Baptist Press Archive

Friday, July 01, 2016

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  • 'We the People' stirs state legislator's loyalty

    by Jim Burton, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BARDSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- Only a few people recognized the words written more than 150 years ago when David Floyd read them at Bardstown Baptist Church during a God and Country emphasis.

    Citing a call to "public humiliation, prayer, and fasting" to be observed by all Americans, the state representative and military veteran shared these words of proclamation to his church:

    "Whereas it is fit and becoming in all people at all times to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to His chastisements, to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their past offenses and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action." Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El racismo y la iglesia

    by Por Luis R. López, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Escribo estas líneas después de haber regresado de la ciudad de St. Louis y participar de la reunión anual de nuestra convención en el mes de junio. ... Read More

  • Bill imperils religious liberty of Calif. colleges

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The religious liberty of California's faith-based colleges hangs in the balance in the state legislature.

    The State Assembly is considering a bill -- already approved by the Senate -- that Christian and other religious universities and colleges say would eliminate their religious freedom and that of their students. The legislation, Senate Bill 1146, affects any "postsecondary educational institution that receives, or benefits from, state financial assistance or enrolls students who receive state student financial aid" and would limit a religious exemption in nondiscrimination law to seminaries and other schools that train students for pastoral ministry, theological teaching or another religious vocation. Read More

  • Nigeria 'worst' humanitarian crisis, activists say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- Boko Haram violence has created a multifaceted humanitarian crisis in Nigeria that the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative (21CWI) and former Congressman Frank R. Wolf describe as the "gravest" in the world.

    The assessment is based on the 21CWI June report "Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten" taken from onsite research conducted in 10 states in northern and middle Nigeria in 2016.

    Malnutrition, the lack of educational opportunities for nearly a million children, and what the 21CWI described as perhaps the second-largest number of internally displaced persons in the world characterize the region, 21CWI wrote in its report. Read More

  • Pastors favor patriotism for July Fourth services

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans who attend a Protestant worship service the week of July Fourth are likely to get a good dose of God and country.

    Six in 10 Protestant pastors (61 percent) say it's important for Fourth of July worship services to incorporate patriotic elements to celebrate America, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. And while they plan to celebrate the birth of the nation, more than half (53 percent) agree their congregation sometimes seems to love America more than God. Read More

  • After W.Va. flooding, Baptist DR aiding recovery

    by Josie Rabbitt & Jacob Brooks, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GREENBRIER COUNTY, W.Va. (BP) -- Blue and "yellow" hard hats can be seen along eight West Virginia counties' roads and streets -- hats worn by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers. Engaged in recovery assessment, the SBDR response teams are making their way through communities that were under water just days ago, answering calls for help from numerous West Virginians left without power, vehicles and even homes.

    On June 23, torrential rains hit West Virginia, causing flooding that claimed at least 24 lives and more than 100 homes. More than 30,000 homes and businesses lost power. Read More

  • Transgender troop ban repeal called 'disastrous'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration's decision to allow openly transgender people to serve in the U.S. military has been classified by Southern Baptist leaders with military ties as "deluded," "disastrous" and a step toward self-inflicted "national weakness."

    Military chaplains endorsed by the North American Mission Board, along with other Christian chaplains, appear to be "in the crosshairs of this new policy," NAMB executive director of chaplaincy Douglas Carver told Baptist Press, noting religious liberty concerns. Read More

  • Draper, Vines support pastors' counsel to Trump

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) –- Uphold love and unity in conduct and conversations regarding the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, former Southern Baptist Convention presidents Jimmy Draper and Jerry Vines urged in an open letter to Southern Baptists.

    Negative reactions to the attendance of several noted Southern Baptists at a June 21 New York meeting of 1,000 evangelical leaders with Donald Trump precipitated the letter, the two wrote. Read More

  • Miss. religious freedom bill struck down

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- A bill that would have safeguarded the religious liberty of individuals and organizations who refuse to participate in same-sex weddings or gender identity transitions was stuck down by a U.S. district judge Thursday night (June 30), hours before the bill was slated to take effect July 1. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Stewardship of democracy

    by Frank S. Page, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Frank S. Page intends to vote in the November presidential election. Each Christian must "render unto God the loyal obedience He is due," Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, writes. "But let us also render unto Caesar the elective influence God has graciously granted to us at this strategic juncture in history." Read More

  • La Corte deroga regulaciones a proveedores de abortos

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La Corte Suprema de EE.UU. derogó el lunes (27 de junio) un intento de la legislatura estatal por hacer responsables a los proveedores de abortos de la protección de las mujeres que usan sus servicios.

    En una decisión 5-3, la corte alta estipuló que porciones de una ley de Texas que regulan las clínicas y los médicos que practican abortos constituyen una “carga indebida” para el derecho de una mujer a abortar a su hijo y son por lo tanto inconstitucionales. Read More

  • ANÁLISIS: Callejones traseros y ganchos de ropa

    Por Kevin D. Kennedy, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Los defensores del aborto han salido airosos -- quizá sin saberlo -- en el retroceso, en esencia, a "los abortos de callejones traseros" y "herrumbrados ganchos de ropa."

    El fallo de la Corte Suprema de derogar las regulaciones estatales para los doctores y clínicas abortistas refleja una estremecedora relación con la larga y retórica historia del debate sobre el aborto.

    De acuerdo a los defensores del aborto, si el aborto ya no es "seguro y legal" ... Read More

  • Índice de abstinencia en adolescents se elevó 28 por ciento

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El número de estudiantes estadounidenses de secundaria que nunca han tenido relaciones sexuales ha incrementado en 28 por ciento desde 1991, de acuerdo a datos divulgados por el Centro para el Control de las Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) de EE.UU.

    El hallazgo fue vitoreado por los defensores de la abstinencia con base en la educación sexual -- también conocida como educación en Evitación del Riesgo Sexual (SRA por sus siglas en inglés -- como prueba de que el mensaje del retardo en la actividad sexual está ganando adeptos en los adolescentes. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El racismo y la iglesia

    Luis R. López, posted Friday, July 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Escribo estas líneas después de haber regresado de la ciudad de St. Louis y participar de la reunión anual de nuestra convención en el mes de junio. La aprobación de la resolución histórica de la CBS de repudiar la exhibición de la bandera de la confederación es en mi opinión uno de los indicativos más claros que nuestra convención está ... Read More