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Friday, August 24, 2018

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  • Political divides in church focus of new study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23).

    More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views. And few adult Protestant churchgoers say they attend services with people of a different political persuasion.

    Those are among the findings in a new report on churchgoing and politics, conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017, by LifeWay Research.

    "Like many places in America, churches are divided by politics," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. "And churchgoers under 50 seem to want it that way." Read More

  • Hurricane Harvey work not over at one-year mark

    by Tobin Perry, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Since Hurricane Harvey's Category 4 winds began battering the Texas coast a year ago, Southern Baptists have served more than 75,000 volunteer days to help the region recover.

    And they aren't done yet.

    Southern Baptists will continue to engage impacted areas for at least the next two years and likely beyond, said David Melber, president of Send Relief at the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

    "There are so many ongoing needs," Melber said. "Just because it was a year ago doesn't mean life is back to normal. There are still so many people without homes. We'll be there to help for as long as it takes." Read More

  • SWBTS appoints 9-member presidential search committee

    by SWBTS & BP Staff, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A search committee comprising nine Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary trustees has been appointed to recommend the seminary's next president.

    Led by chairman Danny Roberts, an at-large trustee and executive pastor of North Richland Hills (Texas) Baptist Church, the search committee was appointed by trustee chairman Kevin Ueckert and announced to the full board Aug. 23.

    In addition to Roberts, the committee includes: Denise Ewing (Ill.), Jamie Green (at-large, search committee secretary), Guy Grimes (Calif.), Todd Houston (N.C.), Tom James (Ky.), Philip Levant (at-large), Andre Palmer (N.Y.) and Calvin Wittman (Colo., search committee vice chair). Ueckert and board vice chair Connie Hancock are ex officio members of the committee. Read More

  • Will Graham hopes 'Unbroken' sequel changes lives

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Will Graham can do a great impersonation of his late grandfather Billy Graham. But for his role in the upcoming film "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," he was given strict orders: Don't do an impression.

    "The director said: Don't imitate your grandfather," Graham told Baptist Press. "... My grandfather back then preached extremely fast. But the director said, 'Don't preach fast. Preach slow and be yourself.'"

    The movie, scheduled to hit theaters Sept. 14, follows the story of Olympian and World War II prisoner Louis Zamperini, who returned home a hero but nearly saw his life and marriage ruined due to PTSD, thoughts of revenge against his captors, and dependency on alcohol. A visit to the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles changed his life forever. He accepted Christ and later became an evangelist and founded Victory Boys Camp, an outreach for at-risk youth. Read More

  • Pew: African, Latin American Christians most committed

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Commitment to prayer, church attendance and religion is highest among believers in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, Pew Research Center said Aug. 22 in an analysis of data collected over the past 10 years.

    In the U.S., Christians register comparatively high levels of religious commitment among the most developed countries, Pew said in its analysis of 84 countries with Christian populations deemed sizable. Here, 68 percent of Christians deemed religion "very important" and just as many said they pray daily. Weekly church attendance was registered among 47 percent of U.S. Christians.

    In 35 of the countries studied, at least two-thirds of Christians said religion was "very important" in their lives. All but three of those 35 countries are in sub-Saharan Africa or Latin America, namely the U.S., Malaysia and the Philippines.

    More than 75 percent of Christians surveyed in each country in sub-Saharan Africa said religion was very important in their lives, voicing higher levels of prayer and church attendance. In Ethiopia, where Ethiopian Orthodoxy is the most prevalent Christian faith, 98 percent of Christians rated religion as very important. Read More

  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP) -- The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges today (Aug. 24).

    Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

    "This is great news for both Chaplain Squires and all of the military chaplains who are serving our men and women the U.S. Armed Services," said Gen. Douglas Carver, executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "It is a significant victory for all who support and defend the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, especially regarding the freedom of religion." Read More

  • Hawaii hurricane, fire met with 'hope & healing'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- As Hawaii braced Friday for Hurricane Lane's impact, the state's Baptists were poised for disaster relief ministry. Meanwhile, one Maui church sprang into action at 2 a.m. after a large brush fire, fueled by Lane's winds, threatened its facility and forced evacuations.

