Baptist Press Archive

Friday, September 09, 2016

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  • 9/11 called catalyst for missions to Muslims

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- When radical Islamic terrorists brought down the World Trade Center's Twin Towers 15 years ago, they didn't realize their actions would also help bring down walls to reaching Muslims with the Gospel.

    But that's exactly what happened.

    In the years since Sept. 11, 2001, the number of Unengaged, Muslim Unreached People Groups (UMUPGs) in the world has decreased by nearly 20 percent, from 1,333 in 2001 to 1,077 today, according to statistics provided by Vision 5:9, a coalition of Christian missions organizations focused on reaching Muslims. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La fe de los "ningunos"

    by Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Uno de las tendencias más intrigantes en el escenario de la fe de nuestra nación, en los últimos años, ha sido el crecimiento tan vertiginoso de adultos quienes no se identifican con ningún grupo religioso. ... Read More

  • Ken Ham: Bill Nye series will reject true Savior

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- The upcoming Netflix talk show "Bill Nye Saves the World" will likely attack creationism and other matters of faith as damaging to scientific theory and study, apologist and creationist Ken Ham predicted.

    "I am sure Bill Nye will see his new TV series as one where he can try to 'save the world' from those biblical creationists that he falsely believes undermine science/technology," Ham told Baptist Press. "I believe he will try to appeal to the millennials in particular that he is going to save the world from creationists. He also wants to save the world from what he believes is the most important issue of the day -- climate change." Read More

  • Flood rescue transcended race, age & disability

    by Marilyn Stewart/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    EAST BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- Mary Cupit, 81, awoke to banging on her bedroom window during the early hours as Chad Tyrone, a new neighbor, knocked frantically to warn of encroaching floodwater.

    By the time Mary roused her caregiver -- her deaf brother Donald Cupit, 73 -- he only had time to throw on some clothes and grab his wallet and keys before helping his sister into a waiting car filled with neighbors they barely knew in East Baton Rouge. The drive to safety took them to Tyrone's grandmother's house where the Cupits were welcomed as family. Read More

  • Lankford seeks ban on dismemberment abortions

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Legislation to ban an abortion procedure in which an unborn child's body is torn apart piece by piece or crushed is before the U.S. Senate.

    Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., a Southern Baptist, introduced the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act Thursday (Sept. 8). Like a companion bill in the House of Representatives, Lankford's proposal would prohibit a doctor performing an abortion from using instruments such as forceps, tongs, clamps or scissors to cut off or rip off parts of an unborn baby or crush the child's body. Read More

  • Transgender restroom bill applied to Mass. churches

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BOSTON (BP) -- A Massachusetts government commission's claim that churches may be subject to the state's transgender restroom bill has drawn expressions of concern from local evangelicals.

    "The United States Constitution has been understood since the founding of our nation as specifically protecting the rights of churches to function in keeping with their deeply held religious beliefs," Terry Dorsett, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New England, told Baptist Press in written comments. "Any attempt by a small vocal activist group to strip churches of that right should be vehemently opposed by all people. If they can take a church's right to practice their faith away, imagine what else they can do." Read More

  • Dockery lecture series to highlight Baptist history

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Union University will launch a new lecture series in the spring that honors its former president and first lady and celebrates the school's Baptist history and heritage.

    The Dockery Lectures on Baptist Thought and Heritage, named for former Union President David S. Dockery and his wife Lanese, will be an annual event for examining the distinctives of Baptist thought, the importance of the Baptist heritage and the influence of the Christian intellectual tradition.

    "All of us are deeply grateful to David and Lanese Dockery for their inestimable contributions to Union University," Union President Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver said. "I am confident that the legacy of Dr. Dockery's outstanding leadership will only be enhanced as the Dockery Lectures continue on campus year by year." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: After the vote

    by Diana Davis, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Do more than vote on Election Day, Diana Davis writes, setting forth the idea of churches and small groups praying for government officials as they serve in office, interceding "for those with whom we agree and those with different views." Read More

  • Haciendo del Bronx 'una mejor ciudad' a través del discipulado

    Por Mark Kelly , posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    EL BRONX, Ciudad de New York (BP) -- Ustedes han visto las fotos: edificios quemados, autos chatarra tirados en lotes baldíos, traficantes de drogas callejeando en las esquinas. Han visto las noticias: En una sola barrida, la policía arrestó a docenas de miembros de pandillas acusados de múltiples asesinatos, incluyendo el asesinato de una anciana de 92 años.

    Pero la policía no puede arreglar el Bronx. Los trabajadores sociales no pueden sanar el municipio de la ciudad de Nueva York, localizado al norte de Manhattan. ¿Los políticos? Read More

  • La Conferencia de Pastores busca candidatos

    Por el personal , posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Se espera que la Conferencia de Pastores de la Convención Bautista del Sur en Phoenix destaque las contribuciones de las iglesias pequeñas de la convención y celebre el panorama diverso que embellece la CBS. Con ese fin, los directivos de la Conferencia de Pastores buscan nominaciones para oradores de los eventos que representen esas iglesias.

    Para ayudar a llenar la lista de candidatos a predicadores de la conferencia, el equipo de liderazgo está invitando a los bautistas del sur a recomendar predicadores expositivos para el evento. El proceso de nominación en línea abre ... Read More

  • Convocatoria de Gateway lidera semestre inaugural

    Por Kathie Chute , posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Al iniciar una serie de eventos de apertura del nuevo campus del Seminario Gateway de la Convención Bautista del Sur, el presidente Jeff Iorg les advirtió a los estudiantes de las "consecuencias imprevistas" de una educación de seminario.

    La convocatoria del 29 de agosto y primer día de clases será seguida de eventos festivos del 5 al 8 de octubre, incluyendo un servicio de dedicación, una gala que presentará a los compositores de himnos Keith y Kristyn Getty y un festival con un ... Read More

  • Los críticos se oponen a la propuesta de ley motivada por Planned Parenthood

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Esta propuesta de ley es un intento transparente de contraataque a nombre de Planned Parenthood." -- Russell Moore
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- La legislatura de California ha avanzado en una legislación instigada por Planned Parenthood que penalizaría aún más los esfuerzos de los informantes. Este fue un movimiento al cual se opusieron los partidarios pro vida y de los derechos civiles.

    El Senado de California aprobó una ley enmendada el 31 de agosto que aumenta el castigo para una persona que distribuya una conversación con un empleado que ofrezca asistencia médica -- tal como un empleado de Planned Parenthood -- que el primero haya grabado en secreto. Antes de la enmienda, la ley incluso ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: La fe de los "ningunos"

    Por Luis R. Lopez, posted Friday, September 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Uno de las tendencias más intrigantes en el escenario de la fe de nuestra nación, en los últimos años, ha sido el crecimiento tan vertiginoso de adultos quienes no se identifican con ningún grupo religioso. A la hora de preguntarles si tienen una fe en particular, estos se consideran no estar afiliados a ningún grupo o iglesia. Read More