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Thursday, March 20, 2008

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  • Resurrection--'heart' of Gospel

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Paul was in jail, not because he had done anything wrong, but because he refused to deny his Lord. The specter of death was imminent. Though his life was spared this time, within a few years he was martyred for his unwavering testimony that Jesus is the Savior of the world.

          As he wrote a letter to his dearest friends, Paul declared his intense desire to know his Lord more intimately. His words are powerfully poignant: "I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death" (Philippians 3:10).

          Paul understood something fundamental. The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central event of the Christian faith. It is the central message in our Christian witness. It is the source of our hope and the strength of our life.

          prosperity or personal influence. It was far deeper than that. He longed to have such a relationship with God that the deepest needs of his heart would be fully satisfied in Christ alone.

          -- The resurrection of Jesus has power to revive the broken heart.

          A sad reality of human existence is the depth of loneliness many people experience daily. As social beings, we draw strength and purpose from interacting with others. Many have no close relationships with others who fully love and accept them. They have no one with whom to share their deepest and most intimate thoughts.

          One day, Charles Weigle returned home from a preaching tour. He found a note from his wife. She had left him, taking their small daughter with her. Overcome with despair, he saw no reason to live, no purpose in life. Over the next few years he frequently contemplated suicide. Some years later, sitting at the piano in his home, his fingers began idly to course their way over the keys. Reflecting on God's sustaining grace, a melody emerged and blended with the words in his heart. Within 30 minutes, he had penned a song -- "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus" -- that has since comforted thousands:

          "I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus,

          "Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true;

          "I would tell you how He changed my life completely;

          "He did something that no other friend could do.

          "No one ever cared for me life Jesus,

          "There's no other friend so kind as He;

          "No one else could take the sin and darkness from me;

          "O how much He cared for me."

          -- The resurrection of Jesus has power to reclaim the empty heart.

          Blaise Pascal, the 17th-century mathematician, philosopher and physicist, observed that the human heart is like an "infinite abyss." Read More

  • Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

    by William Lane Craig, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--To answer the question of Jesus' resurrection from a historical standpoint, we must first determine what facts concerning the fate of Jesus of Nazareth can be credibly established on the basis of the evidence and second consider what the best explanation of those facts is. Read More

  • 2 thieves represent all mankind

    by Lauren Crane, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--All humanity is represented by one of the two thieves who were crucified alongside Jesus. Read More

  • Mohler recovering from surgery

    by Staff, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has undergone successful surgery for the removal of a pre-cancerous tumor from his colon. Read More

  • C. Asia's harsh winter calls for quick action

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Central Asia is suffering through its worst winter in at least 30 years, and Southern Baptists have moved to help isolated villages where people are in danger of starvation. Read More

  • LIFE DIGEST: Pro-lifers should avoid 'Idol Gives Back,' organization leader says; ...

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--"Idol Gives Back," the charity program of "American Idol," is not worthy of support from people who regard unborn life as sacred, a pro-life leader says.

    The hugely popular Fox television series will hold its charity fundraising event for the second year with a 2½-hour telecast April 9. Last year, Idol Gives Back raised more than $76 million for charities that combat poverty, disease and other problems.

    Among the six charities named as beneficiaries of this year's prog... Read More

  • Still hospitalized, prayer lifts UU duo

    by Claire Yates, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP)--David Wilson and Matt Kelley were among hundreds of Union University students who experienced the 10 seconds that it took for a tornado to devastate the campus.

    That night, Feb. 5, they found themselves trapped with numerous other students beneath piles of rubble in dorms that had taken on the look of a battlefield in Jackson, Tenn.

    But it took several hours to rescue Wilson and Kelley.

    Emergency crews rushed both students to Jackson-Madison County Hospital on... Read More

  • Jena embraces 'whatever God wants'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    JENA, La. (BP)--Jena's revival continues, now in its fifth week.

    It's meeting at Temple Baptist Church, where Jimmy Keene is pastor. Keene was on vacation in California for the first two weeks of the revival in the small Louisiana town when services were taking place at Midway Baptist Church. One of the first stories people bring up about the revival -– it was repeated during the March 19 service -- is the apology Keene gave from his church to East Jena Baptist for a church split 70 years a... Read More

  • Resurrection power

    by Henry Blackaby, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP)--In Philippians 3:10-11 the Apostle Paul said: "I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead." Read More

  • A 10-year evangelistic strategy

    by Frank Page, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--As we approach the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis in June, many people are wondering what this convention will bring forth, who will be elected and what will be decided. Read More

  • Intl group disavows U.N.'s climate claims

    by Gregory Tomlin, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--TIME magazine warned that scientists had observed "bizarre and unpredictable weather patterns" which led them to believe the world was headed for "a global climatic upheaval." Fluctuations in temperature, rainfall and sea ice were all described as signs of impending doom.

    But the scientists interviewed by TIME weren't talking about global warming, and the magazine wasn't issued in the 21st century. The June 1974 report in TIME... Read More

  • U.N.: Manmade global warming certain

    by Staff, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--The most-often quoted authority on global climate change is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a scientific group established in 1988 by the United Nations to evaluate the risk of human-induced climate change. It was the IPCC that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, former vice president of the United States.

    Since its inception, the panel has published four reports that reviewed climate research conduc... Read More

  • Evangelicals differ on climate dispute

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    NASHVILLE (BP)--Disagreements among evangelical Christians about global warming are rooted in a fundamental question: Is human-induced climate change a real problem? And, if interviews with two evangelical advocates are any indicator, proposed responses to the issue differ dramatically, depending on how a person answers that question.

