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Friday, July 15, 2016

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  • EDITORIAL: El Poder de la Cruz

    by Michael A. Gonzales, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Vivimos en días donde los líderes del mundo desean tener el poder en sus manos. Algunos líderes políticos desean gobernar libremente sobre los ciudadanos de su país. Hay dictadores que utilizan el poder militar para destruir el bienestar y obtener los bienes de sus países vecinos. Otros desean el poder de armas nucleares con la intención de aniquilar a sus enemigos con sólo presionar un botón. Hay muchos grupos con intereses especiales mundialmente que están constantemente presionando a los gobiernos para ejercer gran poder e influencia en la sociedad. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Ever since I can remember....'

    by Kennedy Keltner, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Kennedy Keltner, 12, remembers hearing missionaries at summer camp and "a small voice telling me, 'This is you, this is who you're going to be.'" Missions is worth doing, she writes, "because it can make a gigantic change in peoples' lives." Read More

  • Podcast gives 'fuller picture' of SBC

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For more than a year, the "SBC This Week" podcast hosted by Amy Whitfield and Jonathan Howe has delivered a weekly roundup of news and views from around the Southern Baptist Convention, featuring stories from Baptist Press and other outlets as well as interviews with SBC newsmakers.

    A new podcast is available each Friday at www.sbcthisweek.com and via subscription. Read More

  • Pokémon Go craze drawing gamers to church

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    YUKON, Okla. (BP) -- Pastor Dave Dolphin knew little about Pokémon Go before seeing his church's middle school pastor surrounded by several boys with phones out last Sunday discovering the new phenomenon that would capture the world's imagination during the coming week.

    It wouldn't be the last time Dolphin, the executive pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Yukon, Okla., would see people wandering around the church property staring at smartphones. As a Pokémon Go "gym," the church has become a go-to place in the community for the game's players of all ages. Instead of running from the growing ... Read More

  • DR volunteers continue serving W.Va. flood survivors

    by Laura Sikes, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NAMB photo by Laura Sikes
    KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (BP) -- Three weeks after historic flooding in West Virginia, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers continue to serve survivors as they begin the long process of recovery.

    Southern Baptists are serving in the Charleston, W.Va., area in Kanawha County along the Elk River. SBDR volunteers, including members from the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV), manned one of three feeding kitchens in the state. Heritage Baptist Church in Elkview hosted one kitchen that had prepared more than 63,000 meals as of July 10. Feeding unit volunteers also came from ... Read More

  • Terror attack in Nice spawns prayer, questions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NICE, France (BP) -- A terrorist attack yesterday (July 14) in Nice, France, that left at least 84 people dead has prompted calls for prayer as well as speculation on the role Islamic extremism may have played.

    International Mission Board spokeswoman Julie McGowan told Baptist Press the IMB does not discuss the location of its personnel "due to security considerations for IMB personnel and the national believers with whom they work." But McGowan noted, "However, with any breaking news event, we are in contact with anyone who might be affected, due to travel and other reasons, to confirm their safety and ... Read More

  • 'No partiality,' Page assures black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page upheld God's impartiality during July 14 greetings to African Americans gathered at Ridgecrest, N.C., for a black church leadership conference.

    "I know, and you know, that we're in difficult days," Page said. "I know that you know there is much struggle in our land today, and we need to lift each other up."

    He shared revelations from his daily personal quiet time focused on Romans 2:11, ... Read More

  • Trump chooses social conservative Pence

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has selected a social conservative -- Indiana Gov. Mike Pence -- as his running mate.

    Trump announced his vice presidential choice in a tweet Friday (July 15) and said he would hold a news conference regarding his decision July 16, two days before the Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The brash billionaire's choice likely will be interpreted as an effort to help him gain ... Read More

  • McDonald's implements porn filter at U.S. stores

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The McDonald's corporation's decision to filter pornography from Wi-Fi at its U.S. restaurants has been called "brave and bold" by the leader of Southern Baptists' anti-pornography campaign.

    "I applaud McDonald's for this brave and bold step of protecting people, especially children, from the evil that hovers over every place that offers Wi-Fi," Jay Dennis, co-sponsor of the Join One Million Men Campaign, told Baptist Press in written comments. "McDonald's wisely understood and acted upon the fact that ... Read More

  • Ley religiosa rusa enunciada para 'debilitar' misiones

    Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MOSCÚ (BP) -- Una nueva ley rusa que prohíbe evangelizar y predicar afuera de sitios sancionados por el estado le recuerda al profesor del Seminario Teológico Bautista New Orleans Jake Roudkovski sus días como joven en la Unión Soviética.

      "Las iglesias bautistas en Rusia sobrevivirán" la ley firmada por el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin el 6 de julio que comenzará a tener efecto el 20 de julio, le dijo Roudkovski, profesor asociado de evangelismo y liderazgo pastoral, a Baptist Press. Tal opresión "no es nada nuevo para ellos…Ellos permanecerán fieles al evangelio."

      Sin embargo, la ley "significativamente debilitará todas las actividades misioneras," aunque "no detendrá [las misiones y el evangelismo] enteramente Read More

  • La Casa protege los derechos de consciencia de los pro-vida

    Tom Strode , posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Es completamente injusto que algún doctor o clínica estadounidenses sean castigados por aferrarse a sus creencias." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La Casa de Representantes de EE.UU. aprobó el miércoles (13 de julio) un proyecto de ley para proteger los derechos de conciencia de los individuos e instituciones que rehúsan estar involucrados en abortos.

    La Casa votó 245-182, en una votación casi totalmente partidista por la Ley de Protección de Conciencia, la cual obstruye que el gobierno discrimine en contra de los proveedores de salud que tienen objeciones para participar o proveer cobertura en abortos. El Senado todavía tiene que votar por la legislación. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El Poder de la Cruz

    Michael A. Gonzales, posted Friday, July 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Vivimos en días donde los líderes del mundo desean tener el poder en sus manos. Algunos líderes políticos desean gobernar libremente sobre los ciudadanos de su país. Hay dictadores que utilizan el poder militar para destruir el bienestar y obtener los bienes de sus países vecinos. Otros desean el poder de armas nucleares con la intención de aniquilar a sus enemigos con sólo presionar un botón. Hay muchos grupos con intereses especiales mundialmente que están constantemente presionando a los gobiernos para ejercer gran poder e influencia en la sociedad. Read More