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Friday, August 19, 2016

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  • Awkward conversations fuel church plant in Phoenix

    by Mark Kelly, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- When church planter Brian Bowman met Wes Sanders at Valley Life Church, the young congregation had just moved to a new location in the northern suburbs of Phoenix.

    "At the time, there were only about 50 of us, so it was easy to tell he was new," Bowman recalled. "I said, 'Hey, really glad you are here. I'd like to get coffee with you sometime.' Wes said, 'I want to bring my girlfriend Tiffany next Sunday. Maybe we all can talk then.'" Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Luminares en el Mundo (Filipenses 2:12-18)

    by Por Rafael Gutierrez, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Debido a los vientos de cambio social que vive esta gran nación es imperativo que entendamos la función que nos corresponde vivir y actuar como representantes del Reino de Dios. ... Read More

  • Study: Few pastors asked to perform same-sex weddings

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide last year. But for preachers, being asked to do a same-sex wedding remains rare, a new study shows.

    A new survey by LifeWay Research found 11 percent of Protestant senior pastors have been asked to perform a same-sex wedding. Baptist pastors (1 percent) are the least likely to say they were asked to perform a same-sex wedding. Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (26 percent) are most likely. Read More

  • Flood relief to extend 'as far as the eye can see'

    by Louisiana Baptist Message & BP Staff, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    FRENCH SETTLEMENT, La. (BP) -- Aboard a Black Hawk helicopter rescuing flood victims in south Louisiana, Staff Sgt. Chad McCann saw "water to the roofs of homes as far as you can see," with the Amite River still rising, "methodically washing away foundations, structures and trees."

    "It is way worse … more widespread" than even Hurricane Katrina, said McCann, a member of Union Baptist Church in Deville, La., who made 80 airlift rescues after Katrina's 2005 onslaught. Read More

  • Louisiana flood response to include associations

    by Josie Rabbitt, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Local Baptist associations are poised to play a major role in the ongoing response to the south Louisiana floods.

    As the worst U.S natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy continued to close roads and keep thousands of people out of their homes, associational directors of missions from Louisiana said in an Aug. 15 conference call with the North American Mission Board they are prepared to help coordinate donation of personal items for flood victims and recruit volunteers to be trained in disaster relief. Read More

  • Target's bathroom fix falls short, boycotters say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BP) -- Target's $20 million plan to add single-stall bathrooms in its U.S. stores does not fix its policy allowing bathroom and dressing room use based on gender identity, the leader of a national boycott against the company said.

    Target announced Aug. 17 the timeline and cost of its plan to install the locking, single-toilet bathrooms for customers who feel uncomfortable using the bathroom with those who identify as transgendered. Details of the plan came the same day Target released its second quarter earnings report showing a 7.2 percent drop in sales. Target's stock dropped 3.3 percent in premarket trade the same day, MarketWatch announced. Read More

  • Olympics: Molinaro moves from love of self to love for God

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- The plan was for Frank Molinaro to wrestle in Rio and then make it home in time for the birth of his second child.

    But little Frank Jr. had a different timetable in mind.

    Molinaro's second son, Frank Anthony, was born August 8 -- three weeks early -- back home in Pennsylvania while dad was sleeping in Rio.

    Everyone is healthy, and now Molinaro has something special to look forward to when his Olympic journey is complete. Read More

  • Olympics: Lambdin looks to testify about Christ

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- When Stephen Lambdin makes his Olympic debut on Saturday (Aug. 20), he'll partly owe it to Michelangelo, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

    "I originally got started in taekwondo because I actually wanted to be a ninja turtle," Lambdin told Baptist Press. "I started when I was 6 years old. I bugged my parents about it until they finally caved."

    Lambdin may not have achieved his ninja goal, but he has reached the pinnacle of his sport. And his aim as he competes on the world's biggest stage is to honor God through the process. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Building a bridge from high school to college

    by Morgan Owen, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Campus minister Morgan Owen underscores the importance of ministry to students as they transition from high school to a college campus -- a juncture in life that can be "very challenging, frightening and eye-opening." His advice: "Don't give up on college students" who comprise "such a vital population in our communities." Read More

  • En medio de las inundaciones en Luisiana, los medios comunican esperanza

    Por NAMB, Baptist Message y BP , posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Los sermones a través de las redes sociales se convirtieron en un medio de respuesta ante el desastre durante el récord de lluvia y las inundaciones por todo el sur de Luisiana.

    David Denton, pastor de Highland Baptist Church en New Iberia, utilizó Facebook para hablar con los miembros de la iglesia una vez que fueron cancelados los servicios de alabanza del domingo.

    "Ayuden con la limpieza, y sean cuidadosos al hacerlo," dijo Denton a los ... Read More

  • Orphan's Heart, los bautistas de Florida impactan enormemente en la República Dominicana

    Por Keila Díaz , posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    REPÚBLICA DOMINICANA (Florida Baptist Witness) -- Hay un valle en el sureste de República Dominicana llamado El Carrizal, donde la mayoría de los niños y sus familias viven en casas de piso de tierra y techos de latón en espacios no más grandes que el tamaño del dormitorio principal de una casa estadounidense.

    Pero Orphan's Heart (Corazón de Huérfano) -- la rama internacional de Hogares Bautistas de Florida para Niños -- se ha asociado con el gobierno de República Dominicana y con varias iglesias bautistas de Florida para llevar un cambio a la empobrecida región. Read More

  • SBDR despliega 4 cocinas al sur de Luisiana

    Por Joe Conway , posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ALPHRARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- El número de víctimas en la inundación sin precedente en el sur de Luisiana se ha elevado a 11, y por lo menos 40,000 casas han sido dañadas o destruidas. En respuesta, Alivio en Desastre Bautista del Sur (SBDR por sus siglas en inglés) está desplegando voluntarios, equipo y recursos al área afectada, incluyendo cuatro cocinas a Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette y Walker.

    La Cruz Roja Estadounidense ha requerido cuatro cocinas, las cuales tienen capacidad para 10.000 comidas al día. Los cuatros equipos DR desplegados tienen el doble de esa capacidad. Se espera apoyo adicional dado el alcance del ... Read More

  • GuideStone se reestructura para llegar a ser más eficaz

    Por Timothy E. Head , posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Recursos Financieros GuideStone ha reorganizado ciertas responsabilidades de trabajo y reestructurado su personal como parte de sus esfuerzos por identificarse e implementar nuevas maneras de volverse más eficaz. También anunció el mes pasado que tres nuevos oficiales ejecutivos fueron promovidos dentro de la organización.

    La reestructuración complementa la actualización de GuideStone a su plan de largo alcance, GuideStone 100, y fluye del tema de 2015 "Año de Eficacia," cuando la entidad de la Convención Bautista del Sur buscó nueva eficacia en la gente, ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Luminares en el Mundo (Filipenses 2:12-18)

    Rafael Gutierrez, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Debido a los vientos de cambio social que vive esta gran nación es imperativo que entendamos la función que nos corresponde vivir y actuar como representantes del Reino de Dios. A riesgo de que tal vez parezca que estoy ofreciendo una respuesta simplista en la opinión de algunas personas, me ... Read More