Baptist Press Archive

Monday, August 28, 2017

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  • Late pastor's widow found murdered in Ky. church

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    SOMERSET, Ky. (BP) -- The funeral service for a 70-year-old widow reportedly murdered in the fellowship hall of Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., was held at 11 a.m. today (Aug. 28) at the church founded by her late husband.

    Carolyn Elliott New, identified in news reports as Ruthie Carolyn New, had been discovered dead in the church fellowship hall four days earlier, 30 minutes after family members reported her missing.

    Current Pastor Jeffrey Griffith, who discovered the body, officiated the funeral. Read More

  • Harvey response begins amid widespread flooding

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- As of Monday morning, news outlets reported that Hurricane Harvey had already dropped 11 trillion gallons of rain over south Texas. More than 300,000 customers were without power. Officials have declared 62 counties disaster areas as the initial destruction caused by 132 mph wind gusts has been showered with unprecedented levels of rainfall.

    In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) expected some of the hardest-hit regions to be accessible only to search and rescue teams. Read More

  • ERLC conf. urges parents to be models for children

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents must seek to be what they want their children to become, a sellout audience was told during the final two days of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2017 national conference.

    A diverse collection of speakers -- including a United States senator, a filmmaker, storytellers, songwriters, as well as pastors and authors -- addressed about 1,300 attendees at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event -- titled "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" -- concluded Aug. 26. Read More

  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics, according to a study released today (Aug. 28). The study identifies at least 13 effective ways small churches can attract and retain more new converts, including many practices churches have used for years. Read More

  • Diaspora ministry summit returns for 2017

    by K. Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- A diaspora ministry conference inaugurated last year was so successful that organizers have scheduled a second event Oct. 27-28 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.

    Chuck Register, a "Reaching the Nations in North America" summit organizer, said he was "more than pleased" with the response to last year's conference held in Brentwood, Tenn.

    "There were just under 400 registered participants, which was beyond our ... Read More

  • Trump issues transgender military directive

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service.

    In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service. By March 23, 2018, the Armed Forces also must "halt all use" of government funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel, Trump stated, "except to the extent ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Without community the mission suffers

    by Vance Pitman, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Above American culture's digital obsession, individualism and consumerism, Vance Pitman notes that Scripture holds forth Christian community as an indispensable part of biblical discipleship. Read More