Baptist Press Archive

Monday, April 09, 2018

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  • Jimmy Draper named Executive Committee ambassador

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jimmy Draper, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, has been named "EC Ambassador" by D. August Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee.

    Draper, who has maintained an active speaking schedule since retiring from LifeWay in 2006, is "someone for whom no introduction or explanation need be given," Boto said in an April 9 announcement. "He is someone whom involved Southern Baptists all across our nation would immediately recognize and trust." Read More

  • Greear, Hemphill rally prayer, civility amid transitions

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid two Southern Baptist Convention entity leadership searches and upcoming national SBC elections, both SBC presidential candidates have issued a joint call for prayer, grace and civility.

    J.D. Greear and Ken Hemphill, both tapped as 2018 nominees for SBC president, made the joint appeal as the International Mission Board (IMB) and the SBC Executive Committee (EC) are tasked with finding new entity leaders. In the midst of the entity searches, Southern Baptists will elect national officers at the SBC 2018 Annual Meeting June 12-13 in Dallas. Read More

  • Feds shut down Backpage.com over sex ads

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Opponents of human trafficking have applauded the federal government's shutdown of Backpage.com, reportedly the leading online facilitator of the sex trade.

    An April 6 message at Backpage.com announced the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other government entities had seized the website and its affiliates "as part of an enforcement action." The FBI and the Justice Department have made no further announcements about the investigation. Read More

  • Southeastern aiding Cuban convention's momentum

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands.

    Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Convention and its Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

    Southeastern's involvement comes at a "very unique period in Cuba's history," ... Read More

  • China banning online Bible sales 'absurd'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Monday, April 09, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- China is purportedly the largest publisher of Bibles in the world, but the communist nation has now apparently blocked online Bible purchases for its residents.

    Beginning last week, searches for Bibles at leading online retailers in China came up empty, according to reports from The New York Times and CNN.

    The reports indicate certain Bible studies or illustrated storybooks were available through searches. Two merchants told CNN the Bible could be purchased through ... Read More