Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Download All Stories
  • Reformers' wisdom applied to transgender debate

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid contemporary discussion of transgenderism, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has helped resurface historic wisdom on gender and sexuality.

    While predating by centuries the modern phenomenon of transgenderism, Martin Luther and John Calvin were among Reformers to denounce those who attempted to blur the distinction between men and women -- an error dating back to the ancient world. Read More

  • Disciple-making addressed by Ezell, Platt, Geiger

    by Michael Smith, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Disciple-making in Southern Baptist churches was assessed by SBC entity leaders Kevin Ezell, David Platt and Eric Geiger during a forum at the 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., president/founder of Replicate Ministries and chairman of a task force created last year to encourage disciple-making by Southern Baptists, led the discussion at the Replicate Ministries booth in the SBC exhibit hall June 13. Read More

  • Will Christians return to Mosul post-Islamic State?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Screen capture from PBS
    MOSUL, Iraq (BP) -- The liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State does not create an opportunity for most displaced Christians to return home, an Assyrian Christian in the U.S. advocating for the victims told Baptist Press.

    Rather, many displaced Christians see better prospects in establishing their lives in the Nineveh Plains northeast of Mosul, said Juliana Taimoorazy, founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council. Based in Glendale, Ill., the council advocates for persecuted Iraqi and Middle Eastern Christians in their homelands and in the U.S. Read More

  • Missionary will remember 'those who are praying'

    by Kevin Singerman, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- My heart was racing as my wife and I stood and waited.

    Memories from the past several years shot through my mind. Time after time I had heard the cry, "They are perishing without the Gospel! Who will go?" And time after time I had responded. But God's quiet reply to my soul was simply, "Wait on the Lord...." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Missionary practice

    by Mark Snowden, posted Tuesday, July 18, 2017 (8 months ago)

    More than mission education, Mark Snowden advocates "missionary practice" -- training in which adults, teens and children are prepared to join in God's mission. Read More