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Friday, May 25, 2012

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  • Theistic evolution challenged, defended in online exchange

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- The danger of the scientific tail wagging the theological dog is real, a Southern Baptist seminary professor wrote in an ongoing debate with evolutionary creationists at The BioLogos Foundation.

    'Are we to start with a scientific conclusion and then look for biblical sanction?' -- Kenneth Keathley
    "Can one start with the Scriptures and arrive at anything resembling theistic evolution? Are we to start with a scientific conclusion and then look for biblical sanction?" Kenneth Keathley, theology professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote.

    "I don't think most scientists would want to do science the way evolutionary creationists seem to be asking theologians to do theology," Keathley, who also serves as SEBTS senior vice president for academic administration, noted.

    Keathley's essay, "Expressing Our Concerns," is part of a series titled "Southern Baptist Voices," which also includes essays from six other Southern Baptist seminary professors as well as responses to each from BioLogos representatives, posted at

    In addition to Keathley's introductory essay, William Dembski, research professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written, "Is Darwinism Theologically Neutral?" Others will be posted roughly every four weeks throughout the summer.

    The series emerged as an effort to "engage in charitable dialogue" as a result of discussions between Keathley and Darrel Falk, president of The BioLogos Foundation.

    In comments to Baptist Press, Mark Sprinkle, a senior fellow at BioLogos, said it's crucial that such conversations happen not just in academic circles but in the broader church.

    BioLogos, according to its website, "believes that evolution, properly understood, best describes God's work of creation."

    "Science, as it turns out, does not overthrow the Bible. And faith, as it turns out, does not require a rejection of science," BioLogos says. Concerns about the theological method used by evolutionary creationists were among those Keathley cited in his essay.

    "One gets the impression at times that evolutionary creationism is a theory in search of theological justification," Keathley wrote. "It's easy to see why believing scientists who hold to evolution would want to find ways that evolution could be compatible with orthodox Christian doctrine. However, theologically speaking, the danger of the tail wagging the dog is very real."

    Keathley added that certain evolutionary creationists "ask us to accept more and more fanciful interpretations of Genesis," though "the textual skin of Genesis 1-3 does not readily fit over an evolutionary drum."

    "The BioLogos community has yet to convince Southern Baptist scholars that they are correctly handling the Genesis accounts," Keathley wrote.

    Other matters that remain unresolved are the connection between natural history and salvation history, the status of Adam and Eve, and the problem of evil, Keathley wrote. Read More

  • Dembski: Darwinism not 'theologically neutral'

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Darwinism and Christianity, even when generously defined, exhibit tensions that are so serious that Darwinism cannot be rightly regarded as theologically neutral, William Dembski wrote in the "Southern Baptist Voices" series hosted by The BioLogos Foundation. Read More

  • DECORATION DAY: A memorable tradition

    by Stephen Douglas Wilson & Myriah Snyder, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) -- Family members of various generations gather around a burial plot. One of the young men digs a hole to plant a dogwood tree while others clean up the site. Read More

  • 101 new missionaries appointed by IMB

    by Laura Fielding, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

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    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Nate and Joanna Whitmire* told God they would go anywhere if He called them to missions. "It's not like He'd ever call us to Africa," they thought. But He did. Read More

  • Midwestern grads embark on ministry journey

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, MO. (BP) -- Graduation is just the beginning of a journey in learning and ministry, James T. Draper Jr. told 70 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary graduates as they received their diplomas May 19 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo. Read More

  • Abortion/contraceptive mandate draws 23 suits

    by Emily Belz, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Certainly the White House hoped opposition to its abortion/contraceptive mandate would fade as the months passed and as it issued "compromises," but religious groups have not let up. Organizations have been filing lawsuits in a steady drip, so every few weeks the health care law's mandate comes into the news again.

    Forty-three Catholic groups filed 12 lawsuits against the federal government May 21, the largest number of coordinated actions against the contraceptive manda... Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: MTV show about losing virginity halted

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- In a display of just how far MTV will go to gain viewers, the cable network posted a casting notice for a reality television show aimed at getting young adults to lose their virginity.

    "Young adulthood is a time for exploration. New relationships, fresh experiences and sexual firsts," the casting notice said.

    MTV sought people age 18 and older who would allow themselves to be filmed for television in their quest to engage in sex before marriage -- until the net... Read More

  • Wayne Ward, seminary prof from 1951-91, dies

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    This story was first posted May 24.

    [IMG=32659@right@250]LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Longtime Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Wayne Ward died May 23 at the age of 90. Ward served as a professor at Southern Seminary from 1951-1991.

