Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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  • Nepal hit with second major quake in 17 days

    by Susie Rain, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    NEPAL (BP) -- A powerful new earthquake rattled Nepal on Tuesday (May 12), killing at least 36 people and sending thousands more rushing to the streets.

    The 7.3-magnitude quake came just 17 days after a massive earthquake killed 8,046 people and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. Tuesday's tremor set off a series of landslides at the epicenter, Namche Bazar, which is near Mount Everest. Read More

  • Pew: Christians decline while 'nones' increase

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of Christians in America has dropped nearly 8 percentage points since 2007 while the number of religiously unaffiliated adults has increased by nearly 7 percentage points during the same period.

    That's the finding of the Pew Research Center's 200-page study of "America's Changing Religious Landscape" released today (May 12). The survey of some 35,000 adults drew a variety of reactions from Southern Baptist leaders. Read More

  • Church planting on the front lines in Baltimore

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    As racial tensions and rioting spilled out into the streets of Baltimore last month, Southern Baptist church planters were among the first to offer help and hope to those around them, says Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board. Ezell shares about one of those pastors, Michael Crawford of Baltimore's Freedom Church. Read More

  • BALTIMORE: Outreach sparks 'great day of unity'

    by Shannon Baker, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Shannon Baker/BCMD
    BALTIMORE, Md. (BP) -- Following the riots that led to the looting and burning of a CVS Pharmacy in West Baltimore, a team from the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network responded by feeding hundreds of people lunch at the site. It was the same day Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six police officers with the death of African American Freddie Gray. Read More

  • Kathmandu & the challenge of Asian cities

    by Erich Bridges, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter
    The death and destruction in Kathmandu underscore the enormous physical challenges confronting many Asian cities, missions columnist Erich Bridges writes, pointing that that urban dwellers will double to 6.4 billion globally by the middle of this century -- 70 percent of the projected human population -- according to a United Nations forecast. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is there a Tertullian among us today?

    by Rudy González, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Seminary professor Rudy González notes of the persecution faced by countless Christians today: "... the blood of the faithful is never silent. ...[N]othing that would honor our martyrs more than for the church to proclaim the Gospel for a witness in our city streets and around the world." Read More