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Thursday, July 05, 2018

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  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    by Caroline Anderson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NEPAL (BP) -- Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father's footsteps and become a Buddhist monk.

    But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future.

    Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent fear that once plagued him: He had been afraid of dying. Read More

  • Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelism

    by Joy Pittman , posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Ricardo Rivera
    ALBUQUERQUE (BP) -- Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera.

    A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican newsjournal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do something beyond traditional preaching revivals. Read More

  • Canada marijuana law calls for 'aggressive' church response

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    OTTAWA, Canada (BP) -- Canada's nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana, said a Canadian Baptist leader, should spur churches to adopt a "more aggressive approach" to warning believers about the spiritual and physical dangers of drug use.

    "Everyone is going to be exposed to" legalized marijuana use, said Gerry Taillon, national ministry leader for the Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC). "So the church is going to have to take a little more aggressive approach to developing a polemic against and an education against drug abuse."

    A bill known as the Cannabis Act passed Canada's Senate June 19 by a 52-29 vote after passing at the House of Commons in November, according to media reports. Read More

  • High school grads stay in church through new outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter
    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Students can remain engaged in discipleship and evangelism when moving from high school to college in a new outreach targeting pastors, parents, churches, ministries and teenagers alike.

    Campus Ministry Link (CML), the new outreach of Austin, Texas-based Campus Renewal Ministries, seeks to reverse a Gospel-engagement decline of 70 percent among high school graduates leaving home, CML Director of Partnerships John Decker told Baptist Press.

    "The stakes are really high," Decker said. "It's the largest transition they (students) will ever go through." CML connects students with ministries on any college campus in the U.S. Read More

  • 'Christmas in July' underway at LifeWay stores

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As much of the U.S. was weathering another heat wave this summer, LifeWay Christian Store employees were busy breaking out some Christmas decorations.

    The reason for the yuletide displays is the "Christmas in July" service projects offered through LifeWay.

    "The Christmas season is all about giving, but that spirit of giving should extend beyond the months of November and December," said Nathan Magness, marketing strategist for the bookstore chain. "As believers, we should always look for opportunities to give back all year long." Read More

  • Bible Study: July 8, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Unchanged amid transition

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    The Southern Baptist Convention is in transition, Randy Davis writes, but there is no change in the SBC as a network of "Gospel-preaching churches committed to pursuing the spiritually lost and fulfilling the Great Commission." Read More

  • Perú sueña con ir a la Copa del Mundo: Una lección para las misiones

    Por Jennifer Waldrep, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Imagen de Telemundo.
    YEKATERINBURG, Rusia (BP) -- Las lágrimas caen por las mejillas de miles de peruanos que viajaron a Rusia solamente para ver que su sueño de la Copa del Mundo terminaba con una derrota del 1-0 ante Francia en la Arena Ekaterinburg de Yekaterinburg.

    Sin embargo, lo que importaba -- lo que los peruanos saborearon -- es que después de estar 36 años fuera, su equipo nacional de futbol participaría como un equipo de la Copa del Mundo. Ya no iban a verlo desde fuera, estaban dentro del juego. ¡Arriba Perú!

    Durante la Copa del Mundo o las Olimpiadas, el mundo parece ser más justo. Los ... Read More

  • Iglesias hispanas salen de lo tradicional para evangelizar

    Por Joy Pittman , posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Foto de Ricardo Rivera
    ALBUQUERQUE (BP) -- Veinticuatro iglesias bautistas hispanas adoptaron la campaña Reavivamiento Simultáneo 2018 organizada por el estratega Ricardo Rivera del ministerio hispano de la Convención Bautista de New Mexico.

    Una meta clave este año, le dijo Rivera a la publicación de noticias Baptist New Mexican, era motivar a las iglesias a romper los esquemas en relación con el evangelismo dentro de las comunidades e inspirarlas a hacer algo más que los tradicionales reavivamientos de predicación. Read More

  • Ministerio a migrantes comienza más temprano en California

    Por Holly Smith/California Southern Baptist, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PARLIER, Calif. (BP) -- Alimentar a Quienes nos Alimentan ha sido un ministerio popular de la Convención Bautista del Sur de California (CSBC) durante casi 20 años, y ha visto a miles de trabajadores migrantes hacer profesión de fe en Cristo.

    La convención ministra en más de 25 centros de migrantes cada verano en toda California, proveyendo alimentos básicos, Escuelas Bíblicas de Vacaciones, actividades para niños, música en vivo, mensajes del evangelio y otras iniciativas de extensión.

    El 21 de abril, dos congregaciones de CSBC trabajaron juntas para proveer bolsas con ... Read More

  • 'Si solo pudiera imaginar' llega a 75 países

    Por Michael Foust, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Un viaje misionero a 75 países sería irrealizable para la mayoría de los cristianos, pero para el cineasta Jon Erwin, llegar a tantos países con el Evangelio no requiere pasaporte o un viaje al extranjero.

    Gracias a su sorpresivo y exitoso film "Si solo pudiera imaginar," para finales de año, Erwin llegará a 75 países y seis continentes con el mensaje de Cristo.

    La película fue presentada en DVD, Blu-ray y plataformas digitales en EE.UU. en junio, pero todavía se está presentando en cines en otros lugares. Cines en Chile, Nicaragua, ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El patriotismo y nuestra ciudadanía celestial

    Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (4 months ago)

    En el último mes tuve la oportunidad de estar en seis países diferentes. En cada uno de ellos se notaba un orgullo patriótico que unía a los habitantes y definía la identidad de la nación. Los cuatro países europeos todavía tienen una monarquía que se ha mantenido por generaciones, aunque ... Read More