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Thursday, April 19, 2018

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  • 350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in Illinois

    by Illinois Baptist Staff, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    STAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday.

    The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public."

    "Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'" Read More

  • Southwest's heroic pilot known for sharing her faith

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Screen capture from CBS News
    BOERNE, Texas (BP) -- When members of First Baptist Church in Boerne, Texas, heard recordings of radio transmissions from a Southwest Airlines pilot who made a harrowing emergency landing this week in Philadelphia, they recognized the voice as one of their own.

    Tammie Jo Shults -- the pilot who guided Flight 1380 to the ground April 17 after a midflight engine failure shot debris through a window, killing one passenger -- is a recognizable figure at the Texas Hill Country church, which averages 900 in worship. She has led the children's worship program at First Baptist and taught Sunday School for children, middle schoolers, high schoolers and adults, said Staci Thompson, a longtime friend and administrative assistant in the church office.

    Screen capture from CBS News

    "When we heard the voice" in media replays of cockpit recordings, "it was just like talking on the phone. That's what she sounds like," Thompson told Baptist Press.

    The church was "impressed" but not "shocked," Thompson said, at reports Shults, 56, landed the plane safely after a 20,000-foot drop in six minutes, then walked down the aisle hugging passengers. The plane was bound from New York to Dallas, and seven of the 144 passengers aboard were injured in addition to the one fatality.

    Social media reports by surviving passengers hailed Shults as having "nerves of steel" and being "a true American hero." One passenger told The Dallas Morning News, "I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?' She said, 'Of course, I wouldn't let you by without a hug.'" Read More

  • Crossover again to showcase Harvest America outreach

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- A year after nearly 3,000 people came to faith in Christ during Crossover efforts in Phoenix, Southern Baptists once again are partnering with Harvest America for an evangelistic crusade the Sunday before the Southern Baptist Convention convenes in Dallas this June.

    The crusade, featuring California pastor Greg Laurie, will start at 6 p.m. June 10 at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. A pre-event concert with musicians Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Crowder and Phil Wickham will start at 5:30 p.m. Like last year, Harvest America will simulcast the event at locations throughout the country. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: African American businessman voted SBTS officer

    by Aaron Cline Hanbury & Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Emil Handke/SBTS
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees elected their first African American officer in the school's 159-year history by a unanimous vote during their April 16 meeting.

    The election of Alan "Keith" Daniels, a businessman from Texas and member of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church (SBC) in Irving, as board secretary is "another necessary step in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention demonstrating at every level of denominational leadership the diversity to which we are called," said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary. Read More

  • 'Fragments of Truth' film shows Bible's reliability

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    DENVER (BP) -- Detailed examination of the earliest New Testament manuscripts in the upcoming "Fragments of Truth" documentary proves the reliability and viability of the Gospels, evangelical scholar and lead film commentator Craig Evans told Baptist Press.

    "The documentary concludes rightly with a lot of support that the manuscripts are very old, and they are well done, they're reliable, they do preserve the original wording of the Greek New Testament," said Evans, professor of Christian origins at Houston Baptist University. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Gateway to sell former Southern Calif. site

    by Kathie Chute, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Caleb Stallings
    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Trustees of Gateway Seminary approved selling a former regional campus site in Brea, Calif., and heard reports on the "new normal" for the seminary's new Southern California campus during their April 16-17 meeting in Ontario.

    Trustees also approved an $11.9 budget for the coming year.

    President Jeff Iorg noted the transition to a new location and a new name for the Southern Baptist seminary occurred two years ago and he had noticed it is no longer a frequent topic of discussion in meetings. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 22, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (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: Experiencing the Holy Spirit

    by Shane Pruitt, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    The Holy Spirit is vital, Shane Pruitt writes, for experiencing "the freedom and victory that only comes from the Spirit of our great God." Read More

  • La unidad hispana gana fuerza a medida que la SBC en Dallas se acerca 

    Por Art Toalston, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Foto del archivo BP por Adam Covington.
    DALLAS (BP) -- Las conversaciones sobre la unidad serán parte de varias reuniones hispanas paralelas a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) el 12 y 13 de junio en Dallas en el Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

    "Un buen número de líderes hispanos bautistas del sur están comenzando a mirar el futuro con más intencionalidad y a ver la necesidad de más unidad y colaboración entre nosotros," dijo Luis López, director asociado de misiones para el trabajo étnico de la Asociación Bautista del Condado Robertson en el ... Read More

  • CE elige un diverso comité de búsqueda presidencial 

    Por David Roach y Diana Chandler , posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Foto de Rebecca Manry
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El comité de seis miembros encargado de nominar al próximo presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) está caracterizado por la diversidad racial y de género además de una mezcla de ministros y laicos.

    El comité de búsqueda presidencial fue elegido durante una reunión especialmente convocada del CE en Nashville hoy (17 de abril). La reunión -- apremiada por la partida el 27 de marzo del expresidente del CE, Frank S. Page -- también incluyó reportes del presidente de la junta del CE, Stephen ... Read More

  • Día Nacional de Oración: Unidad en la nación, entre iglesias

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La unidad a lo largo de la nación y entre las iglesias, que abarque a todas las denominaciones, generaciones, razas y culturas será el ruego dominante del Día Nacional de Oración el 3 de mayo de 2018.

    Movilizar gente por toda la nación en eventos públicos de oración el 3 de mayo -- coronado por un servicio de oración televisado en vivo a nivel nacional a las 7:30 p.m. (Hora del Este) en el edificio del Capitolio de los Estados Unidos -- es la meta para el día, dijo el presidente del evento Ronnie Floyd en nationaldayofprayer.org. Read More

  • Sutherland Springs expresa su deseo de rendir cuentas ante sus donadores

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Imagen de Myrick Gurosky and Associates, provista por la Junta de Misiones Internacionales.
    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Los donadores que apoyan a First Baptist Church de Sutherland Springs después del asesinato masivo de 26 de sus miembros pueden estar seguros de que la iglesia manejará sus donaciones con integridad, dijo la misma en una carta abierta publicada el 12 de abril.

    La misiva fue publicada luego de las preocupaciones relacionadas con el uso de los fondos para ayudar a las víctimas, según confirmó hoy (13 abril) un vocero de la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur en Texas (SBTC) a Baptist Press. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Somos Misioneros (Filipenses 4)

    Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    La Biblia nos enseña que cada "Cristiano" es un misionero donde quiera que se encuentre. Por lo tanto, cada "Discípulo de Cristo" tiene la responsabilidad y el gran privilegio de proclamar la Palabra de Dios. ¿tendrás tú una pasión que te llevará fuera de tu ... Read More