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Poll: 'He is risen,' they still say
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--It may surprise many, but 75 percent of the Americans who say they are not born-again Christians still believe the biblical account of Jesus literally coming back to life in his physical body, according to recent research by the North American Mission Board's Center for Missional Research.
A less surprising result of the study is that nearly 100 percent of those identifying themselves as born-again Christians believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
"It really stunned us to learn that 75 percent of those Americans claiming not to be born-again still believe in the resurrection," said Phillip Connor, research missiology manager for the Center for Missional Research. The CMR data was collected from a random sample of 1,204 adults across the United States. The interviews were conducted by the polling firm of Zogby International on behalf of the NAMB center. Read More
Poll: Half of Americans reject evolution
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Roughly half of Americans reject the theory of evolution and instead believe that God created humans in their present form in the past 10,000 years, according to a new Newsweek poll. Read More
LIFE DIGEST: German infanticide on the rise
WASHINGTON (BP)--An outbreak of infanticide this year has prompted German cities to urge mothers in crisis to leave their unwanted babies in hatches at hospitals in order to save the children's lives. Read More
A ticket from Satanism to holiness
BETTSTOWN, Ga. (BP)--In 1994, power and money were my gods. Good, bad or indifferent, that's the way it was. I had given the devil my heart and would do whatever I felt he wanted me to do to get what I wanted out of life. Read More
Many Satanists prefer the shadows
BETTSTOWN, Ga. (BP)--Perhaps the world's most prominent Satanist was Anton Szandor Lavey, who founded the Church of Satan in 1966 as a mixture of a hedonistic philosophy and black magic rituals.
Lavey, who died in 1997, wrote "The Satanic Bible" (1969, which sold 1 million copies) and other books as the self-declared high priest of the church that once boasted 10,000 members.
Since the inception of the Satanic church, other local chapters, or grottoes, have been founded across the nat... Read More
Diane Reasoner killed in car accident
DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--Diane Reasoner, longtime communications specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention, was killed in an auto accident April 1 in metro Atlanta.
Her husband, Richard Reasoner, 60, was injured in the three-car accident on Interstate 985 that killed two and seriously injured five others. Richard Reasoner, clinical director of Christian Counseling and Psychological Service, Inc., in Suwanee, Ga., was listed in fair condition April 2 at Gwinnett Medical Center. According to a p... Read More
Sanctification examined at 2-day conf.
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Sanctification -– among Christians in general and ministers in particular -– was a key theme of the two-day Theology-Driven Ministry Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Paul David Tripp, president of Paul Tripp Ministries and a counselor for 25 years, presented three messages on relationships and sanctification while Sinclair Ferguson, a Scottish theologian educated at the University of Aberdeen and senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in... Read More
Women pointed to identity in Christ
WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP)--Many Christian women are "distracted by the world's expectations and made to feel like a failure," Susie Hawkins told more than 200 women at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary's second Women's Conference March 16-17.
"We as women have become so busy trying to entertain the titles we carry, we have lost who we are and why we're here," she said, noting that the remedy is for believers to find their identity in Christ.
Hawkins, wife of Guidestone Christian R... Read More
'Reality Missions' slated at youth lab
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Last year they simulated a high school; this year they will simulate the ends of the earth.
A "Reality Evangelism Experience" was added last year for teenage attendees at the Youth Ministry Lab of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. At a nearby middle school, the YML participants sought to share their faith with 100 teenage actors role-playing typical students in an average high school.
This year the idea will be taken a step further with a "Reality Missi... Read More
Baucham touts 'expositional apologetics'
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP)--Voddie Baucham, a Christian apologist, told students at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary that his goal "is not to make Christianity cool but to communicate it clearly."
During a two-part lecture March 21-22, Baucham taught students to communicate the Gospel clearly through expositional preaching based on 2 Timothy 4:1-5. Such preaching, he said, is commanded by Jesus, helps pastors be prepared at opportune and inopportune times, and is "the only way we have... Read More
Midwestern adds administration v.p.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Anthony Allen has been named vice president for administration at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., effective June 1.
Allen, who joins Midwestern's staff as the seminary is embarking on an $8.7 million capital campaign, has worked the past 16 years at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., as vice president for financial development and, earlier, assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement. He also ... Read More
Man adds signs of hope in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Even the smallest acts of kindness can make a significant difference in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Vernon Worley had a simple idea designed to meet a real need in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans. A New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus and current seminary employee, Worley is designing and installing temporary, cardboard street signs throughout the neighborhood during his free time. Not only do the signs help recovery volunteers find their way, they also are ... Read More
Lepine: Spouses must celebrate differences
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--God has created men and women different, and married couples must value and celebrate their differences or risk rejecting God's good design, Bob Lepine, co-host of a popular daily radio program, told couples at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary March 19.
Husbands and wives have differences that spring from their gender, as well as from their family backgrounds, their personalities and their life experiences, all of which God has pronounced to be good, said Lepine,... Read More
'Run with God,' Vines challenges students
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--Longtime Southern Baptist pastor and leader Jerry Vines challenged students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary March 20 to maintain their personal spiritual walk and preach the whole counsel of the Word of God.
Using the entire book of Jonah as his text, Vines urged students to learn from Jonah's experience and submit to the will of God for their lives. Vines noted that though Jonah knew God's will, he rebelled against God. The early portion of the book depicts t... Read More
Guarding against sexual abuse
TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--Several days ago, I was interviewed by ABC's "20/20" news for an upcoming program tentatively titled, "Preacher Predators." At the request of several, I agreed to this invitation so as to provide some kind of balance to a program which may well be overwhelmingly negative. Read More