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Walk-through tabernacle replica in Israel reflects atonement
EILAT, Israel (BP) -- As the little girl stepped forward to pull back the ornate curtain, her eyes widened.
"Are we going to die?" she asked.
She and hundreds of other Jewish children take it seriously when they enter the Holy of Holies at the tabernacle in Eilat, Israel's southernmost city."It's so real to these kids, and interactive," said Josh, who helps with the full-size replica along with his wife Sarah. (Note: Workers at the site have asked that only their first names be used in this article.)
"Children in Israel study the tabernacle in school," Josh noted, "and they bring their tape measures here with them so that they can make sure this one is the size it's supposed to be."
And it is.
The walk-through model of the tabernacle -- which gets about 15,000 visitors a year -- is made to the stipulations listed in Scripture, Josh said.
It wows the kids, but it's not just for children, nor just for Jews, said Herb, a Southern Baptist representative living in Israel.
And to dispel what some might think, he said, it's anything but boring.
"When people read the Bible, they often get to the details of the tabernacle and think, 'Boring!' For many people, it's the driest part to read," Herb said. "But it really is exciting when you get into the details. It lays the foundation for our history of faith."
That's why he and others decided to bring the tabernacle replica to Eilat, Israel, from Germany in 2000 -- so that people could see that foundation for themselves.
"Without recognizing His dwelling presence in the camp," Herb said of the wilderness account from the book of Exodus, "how could we understand His dwelling presence in our lives? This is something we need to be able to see."
The tabernacle screams out the message of atonement, Sarah said. Read More
Colson, felon-turned-evangelical leader, diesWASHINGTON (BP) -- Former Watergate felon turned evangelical leader and Prison Fellowship founder Charles W. "Chuck" Colson, 80, died Saturday (April 21) in Fairfax, Va. He had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage in his brain in late March and was hospitalized ever since. Read More
SBC leaders say Colson was evangelical 'giant'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Leaders throughout the Southern Baptist Convention say Chuck Colson's death was a loss for evangelicalism and that his life -- particularly his ministry in prisons -- had a great eternal impact. Read More
Gay issue major theme of CBF-sponsored conf.DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- Despite conference organizers' best attempts to keep the Baptist Conference on Sexuality & Covenant focused on broader issues April 19-21, the conversation often centered on the topic of homosexuality. Read More
NYC church policy challenged in court filing
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The New York City ban on religious worship in public schools violates both the free exercise of religion and the prohibition on government establishment of religion, a Southern Baptist entity and other groups contend in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in federal court.
[QUOTE@left@180="[T]he state has no power whatsoever to determine what constitutes 'religious worship' and 'religious worship services' and what does not." -– CLS/ERLC brief]The Ethics & Religious Lib... Read More
Hopeful signs noted for immigration reform
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The push for immigration reform shows some hopeful signs after years of contentious battle over the issue, panelists said during a conference on cultural renewal in Washington, D.C.
"The momentum is in the right direction," Southern Baptist public policy specialist Barrett Duke said.
[QUOTE@left@180="I believe we are going to see our country deal in a humane way with the question of the folks who are here illegally." –- Barrett Duke]"I believe we are going to see... Read More
Voice of Martyrs stunned by leader's death
[IMG=32478@left@150]BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (BP) -- "Our hearts are broken" but the Voice of the Martyrs "will continue serving with our persecuted brothers and sisters," the ministry stated after the death of its executive director in mid-April.
Tom White, 64, who led VOM for more than two decades, died in what is being described as a possible suicide on the heels of a molestation investigation by local police.
White was reported missing on Tuesday night, April 17. Police found his body W... Read More
Jason Crabb wins top honors at Doves
ATLANTA (BP) -- Jason Crabb won top honors at the 43rd annual Gospel Music Association Dove Awards at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta April 19, taking home awards for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
The Dove Awards will air on GMC, formerly the Gospel Music Channel, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, followed by an encore at 10 p.m.
[QUOTE@left@180=Jason Crabb won Dove Awards for Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.]"When they said my name, I couldn't believe i... Read More
BP Ledger, April 23 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each week from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger includes items from:
SBC of Virginia
Kentucky Baptist Convention
SBC's 2nd VP sees bright future
By Brandon Pickett and Amanda Sullivan
NORFOLK, Va (SBC of Virginia) -- The nomination came as a surprise; the... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Chuck Colson taught me how to think
Columnist Trevin Wax says he never met Chuck Colson, but the Prison Fellowship founder nevertheless had a tremendous impact on his life and his development of a Christian worldview. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Chuck Colson -- God's man in the arena
"Eighty years of Chuck Colson was not enough," writes Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "If there were an Evangelical Mount Rushmore, Chuck Colson would be on it." Colson was like "a late 20th-century Apostle Paul, radically transformed by his Damascus Road experience with Jesus Christ." Read More