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Friday, September 04, 2015

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  • Turning to Christ, teen heals from anger & abuse

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    LONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- Seventeen-year-old Justin Spencer was with a team of Texas Baptists when an unexpected thing happened. Standing on the front porch of a house in Chalmettte, La., listening as his teammate Hailey gave a Gospel presentation, his heart quickened.

    When Hailey asked the resident if he wanted to pray to receive Christ, he said no. But Justin said yes. Read More

  • IMB's Platt sends open letter to SBC family

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt released an open letter to Southern Baptists Friday (Sept. 4), related to the organization’s financial plan announced Aug. 27.

    In the letter, Platt addresses several concerns and criticisms raised related to the plan, specifically the announcement that IMB will reduce its missionaries and staff by 600-800 people over the next six months. Read More

  • Same-sex couples get licenses; clerk sits in jail

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    MOREHEAD, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis remained in jail Friday (Sept. 4) even as same-sex couples received marriage licenses from her office.

    William Smith and James Yates were the first of at least three gay couples to obtain licenses from deputy clerks in Rowan County after Davis refused for two months to grant the documents, citing her beliefs as a Christian. Five of Davis' deputy clerks agreed Thursday (Sept. 3) to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read More

  • SCOTUS urged by federal judges to review abortion mandate

    by GuideStone Financial Resources Staff, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Five judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals have sharply criticized the court decision that ruled against GuideStone Financial Resources earlier this summer.

    A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled against GuideStone and GuideStone participants Truett-McConnell College and Reaching Souls International in July. Read More

  • Kendricks' 'War Room' draws diverse crowds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    CAIRO, Ga. (BP) -- Nothing for years had ever interfered with the Sunday lunch "Granny" Inez Harrell has served at her home after church services at a small Baptist church where the 83-year-old serves as treasurer.

    But after joining her son Kelvin and daughter-in-law Tamra for an Aug. 29 showing of "War Room" at the single-screen Zebulon Theatre, the only movie house in Cairo, Ga., Granny changed her Sunday afternoon priorities. Read More

  • Labor Day: Bivocational pastors known for work ethic

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Rick Lazor pastored Nuuanu Baptist Church in Honolulu with its six weekend worship services in four different languages, he never imagined he would one day join the ranks of bivocational pastors.

    But each Sunday as he walked through the transitioning Kakaako neighborhood to meet his family for lunch, he felt burdened that the area had no evangelical churches. So he left Nuuanu nearly a decade ago to plant a congregation called OlaNui!, Hawaiian for "abundant life." ... Read More

  • LABOR DAY: Your workplace -- dreadful or delightful?

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Dread gripped my soul when the alarm went off each morning for another day of teaching high school speech and journalism.

    My first year of teaching went pretty well; the second year inexplicably was a near-disaster. Read More

  • 42 misioneros de IMB designados; Platt se dirige a los directivos

    Laura Fielding, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (BP) -- Mientras crecía en Brasil, Thiago Montanher de Queiroz llegó a conocer a Cristo cuando tenía 10 años y desde un principio sintió que Dios lo estaba llamando a seguirlo en las misiones internacionales.

    Ya de adulto mientras asistía a un seminario local, Montanher tuvo un profesor de misiones y plantación de iglesias -- misionero de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales -- que lo ayudó a confirmar y animar su llamado. Read More

  • Iglesia decreciente se transforma en cuatro nuevas congregaciones

    Mike Creswell, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- La Iglesia Bautista Albertson Road fue antes una congregación fuerte, que atraía a miembros del sur de High Point a su edificio localizado no muy lejos de U.S. 29. Sin embargo, en años recientes, la iglesia se debilitó cuando las fábricas locales cerraron. Muchos residentes blancos se fueron y muchos hispanos y asiáticos llegaron.

    "Queríamos llegar a ellos pero no hablábamos español," recordó Debbie Ford, miembro de la iglesia de North Carolina durante 30 años. Read More

  • Juez encarcela a secretaria de condado de Kentucky

    Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- Un juez federal encarceló a la secretaria de condado de Kentucky, Kim Davis el jueves (3 de septiembre) por rehusarse a expedir licencias de matrimonio a parejas del mismo sexo.

    El juez David Bunning rechazó la opción de multar a Davis, en vez de eso ordenó que los alguaciles federales la llevaran en custodia hasta que ella acepte acatar su orden anterior de proveer licencias en el condado de Rowan a parejas gais, de acuerdo al Louisville Courier-Journal. Una multa habría sido insuficiente, dijo Bunning, quien expresó preocupación de que los partidarios de Davis pagaran cualquier multa que él impusiera, reportó el periódico. Read More

  • Funcionaria pierde y resiste a la corte alta en licencias de matrimonio

    el personal, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (BP) -- Una secretaria de condado de Kentucky no solamente perdió en la Corte Suprema de EE.UU. el lunes en la tarde (31 de agosto) sino que ahora enfrenta una afrenta de la corte por de nuevo rehusarse a conceder licencias de matrimonio a parejas del mismo sexo.

    La secretaria del condado Rowan, Kim Davis y sus subalternos rechazaron a parejas gais que buscaban licencias de matrimonio el martes en la mañana (1º de septiembre) en su oficina en Morehead, pueblo al este de Kentucky. Su negativa llegó después de que la corte alta negó la petición de Davis de bloquear la implementación de la orden de un juez federal de expedir licencias para matrimonios del mismo sexo. Read More

  • KATRINA 2005-2015: La tormenta que elevó corazones hacia Dios

    Marilyn Stewart/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NUEVA ORLEANS (BP) —Emociones a flor de piel brotaron cuando la gente recordó las pérdidas que sufrieron con el Huracán Katrina. Mientras los bautistas del sur ofrecieron fielmente su cuidado a aquellos que fueron afectados por la tormenta, los corazones se suavizaron ante el Evangelio. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Ni Yo Te Condeno

    Oscar Fernandez, posted Friday, September 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- La historia que narra Juan en el capítulo 8 de su evangelio es muy conocida. Hay varios hechos en la misma que debemos analizar. Read More