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Thursday, July 02, 2015

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  • WWII POW's pitch opens K.C. Royals' season

    by Brian Koonce, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of KC Royals
    Dale Mitchell took the mound in front of 40,085 roaring fans for the defending American League Champion Kansas City Royals' home opener against the Chicago White Sox. His cap pulled low, Mitchell cocked his arm and let his pitch fly.

    At age 90, Mitchell had the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

    A former high school second baseman, Mitchell and a grandson practiced the pitch on Easter and the next day it was Royals' star third baseman Mike Moustakas on the receiving end. Read More

  • Veterans befriend pastor after losing his father

    by Jim Burton, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    When Tommy Kelly was 23, his life was turned upside down when his father died from a heart attack.

    A faithful Christian, his father had been a deacon and church treasurer and was the local magistrate. Kelly got a kick from hearing local lawyers, who had far more education than his father, refer to him as “judge.”

    And Thomas H. Kelly Sr. was patriotic, having served in the Army right after the Korean War. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Star-spangled opportunities

    by Diana Davis, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    As our country celebrates the Fourth of July, how will you shine for Jesus?

    Plan ahead to use one of these simple, fresh ideas as an individual, small group or church to show support for elected officials and those assigned to keep peace in your community:

    -- Purchase a nice Bible for your town's mayor, signed with words of prayer and encouragement. Read More

  • Church’s CP part of being in ‘center of God’s will’

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Faced with unanticipated dangers at home and abroad, Christians can find “true safety” in serving the Lord, pastor Rob Muncy told the Mississippi congregation he leads a week after a June 17 massacre of nine worshippers at a historic black South Carolina church.

    “We talked about how some people don’t go on mission trips because of safety,” Muncy told Baptist Press. Yet in Charleston S.C., "a group of people [were attending] Wednesday night prayer meeting. Physical safety is just an illusion we comfort ourselves with,” he said.

    “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” Read More

  • God-sized miracle sought in Buenos Aires

    by Anne Harman, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    “Where is Marco Polo?” The question is a legitimate one in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Marco Polo is a pastor who has invested 20 years in the city’s Cildáñez neighborhood, a melting pot of immigrants.

    When the question is asked at the offices of Parque Indoamericano Baptist Church, the staff knows that Polo likely is meeting a need in a nearby villa, or slum area. The church provides about 20 ministries to immigrant neighborhoods, from traditional worship and discipleship to small groups in homes and youth events. Construction continues adjacent to the church on a home for adolescent and single mothers. Daily, 300 infants and preschoolers receive meals and personal nurture in two childcare centers. Read More

  • Buenos Aires neighborhood’s Bible study blossoms

    by Anne Harman, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    Life is colorful in La Boca, a riverside Buenos Aires neighborhood where tourists flock to buy souvenirs on cobblestone streets flooded with the yellows and oranges, blues and greens of the shops.

    As dusk falls, tourists abandon the port for the city’s center, and even the curbside vendors quickly pack up and leave. Within moments, streets that bulged with throngs of people are empty.

    Behind the facades of the tourist attractions, the people of La Boca struggle to make ends meet. They live in an atmosphere steeped in uncertainty and loneliness. They struggle with drugs and promiscuity. Read More

  • CP 1.45% above projection at FY three-quarter mark

    by Staff, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 1.45 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection, and 1.24 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page.

    The year-to-date total represents money received by the Executive Committee by the close of the last business day of June and includes receipts from state conventions, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2014-15 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • NAMB fund to assist burned black churches

    by Mike Ebert and Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    The North American Mission Board has established a fund to help African American churches that have been damaged or destroyed by fire in the past two weeks.

    Fires at seven black churches have fueled discussions of racial hatred, as the first occurred within a week of the June 17 massacre of nine black Christians by a 21-year-old white supremacist at a Charleston church. Read More

  • Bible Study: July 5, 2015

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years 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.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the MasterWork curriculum. Read More

  • Esperanza por un milagro de dimensiones divinas impulsa las misiones de Buenos Aires

    Por Anne Harman, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Foto IMB por Chris Carter
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BP) --"¿Dónde está Marco Polo?"

    La pregunta era legítima: Marco Polo es un pastor argentino actual que ha pasado 20 años de su vida trabajando en el barrio porteño de Cildáñez, que es un crisol de inmigrantes. En un día soleado de primavera, el pastor estaba ausente de las oficinas de la Iglesia Bautista Parque Indoamericano, y la pregunta quedó sin respuesta. Read More

  • Un estudio de la Biblia no planeado trae vida y esperanza al barrio porteño de La Boca

    Por Anne Harman, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Foto IMB por Chris Carter
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BP) -- La vida es colorida en La Boca, un barrio ribereño de Buenos Aires, donde los turistas acuden a comprar recuerdos en las calles empedradas inundadas de colores amarillos y naranjas, azules y verdes; de las tiendas que se encuentran ubicadas a lo largo de la calle. Maitre d´s atrae a los comensales a las mesas ubicadas al aire libre; mientras que los artistas locales exhiben los apasionados movimientos del tango argentino, con la esperanza de obtener una propina. Los vendedores, entre otras cosas, ofrecen como mercancía las camisetas de jersey del equipo ultra competitivo de fútbol de la ciudad. Read More

  • Frank Page: Empodérense de Dios en una cultura caída

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky. (BP) -- Mucho antes de que la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. legalizara el matrimonio gay a escala nacional, el presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur, Frank S. Page había planeado predicar un sermón en la Iglesia Bautista Living Hope titulado "Encontrar esperanza en una cultura caída."

    "El pastor Jay Pettus, que está fuera en su sabático, me había solicitado predicar probablemente hace un año o más," le dijo Page a Baptist Press, "y me pidió que predicara sobre cómo tener esperanza en una cultura [post]cristiana y postmoderna. Read More

  • Se disipa la resistencia del Estado ante el fallo sobre el matrimonio

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tres días después que la Suprema Corte de los EEUU legalizó el matrimonio gay a nivel nacional, los 50 estados del país comenzaron a emitir actas matrimoniales para parejas del mismo sexo, y las instancias de resistencia pública de los oficiales del gobierno parecen estar confinadas al sur de la nación.

    Algunos de los proponentes del matrimonio homosexual han abogado por añadir al fallo de la corte que se legalicen los matrimonios polígamos y se abolan las ... Read More

  • Leyes pro-vida bloqueadas por cortes de cuatro estados

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Las regulaciones pro-vida en Texas, North Carolina, Kansas e Iowa han sido bloqueadas en impugnaciones en corte.

    Un área afectada es una ley de Texas que requiere que las clínicas de abortos califiquen como centros quirúrgicos ambulatorios y que los médicos abortistas tengan privilegios de admisión en hospitales; una ley de North Carolina requiere que los doctores les muestren a las mujeres embarazadas imágenes de ultrasonido antes de que se realicen un aborto; ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: En lo esencial unidad, en lo dudoso libertad, en todo caridad o amor

    Por Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Thursday, July 02, 2015 (3 years ago)

    LA MIRADA, Calif. (BP) -- Recientemente las palabras diversidad, tolerancia y racismo se han convertido en temas centrales de nuestra sociedad. Muchos sucesos a nivel nacional, local y personal me han hecho reflexionar acerca de la importancia que como seguidores de Cristo tenemos para aportar luz a una sociedad que enfrenta realidades a las que en ocasiones no sabe cómo responder. Read More