    E. Calvin Beisner, national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation (www.cornwallallianc... Read More

  • SBC leaders: Caring for earth a command

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Christians and Southern Baptists on different sides in the policy debate over the environment can nonetheless partner together to care for it out of a belief that such action is biblically commanded, two Southern Baptist leaders who themselves are on different sides of the issue say.

    The comments by Barrett Duke, vice president of public policy and research for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commi... Read More

  • Prestonwood, SEBTS go green, save money

    by Michael Foust, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    PLANO, Texas (BP)--For Prestonwood Baptist Church, being good stewards of the earth also means saving some money in the process.

    In July 2006 the Plano, Texas, church, pastored by Jack Graham, implemented an energy conservation program that involved, among other things, changing light bulbs and altering water usage. Since then, the church has saved more than $1.5 million on utility bills, church officials say.

    "For us, this is about being goo... Read More

  • ERLC leaders oppose bill to cap emissions

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity is opposed to climate-change legislation the U.S. Senate is expected to consider soon.

    Richard Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and Barrett Duke, the commission's vice president for public policy, joined more than 70 other signers in a March 17 letter to all 100 senators urging them to oppose legislation requiring cuts in carbon dio... Read More

  • My Nobel Moment & Global Climate Change

    by John R. Christy, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    HUNSTVILLE, Ala. (BP)--I've had a lot of fun recently with my tiny (and unofficial) slice of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). But, though I was one of thousands of IPCC participants, I don't think I will add "0.0001 Nobel Laureate" to my resume.

    The other half of the prize was awarded to former Vice President Al Gore, whose carbon footprint would stomp my neighborhood flat. But that's another story.

    Both halves of the award h... Read More

  • Spirited, Christ-like climate debate

    by Frank Page, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ORIGINALLY POSTED March 19, 2008

    TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--Recently, Southern Baptists' attention has been focused on media reports which relate to the release of and the signing of a document titled, Southern Baptists Environment and Climate Initiative. Seldom have I seen such a reaction. Part of this has been slightly humorous.

    For example, I had no idea that we had as many experts in climatology and earth science as we seem to have. Second, I have seen an arrogance among a few that ... Read More

  • Proclamando el mensaje de la Pascua durante todo el año

    Por Geoff Hammond, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--¡Cristo ha resucitado!

          Éste es el mejor encabezado para la noticia más grandiosa que jamás se haya comunicado. Lo podría decir en inglés o lo podría decir en el idioma portugués que aprendí a hablar mientras servía como misionero de la Junta Internacional de Misiones en Brasil. En cualquier idioma, el poder que hay detrás de la frase es el mismo. "¡Cristo ha resucitado!" -- se ha dicho miles de millones de veces en cientos de idiomas por miles de años. "¡Cristo ha resucitado!" -- dirige nuestra atención hacia el milagro de la Pascua.

          Para quienes siguen al Salvador resucitado, la Pascua es un recordatorio: Primero que nada, es un recordatorio de quién es Jesucristo y todo lo que pasó para ofrecernos el regalo de la salvación. Es un recordatorio de que Jesucristo ya no está colgado en la cruz y que ya no está en la tumba. Finalmente, es un recordatorio de que Jesús está vivo. ¡Jesús ha resucitado, sin duda alguna!

          Pero si miráramos a nuestro alrededor en esta época del año, probablemente recodaríamos verdades más solemnes. Si dijéramos "¡Cristo ha resucitado!" y luego le diéramos un serio vistazo a nuestro mundo, quizá notaríamos cómo Estados Unidos se está alejando cada vez más de las cosas de Cristo. A veces es desalentador ver la dirección en la cual camina nuestra cultura. Read More

  • ¿Realmente resucitó Jesús de entre los muertos?

    Por William Lane Craig, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Para contestar la pregunta acerca de la resurrección de Jesús desde una perspectiva histórica, primero debemos determinar qué hechos concernientes al destino de Jesús de Nazaret pueden ser establecidos creíblemente con base en la evidencia y en segundo lugar considerar cuál es la mejor explicación de esos hechos. Por lo menos cuatro hechos relacionados con el destino del Jesús histórico son ampliamente aceptados hoy por los historiadores del Nuevo Testamento. Read More

  • CCPE: Una de cada 4 adolescentes padece de una EST

    Por Erin Roach, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    CHICAGO (BP)--En los Estados Unidos, por lo menos una de cada cuatro adolescentes padece de una enfermedad de trasmisión sexual, alcanzando la cantidad de 3.2 millones de jovencitas, según un reporte único en su tipo hecho por el Centro para el Control y Prevención de las Enfermedades y publicado el 11 de marzo. Read More

  • COMPENDIO VIDA: Aquellos a favor de la vida deben evitar ver

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--"El Ídolo Restituye," (Idol Gives Back) el programa de caridad de "Ídolo Americano," (American Idol) no merece el apoyo de la gente que considera la vida antes del nacimiento como sagrada, dice un dirigente a favor de la vida. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Cambiar lo bueno en malo?

    Por Óscar J. Fernández, posted Thursday, March 20, 2008 (10 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Al final del segundo día de la creación se hace por primera vez en la Biblia una declaración que luego se va a repetir algunas veces. Dice en Génesis 1:10 "... y vio Dios que era bueno." Read More