Baptist Press Archive

Friday, August 08, 2014

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  • Baptists called on to provide aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidi Kurds

    by Don Graham, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (BP) -- As U.S. military forces launch airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, IMB and Baptist Global Response (BGR) are asking Southern Baptists to help provide humanitarian relief for tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidi Kurds forced from their homes.

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    Most pressing is a situation the White House calls a "looming humanitarian catastrophe" unfolding on a mountaintop near the Iraqi city of Sinjar, home to the country's Yazidi religious minority, where some 50,000 Yazidi refugees are trapped with limited food and water. On Aug. 3, Sunni extremists known as Islamic State or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) seized the city as Sinjar's Yazidi population fled fearing massacre. Many Iraqis without transportation escaped to the nearby Sinjar Mountains, a barren heap of rock where daytime temperatures can top 120 degrees.

    While the U.S. has begun airdropping water, food and other supplies to Yazidi refugees in the mountains, BGR representatives are focusing efforts on helping the reportedly 200,000 internally displaced Iraqi refugees who have fled ISIS militants' rapid advance. BGR is a primary ministry partner of IMB.

    In June, ISIS took control of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, ordering thousands of Iraqi Christians to leave, convert to Islam, or pay heavy taxes. Yazidi Kurds and other Iraqi minorities have been forced from Sinjar and surrounding villages under threat of death. Many of the refugees have fled to Duhok and Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, or south to Baghdad.

    "The news coming out of Iraq is even more heart-breaking than usual," Jeff Palmer, BGR's executive director, said. "We have been helping Iraqi families over the past few months but must now intensify our efforts due to this heightened conflict. We are grateful to have so many friends who care about people in need. Suffering Iraqis will have an opportunity to know God's love firsthand as our partners bring desperately needed relief."

    Rallying for relief

    Thursday, Aug. 7, more than 150 Yazidi immigrants rallied in front of the north lawn of the White House to plead for American involvement in the growing crisis. The protestors came from across the U.S., with at least one group driving more than 30 hours from Phoenix, Ariz. Holding signs and chanting slogans such as "Down with ISIS!" and "Save our kids!", the Yazidis' pain and sense of desperation was evident in the faces of protestors such as 27-year-old Nayyaf Abdo.

    Abdo grew up in Sinjar and came to the U.S. in 2011 after serving as a translator with the U.S. Army. He traveled to Washington for the rally with a group of more than 50 Yazidis from Lincoln, Neb., and said his parents, six brothers, sister and grandmother are among those stranded in the Sinjar Mountains. Read More

  • Church seeks to train tomorrow's leaders

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- When Steve Tiebout planted a church in northern California in the late 1990s, he would have relished the help of a worship leader like 23-year-old Curtis Looper. Young, talented, full of energy and with a passionate love for Jesus, Looper already shows the God-given ability to prepare a congregation for corporate worship. And at age 23, he'll likely only get better. Read More

  • Acts 29 removes Driscoll, Mars Hill

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Church-planting network Acts 29 has removed Mars Hill Church and its controversial pastor, Mark Driscoll, from its membership. Read More

  • Windermere conference leader arrested

    by Staff/The Pathway, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) -- Windermere Baptist Conference Center's president and chief executive officer was arrested Aug. 5 on charges related to bestiality, Missouri Baptist Convention's newsjournal, The Pathway, reported. Read More

  • Millennial marriage rates declining

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Millennials are less likely to marry by age 40 than any previous generation, the Urban Institute concluded in an assessment of data from the American Community Survey. Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: World War I remembered as 'stand for liberty' 100 years later

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists didn't want America to enter World War I when it broke out, they came to see it as a necessary fight to preserve liberty and morality, historians have noted at the war's 100th anniversary. One scholar added that America's victory may have helped inspire the Cooperative Program. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: His everlasting arms

    by Elizabeth Luter, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Elizabeth Luter, women's ministry speaker and wife of immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter Jr., challenges pastors' wives and others to find their strength through prayer by leaning on the everlasting arms of the Lord. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Homosexual tactic closes wedding hall

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs shares thoughts on a hotel near Jerusalem that chose to shut down its outdoor wedding site rather than allow homosexual couples to utilize it for same-sex weddings. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Un Corazón Disponible, Hechos 9:1-22

    by Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    En Hechos 7:58 es parte del grupo en el martirio de Esteban. "...y los testigos pusieron sus ropas a los pies de un joven llamado Saulo. En Hechos 8:1 leemos "Y Saulo consentía en su muerte. ... Read More

  • 'Clínica Jesús' ofrece sanidad para el cuerpo y el alma

    Por Harper McKay, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Foto de Hugh Johnson/IMB
    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- Un coro de gallos le da la bienvenida al sol naciente mientras los pacientes enrollan los mosquiteros y las cobijas y se alistan para sus citas de seguimiento. Lentamente, los pacientes nuevos entran, y doctores, enfermeras y otros miembros del personal terminan sus desayunos de sopa con fideos o carne en salsa y arroz.

    Los pacientes llegan a la clínica desde todas partes del país del sudeste asiático. Los más pobres entre los pobres, la mayoría de ellos no puede pagar para ir a los hospitales del gobierno. Pero al cabo de pocos minutos, los pacientes pueden ver que esta clínica es diferente. Aunque los médicos y el personal trabajan para proveer una atmósfera cortés y respetuosa, lo que realmente hace a la clínica sobresalir es su misión de compartir el evangelio de Cristo con cada paciente que pasa por la puerta. Este es un rasgo que lleva a los lugareños a llamarla la "Clínica Jesús."

    "Si ustedes miran el Nuevo Testamento, el ministerio de Jesús era predicar y sanar," dijo William Bailey* misionero de IMB y miembro de la junta de la clínica. "La medicina es una manera de mostrar compasión y llenar las necesidades reales [al tiempo de ser] una plataforma para el evangelismo y la plantación de iglesias."

    La clínica Jesús, un centro médico multinacional e interinstitucional que abarca a los creyentes del sudeste asiático, misioneros de IMB y de otras organizaciones de todo el mundo, no solamente está preocupada por proveer cuidado médico. Read More

  • Lázaro local se convierte en intenso testigo para Cristo

    Por Harper McKay, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- Su nombre es Chum Sok,* pero para muchas personas, es conocido como Lázaro. Lázaro, similar a su tocayo en la Biblia, comparte cómo pasó de la muerte a la vida, literalmente. Read More

  • El Perfil Anual de la Iglesia entrega

    Por Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) --Los pastores y las iglesias deben sentirse "muy seguros" de las tendencias que indican las cifras del Perfil Anual de la Iglesia, dijo Scott McConnell, vicepresidente de LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Iglesia 'tercera vía' puede enfrentar expulsión de asociación

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- La junta ejecutiva de la Asociación Bautista de California ha recomendado no aceptar mensajeros en su reunión de otoño de una iglesia cuyo pastor ha dicho que no cree que todos los actos homosexuales sean pecaminosos. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Un Corazón Disponible, Hechos 9:1-22

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, August 08, 2014 (3 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- En Hechos 7:58 es parte del grupo en el martirio de Esteban. "...y los testigos pusieron sus ropas a los pies de un joven llamado Saulo. Read More