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Friday, September 07, 2018

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  • Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo from City Church Tallahassee
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) -- More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ.

    Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches, City Church college director Hunter Leavine told Baptist Press.

    City Church held "Launch at Langford" on the Langford Green lawn of Florida State University (FSU) Wednesday evening (Sept. 5), rallying to reap a Gospel harvest that Leavine considers plentiful. Read More

  • Homeless man's new life follows retiree's compassion

    by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Roger Alford/Kentucky Today
    CORBIN, Ky. (BP) -- A series of bad decisions had left James Price's life in shambles.

    He had no money, no car, no home and no hope. But a chance encounter with retired businessman Ronnie Neal is changing the trajectory of his life.

    Living under a bridge on the outskirts of Corbin, Ky., Price, 24, had taken a walk along a rural stretch of highway when he saw Neal loading sheet metal onto a truck. Perhaps, Price thought, that man would be willing to hire him to help.

    Neal, 64, saw in Price a young man who needed a hand up, and he was willing to provide it. Read More

  • Social justice statement spurs 'productive conversation'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid ongoing discussion of social justice in the Southern Baptist Convention, more than 5,500 people -- many of them Southern Baptists -- have signed a statement claiming "lectures on social issues" in the church and "activism aimed at reshaping the wider culture" "tend to become distractions that inevitably lead to departures from the gospel."

    Since its publication Sept. 4, the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel, with Bible teacher John MacArthur as the lead signatory, has drawn diverse reactions from Southern Baptists. The statement stemmed from a June 19 meeting in Dallas involving 14 evangelicals of various denominations. Read More

  • Moore: ERLC called during 'crisis of credibility'

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is called to equip followers of Christ to minister during a "crisis of credibility," Russell Moore told the entity's trustees Wednesday (Sept. 5) at their annual meeting.

    Moore made his comments on the occasion of his fifth anniversary as the ERLC's president. Trustees honored Moore during a Sept. 4 dinner on the eve of the full board's meeting at the SBC Building in Nashville.

    The "crisis of credibility" in America is similar to one John the Baptist was experiencing -- as described in Matthew 11 -- when he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He is the promised Messiah or should they look for someone else, Moore said in his president's report. Because of the church's failures, the world is now asking if Jesus is the one to come or should it wait for another, he said. Read More

  • Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Screen capture from C-Span
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country's highest bench.

    The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1. President Trump nominated the appeals court judge July 9 following the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Kavanaugh -- a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals -- appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 4-6. He received on the last two days often tough questioning from Democrats in particular. His responses seemed not to damage his support among Senate Republicans, who hold a 51-49 advantage, and some of his supporters expressed confidence a few Democrats would join them in an affirmative confirmation vote in which only a majority is required. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The sum of the some

    by John Kyle, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Little things, over time, can produce big results, John Kyle writes, especially in the number of times an empty soul hears the Gospel. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Trabajando en Unidad

    by Peter Citelli , posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (4 months ago)

    "Que vivan con toda humildad y mansedumbre, con paciencia, soportándose unos a otros en amor, esforzándose por preservar la unidad del Espíritu en el vínculo de la paz" (Efesios 4:2-3 NBLH). Read More