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Friday, August 22, 2014

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  • Israeli and Palestinian believers 'not void of hope' amid conflict

    by Charles Braddix, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    JERUSALEM (BP) -- In war-torn Gaza and Israel, Christians watch with anguish as violence ravages the innocent on both sides of the conflict. But this "season of weeping and mourning" is "not void of hope," said Yohanna Katanacho, academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College and an "on call" pastor of Nazareth Baptist Church.

    Photo by Israeli Defense Forces, used with permission
    "Our tears are the bridge between brutality and humanity," Katanacho, who describes himself as an Arab Christian living in Israel, said. "Pray with tears" in regard to the Gaza-Israel conflict, he challenged believers.

    The latest clashes between Israel and Hamas in the past six weeks have seen more than 2,000 killed and 10,000 injured. But as deadly attacks continue, Christians from both sides of the conflict continue to pray for peace that some would contend can only be supernatural, and peace that the Bible says is beyond understanding.

    "We feel strongly that our position is to enlist prayer for all the people on all sides of the conflict," Dale Thorne, director of the Jerusalem Prayer Center, said. The center, an entity of Southern Baptists, is a five-minute walk from the ancient walled city of Jerusalem.

    "The real question for us is how are we to pray in this quagmire of pain, fear, destruction and confusion," Thorne said. "We can only depend on God's Word. There is no other source."

    Prayer is "invaluable" in times like these, he said.

    "When we replace worry with prayer and anxiety with thankfulness, we experience God's peace, which will control our emotions and thoughts and keep us centered in Jesus the Messiah," Thorne said.

    One leader of the Baptist church in Gaza said, "We have peace in our hearts."

    For people like Faten,* that peace is vital.

    Faten, a Baptist who attends the Bethlehem Bible College extension in Gaza, is grieving the deaths of two students who attended the school where her sister works. The students were hit by Israeli rocket fire while playing on the roof of their apartment building.

    When Katanacho, the academic dean of Bethlehem Bible College, learned that rockets were striking close to the building where Faten lives, he phoned her asking if there was an area where she could seek refuge. "She chuckled and said that the only refuge she has is God and He is enough for her," Katanacho said.

    He expressed amazement at her trust in God's care. "She wholeheartedly believes that her life is in God's hands," Katanacho said. "God is her refuge in Gaza. God called her to serve Him in this difficult place, and she will honor her Lord."

    Hanna Massad, former pastor of Gaza Baptist Church now living in Jordan, said, "It's a truly desperate situation ... many lives will never be the same again." Read More

  • ERLC: Latest HHS rules fail again

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    "The administration is setting itself up as a mediator between God and the conscience."

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration has issued new rules regarding its abortion/

    contraception mandate but again appears to have failed to satisfy the concerns of religious freedom advocates. Read More

  • Resources for the fight against global hunger

    by Mark Kelly, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With World Hunger Sunday (Oct. 12) approaching, churches and other groups who want to engage the global hunger crisis have a variety of free and inexpensive resources available to them. Read More

  • VBS children see results of giving

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo courtesy First Baptist Church, Richmond, Mo.
    RICHMOND, Mo. (BP) -- Children have been carrying bags full of pennies, nickels and dimes into Vacation Bible School in order to donate to Southern Baptist missionaries for years. Many never see what happens through their gifts or who benefits from them. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: How gay activism affects you

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Homosexual activists have taken aim at religious liberty and may succeed in their quest to outlaw Christian convictions unless believers take a stand now, columnist Kelly Boggs says. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Cuida la Lengua; Santiago 3:1-9

    by Guz Suarez, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Me imagino que en alguna ocasión has dicho algo que hubieras querido retractar. Yo se que yo he hecho eso muchas veces. Santiago dice que la lengua esta "llena de veneno mortal." ... Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocations at SEBTS, SBTS, MTBS

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: "From the Seminaries" includes news releases of interest from Southern Baptist seminaries.

    Today's From the Seminaries includes reports on the convocations at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    SEBTS convocation honors missionary Bertha Smith

    By Staff

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (SEBTS) -- The late missionary Bertha Smith, who served nearly 42 years in China and Taiwan, was th... Read More

  • 'Deseo que Cristo sea glorificado,' dice el misionero infectado de ébola después de ser dado de alta del hospital

    Por el Personal/LifeWay, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Los dos misioneros cristianos que contrajeron el virus del ébola mientras ministraban pacientes en Liberia han sido dados de alta de un hospital de Atlanta.

    Kent Brantly, 33 años, fue dado de alta el jueves (21 de agosto). El doctor del Samaritan's Purse dijo en una conferencia de prensa: "Hoy es un día milagroso. Estoy emocionado de estar vivo, y de estar bien y de estar reunido con mi familia."

    Nancy Writebol, 59 años, no ha hablado con los reporteros desde su dada de alta dos días antes. A los representantes de los medios se les ha dicho que la misionera de Sirviendo en Misiones (SIM por sus siglas en inglés) está pasando tiempo en privado con su familia incluyendo a sus dos hijos Jeremy y Brian Writebol.

    Ed Stetzer, vicepresidente de LifeWay Research, entrevistó a ambos hijos acerca de la dura experiencia de su madre y cómo su fe cristiana jugó un papel importante en su recuperación.

    A continuación se encuentran un extracto de esa entrevista.

    Stetzer: ¿Por qué estaba su madre en África?

    Jeremy: Mamá y papá han sido misioneros de carrera durante los últimos 15 años en varios países en Sudamérica y África. Hace cerca de un año se unieron a SIM para ir a Liberia a servir a los liberianos a través de diferentes ministerios. Mamá coordinaba la hospitalidad para los misioneros de largo y corto tiempo además de ayudar como enfermera asistente en el hospital. Mamá y papá siempre han querido usar sus vidas para servir a Cristo y ayudar a personas en necesidad de cualquier manera en la que puedan.

    Stetzer: ¿Cuál fue su reacción cuando escucharon que su madre tenía ébola?

    Jeremy: Me sentí devastado. Con índices de mortalidad de 65 a 90 por ciento en pacientes infectados sabía que las probabilidades estadísticas de su supervivencia no eran buenas. Añadido a esto la manera en la que una persona muere a causa del virus puede ser una de las más terribles maneras de morir. Cuando escuchamos que mamá tenía el virus solo pude imaginarme lo peor. Read More

  • Inclinación hacia el matrimonio gay da un traspié

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El especialista bautista del sur en política pública ha acogido una inusual decisión de la corte que no está en sintonía con la fuerza arrasadora del matrimonio del mismo sexo al tiempo que reafirma la necesidad de una continua defensa de la institución ordenada por Dios. Read More

  • Conversaciones con un padrote cambian la perspectiva de una misionera

    Por el Personal/IMB, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Foto editada por Martha Richards
    JOHANNESBURGO, Sudáfrica (BP) -- Como una misionera de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB, por sus siglas en inglés), Martha Richards* ministró en las calles sudafricanas entre las prostitutas, los padrotes, los traficantes sexuales y los traficantes de drogas. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Cuida la Lengua; Santiago 3:1-9

    Guz Suarez, posted Friday, August 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Me imagino que en alguna ocasión has dicho algo que hubieras querido retractar. Yo se que yo he hecho eso muchas veces. Santiago dice que la lengua esta "llena de veneno mortal." Read More