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Friday, June 28, 2013

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  • Gay marriage rulings: 'new ministry situations on horizon,' seminary scholars project

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Though the Supreme Court's ruling against traditional marriage was a "dark day in American history," it's time to accept the reality and move on to discussing how to minister in a new context, Jeff Iorg and other seminary leaders are saying.

    "Challenging new ministry situations are on the horizon," Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary near the epicenter of the gay marriage movement, wrote in a blog post June 27. Read More

  • ERLC fact sheet addresses gay marriage rulings

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has produced a fact sheet in both English and Spanish to assist churches in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decisions.

    The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission posted the fact sheet on its website June 26 ... Read More

  • CALL TO MOURNING & PRAYER

    by Dan Biser, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    West Virginia pastor Dan Biser calls Christians to "weep and mourn, praying and agonizing for the lostness and wickedness that is prevailing upon our nation that has been so blessed by the Lord for so long. May we, as the Lord's people, give place to prayer, to anguish, to mourning that true repentance, confession and sorrow might be done." Read More

  • Syria Christians face 'ethno-religious cleansing'

    by John Evans, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Syrian Christians are caught in the middle of the conflict between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and rebel fighters.

    What began as a peaceful protest against the Assad regime has progressed into a civil war ... Read More

  • Senate easily approves immigration bill

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    "As Christians, we are called to affirm the rule of law and compassion for the vulnerable."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate has convincingly approved broad immigration legislation, marking the most significant win for reform advocates in at least seven years. Read More

  • Hobby Lobby gains a win in appeals court

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal appeals court has handed Hobby Lobby a significant, though limited, victory in its legal challenge of the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate. Read More

  • Missionary to Tokyo's homeless dies

    by Susie Rain, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    SEOUL (BP) -- Josh Park, an IMB missionary in Japan known for his zeal in sharing the Gospel with the homeless and anyone he came in contact with, died Friday (June 28) in Seoul after a lingering battle with cancer. He was 61. Read More

  • Graham crusade organist Hustad dies at 94

    by Aaron Cline Hanbury, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Donald Paul Hustad, organist for Billy Graham crusades and longtime professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, died June 22, according to his family. He was 94. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: HPV infections drop 56%; Santorum becomes EchoLight CEO

    by Staff, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Human papillomavirus infections in female teenagers ages 14 to 19 have decreased by 56 percent since 2006 -- the year the HPV vaccine began to be administered, Crosswalk.com's Religion Today has reported, citing a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases.

    HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and is blamed for causing cancer (primarily cervical cancer) in 27,000 Americans ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Civil rights becomes behavioral

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs notes the Supreme Court has taken "a giant step toward endorsing the concept of behavior as the basis for civil rights" in its ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: One pastor's response

    by Jeff Robinson, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Alabama pastor Jeff Robinson recounts several ways he has sought to help his church respond to the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage. Read More

  • Visita a África inspira a Luter a extender desafío de misiones

    Por Rolan Martin, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foto de Joseph Rose
    UGANDA (BP) -- El sol está suspendido abajo en el horizonte cuando el bote lentamente traquetea hacia la ribera de la remota isla Buziri en el lago Victoria de Uganda.

    Rendidos por las más de seis horas en el bote, el equipo de seis pastores de EE.UU., que incluía al presidente de la CBS Fred Luter, y a un puñado del personal de IMB, miraba con expectativa la cercana ribera.

    El fuerte bote pesquero de madera se había visto lo suficientemente cómodo al principio del viaje en la lodosa orilla del río después de un largo viaje en autobús desde el pueblo de Jinga. Sin embargo, el bote lleno de suministros se tornó confinante para sus pasajeros entre más se extendía el viaje a lo largo del agua.

    Los suministros, el bote y su motor fueron provistos a través de las ofrendas de los bautistas del sur al Programa Cooperativo y a la Ofrenda de Navidad Lottie Moon para las Misiones Internacionales, que también apoya la presencia de los misioneros y proyectos de ministerio en el extranjero.

    Para Luter, pastor de Franklin Avenue Baptist Church de New Orleans, el impacto de estar en tan remoto lugar fue inmediato.

    "Es simplemente difícil para mí creer que en el día y la hora en que vivimos, haya personas que vivan en semejantes condiciones," dijo en relación a la aislada isla sin electricidad. "Y, al salir del bote y caminar entre la gente -- lo bien que nos recibieron.

    "Eso dice mucho de los misioneros que están aquí… las relaciones que han hecho," continuó. "Fue una muy buena cura de humildad caminar por ese pueblo."

    Luter junto a un equipo de pastores étnicamente diverso visitó Uganda y el Cuerno de África en mayo: Daniel Park de New Song Korean Church (Iglesia Coreana New Song) en Carrollton, Texas; Alan Chan de Mandarin Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista Mandarina) en Los Angeles; Ramón Medina del ministerio hispano de Champion Forest Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista Champion Forest) en Houston; James Dixon de El-Bethel Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista El-Bethel) en Fort Washington, Maryland; y Ron Lentine de Myrtle Grove Baptist Church (Iglesia Bautista Myrtle Grove) en Pensacola, Florida. Read More

  • Alivio al Hambre Mundial atrae receptividad en la CBS

    Por Mark Kelly, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foto de Thomas Graham
    HOUSTON (BP) -- A muchos bautistas del sur les importa profundamente el hambre mundial y están activos en la lucha por salvar vidas.

          Esa es la conclusión de más de 250 breves entrevistas conducidas en el puesto de Ayuda al Hambre Mundial en la reunión anual de la CBS en Houston. Read More

  • Ezell: Más misioneros, iniciadores de iglesias

    Por Joe Conway, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foto de Susan Whitley/NAMB
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Kevin Ezell, presidente de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas durante su reporte en la reunión anual de la CBS, apeló a los bautistas del sur para que dramáticamente incrementaran el número de misioneros e iniciadores de iglesias enviados al campo misionero norteamericano. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Tus Decisiones Determinan tu Destino

    Por Gustavo Suárez, posted Friday, June 28, 2013 (5 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Siempre he tenido dificultad con mi sentido de orientación cuando viajo de un lugar a otro. Por lo tanto me compré un sistema de navegación en mi carro para ayudarme cuando viajo. Read More