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Thursday, June 22, 2017

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  • ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a "fair and redemptive" justice system in the world's leading incarcerating country. Read More

  • Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017 recap video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Screen capture from recap video
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Prayer and soul-winning evangelism are highlighted in a brief video recapping the spiritual emphases of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

    Impassioned pleas with outstretched hands and heads bowed before God, high praise, brief interviews and video captions of Southern Baptist leaders and members comprise the video capturing the June 13-14 meeting and its preliminary events in Phoenix and surrounding suburbs. The SBC's growing diversity in leadership is captured in African American and Hispanic pastors and officers. Read More

  • SBCAL group to study DOM title change, efficiency

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    A 12-member study group is expected to recommend in 2018 a new title, credentialing process and expectations of effectiveness for Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs). Read More

  • Mission:Dignity -- The love of a Father

    by Judy A. Bates, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- A father's love will shape a man's life -- even if it doesn't come from his own dad. Just ask Elvis Durrill.

    Elvis was born in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression. One of nine children born to Otha Earl and Minnie Durrill, his young life on the farm was hard and filled with manual labor. His father was not a religious man, but taught his children not to lie, steal or cheat. It was from his mother that Elvis learned of God's loving care. Read More

  • Evangelists aim for greater international reach

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Increasing international evangelism and diversity were the focus of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists when it gathered in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Connect316 honors Steve Gaines with Jerry Vines Award

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Justin Veneman
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Presentation of an award to Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and advocacy by Alabama pastor Eric Hankins of "loyal opposition to the rise of Calvinism in the SBC" were among emphases at the Connect316 banquet June 13 in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Connect316 -- a coalition of Southern Baptists who advocate what they call a "traditionalist" understanding of the doctrine of salvation and disagree with some points of what they call "New Calvinism" -- also hosted a panel discussion at the banquet exploring the relationship between evangelism and the doctrine of salvation. Read More

  • B21 panel calls for unity amid differences

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Christian unity should transcend differences on Calvinism, politics and race for the advancement of the Gospel, panelists told more than 800 attendees June 13 at the ninth annual Baptist21 luncheon during the Southern Baptist Convention's meeting in Phoenix.

    "Our world is going straight to hell and we need to be one in telling people about Jesus and not letting these secondary things divide us," said SBC President Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. Read More

  • 9Marks panels discuss church, SBC

    by Tom Strode and Lauren Pratt, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Jeremy Scott
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Pastors and entity leaders discussed church unity in a divisive age and the statistical decline of the denomination during two 9Marks conversations held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.

    9Marks, a church health ministry based in Washington, D.C., sponsored the late-evening panel discussions in partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission June 12 and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary June 13. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Boost your spiritual immune system

    by David Jeremiah, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    The disciplines of physical and spiritual exercise are equally challenging, David Jeremiah writes, "and the results of inaction and apathy equally life-threatening." Let the Holy Spirit speak to you, he counsels, about boosting your "spiritual immune system." Read More

  • Bible Study: June 25, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 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

  • DIRECTIVOS: Conversación evangelizadora es crítica, dice Ezell

    Por Mike Ebert , posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto de Hayley Catt
    PHOENIX (BP) -- El presidente de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas, Kevin Ezell les dijo a los directivos de la entidad que para poder ver la clase de punto de cambio en los bautismos que los bautistas del sur desean, tomará que millones de bautistas del sur tengan decenas de millones de conversaciones evangelizadoras.

    Sin disminuir el énfasis de NAMB en la plantación de iglesias mediante Envía Red o el ministerio de Compasión mediante Envía Alivio, Ezell dijo que NAMB "pondrá cada gramo de energía que podamos para ayudar a nuestra convención a ver la importancia de tener conversaciones evangelizadoras." Read More

  • Jim Wells, secretario saliente de registro de la CBS, muere a los 69 años

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    OZARK, Mo. (BP) -- Jim Wells, secretario de registro durante 15 períodos de la Convención Bautista del Sur conocido por su estilo humilde de liderazgo, murió el 17 de junio luego de siete años de batallar contra el cáncer, tenía 69 años.

    Primer secretario de registro elegido en 2002, Wells supervisaba el registro de mensajeros, el conteo de votos y reportaba el total de votos en las reuniones anuales de la CBS entre otras responsabilidades. Sirvió junto a ocho presidentes de la CBS.

    El presidente de la CBS, Steve Gaines llamó a Wells "un humilde siervo de Jesucristo." Read More

  • CBS denuncia la 'supremacía blanca alt-right'

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Los mensajeros a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur 2017 denunciaron el movimiento "alt-right (alternativa correcta) de la supremacía blanca" en casi un voto unánime el miércoles (14 de junio) luego de un tumultuoso día de fracaso para tratar el asunto.

    Parecía que quizá menos de 10 mensajeros en el salón del Centro de Convenciones de Phoenix votaron en contra de una resolución sobre el "antievangelio del movimiento alt-right de la supremacía blanca." "Alt-right," un movimiento que defiende el nacionalismo blanco, ha ganado atención incrementada en los últimos 18 meses. La acción llegó luego de una ola de protestas en los ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Cultivando la Salud Espiritual

    Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (7 months ago)

    "No puedo yo solo soportar a este pueblo, que me es pesado en demasía" (Números 11:14).

    A veces las cosas más conocidas son las más difíciles de hacer. Un ejemplo de esta certeza la encontramos en nuestra vida espiritual. No creo que haya ... Read More