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Thursday, September 20, 2018

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  • Via video games, brothers are online missionaries

    by Katelyin Goodwin/The Pathway, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WENTZVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- Video games -- with their reputation for violence, sexual content and profanity -- are probably not the first thought in anyone's mind when it comes to evangelistic outreach.

    For a pair of brothers from Wentzville, Mo., the millions of people who play video games represent an opportunity. With a camera, a video game, an internet connection and infectious personalities, Joshua and Daniel Greening are leading hearts to Christ in a virtual world.

    Joshua, 19, and Daniel, 16, use Twitch -- an online platform for players to stream their games for people to watch around the world -- as their vehicle of outreach. Viewers can watch in real time as the Greenings play their games, and Twitch also offers a chat function so that viewers can talk to the streamers and to each other. Read More

  • 'After Maria': Puerto Rico remains changed by storm

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- "Before Maria and after Maria" is the word on the streets of Puerto Rico. "That's how life changed," native Puerto Rican and Southern Baptist minister Jonathan Santiago told Baptist Press a year after the hurricane.

    In Santiago's observation, churches including Southern Baptist congregations lost about 35 percent of their attendance. Congregational financial giving is down because many members still on the island lost their jobs. Several schools remain closed. Homes still need repairs from storm damage. Many people are hopeless, resorting to suicide in greater numbers and affecting an official death toll already near 3,000. Read More

  • Hurricane Florence relief mobilization underway

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    LUMBERTON, N.C. (BP) -- Cars stretched from Hyde Park Baptist Church in Lumberton, N.C., down Highway 211 waiting to receive hot meals in a makeshift drive-thru set up by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) in the church's parking lot.

    Volunteers with the North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM), who comprise North Carolina's SBDR outreach, along with volunteers from churches in town, cooked and distributed meals to residents, many of whom lost everything during Hurricane Florence.

    Some of the volunteers like Hyde Park member Donna DiChiara likewise endured severe damage to their homes. Read More

  • Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year's SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions.

    The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Following a Sept. 19 meeting of the SBC Committee on Order of Business in Nashville, Greear tweeted, "Spent the day w/ the Committee on Order of Business under chairman @AdamGreenway's excellent leadership. Very excited about #SBC19 next summer. New ideas coming -- it's a new day. Tightened schedule -- No evening sessions." Read More

  • Both Kavanaugh, accuser need to be heard, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A pivotal Supreme Court seat hangs in the balance while the U.S. Senate and America wait to learn if Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify regarding her sexual assault allegation against President Trump's nominee.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said it is important to hear from both Kavanaugh and his accuser regarding a charge he thinks would make the nominee unfit if true.

    "Obviously, if this did happen, that would be disqualifying," Moore said in a Sept. 18 appearance on CNN. "And obviously if this did not happen, it would be a horrible thing to wrongfully accuse someone of doing." Read More

  • Bible Study: Sept. 23, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

    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. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Revisiting the Jesus Movement

    by Tony Lynn, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Recalling the apprehension that the Jesus Movement faced, Tony Lynn yearns that a new generation of believers will be empowered "to be creative leaders who initiate fresh approaches to ministry." Read More

  • Preguntas de los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo son puestas de manifiesto en un fórum abierto

    Por Art Toalston, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Preocupaciones por la obra bautista en Utah e Idaho, el Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern y la Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética (ERLC) fueron expresadas durante un fórum abierto del Comité Ejecutivo el 18 de septiembre.

    El fórum fue iniciado por el presidente interino del CE, D. August Boto, en consulta con funcionarios del CE como parte de la agenda del día de cierre durante la reunión del 17 y 18 de septiembre en Nashville. Read More

  • Platt deja su cargo en la JMI; se nombra a Meador como interino

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Después de recibir la renuncia de David Platt como presidente de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales, (IMB), efectiva a partir del 27 de septiembre, fecha de la junta de los fideicomisarios, el comité ejecutivo de los mismos votó en una reunión especial el 13 de septiembre para nombrar a Clyde Meador como el presidente interino, sujeto a la aprobación de todos los miembros del comité.

    Platt ha servido como el presidente de la JMI desde el 27 de agosto del 2014. Desde septiembre del año pasado, también ha servido como pastor/maestro de ... Read More

  • El SWBTS 'sigue adelante' a pesar de 'algunos acaecimientos'

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Aunque algunos acaecimientos sucedieron este verano," el presidente interino del Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern (SWBTS), Jeffrey Bingham le dijo al Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur, que los bautistas del sur están invitados a "seguir adelante" con el Southwestern.

    Durante su reporte del 18 de septiembre al CE en Nashville, Bingham se refirió por lo menos cinco veces al despido el 30 de mayo del presidente emérito del Southwestern, Paige Patterson, una semana después de habérsele dado ese estatus. No obstante, en un esfuerzo para enfocarse en el futuro, Bingham ... Read More

  • J.D. Greear en NOBTS: Movilicen 'gente ordinaria'

    Por Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- El plan de Dios para alcanzar al mundo involucra levantar y enviar a "gente ordinaria" en el poder del Espíritu Santo, dijo el presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC), D. Greear en el Seminario Teológico Bautista New Orleans (NOBTS) el 13 de septiembre.

    "La medida del éxito para cualquier iglesia no debiera ser su capacidad de asientos" sino "su capacidad de enviar," dijo Greear durante un sermón en la capilla extraído de Hechos 7. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Amoldarnos o qué?

    Oscar J. Fernandez , posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

    El filósofo cubano Don José de la Luz y Caballero escribió: "A la vejez le gusta contar la historia; a la niñez le gusta oír la historia; y a la juventud le gusta hacer la historia". Este breve pensamiento encierra una gran verdad acerca del comportamiento de la sociedad que los ... Read More