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Thursday, June 08, 2017

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  • Exec. Committee marks 100 years 'behind the scenes'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's 100th anniversary will be marked by a "low-key" celebration, says EC President Frank S. Page, because by design the committee has never been characterized by publicity and attention.

    Unbeknownst to many Southern Baptists, Page told Baptist Press, the EC has been a "quiet, behind-the-scenes, steady hand that has helped guide and direct [the SBC] over the years." Read More

  • ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    by Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the SBC in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP).

    However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

    The number of churches cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention grew by 479 to 47,272, a 1 percent increase over 2015. The number of Southern Baptist churches has increased the last 18 years. Southern Baptist churches also reported 4,492 church-type missions last year. Read More

  • Moore: Sanders' remarks ignorant of Constitution

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate Russell Moore has decried Sen. Bernie Sanders' stated opposition to a White House nominee based on the candidate's adherence to foundational Christian teaching.

    Sanders -- an independent from Vermont and 2016 candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination -- said Wednesday (June 7) he will oppose Russell Vought's nomination as deputy director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. In announcing his opposition, Sanders cited a 2016 blog post by Vought in which he said Muslims "stand condemned" because they have rejected Jesus. Read More

  • Sexual risk avoidance advocate named to HHS post

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    A leading advocate of sexual risk avoidance, a holistic health approach encouraging sexual abstinence until marriage, has been named to a top post in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • House OKs aid for ISIS survivors

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation to assist Christians and other survivors of the genocide committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    "Some of the areas in which the Christian faith was born are now killing fields." -- Russell Moore

    In a June 6 voice vote, the House passed without opposition the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, H.R. 390. The bill, which still requires Senate approval before going to President Trump, would provide humanitarian aid to Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities in the two Middle East countries. It also would promote criminal ... Read More

  • Bible Study: June 11, 2017

    by staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    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. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Contagious missions

    by Chad Keck, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    Chad Keck, recalling the serious illness his father battled after a mission trip to Guatemala, marvels that his father never complained -- and “it never slowed him down from taking more trips. He is now 71 and still actively engaged in international mission trips every year.” Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Desarrolle a la gente

    by Luis R. López, posted Thursday, June 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    La iglesia está llamada a hacer discípulos y desarrollar líderes multiplicadores en medio de un mundo cambiante. No importa la frecuencia con que la gente se mude o los cambios que experimente la sociedad, la misión sigue siendo la misma. Desarrollar a las personas desafiándoles a pasar al próximo ... Read More