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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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  • Christ's resurrection: strongest evidence cited

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Did Jesus really rise from the dead?

    It's a question asked and answered each Easter in news reports, television documentaries and personal conversations. This year, two Southern Baptists who train others to defend the faith have offered their thoughts on the best way to answer.

    Rob Phillips, who leads apologetics for the Missouri Baptist Convention, pointed to the "minimal facts argument," which defends the resurrection using only evidence "considered virtually undeniable," even by skeptics. Stephen Wellum, a theology professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said evidence for the resurrection always must be coupled with an explanation of the resurrection's significance within the Christian worldview. Read More

  • MLK50 in Memphis to seek 'repentance and unity'

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    MEMPHIS (BP) -- More than 3,600 registrants plan to gather in Memphis to pursue racial unity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and The Gospel Coalition (TGC) will co-host the event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- at the Memphis Convention Center half a century after King's slaying on April 4, 1968, in the Tennessee city. The April 3-4 conference's goal is to consider the state of racial unity in the American church and culture, as well as to examine what is required to achieve solidarity amid the country's ongoing division. Read More

  • EASTER: Determining a date has proven 'divisive'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Some Christians have expressed chagrin that Easter and April Fools' Day fall on the same date this year. But any moderate emotional energy expended contemplating Easter's date in 2018 pales in comparison to the passion believers brought to dating Easter the first four centuries of church history.

    The story of that passion helps explain how Christians have come to calculate Easter's date.

    "Why was the date of Easter such a divisive issue?" said Rex Butler, professor of church history and patristics at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "First, the centrality of Jesus' resurrection to the Christian faith made the date of its observance a critical concern. Second, the rituals associated with Easter brought into sharp contrast the differing dates of its observance. Read More

  • Love, faithfulness highlight LifeWay Easter lessons

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Love one another as Jesus taught, know that His resurrection overcame sin and death, and be assured of His return to take believers unto Himself -- words of encouragement at Easter in Bible study curricula from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    Reflections by the writers of Bible Studies for Life, Explore the Bible and YOU! during the Easter season were shared with Baptist Press from LifeWay's five ongoing Bible study/Sunday School curricula, which also include The Gospel Project and SmallGroup.com. Read More

  • EASTER: 'No fear in death!'

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    If you're afraid of death, Steve Gaines writes, "Jesus unlocked the door of eternity, went into the grave and turned the lights on" through His resurrection on Easter morning for those who trust in Him. Read More

  • Bible study in a garage: At 83, he fills a niche

    by Amanda Phifer, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    DOWNEY, Calif. (BP) -- Harold Neal, 83, a retired airplane builder and bivocational pastor, as well as the caregiver for his wife of 66 years, has found "what the Lord wants me to do" in leading a Bible study in his garage for 15 years.

    Says Neal, matter-of-factly, "What else could I do that could please the Lord? Teaching is God's calling. I can't do anything else. If I can't teach or preach the Word of God, I think I might as well go on to be with the Lord."

    Through the years, the class, attended by 8 to 12 people each week, has studied much of the Bible verse by verse. Neal produces all the teaching materials himself, from detailed outlines of each passage to large charts, maps and timelines. Some students in the class have amassed literally years' worth of Bible outlines at their fingertips. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 1, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 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

  • Lima, la comunidad china más grande de Latinoamérica 

    Por Nicole Leigh , posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    LIMA, Perú (BP) -- La mayoría de la gente no pensaría en Perú como un centro de trabajo chino, pero hay más de un millón de chinos en el país, 200,000 solamente en Lima.

    Llegaron a trabajar hace tres generaciones cuando la abolición de la esclavitud dejó un vacío en la fuerza laboral. Ellos eran trabajadores contratados, y una vez que terminaban sus contratos, muchos se quedaban y abrían sus propios negocios.

    Hoy en día. El barrio chino de Lima es un bullicioso centro de actividades con ... Read More

  • Frank Page del CE renuncia debido a 'falla personal'

    Por Art Toalston , posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Frank S. Page ha renunciado como presidente y director ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur, a partir de hoy (27 de marzo) debido a lo que describe como "una relación moralmente inapropiada en el pasado reciente."

    El pastor de Florida, Stephen Rummage, presidente de la junta del Comité Ejecutivo, comunicó una declaración de 300 palabras el martes en la tarde (27 de marzo) a nombre de los directivos del CE haciendo notar las circunstancias de la renuncia de Page: ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Para qué murió Cristo?

    Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Este fin de semana recordamos los acontecimientos más importantes en la historia de la humanidad, los sucesos que cambiaron para siempre la vida de millones de personas alrededor del mundo. Evidentemente me refiero a la muerte y resurrección de Jesucristo. ... Read More

  • LA PASCUA: '¡Sin temor a la muerte!'

    Por Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Mientras caminaba por el hospital, eché un vistazo a la tarjeta de visitación a nombre de quien solicitó que le visitara. Estaba muriendo de cáncer y quería que fuera y orara con él. Me sentí honrado con su petición.

    Cuando llegué a su cuarto en el hospital, me sorprendió su apariencia. Su cuerpo estaba muy delgado. Su piel oscurecida. Sus dientes se quebraron. Todo esto fue el resultado de innumerables tratamientos de quimioterapia. Y a pesar de todo lo que pudieron hacer los doctores, Jim estaba muriéndose. Read More

  • La resurrección Cristo:  La más fuerte evidencia citada 

    Por David Roach , posted Thursday, March 29, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- ¿Realmente resucitó Jesús de la muerte?

    Es una pregunta que se hace y se contesta cada Pascua en reportes de noticias, documentales de televisión y conversaciones personales. Este año, dos bautistas del sur que entrenan a otros para defender la fe han ofrecido sus pensamientos sobre la mejor manera de contestar.

    Rob Phillips, quien dirige apologética en la Convención Bautista de Missouri, señaló el "argumento de hechos mínimos," el cual defiende la resurrección usando solo ... Read More