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Friday, May 23, 2014

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  • 'God's still working in the military,' Navy chaplain says

    by Keith Collier, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    FORT WORTH (BP) -- After 40 days and 40 nights in the Kuwaiti desert, the First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment crossed the line of departure into harm's way in Iraq on March 20, 2003 -- the start of what would become known as Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Photo by Matt Miller/SWBTS
    "We had the first man killed in action in the whole war in our unit and fought what many believe is the most decisive battle in the fall of Baghdad," said Carey Cash, a Navy chaplain assigned to the regiment.

    Yet in the midst of physical war, a spiritual battle for the lives of these Marines was already underway as God brought revival to the unit. In the battalion of 1,000 men, Cash said, "about one out of four had a profound spiritual awakening."

    At the beginning of the deployment, Cash asked the men, "Who's thinking about baptism and would like to explore what it means to follow Christ? Join me for a 12-week study."

    Six of the 12 weeks took place in the Kuwaiti desert. During those 40 days and nights, Cash conducted classes and counseled daily with Marines as they wrestled with the claims of Christ on their lives. Just before crossing into combat, 60 Marines were baptized as new Christians. Several others were baptized while in combat, including one inside Saddam Hussein's palace on Palm Sunday.

    In all, more than 250 men either made professions of faith or rededicated their lives to Christ. In addition to those baptized during the deployment, many more were baptized in their churches upon returning to the U.S.

    The experience served as one of many points along the way where Cash felt an affirmation of God's calling on His life. His 2003 book "A Table in the Presence" chronicles the story of these spiritual victories.

    Call to ministry

    However, a medical crisis nearly prevented him from serving in the military.

    Cash grew up in a military family, his father a career Naval officer and fighter pilot who served as a commanding officer at the prestigious "Top Gun" flight school. Military blood always coursed through Cash's veins, but football was his passion early on.

    Cash received a football scholarship as an offensive lineman to The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina, but during his final season, doctors found an inoperable tumor at the base of his brain stem.

    "The rug was completely ripped out from under my wife and me," Cash recalled. "I'd always identified myself physically, and the very thing where I'd always found my identity was gone. But it was during that season of incredible struggle that I began to hear God's call to ministry.

    "All this is happening at the same time. I've got this issue going on with my head, this deep sense of calling to ministry that I'm feeling certain about ... Read More

  • 9/11 museum moves disaster relief leader

    by Bob Nigh, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
    NEW YORK (BP) -- Oklahoma's disaster relief director Sam Porter spent an emotional day at the National September 11 Memorial Museum during a special preview of the facility in New York City.

          National disaster relief leaders with the North American Mission Board asked Porter to represent the Southern Baptist Convention at the by-invitation-only event on May 19. The museum officially opened May 21 to the public. Read More

  • Cooperative Program to anchor SBC exhibits

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    File photo by Adam Covington
    BALTIMORE (BP) -- The Cooperative Program exhibit at the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore will feature a diversity of speakers reflecting the multifaceted ministries the CP funds, said Ashley Clayton, SBC vice president for the Cooperative Program and stewardship development. Read More

  • Compensation survey deadline approaching

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Time is running out for ministers and other church employees to participate in the bi-annual SBC Church Compensation Survey. Responses should be received by May 31. Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Violence, unrest continue in Venezuela; Gospel spreading

    by Emily Pearson, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Unión Bautista Latinoamericana
    CARACAS, Venezuela (BP) -- In recent years, IMB missionaries in Venezuela have struggled to spread the Gospel amid ever-increasing difficulties. In the capital of Caracas, rampant poverty, random violence and food shortages are a part of everyday life, and simply walking down the wrong street at the wrong time can be a fatal mistake. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La historia de Dios

    by Óscar J. Fernández, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Desde hace mucho tiempo, cada año leo la Biblia completa. Es una especie de ejercicio espiritual que me reporta grandes beneficios y satisfacción, al punto de que me he convertido en un apasionado promotor de la lectura completa de la biblia. ... Read More

  • Protestas y violencia continúan en Venezuela; los creyentes se aferran a la fe

    Por Emily Pearson, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    CARACAS, Venezuela (BP) -- En años recientes, los misioneros de la IMB en Venezuela han luchado para esparcir el evangelio en medio de dificultades en continuo aumento. En la capital Caracas, la rampante pobreza, la violencia incidental y la escasez de alimento son una parte de la vida diaria, y simplemente caminar en la calle equivocada y a la hora equivocada puede ser un error fatal.

    Foto de IMB
    A pesar del desasosiego político, el aumento en la violencia y la disparidad económica en Venezuela durante los pasados pocos meses, los misioneros de IMB y los creyentes venezolanos están trabajando para esparcir el amor de Cristo en un lugar cada vez más peligroso.

    Matthew y Mónica Starr*, misioneros de IMB en Caracas, dijeron que las condiciones desde febrero han pasado de malas a peores; la situación es "extremadamente volátil," dijo Mónica.

    Los manifestantes antigubernamentales han escenificado continuas protestas callejeras y han erigido barreras que bloquean el tráfico. La guardia nacional venezolana ha contraatacado con gas lacrimógeno, balas de goma y alegados abusos a los derechos humanos, de acuerdo a los reportes de noticias. Cerca de 3.000 manifestantes han sido arrestados, y 200 de ellos todavía están en la cárcel. Además, miembros de los colectivos -- brigadas motorizadas que apoyan al gobierno -- presuntamente han amenazado, asaltado e inclusive asesinado a algunos manifestantes, dijeron los reportes de noticias.

    Mientras tanto, en violencia atribuida a ambos lados del conflicto, por lo menos 42 personas han muerto y cerca de 800 han sido heridas durante los más de tres meses de disturbios en toda Venezuela, de acuerdo a los reportes de noticias. Read More

  • Una pareja es impulsada instantáneamente a la plantación de iglesias

    Por Joe Conway, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Foto de Ken Touchton, Convención Bautista de Florida
    MIAMI (BP) -- Dios puede cambiar corazones en un momento. En un instante la realidad de una persona es alterada—su determinación, su deseo, su visión. Cuando Derek y Lindsay Allen sintieron el llamado a mudarse a Miami, su familia dejó atrás todo lo que había sido su vida anteriormente. Read More

  • David Platt en Cena de Pastores y Líderes de Avance Hispano

    Por el personal, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- El reconocido pastor David Platt, autor de los Estudios bíblicos Radical y Síganme, estará hablando durante la Cena de Avance Hispano Baltimore 2014 el domingo, 8 de junio a las 5:00pm en los salones 337-338 del centro de convenciones ubicado en One West Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201. Esto actividad forma parte de la celebración de la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur. Read More

  • Matrimonio gay ahora reclama el noreste

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    "Esta es una historia que vemos, parece, cada semana estos días."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Un juez federal ha legalizado el matrimonio del mismo sexo en Pennsylvania y le entregó a la creciente exitosa campaña para redefinir la más antigua institución de la humanidad un cambio radical del noreste de EE.UU. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La historia de Dios

    Por Óscar J. Fernández, posted Friday, May 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Desde hace mucho tiempo, cada año leo la Biblia completa. Es una especie de ejercicio espiritual que me reporta grandes beneficios y satisfacción, al punto de que me he convertido en un apasionado promotor de la lectura completa de la biblia. ... Read More