Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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  • Grateful friends mark Henry Blackaby's 80th

    by Lee Weeks, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    JONESBORO, Ga. (BP) -- How do you celebrate the life and ministry of an "ordinary" man used by God to launch church planting movements around the world, disciple Christian denominations, counsel internationally-renowned ministry leaders, mentor CEOs of billion-dollar companies, and reform the culture of one of America's most violent prisons?

    You do what that same ordinary man has done daily throughout his ministry -- draw near to God through prayer and Bible study. Read More

  • Chip Luter embraces opportunity in Tampa

    by Bob Carey, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    LAURENS, S.C. (BP) -- Fred "Chip" Luter III has accepted a call as a campus pastor in Tampa, moving from New Orleans where he has served as youth minister under his father, former SBC President Fred Luter.

    Chip Luter will become pastor of the Sulphur Springs campus of Idlewild Baptist Church beginning May 1. Read More

  • Obama urged to name envoy for religious minorities

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has joined a diverse coalition in urging President Obama to act quickly to name a special envoy to help protect religious adherents in the Middle East and south-central Asia.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, signed on to a letter sent Monday (April 20) by the International Religious Freedom Roundtable calling for the appointment of the envoy eight months after the position was created by a new law. Obama signed the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act Aug. 8 but has yet to fill the post. Read More

  • Egypt's president pressured toward reform

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Egypt's president, who challenged senior Muslim clerics to reform their teachings rather than fuel extremist ideologies, now is being challenged by observers who say he lacks a formal plan for moving toward a moderated Islam. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NOBTS enhances mentoring opportunities

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary trustees approved a streamlined mentoring initiative and revised the mentoring track of the master of divinity (M.Div.) program during their spring meeting April 15. The board also approved new master of arts degrees in discipleship and pastoral ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: You = woman of influence

    by Katie McCoy, posted Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Women in the Bible have one thing in common: They used their influence -- for better or worse, Katie McCoy writes. They "weren't necessarily in some great position of power or financially wealthy," she notes. "Whoever you are, wherever you are, you are a woman of influence. And the question for you and me is, how will we use it?" Read More