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Thursday, August 24, 2017

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  • WWII ship's discovery prompts survivor to 'praise the Lord'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- When Edgar Harrell learned about the recovery of the U.S. Navy cruiser whose sinking he survived 72 years ago, his first reaction was "praise the Lord!"

    "I'm so excited," Harrell, 92, told Baptist Press. "It kind of brings closure."

    The U.S.S. Indianapolis' discovery was announced Aug. 19 by Paul Allen, an entrepreneur whose research ship located the wreckage 3.5 miles below the surface of the Philippines Sea. The Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedoes July 30 ... Read More

  • New transgender military guidelines called 'wise'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration will bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the U.S. military and let Defense Secretary James Mattis decide whether those already in the military may continue to serve, according a Wall Street Journal report confirmed by other media outlets.

    The White House explained its policy in a two-and-a-half-page memo to the Pentagon, The Journal reported Wednesday (Aug. 23), fleshing out specific policy implications of President Trump's July 26 Twitter announcement that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any ... Read More

  • ERLC parenting conference sells out, begins today

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is kicking off its fourth annual national conference today (Aug. 24), this time on the topic it receives more inquiries about than any other -- parenting.

    A sellout crowd of about 1,250 people is expected to gather today through Saturday (Aug. 26) for "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.

    "It takes more than a village to raise children; it takes the church of Jesus Christ," ... Read More

  • High court urged to accept florist's appeal

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling it says requires a Washington state florist to violate her faith convictions or forfeit her business.

    The ERLC joined Roman Catholic and Jewish organizations, as well as a Muslim imam, in an Aug. 21 friend-of-the-court brief in support of Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. The brief argues the high court should accept the case to reaffirm that the practice of faith "does not end when a religious believer leaves her home or place of worship" and ... Read More

  • Coach Kennedy loses appeal to pray in public

    by Leigh Jones/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    BREMERTON, Wash. (BP) -- Former high school football coach Joe Kennedy lost his appeal Wednesday (Aug. 23) at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled he did not have a right to pray at the 50-yard line after games.

    A three-judge panel of the court said Kennedy's prayers did not amount to constitutionally protected free speech because he was acting as a public employee when he offered them.

    "By kneeling and praying on the 50-yard line immediately after games while in ... Read More

  • Bible Study: Aug. 27, 2017

    by staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Psalm 42:1-11 Read More

  • Estudiantes transexuales ganan batallas legales

    Por Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Dos escuelas acusadas de discriminación en contra de estudiantes transexuales recientemente recurrieron a acuerdos de indemnización y cambios de política. Los acuerdos no auguran nada bueno a las escuelas que mantienen las políticas tradicionales sobre el género, transiciones de género o uso de cuartos de baño.

    Nova Classical Academy, una escuela charter en St. Paul, Minn., estuvo de acuerdo el 7 de agosto en adoptar una política de inclusión de género de mayor alcance y pagarles a los padres de los niños $120,000. EL acuerdo terminó una batalla legal de 16 meses iniciada en 2016 por David y Hannah Edwards, los padres de quien ... Read More

  • Gaines, McKissic, y otros hablan sobre la raza y la CBS

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

    ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) -- Evangélicos retan a líderes políticos que apoyan el matrimonio del mismo sexo y el aborto, y ellos también deben estar fuertemente en contra de la retórica mordaz, la violencia y el odio, dijo el pastor Dwight McKissic en un panel de discusión que moderó el 20 de agosto en Arlington, Texas.

    Entre los invitados al panel estaba el presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur, Steve Gaines, quien rechazó el odio político y racial diciendo que no tiene lugar en la vida del cristiano.

    Al hablarle a una audiencia étnicamente diversa de alrededor de 650 personas, McKissic se refirió a la violencia racialmente cargada en Charlottesville, Va. Read More

  • El eclipse ofrece 'una oportunidad tremenda' para testificar, alabar a Dios

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, August 24, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La distribución de cerca de 7,000 folletos evangelísticos a cargo de una iglesia en Wyoming, un servicio al aire libre para celebrar bautismos en Kentucky y una fiesta en el techo del edificio de la Convención Bautista del Sur para observar el eclipse en Nashville, fueron algunas de las maneras en que los bautistas del sur festejaron en primer eclipse solar total que puede verse en el territorio de los EEUU desde 1979.

    El eclipse -- cuyo "sendero de totalidad" abarcó 70 millas de ancho y fue visible en 14 estados desde Oregón hasta Carolina del Sur -- también guio a algunos evangélicos hacia reflexiones teológicas sobre la fidelidad de Dios, su soberanía ... Read More