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Friday, June 04, 2010

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  • Gearing up for the World Cup

    by Charles Braddix, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (BP)--What's been called the world's greatest sporting event -- the FIFA World Cup -- is set to kick off in South Africa's largest city June 11.

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          The first World Cup soccer tournament on the African continent is expected to draw a cumulative global television audience of 26 billion-plus viewers during the month-long tournament, encompassing 64 games in 10 stadiums throughout the country.

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          In the opening match, the host team, South Africa's Bafana Bafana will face Mexico's El Tri in Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium, built to resemble the traditional African pot called the calabash. The match will begin immediately following the opening ceremonies.

          "All the stadiums are in a state of complete readiness," said Danny Jordaan, CEO of the World Cup's local organizing committee, "and most pleasing is the pristine condition of the playing surfaces -- fitting for the world's superstars who will soon be gracing them."

          Team USA hit the ground May 31, with captain Carlos Bocanegra commenting, "For the players it's been a long time thinking all the way through qualifying, and now it's finally here -- we're in South Africa.

          "We're excited for the games to start."

          Team USA's first match is against soccer powerhouse England on June 12, followed by games against Slovenia on June 18 and Algeria on June 23.

          "It's going to be a great World Cup," U.S. head coach Bob Bradley said. "Of course so much attention has been put on the first match against England. It's a tremendous opportunity for us. The spotlight on that game is huge. It has already generated amazing interest in the United States."

          FIFA reports that American fans have purchased more tickets to date than any other country -- between 130,000 and 160,000 tickets, more than twice the sales to English and German fans combined.

          More than hardcore soccer fans, however, are gearing up for the World Cup. Those involved in Christian ministry plan to take advantage of an event that happens only every four years somewhere in the world.

    "The world is coming to South Africa," said IMB missionary Wade Coker, a mission strategy leader in southern Africa. "There is such a passion for the sport that, whenever the World Cup takes place every four years, there is a lot of focus on it; it's on the world stage.... Read More

  • ChinaAid rep.: 'Pray we are standing firm'

    by Hillary May, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    Photo by Dave Bartruff/Genesis Photos
    WASHINGTON (BP)--Persecution of Christians in China is still a widespread problem and an ignored topic in the secular media, said Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, in an interview with BP. Read More

  • $148.9M is 3rd-largest Lottie Moon offering

    by Don Graham, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Southern Baptists stayed true to their passion for telling the world about Jesus in spite of a weakened economy and sluggish recovery, giving $148.9 million to support international missionaries through the 2009 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. It is the third-largest Lottie Moon offering ... Read More

  • Open Letter to Southern Baptists about the GCRTF Recommendations

    by Morris H. Chapman, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An open letter to Southern Baptists has been released by Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee, regarding issues to be decided at the convention's June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Read More

  • 'A Better Way Ahead' –- alternate recommendations released by EC's Chapman

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A list of alternate recommendations to those of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force have been released by Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee.

    The full text of Chapman's recommendations follows:

    A Better Way Ahead

    A Response to the Reports of the Great Commission Task Force

    Dr. Morris H. Chapman

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention


    If ... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Timothy Boyd): Emphasize equal sacrifice

    by Timothy Boyd, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    TOPEKA, Kan. (BP)--I recently had lunch with Dr. Johnny Hunt, our SBC president, at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was there to speak to a student conference. During lunch, the eight or nine of us who had been invited had the opportunity to discuss the Great Commission Resurgence emphasis that Dr. Hunt has championed. It was a frank, yet friendly, discussion.

    Some of what we discussed centered on the question of who and what we appreciate and honor in the Southern Baptist Conve... Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: Episcopal Church ordains lesbian bishop; ...

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A West Coast diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the first to ordain an openly lesbian bishop, further straining the relationship between the U.S. branch and the worldwide Anglican Communion.

    Mary Douglas Glasspool, 56, was consecrated as an assistant bishop at the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in May with about 3,000 people in attendance. While she is the first openly homosexual woman to be promoted to such a status, she follows the ordination of the church... Read More

  • Preparándose para la Copa Mundial

    Por Charles Braddix, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

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    JOHANNESBURGO, Sudáfrica (BP)--El llamado máximo evento deportivo del mundo -- la Copa Mundial de la FIFA -- hará su saque inicial el 11 de junio en la ciudad más grande de Sudáfrica.

          El primer torneo de fútbol de la Copa Mundial del continente africano se espera que atraiga a una acumulativa audiencia televisiva global de 26 billones más los espectadores.

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          En el encuentro de apertura, el equipo anfitrión, el sudafricano Bafana Bafana enfrentará el Tri de México en el estadio Soccer City de Johannesburgo, construido para semejar la tradicional vasija africana llamada calabaza. El juego iniciará inmediatamente después de la ceremonia de apertura. Read More

  • Coalición trata de mantener fuera del aire caricatura que se burla de Cristo

    Por Michael Foust, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Diciendo que no es un boicot, una coalición de grupos tradicionales afines anunció el 3 de junio que trataría de mantener fuera del aire una caricatura de Comedy Central acerca de Jesucristo presionando como medida de prevención a los anunciantes a no patrocinarla. Read More

  • Misionera navajo se esmera en servir a una reserva india

    Por Jami Becher, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    Fotografía de Nick Layman/Genesis Photo
    TINIAN, N.M. (BP)--La vida no es fácil en la reserva india en Tinian, Nuevo México. La distancia entre los vecinos es amplia, el alcoholismo y las familias quebrantadas son comunes y los empleos son difíciles de encontrar, pero la cultura que comparten y los fuertes lazos familiares mantienen dentro de la reserva estos indios americanos a pesar de las dificultades. Read More

  • INVITACIÓN ESPECIAL: SBC Almuerzo de LifeWay Español

    Por el Staff, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--LifeWay Español estará ofreciendo un almuerzo gratis para pastores y líderes asistentes a SBC el Lunes, 14 de junio en donde se compartirán principales conclusiones del Estudio nacional de la iglesia Hispana que se llevó a cabo el año pasado en los Estados Unidos. El almuerzo será a las 11:00 a.m. en el Rosen Centre Hotel, ubicado en 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, al lado del Centro de Convenciones en donde se realizará SBC.

    Para obtener boletos gr... Read More

  • COMPENDIO CULTURA: La iglesia episcopal ordena a una obispo lesbiana; ...

    Por Erin Roach, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Una diócesis de la iglesia episcopal en la costa oeste se convirtió en la primera en ordenar a una obispo lesbiana declarada; esto pone aún mayor tensión entre la rama norteamericana y la comunión anglicana mundial.

    Mary Douglas Glasspool, de 56 años fue consagrada en mayo como obispo asistente en la Diócesis Episcopal de Los Ángeles la cual tiene una asistencia aproximada de 3,000 personas. Aunque ella es la primera mujer homosexual declarada que es promovida a ese... Read More

  • ALERTA: Cómo registrarse para votar en la reunión anual de la CBS

    Por el Staff, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--El proceso para registrar pastores y miembros de iglesia de manera que califiquen para votar en la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur puede parecer difícil, pero con un poco de información a mano, es relativamente fácil de hacer. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Nuestra responsabilidad cívica es también nuestro deber spiritual

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, June 04, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP)--Vivimos en un ambiente con mucha libertad. Esta libertad también requiere cumplimiento de nuestra responsabilidad como miembros de la sociedad en la cual vivimos. Recibimos instrucciones de orar por nuestros líderes. A veces lo hacemos, pero la mayor parte del tiempo no cumplimos fielmente las instrucciones. Read More