    A professor of Christian theology at the seminary, Ward was named in 1983 as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, the same professorial chair that seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. presently holds. Upon his retiremen... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Remembering 'Uncle Wayne'

    by Paige Patterson, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: The following reflection by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, was written after the death May 23 of Wayne Ward, 90, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1951-91 and a cousin of Patterson's wife Dorothy. Patterson was in Europe when he wrote this reflection.

    [IMG=32676@left@200]FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Uncle Wayne was actually the cousin of my wife Dorothy's father. Her father Charles Kelley a... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Liderazgo Espiritual es más que posición

    by Luis R. López, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Los líderes espirituales no dirigen solamente desde sus posiciones. Su cargo, ocupación o posición no son los únicos agentes que determinan la manera en que las personas tratan de influir a otros efectivamente. Read More

  • Los bautistas hispanos se preparan para el Crossover

    Por David Raúl Lema Jr., posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NUEVA ORLEANS (BP) -- Los bautistas hispanos están "esforzándose por alcanzar a nuestra ciudad a través de muchos diferentes medios de evangelismo" como parte del Crossover Nueva Orleans, según reportó Jonathan Sharpe, estratega de evangelismo cultural para la Asociación Bautista de Nueva Orleans.

    Sharpe, la persona encargada de la coordinación de más de 40 eventos multiculturales planificados para el Crossover, señaló: "Por lo menos seis de estos eventos, se planificarán para alcanzar a las comunidades hispanas y serán dirigidos por las iglesias hispanas en el área."

    Más de una docena de iglesias hispanas forman parte de la asociación bautista y todas están participando de alguna manera en las múltiples actividades de desarrollo de las iglesias programadas para los días que preceden a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur en Nueva Orleans, el 19 y 20 de junio.

    Muchos de los eventos tendrán lugar el sábado 16 de junio, en diversas áreas de la ciudad. Sharpe está emocionado porque "más de 1,000 voluntarios ya se han comprometido a venir a ayudar a las iglesias de Nueva Orleans para impactar su ciudad durante la semana del Crossover y sus eventos." Muchos de estos voluntarios provendrán de las iglesias hispanas de otros estados, incluyendo a Georgia, Mississippi, Texas y Florida.

    "Gracias a la multitud de voluntarios que vienen," cree Sharpe, "las actividades tales como las visitas de puerta en puerta, las caminatas de oración, los eventos comunitarios y los reavivamientos planificados durante la semana antes de la reunión anual de la CBS serán un gran éxito para la gloria de Dios."

    La culminación para las iglesias hispanas involucradas en el Crossover Nueva Orleans será la Noche de Celebración del 17 de junio a las 6:30 p.m. en First Baptist Church de Nueva Orleans, localizada en el 5290 Canal Blvd. La reunión vespertina hispana reunirá a invitados especiales así como a grupos musicales de las iglesias participantes en el esfuerzo evangelístico del Crossover.

    Programada para el lunes 18 de junio, la conferencia "Avance Hispano" para celebrar los ministerios de los pastores y líderes hispanos, comenzará a las 9 a.m. en el Centro de Convenciones Ernest N. Morial, en los salones 212, 213 y 218. La conferencia, incluyendo un almuerzo (salones 220-221), fueron patrocinados conjuntamente por la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas NAMB, la Junta de Misiones Internacionales IMB y LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • En video, anticipos de Wright a la reunión anual de CBS

    Por el Personal, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- En su video mensual final como presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur, Bryant Wright ofrece un anticipo en de la reunión anual en New Orleans, y hace notar que las etnias no alcanzadas y no comprometidas y la iniciación de iglesias serán el enfoque principal. Read More

  • Ezell anuncia misioneros a tiempo completo para el noreste, felicita a pastores con dos empleos

    Por Mike Ebert, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Foto de John Swain
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Avanzando en el plan de redirigir más recursos bautistas del sur hacia las áreas en América del Norte donde haya menos creyentes, Kevin Ezell, presidente de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas, NAMB, ha anunciado nuevos nombramientos misioneros para varios estados en el noreste de los Estados Unidos; especialmente donde no ha habido un misionero de NAMB completamente patrocinado por la agencia. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Liderazgo Espiritual es más que posición

    Por Luis R. López, posted Friday, May 25, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Los líderes espirituales no dirigen solamente desde sus posiciones. Su cargo, ocupación o posición no son los únicos agentes que determinan la manera en que las personas tratan de influir a otros efectivamente. Read More