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Thursday, June 07, 2018

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  • What happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation?

    by Madeline Arthington & Karrie Sparrow, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Karrie Sparrow.
    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- Not long ago, I didn't know that the Seven Churches of Revelation were all located in modern-day Turkey.

    Then a coworker and I made a three-day trip to the region, flying into Izmir, Turkey, where we rented a car and drove to find the seven churches.

    In the end, we saw a lot of rocks.

    Don't get me wrong. They were beautiful rocks. But they were rocks, ruins of ancient ... Read More

  • Moral bar slipping in U.S., Gallup poll finds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Homosexuality, premarital sex, divorce, marijuana and pornography are approved by a growing percentage of Americans, Gallup found in an annual poll including nearly 20 behaviors placed on its morality scale.

    Adultery draws disdain from 88 percent of Americans, Gallup said, and Americans are almost evenly split on the morality of abortion.

    "Gallup's trends on many of these items date back to 2001. On most, ... Read More

  • Their 'consciences were exercised' over U.S. 'crisis'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- As Sen. Robert Kennedy lay dying from an assassin's bullets and more than 100 U.S. cities smoldered from race riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted what may have been its strongest statement to date on racial justice.

    On the statement's 50th anniversary, Southern Baptists -- black and white -- who were involved in convention life in 1968 say the "Statement Concerning the Crisis in Our Nation" remains relevant for believers seeking to confront injustice in American culture. Read More

  • 2019 VBS takes kids 'In the Wild'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Next summer, kids will seek animals in rainforests, grasslands, frozen tundra and even the Rocky Mountains with "In the Wild," the 2019 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    In the Wild will have kids embark as photographers seeking to snap pictures in settings decorated to mimic animals' natural habitats. Along the way, kids will also learn about real-life encounters people had with Jesus and discover how biblical snapshots of the Savior provide an opportunity to respond to the Gospel.

    "This is going to be such a fun theme," said Melita Thomas, VBS specialist for LifeWay. "It's a photo scavenger hunt in the wild where it's possible to see absolutely anything." Read More

  • Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?

    by Melita Thomas, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches -- perhaps because it's been around in one form or another since 1898.

    Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid's ministry -- which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads -- VBS is a proven program with real staying power. Read More

  • U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing.

    The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent and is plagued by religious- and ethnic-based violence especially from Islamic forces. Among the 25 most populous countries in the world, Nigeria has the highest level of social hostilities, according to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center. Nigeria ranks behind only Iraq and Afghanistan on the 2017 Global Terrorism Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Read More

  • Bible Study: June 10, 2018

    by BP staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adopted from the Bible Studies for Life curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-7, 14-19 Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionaries, we need you

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Southern Baptist missionaries are a source of hope amid controversy within the SBC, Chuck Lawless writes. They reflect the convention's foremost calling: "They're laser-beam focused on lostness." Read More

  • Triunfo 7 a 2 en la Suprema Corte de EE.UU. del caso de repostero afirma la libertad religiosa

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La Suprema Corte de EE.UU. deliberó una importante, si no bastante general, victoria para la libertad religiosa el lunes (4 de junio) en su continua confrontación con la libertad sexual.

    En una decisión 7 a 2, una mayoría de la corte alta que incluyó conservadores y liberales decretaron que la Comisión de Libertades Civiles de Colorado violó la cláusula de libertad del ejercicio de la religión de la Primera Enmienda al penalizar a Jack Phillips por declinar diseñar y decorar un pastel para la boda de dos hombres. La comisión demostró "hostilidad religiosa" hacia Phillips en su acción, dijeron los jueces en un fallo de uno de los casos en múltiples cortes que involucran a proveedores de servicios en bodas que se oponen a usar sus talentos en apoyo al matrimonio del mismo sexo. Read More

  • Programa Cooperativo nacional 3.59% adelante de proyección

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones hasta la fecha a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC están 3.59 por ciento por arriba de la proyección presupuestada a la fecha y 1.54 por ciento por arriba de las contribuciones recibidas durante el mismo período del año pasado, de acuerdo al comunicado de prensa de D. August Boto, presidente interino del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC y vicepresidente ejecutivo de política de la convención. El total incluye los ingresos de las convenciones y compañerismos estatales, iglesias e individuos para su distribución de acuerdo con el Presupuesto de Asignaciones del Programa Cooperativo de la SBC 2017-18. Read More

  • Abogado de Patterson aduce 'tergiversación' de hechos

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- El abogado del rescindido presidente del Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern, Paige Patterson emitió un comunicado de prensa el lunes en la tarde (4 de junio) en defensa de Patterson en contra de una presunta "ampliamente difundida tergiversación y desinformación."

    Entre los reclamos del abogado de Fort Worth, Shelby Sharpe:

    -- "Ninguna interpretación razonable de "correspondencia de los archivos ... Read More

  • Iglesias deben abandonar el sistema de sonido inalámbrico de 600MHz

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Foto de archivo de BP de Matt Miller
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Las iglesias que no hayan actualizado su sistema de sonido inalámbrico pueden tener problemas para ser oídas cualquier domingo dado, a medida que el gobierno federal está eliminando progresivamente las frecuencias 600MHz que muchas congregaciones usan.

    La Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC) completará la transición de bandas del espectro 617-652 MHz y 663-698 MHz de los micrófonos inalámbricos y de teledifusión para el 13 de julio del 2020, pero la transición comenzó en 2017. Read More