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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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  • Closure of Planned Parenthood clinic seen as prayer model

    by Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    BRYAN, Texas (BP) -- Christians throughout the Brazos Valley in Texas credit the power of prayer and God's grace for the closure of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Bryan, believing it could be a breakthrough moment in the fight against abortion.

    Photo by Bonnie Pritchett
    The clinic cited "budget cuts and persistent attacks on women's health" when it shut its doors in early August.

    Some of the Christians confessed they never believed the clinic at 4112 29th St. would close. Still others were certain it would happen -- in God's time. For 15 years the coalition of Christians prayed for and counseled countless women -- and saved and lost the lives of unborn babies.

    Yet while they mourned the loss of 6,400 babies at the Bryan Health Center-Family Planning, they praised God for the birth of an international movement, 40 Days for Life, which they consider the final nail in the coffin for this facility and others across the nation.

    "God used you, and abortion is now ended in the Brazos Valley," Shawn Carney, campaign director for 40 Days for Life, said at a celebration Sept. 7 across the street from the former clinic.

    Bobby Reynoso, director of Coalition for Life in Bryan-College Station, said local pro-life leaders are praying that it will be the "tipping point for the pro-life cause in helping end abortion across the nation." The coalition is exploring ways to replicate the success in other cities.

    Speakers at the celebration included former abortion clinic employees, pastors and priests, prayer volunteers, crisis pregnancy center volunteers, health care ministry volunteers and the mayor of Bryan.

    Jason Bienski said as mayor he usually is glad to see new business startups. "Today we celebrate the closing of a business. Planned Parenthood was never welcome in Bryan-College Station," he said.

    Speakers recounted stories of spiritual interventions and the renewing of their faith in a seemingly endless fight.

    Karen Hall, director of Central Texas Orphan Missions Alliance and a member of Central Baptist Church in Bryan-College Station, said the driveway to her offices sometimes was mistaken for the driveway to the neighboring abortion clinic.

    Once inside the CTOMA facility, some women, thinking they were at Planned Parenthood, said they had arrived for their ultrasounds.

    CTOMA has a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine as part of its pro-life ministry. While the women completed forms, an ultrasound nurse was hurriedly making her way to the clinic.

    "There was joy in heaven every time a woman missed that Planned Parenthood drive and came into our office," Hall said.

    David Bereit, 40 Days for Life national director, told the crowd, "I believed the end of abortion would begin in this community. ... Read More

  • Survey: Prayer, Bible study & mental illness

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A third of Americans -- and nearly half of evangelical, fundamentalist or born again Christians -- believe prayer and Bible study alone can overcome serious mental illness, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Chuck Kelley marks 30 years at NOBTS

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Stephen Jennings
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, was honored for 30 years on the faculty during the seminary's fall convocation service. Read More

  • Moore: Church returning to oddness in culture

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    "Local congregations display what Capitol Hill never can display"

    -- Russell D. Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The ongoing collapse of the Bible Belt will help the church recover its oddness and thereby further its mission, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore told a gathering on Capitol Hill. Read More

  • Charlotte pastor enters Senate race

    by K. Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    CLEMMONS, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina pastor Mark Harris has declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, joining a race that now has at least three other Republicans who are vying for the seat held by Democrat incumbent Kay Hagen. Read More

  • Bolivia evangelicals fight against new law

    by Staff/Morning Star News, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (BP) -- Evangelical leaders in Bolivia are trying to revoke a new law they say aims to "impose contrary beliefs" and "denies us the right to be a church." Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Preach Scripture, not 'Duck Dynasty' or politics, Luter says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Preaching the Scripture, not politics or even "Duck Dynasty," will bring revival to the Southern Baptist Convention and the nation, SBC President Fred Luter said in his address to the SBC Executive Committee at its Sept. 16-17 meeting in Nashville. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is God guilty of genocide?

    by Rob Phillips, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Columnist and apologist Rob Phillips deals with the tough Old Testament texts in which God orders the murder of seemingly innocent people. Read More

  • Bible Study: September 22, 2013

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

    Bible Passage: John 3:1-16

    Discussion Questions:

    How do people express interest in Jesus today? How do the questions as... Read More