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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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  • Egypt's president calls for moderated Islam

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    CAIRO (BP) -- Egypt's president, in a move applauded by conservative Western media, is challenging senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies that have led to widespread terrorism in the name of Islam.

    Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who was elected last spring after the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi, said in a speech at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, a leading intellectual center of Sunni Muslim thought, that Muslim religious scholars "must take a long, hard look" at the role of Islam in violent extremism. Read More

  • LifeWay campus under contract

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has entered into a contract for the sale of its campus in downtown Nashville. Contract terms, including the sale price, have not been disclosed pending closing of the sale in a few months, according to a LifeWay news release. Read More

  • 'LAUNCH' event equips professionals for missions

    by Don Graham and Laura Fielding, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- To some it might sound like the opening line of a bad joke: What do a New Jersey trauma surgeon, a Louisiana electrical engineer and a California marketer all have in common? But this isn't a stand-up routine. Instead, it's evidence of a growing trend that's transforming the way Christians are responding to the Great Commission -- they're using their careers to take the Gospel overseas. Read More

  • Missionary 'Farm System' making impact

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy Muche Ukegbu
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- If you watch Major League Baseball in March, you'll see players you've never heard of on the diamond. That's what spring training is all about -- young players from a team's farm system showing what they can do against major league talent. The farm system plays a critical part in building a winning team.

    At the North American Mission Board (NAMB) we also believe in the important role a farm system plays in fulfilling our mission to help Southern Baptists start evangelistic churches. That's why we've designed a developmental pathway -- centered around the local church -- for the church planters of tomorrow. And here's the good news -- just a few years into this effort we are already seeing great fruit. Read More

  • Moore: Christ crucified better than civil religion

    by Charissa Crotts, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- God's call to repentance in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a summons to follow Christ, not an affirmation of vague, patriotic moralism, ethicist Russell Moore said in a March 19 chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "God and country is much, much easier than Christ and Him crucified," said Moore, president of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "This text does not point us to a bloodless civil religion. This text points us to the cross." Read More

  • LifeWay pulls 'heaven visitation resources'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."

    LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper, which is being made into a movie slated for release this fall. The book recounts Piper's supposed experience of heaven following a severe auto accident and has sold 6.5 million copies in 46 languages. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: Looking for home

    by Erich Bridges, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    You don't know what it means to be a refugee unless you've been one. But you can be a friend, Erich Bridges writes in WorldView. Read More