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Thursday, March 22, 2018

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  • 'Our Faithful God' is NOBTS centennial's musical

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- God's enduring faithfulness throughout New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's 100-year history is the inspiration for a musical commissioned for its centennial celebration.

    While record enrollments, rapid growth and cutting-edge integration of ministry and education mark the school's history, so also do struggles brought on by an influenza outbreak, economic downturns and hurricanes.

    "Our Faithful God," written by NOBTS alumni Mike Harland and Chris and Diane Machen, debuted March 8 at NOBTS' Leavell Chapel. Musicians from a dozen congregations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana made up the 150-member choir and orchestra featured in the evening presentation. Read More

  • Women & the SBC: 100 yrs. of 'extraordinary' input noted

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1917, the Southern Baptist Convention received what Georgia's Christian Index newsjournal called "quite a shock" when a Texas church music leader made a motion at the SBC annual meeting concerning "the eternal question": Should women be allowed to serve as SBC messengers?

    Following a protracted -- and feisty -- debate that ended with a contested parliamentary maneuver, the convention answered that question in the negative. But the following year, Robert Coleman of First Baptist Church in Dallas made his motion again and prevailed. Read More

  • Tenn. may require schools to post 'In God We Trust'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post "In God We Trust" in a "prominent location" if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state legislature this week.

    "Our national motto and our founding documents are the cornerstones of freedom," the bill's sponsor, Republican state Rep. Susan Lynn, said in a statement. "They must be shared with our future generations.

    "I am honored to have sponsored passage of an initiative that will remind our current and future students about the true foundations for American life, faith and family," said Lynn, a Southern Baptist from the Nashville area. Read More

  • Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirement

    by Alabama Baptist staff, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers -- 43 of those years in the lead editor role -- Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31.

    Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist (TAB) in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers.

    He also has won numerous personal awards for his editorials and news writing. Read More

  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported today (March 22).

    Five of the girls who remain missing died of injuries suffered in a stampede when Boko Haram abducted them Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School, a parent of one of the five girls learned from another student, the AP reported. The reportedly deceased girls were buried in graves in the bush, the student said, but the deaths have not been confirmed. Read More

  • MOVIES: A persecutor, a widowed mom & Steve McQueen

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- The apostle Paul once referred to himself as the "chief of sinners." In a way, each of the films listed here –--"Paul, Apostle of Christ," "My Daddy Is in Heaven" and "Steve McQueen: American Icon" -- give evidence of God's grace to all of us who, like Paul, fall short of the glory of the Lord.

    Paul, Apostle of Christ

    In theaters March 28, Paul, Apostle of Christ offers an intimate look at the man who once persecuted members of the early church, only to have a life-altering experience on the road to Damascus. From then on, the inspired author of much of the New Testament would be a joyous slave of Christ.

    During the first scenes we see Paul (played by James Faulkner) suffering alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. Once known as Saul of Tarsus, Paul had been a brutal and determined persecutor of the new sect known as Christians. ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Simple questions

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    It's not always a good thing to be comfortable at church, Jeff Iorg writes, particularly if there's a dearth of children and more memorial services are being held than adult baptisms. Read More

  • La Corte Alta deja 'esperanzados' a centros defensores provida

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Una mayoría de la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. pareció receptiva hoy (20 de marzo) a los argumentos de los centros de embarazo provida sobre una ley estatal que requiere que ellos esencialmente den a conocer servicios de abortos que violan su libertad de expresión.

    La decisión de los jueces en el caso -- que se esperaba antes del fin del periodo de este verano -- probablemente tendrá repercusiones importantes para cientos de centros de cuidado de embarazo en numerosos estados. La ley de California en disputa es parte de un esfuerzo continuo de los defensores de los derechos al ... Read More

  • Diversidad e iglesias: Progreso ha sido hecho, dice estudio

    Por Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las iglesias protestantes puede que sean un poquito más diversas en estos días. Y eso es algo bueno, dicen sus pastores en un nuevo estudio divulgado hoy (20 de marzo).

    Ochenta y uno por ciento de los pastores protestantes dicen que su congregación está predominantemente compuesta por una etnia o grupo racial. Eso es menos que el 86 por ciento de hace cuatro años, de acuerdo con un estudio conducido por Investigación LifeWay del pasado 30 de agosto al 18 de septiembre. Read More

  • Pastor estadounidense acusado de 'terrorismo' en Turquía

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    ESMIRNA, Turquía (BP) -- El pastor estadounidense Andrew Brunson ha sido acusado de terrorismo en Turquía. El Centro Estadounidense para la Ley y la Justicia (ACLJ) dice que los cargos equivalen a admitir "que Turquía considera compartir el Evangelio un 'acto de terrorismo.'"

    "La acusación de 62 páginas, totalmente carente de mérito, no provee evidencia en relación con una acción criminal por parte del pastor Andrew, lo cual no llega como sorpresa," declaró el ACLJ en un comunicado de prensa del 20 de marzo. "El pastor Andrew, quien ha vivido en Turquía 23 años, y ha servido en la Iglesia ... Read More

  • Estudiantes universitarios son testigos de la 'tristeza, perdición' en la Ciudad de Nueva York

    Por Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CIUDAD DE NUEVA YORK (BP) -- Reagan Grisham dijo que ha visitado nueve países durante su vida y ha dejado un trozo de su corazón en cada uno de ellos.

    Pero cuando aterrizó en la Ciudad de Nueva York para participar en Passport New York, dijo que Dios hizo algo inesperado -- reunió todos esos trozos de su corazón.

    "Pensé que sería un viaje a corto plazo más," dijo Grisham, estudiante del último año en Howard Payne University en Brownwood, Texas. "Pero se convirtió en uno que cambia vidas. Aquí hay personas de todos esos países que he visitado. Y ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Un día en particular

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (5 months ago)

    ¿Están calladas las piedras?

    Ese día en particular, tal vez comenzó como cualquier otro día. Sin embargo, era un día muy especial. Tal vez Jesús aún no le había revelado por completo, Su plan para el día a Sus discípulos. Él sabía que ellos no podían captar toda la magnitud de lo ... Read More