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Thursday, June 21, 2018

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  • Pro-life banners to greet drivers in 50 cities

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Pro-life advocates will hold banners on highway overpasses June 22 proclaiming "abortion takes a human life" to rush-hour motorists in 50 U.S. cities spanning 24 states.

    The first National Pro-Life Bridges Day is designed to use a non-confrontational statement to spark conversations on abortion among hundreds of thousands of Americans, event organizer Eric Scheidler of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Trump commended for halt to border family separations

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Several Southern Baptist leaders commended President Trump's executive order Wednesday (June 20) addressing the separation of children from parents at the United States-Mexico border.

    One cited a resolution adopted June 12 at the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas as an important step in bringing about the executive order.

    The leaders called on Congress to enact reforms to the immigration system. Read More

  • Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    [IMGONLYI=48328@left@33%]DALLAS (BP) -- Native Americans balance life in both the Native and white culture and too often lose to both, Gary Hawkins said in his executive director's report during the Fellowship of Native American Christians sixth annual gathering in Dallas.

    "Spiritual needs are tremendous among Native people," Hawkins said during FoNAC's June 10-11 meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

    "Fewer than 10 percent of Natives have an ongoing personal relationship with Christ Jesus, and a lot of them are dying without a clear presentation of salvation, making it so important we reach out today on our reservations and in our cities with ways of contextualizing the Gospel to best reach Natives," Hawkins said. Read More

  • Ruba Abbassi named O'Brien Award recipient

    by Grace Thornton, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS, Texas (BP) -- Ruba Abbassi, CEO of the Jordan-based ministry Arab Woman Today (AWT), is the recipient of this year's Dellanna West O'Brien Award for Women's Leadership Development.

    Abbassi was honored during national Woman's Missionary Union's annual missions celebration June 10 in Dallas. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, June 12-13.

    The O'Brien Award, named in honor of former WMU executive director Dellanna West O'Brien, has been given annually since 1998 to recognize Baptist women who lead well and foster leadership potential in others. Read More

  • Hispanics talk discipleship at LifeWay luncheon

    by Keila Diaz, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Nearly 60 Hispanic pastors and leaders gained discipleship insights and resources during a LifeWay Leadership luncheon June 12 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

    Craig Featherstone, LifeWay Global vice president, welcomed the group and noted LifeWay's new centers in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil in addition to short-term Bible studies in Spanish.

    These developments, he said, were steps toward creating resources to help churches -- including Hispanic churches -- make disciples and leaders. Read More

  • Pawnee chief gives Native rendering of Gospel truth

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- "We use the culture of the American Indian to draw a crowd," said Warren "Junior" Pratt, a Pawnee chief.

    "We use Scripture to share God's truth."

    Pratt spoke -- and with his family performed -- during the Fellowship of Native American Christians annual meeting June 10-11 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

    by Morgan Collier, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) met together June 12 at Dallas Metroplex International Church to celebrate ministry accomplishments from the previous year and to worship followed by fellowship over lunch.

    The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

    From June 2017–June 2018, according to a ministry report distributed to those who attended the meeting, the FSBFNA: Read More

  • Platt 'challenged everybody' at Korean gathering

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    CARROLLTON, Texas (BP) -- More than 900 Korean leaders and their families heard International Mission Board President David Platt's challenge to reach the world during the annual gathering of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America.

    The fellowship, known informally as the Korean Council and encompassing 850 Korean-language churches, meets for three days each year in the same city and same week as the SBC annual meeting. Tuesday afternoon is left free and bus transportation is provided so the Koreans can participate in the day's session of the SBC annual meeting and vote for the next SBC president. Read More

  • CP panelists tackle race, state of SBC, Calvinism

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- Panelists on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibit hall prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas, discussed a variety of cultural and denominational issues during 20-minute segments live-streamed on talkcp.com.

    Among topics on the stage were the state of the SBC, abuse in the church (see related story), racism, diversity and Calvinism. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Winsomeness, personified

    by Susie Hawkins, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Susie Hawkins gained a picture of winsomeness from the late Marge Caldwell, "whether with children, women or anyone else. She had a joy and a love for others that was contagious." Read More

  • Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year's June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

    During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF -- which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) -- also finalized an organizational restructuring plan, heard ministry reports and discussed apparent spiritual warfare surrounding efforts to win Jewish people to faith in Christ.

    Nearly 30 Messianic believers and friends attended the meeting, held at a TGI Fridays restaurant in Dallas. Read More

  • Bible Study: June 24, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months 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

  • La política 'cero tolerancia' de Trump es denunciada y defendida

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Bautistas del sur y otras líderes evangélicas expresaron su oposición el lunes (18 de junio) a la separación de niños de sus padres en la frontera cuando el Congreso se prepara de nuevo para retomar el asunto de inmigración.

    La demanda de un cambio en la política de la administración Trump de "cero tolerancia" que ha resultado en la separación de familias en la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México se produjo cuando la crítica republicana aumentaba incluso mientras la defensa de la práctica de la rama ejecutiva ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Esto nos afecta a todos

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Criticar a otros puede surgir como un "simple comentario" y todos estamos expuestos a asumir esa práctica dañina. Hace años, un día mientras cenaba con mi esposa, me percaté de que, sin mala intención, estábamos criticando a un líder de nuestra iglesia. ... Read More

  • Comité de búsqueda del CE previene en contra de especulación

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto de Matt Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El comité encargado de nominar al próximo presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) "no ha comenzado a buscar nombres todavía" y dice que "cualquier especulación o publicaciones en los medios sociales acerca de a quién nominamos es justo eso, especulación," de acuerdo con una actualización divulgada hoy (20 de junio) por el presidente del comité de búsqueda Steve Swofford.

    La actualización fue dirigida a los miembros del CE y provista a Baptist Press para su publicación. Read More

  • Hispanos hablan discipulado en el almuerzo de Lifeway

    Por Keila Díaz, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto de Keila Díaz
    DALLAS (BP) -- Cerca de 60 pastores y líderes hispanos adquirieron conocimientos y recursos de discipulado durante el almuerzo de Liderazgo de Lifeway el 12 de Junio en el Centro de Convenciones Kay Bailey Hutchison en Dallas.

    Craig Featherstone, vicepresidente de Lifeway Global, dio la bienvenida al grupo y señaló que LifeWay esta impartiendo estudios bíblicos a corto plazo en español ademas de nuevos centros en Colombia, Perú, Ecuador y Brasil. Read More

  • Simulacro de Refugiados trae 'caos' a la vida

    Por Myriah Snyder, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto de Myriah Snyder
    DALLAS (BP) -- Las pertenencias personales son confiscadas, y a cada participante se le despoja de su individualidad. Se convierten en un número. Trabajadores del gobierno con caras adustas les dicen que miren hacia adelante. Sin hablar. Son guiados a través de una cortina e instruidos para que escriban los nombres de cuatro seres amados. Estas son las personas que pueden llevarse con ellos. No se les dan más instrucciones.

    Durante este simulacro de campo de refugiados, los participantes tienen que tomar tres cosas de los baldes. No se les ha dicho el por qué. Nadie les ... Read More