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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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  • The empty tomb: archaeology & the ancient record

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Gary D. Myers
    JERUSALEM (BP) -- The thought of Jesus stepping out of the tomb on the first Easter morning is simply overwhelming. His atoning death was magnified by the miracle of His resurrection.

    While the cross remains the undisputed symbol of Christianity, the empty tomb conveys the abundant life found in Christ. Just imagine seeing the empty tomb as it was that day. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Ahora que resucitó

    by Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Algunas veces me pregunto qué sintieron quienes visitaron la tumba vacía aquella mañana de Pascua. ... Read More

  • Easter transcends Central Asia's spring celebration

    by David Edwards, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Easter's message transcends the celebration of spring's advent, called Nowruz, or "New Day," by millions of Afghans, Kurds, Persians, Tajiks, Turks and other Central Asians. Read More

  • Ky. puts focus on Bible with new laws, executive action

    by Tom Latek/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Having declared 2017 the Year of the Bible, Gov. Matt Bevin has now signed two bills into law to make clear to teachers and administrators that Scripture is welcome in Kentucky public schools. Read More

  • Prioritize prayer, Gaines says in SBTS chapel message

    by Annie Corser, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    SBTS photo
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists should prioritize prayer for unity and evangelism, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary setting forth key aspects of prayer.

    "I'm praying that the priority of the Southern Baptist Convention ... will become literally a house of prayer," Gaines said. "I'm praying that when people think about the Southern Baptist Convention the very first thing they will think of is this: That's the group of folks, those are the folks that pray." Read More

  • Trump signs bill enabling states to defund PPFA

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump signed legislation today (April 13) that once again enables states to withhold federal family planning funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

    Trump's action overturned a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in December, only five weeks before President Obama left office. Many pro-life advocates perceived the HHS regulation, which effectively barred states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion clinics, as a parting gift from Obama to the abortion industry. Read More

  • Former Md./Del. exec. sues NAMB, claims libel

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Miss. (BP) -- A lawsuit filed by former Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware executive director Will McRaney alleges the North American Mission Board wrongly influenced his separation of employment from the BCMD in 2015. The suit also claims NAMB personnel engaged in "slander and/or libel" of McRaney and attempted to interfere with his speaking engagements after he left the state convention. Read More

  • Gaines names 2017 Committee on Committees

    by BP Staff, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Appointments to the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Committees have been announced by SBC President Steve Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: SWBTS' college named for L.R. Scarborough

    by Alex Sibley, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustees received reports on the renaming of the College at Southwestern and the establishment of the Patterson Center for Global Theological Innovation during their April 11-12 meeting at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus.

    Trustees also approved promotions for eight faculty members and the election of seven others along with a $36,833,962 budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Read More

  • My Southern Baptist experience at a Seder

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Silisia Rubel
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Aren't all Messianic congregations Jewish people who believe in Christ?" I asked myself as the 300 or so Christians gathered for the Nashville Passover.

    Partaking of a Seder had been one of my dreams since I first heard a "Jesus in the Passover" presentation as a lay minister in New Orleans some 15 years ago. I wanted to discover whether keeping the Passover might be considered a personal spiritual discipline beneficial to my walk with the Lord. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 16, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Looking for His return

    by David Jeremiah, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    In the time between Christ's Ascension and Second Coming, David Jeremiah writes, "We're to keep one eye on the horizon looking for His return, and at the same time we're to stay as busy as we can in serving the Lord, witnessing in power, and living in holiness and victory." Read More

  • EASTER: Three commands from an empty tomb

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines recounts the angel's instructions to the women who arrived to find an empty tomb after Jesus was crucified: Do not be afraid. Come and see. Go quickly and tell. Read More

  • Los cristianos coptos oran, perseveran después de los bombardeos en las iglesias de Egipto

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    ALEJANDRIA/TANTA, Egipto (BP) -- Mientras los cristianos coptos entierran a aproximadamente 44 personas muertas por los bombardeos terroristas durante los servicios del Domingo de Ramos en Egipto, la iglesia copta más antigua en los Estados Unidos está orando por las familias de los "mártires" cristianos y por el Estado Islámico (IS, por sus siglas en inglés) que ha aceptado la autoría de estas muertes.

    Los ataques a la Iglesia de San Jorge en Tanta y la Catedral de San Marcos en Alejandría también hirieron a más de 125 feligreses, según reportó Morning Star News, calificándolos como el ataque más mortal con bombas comparado con el ... Read More

  • Ministerio de hogar temporal de TX acusado de abuso sexual

    Por David Roach , posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Una acción legal de $7 millones alega que los niños fueron "seriamente abusados sexualmente" y desatendidos en un hogar bautista de niños en Texas.

    El Hogar Bautista para Niños de Texas (TBHC por sus siglas en inglés) -- un "ministerio afiliado" a la Convención Bautista del Sur de Texas (SBTC por sus siglas en inglés) -- no respondió específicamente a la demanda, pero le dijo a Baptist Press que mantiene los más altos estándares de seguridad para los niños a su cuidado.

    La acción legal, presentada el 5 de abril en la corte civil del condado Tarrant, aduce que siete hermanos menores de 14 años sufrieron abuso físico y sexual además ... Read More

  • Iglesia de Missouri lleva el evangelio a El Salvador

    Por el personal/The Pathway, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto provista por The Pathway
    EL SALVADOR (BP) -- Un equipo de 13 personas de la Iglesia Bautista First (FBC por sus siglas en inglés), Memphis, Mo., viajó a El Salvador en marzo para compartir el amor de Cristo.

    Este fue el cuarto viaje de la iglesia al área, donde hizo equipo con iglesias en El Coco, El Tanque y San Isidro -- pequeñas comunidades asentadas en las montañas de la frontera de la nación con Guatemala.

    "Una de las mayores experiencias del viaje misionero fue trabajar mano a mano con hermanas y hermanos cristianos de otra cultura que comparten la meta común de servir a Dios," dijo el pastor Dan Hite en un artículo en el Memphis (Missouri) ... Read More

  • Crece la expectativa por la CBS Phoenix 2017

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto de archivo de BP tomada por Van Payne.
    PHOENIX (BP) -- El aparente interés en la próxima reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur ha necesitado un incremento en la disponibilidad de cuartos de hotel para los asistentes el segundo año consecutivo, dijo un coordinador del evento.

    El Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS ha reservado 500 cuartos adicionales para la reunión del 2017 el 13 y 14 de junio en Phoenix, Ariz., dijo Bill Townes, vicepresidente de finanzas del Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS. El bloque de habitaciones apartadas, señaló, fue completamente reservado desde marzo.

    "Frecuentemente ajustamos los bloques de cuartos a medida que monitoreamos las reservaciones," dijo Townes. "Debido a la fuerte asistencia en St. Louis, Mo., en ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Ahora que resucitó

    Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Algunas veces me pregunto qué sintieron quienes visitaron la tumba vacía aquella mañana de Pascua. ¿Puedes imaginarte la experiencia y las emociones vividas cuando llegaron a la tumba, al lugar donde apenas días antes, el cuerpo sin vida de Jesucristo lo habían puesto? Read More