Baptist Press Archive

Friday, September 08, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: El Día de la Reforma

    by Por Peter Citelli, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    Hace ya 500 años en 1517, Martín Lutero clavó sus 95 tesis en la puerta de la iglesia del palacio en Wittenberg, Alemania, dando lugar al inicio de la Reforma Protestante. ... Read More

  • Irma takes toll on Florida; SBDR ready to move

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hurricane Irma has caused extensive damage today as it moved up through Florida. North American Mission Board has issued Send Relief Bulletins both today (Sept. 10) and yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 9).

    Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is forging plans for units to move into the disaster zones as soon as conditions permit. Read More

  • 'God sent them,' flooded homeowner says of Baptists

    by Carmen K. Sisson, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Paul Matlock, 73, was sitting in his yard, staring into the distance, overwhelmed, when Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers arrived.

    Floodwater from Hurricane Harvey had climbed more than six feet inside his home; it was chest high when he managed to escape with his wife Diana, 63, and their toy fox terrier. They had flooded twice before but never this badly. They knew when they left that they would probably lose almost everything they owned. And the sight when they returned confirmed it. Read More

  • Evolutionary scientist admits theory's major flaws

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Gerd Müller, a highly regarded Austrian evolutionary theorist, recently gave a presentation, published in Interface Focus, in which he admitted Charlies Darwin's theory largely avoids explaining how life originated and how complexity developed.

    Müller did not espouse any creationist or design beliefs, but his presentation demonstrated that even the staunchest advocates of evolution are forced to admit the theory has many holes. The presentation was devastating "for anyone who wants to think that, on the great questions of biological origins, orthodox evolutionary theory has got it all figured out," Discovery Institute experts wrote on their organization's blog. Read More

  • Pastor sees church thrive amid corn, soybean fields

    by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HARDIN, Ky. (BP) -- With corn and soybean fields in every direction, this rural community of 564 people is an unlikely spot for one of Kentucky's largest churches to sprout up.

    Or is it?

    Pastor Ricky Cunningham, who doubles as a farmer, has applied the same commonsense agricultural principles used to produce crops and livestock to grow Hardin Baptist Church to 2,500 total members over the past three decades. Read More

  • 'Christmas Code' kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins had one goal for his new book, "The Christmas Code" -- providing pastors and churches a resource with short Advent devotionals as a church-wide evangelism tool during the holiday season.

    The new book, which released Sept. 5, already has tallied nearly 200,000 in preordered copies.

    Rob Zinn, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Highland, Calif., part of the fast-growing Inland Empire region, was stirred when he read the book while returning from a GuideStone trustee meeting.

    Like all of Hawkins' books, author royalties and proceeds benefit Mission:Dignity, GuideStone's ministry to retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows in financial need. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: They took it

    by Kevin Parker, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

    Baptist state paper editor Kevin Parker chronicles his journey of sharing the Gospel through tract distribution. On hundreds of occasions, he writes, "they took it." Read More

  • Clínicas de abortos luego de Harvey ofrecen lo 'atroz'

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, September 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Una cadena de clínicas de abortos con base en Texas ha anunciado que proveerá "abortos gratuitos" durante el mes de septiembre "a aquellas afectadas por el huracán Harvey."

    Whole Woman's Health (Salud integral de la mujer) -- que opera en clínicas de Texas en Austin, Fort Worth, McAllen y San Antonio -- anunció su campaña de abortos gratis en un blog del 1º de septiembre que dice: "La necesidad de abortos no se detiene por los desastres naturales." Sostenida por fondos de asistencia en abortos, incluyendo Lilith Fund y el Stigma Relief Fund, Whole Woman's Health ofrecerá viajes gratis y hospedaje como parte de su campaña. Read More