina evangelism leader Lee Clamp asks, "How often do we assume someone else is responsible to reach out to those in our community?" Read More