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Friday, June 24, 2016

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  • EDITORIAL: Entendiendo la Voluntad de Dios

    by Peter Citelli, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Por tanto, no seáis insensatos, sino entendidos de cuál sea la voluntad del Señor" (Efesios 5:17 RVR1960).

    Los Cristianos tenemos un deseo inherente por cumplir con la voluntad de aquel que nos compró con su sangre (1 Corintios 6:20), aquel a cual llamamos Señor (Romanos 14:8). No obstante, la tarea de discernir la voluntad de Dios para nuestra vida parece una labor difícil de lograr.

    Sin embargo, el apóstol Pablo da por sentado que los creyentes deben de comprender ... Read More

  • 'Brexit' vote draws response from Baptist analysts

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Though the United Kingdom's vote yesterday (June 23) to leave the European Union took many political observers by surprise, leaders at GuideStone Financial Resources and the Southern Baptist Foundation say they've had the referendum in view for months and have taken steps to protect Southern Baptist investors from the resultant market volatility.

    Meanwhile, Christian commentators on both sides of the Atlantic have weighed in on the "Brexit" -- as Britain's E.U. exit has been dubbed -- with opinions divided and calls for believers to help bring unity to the U.K. Read More

  • Leading change in church focus of LifeWay panel

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Jenna Wachsmuth
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Leading change in a church can be difficult and must be navigated with prayer, love and patience, pastors acknowledged in a panel discussion held during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis.

    LifeWay Christian Resources hosted more than 800 church leaders for a free breakfast and discussion on "Leading Change in the Church." LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer unpacked three things most leaders forget to do when leading change: begin with prayer, pray with a guiding coalition, and see crises as opportunities. Read More

  • Mosque-building satirical rumor exposed as lie

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A rumor promulgated by satirical news-like websites and blogs that the Southern Baptist Convention and at least one cooperating state convention are building Islamic mosques is being exposed as a lie.

    The self-proclaimed "Christian apocalyptic … news satire and parody site" The End Times wrote perhaps the first posting of the false report as early as May 28 when it claimed the SBC had launched a "Mosques Across America" campaign "to build mosques all across the nation in order to help foster religious tolerance and a general sense of niceness towards all." Read More

  • ERLC, Focus aid St. Louis pregnancy center

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Abortion-minded women in St. Louis have a new opportunity to learn the truth about their unborn children thanks in part to Southern Baptists.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), announced the placement of a sonogram machine with Thrive St. Louis during the denominational entity's presentation at the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. The gift through the ERLC's Psalm 139 Project, in partnership with Focus on the Family, will equip the ministry's new mobile center with ultrasound technology primarily to help reach college campuses and underserved communities. Read More

  • Insights for struggling churches relayed at SBC

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- More than 175 Southern Baptists interested in the work of replanting struggling churches convened for the first-ever National Replant Gathering prior to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

    Sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the gathering was designed to connect those engaged in the replanting process with one another, as well as to encourage and train them. Read More

  • Scott McConnell to lead LifeWay Research

    by LifeWay Christian Resources & BP Staff, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scott McConnell has been named executive director of LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based evangelical firm specializing in surveys about faith in culture and matters affecting the church.

    McConnell, 45, succeeds Ed Stetzer, who will join Wheaton College's faculty July 1 as The Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism in addition to serving as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at the Chicago-area college. Read More

  • Jamaica missionaries' slaying draws murder charge

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (BP) -- Local authorities have charged one man and named another a "person of interest" in the April 30 murders of two American missionaries in Jamaica.

    Andre Thomas, 25, was charged with murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the deaths of Randy Hentzel and Harold Nichols, the Jamaica Constabulary Force reported June 23 in a news release. Thomas was arrested in early June and also faces unrelated charges under Jamaica's Sexual Offenses Act, according to the release. Read More

  • Lausanne conference focuses on Jewish evangelism

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST.LOUIS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship's partnership with the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism remains valuable in reaching Jewish people across the globe. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Everything is different, but nothing has changed

    by David Jeremiah, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    David Jeremiah recounts how Christians have used societal advances throughout the ages to advance the Gospel, beginning with the apostle Paul. Amid such innovations as the printing press and the Internet, the California pastor notes: "Sin is still awful. Death is still coming. Judgment is still waiting. The grace of God is still available." Read More

  • Los pastores conversan sobre política: Sé bíblico, no controversial

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto por Bill Bangham
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Proclamar las escrituras en lugar de promover la controversia es su estrategia al abordar asuntos políticos, dijeron los pastores durante un panel de discusión el 15 de junio durante la Convención Bautista del Sur 2016.

    Cinco pastores bautistas del sur explicaron a Ronnie Floyd, ahora el ex presidente de la CBS, durante la sesión vespertina, la manera en que ellos manejan los asuntos políticos en sus iglesias. El panel de discusión titulado "Los pastores y la iglesia en la política americana de hoy" y moderado por Floyd -- se realizó durante una tumultuosa temporada de elecciones que ha consternado a muchos bautistas del sur y a otros cristianos ... Read More

  • Efectividad de las misiones examinada por los líderes de la CBS

    Por Karen L Willoughby, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Los líderes de las entidades discutieron maneras de ser más efectivos en las misiones globales durante una de las 18 mesas redondas del Programa Cooperativo realizadas del 13 al 15 de junio en conjunto con la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur en St. Louis.

    La discusión grabada en video tuvo lugar en uno de los lados de la sala de exposiciones del America Center con Jon Akin, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Fairview cerca a Nashville, como moderador. Read More

  • Floyd, Jeffress, otros nuevos asesores de Trump

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto de A. Larry Ross Communications
    NEW YORK (BP) -- El expresidente inmediato de la Convención Bautista del Sur Ronnie Floyd y el pastor de Dallas Robert Jeffress están entre el diverso grupo de evangélicos que Donald Trump nombró el 21 de junio para asesorarlo en religión y política.

    Los 25 miembros de la Junta Asesora Ejecutiva Evangélica incluyen a por lo menos ocho bautistas del sur. Ellos estaban entre los más de 1.000 líderes religiosos conservadores que asistieron a la invitación del 21 de junio a la sesión de preguntas y respuestas con Trump y Ben Carson en New York, presentada por Unidos en Propósito y Mi Fe Vota, de un año de formación, y moderada por el excandidato presidencial estadounidense Mike ... Read More

  • Pro-vida protestan requerimiento de que las iglesias cubran los abortos

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Defensores pro-vida protestan ante una nueva decisión de la administración Obama que permite que el estado de California obligue inclusive a las iglesias a cubrir los abortos en sus planes de seguro de salud.

    Las críticas, y peticiones para que el Congreso defienda la protección de la conciencia, llegó después de que el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos (HHS por sus siglas en inglés) anunció el 21 de junio que había rechazado las quejas de iglesias y de otros de que California había infringido la ley federal al requerir que sus planes de salud pagaran por los abortos electivos. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Entendiendo la Voluntad de Dios

    Peter Citelli, posted Friday, June 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Por tanto, no seáis insensatos, sino entendidos de cuál sea la voluntad del Señor" (Efesios 5:17 RVR1960).

    Los Cristianos tenemos un deseo inherente por cumplir con la voluntad de aquel que nos compró con su sangre (1 Corintios 6:20), aquel a cual llamamos Señor (Romanos 14:8). No obstante, la tarea de discernir la voluntad de Dios para nuestra vida parece una ... Read More