    Lane weakened Aug. 24 to a Category 2 hurricane, according to media reports. But the Big Island already had received 30 inches of rain in one location, with flooding in some areas. Maui and Oahu, including the capital city of Honolulu with nearly 1 million area residents, were expected to experience hurricane conditions Aug. 24 or 25. Read More

  • MOVIES: Yesteryear's bad movies vs. today's

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Yesteryear's "baaad" movies, Phil Boatwright writes, may not be as regrettable as those today that "seem bent on directing man away from the true creative source, our heavenly Father." Read More

  • El Senado argentino frustra el esfuerzo a favor del derecho al aborto

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El rechazo del Senado argentino en contra de la legalización del aborto en ese país sudamericano ha logrado un retraso temporal para el esfuerzo de los activistas que piden la expansión internacional del derecho al procedimiento letal.

    El Senado defendió el 9 de agosto con una votación de 38 votos en contra de 31, una propuesta de ley que hubiera permitido el aborto electivo durante las primeras 14 semanas de embarazo. Actualmente, Argentina prohíbe los abortos, aunque lo permite en excepciones cuando la vida o la salud de la madre están ... Read More

  • Greear a los ejecutivos estatales: "¿Cómo puedo servirles?"

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- Acuerdos para "asumir lo mejor los unos de los otros" y que un "Evangelio por encima de toda cultura necesita prevalecer" en la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC), estuvieron entre los resultados cuando el presidente de la SBC, J.D. Greear se reunió el 20 de agosto con 15 directores ejecutivos de convenciones bautistas estatales.

    "El principio más básico en los viajes por avión es que si usted quiere a alguien ahí para el aterrizaje, ellos tienen que estar ahí para el despegue," dijo a Baptist Press, Greear pastor de The Summit Church en Raleigh-Durham, N.C., en ... Read More

  • Aniversario de Harvey será marcado por oración

    Por personal de Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    HOUSTON, Texas (BP) -- Un año después, el director ejecutivo de Bautistas del Sur de la Convención de Texas (SBTC), Jim Richards, y otros líderes de la SBTC planean conmemorar el aniversario del huracán Harvey con reuniones de oración y compañerismo programadas para el 25 al 27 de agosto.

    El huracán Harvey devastó la costa sudeste de Texas y porciones de Louisiana, vertiendo hasta 60 pulgadas de lluvia en menos de una semana. Los daños fueron estimados en más de $125,000 billones y un millón de carros fueron ... Read More

  • LifeWay Global y B&H Español ganan Editorial del Año, y otros ocho premios en SEPA Expolit

    Por el personal de Lifeway, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    MIAMI (BP) -- LifeWay Global y su división de publicación comercial B&H Español fueron nombrados Editorial del Año en el Banquete de Premios de la Asociación Evangélica de Editores Españoles (SEPA), celebrado el 8 de agosto en Miami, Fla. En el banquete SEPA, que tuvo lugar en Expolit, LifeWay también ganó ocho premios adicionales por hitos de ventas y libros más vendidos.

    Los Premios SEPA reconocen la más alta calidad y excelencia en la publicación, venta y comercialización de literatura cristiana en español. Los premios se ... Read More

  • Equipo de visión va a ayudar a implementar recomendaciones de SBCAL

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (5 months ago)

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- Un equipo de visión de 11 miembros estudiará maneras de ayudar a las asociaciones estatales bautistas del sur a implementar los cambios recomendados incluyendo un nuevo título y aptitudes profesionales de amplio sistema para directores de misiones (DOMs).

    El equipo de visión de la Conferencia Bautista del Sur de Líderes Asociativos (SBCAL) investigará maneras de ayudar a las asociaciones estatales a implementar las recomendaciones del equipo de estudio que fueron adoptadas durante la reunión anual de la SBCAL en junio. El nuevo equipo de misión ... Read More