Baptist Press Archive

Monday, September 24, 2018

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  • FIRST-PERSON: Some questions are just plain wrong

    by D. Jeffrey Bingham, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

    God's intention in Scripture, Jeffrey Bingham writes, may be far more than answering your questions. What the Bible is interested in answering, he writes, "lead to only one place" -- "to love for God and neighbor." Read More

  • Vermont's 251 townships get NEBC's attentiveness

    by Northeastern Baptist College Staff, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    BENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- "I've never seen anything like that before!" a man with two friends exclaimed. While students from Northeastern Baptist College washed their car, the men watched as Mark Ballard, NEBC's founding president, used an EvangeCube to share the Gospel.

    Using the small cube's pictorial storytelling, Ballard explained Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection. As the conversation unfolded, Ballard realized that the man had never heard the Gospel. Read More

  • Advocates sue Nigeria for Christian girl's release

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Morning Star News photo courtesy of Sharibu family
    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government should urgently secure the release of a Christian schoolgirl that Boko Haram terrorists have threatened to imminently kill because of her faith, an advocacy group said in a Nigerian federal lawsuit.

    Lift Up Now, led by Southern Baptist Nigerian native Adeniya Ojutiku of Raleigh, N.C., is one of three plaintiffs in the Sept. 19 lawsuit urging Nigeria to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, described in court documents as 16 years old.

    Boko Haram captured Sharibu and about 110 of her classmates Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Yobe state town of Dapchi in ... Read More

  • Bert, Ernie and the culture wars

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD , posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Sesame Street producers tried to set the record straight last week, asserting that puppet characters Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple.

    For generations, smirking teens have suggested that the roommates were more than friends, and former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman seemed to confirm it in an interview posted Sept. 16 on the website Queerty. He said he always imagined Bert and Ernie as a romantically involved couple when he was writing scenes for them. Read More

  • Family 'prosperity gospel' addressed in Moore's book

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Russell Moore decided to add to the many books on the family after he realized many Christians have adopted a version of the prosperity gospel when it comes to such issues as marriage and parenting.

    The author of the new book "The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home" told Baptist Press he recognized a "common theme" in his conversations with people in different states of family crisis. In part, "many Christians have an implicit 'prosperity gospel' when it comes to the family," said Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    "We falsely believe if we love Jesus and we follow the right steps that we will have nothing but peace and tranquility in family relationships," Moore said in a Sept. 19 interview with BP. "That misunderstands what the Bible teaches about the family as an arena of spiritual warfare." Read More

  • Boy's 'miraculous' survival prompts Gospel witness

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from USA Today
    HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (BP) -- Xavier Cunningham, 10, was climbing into a treehouse when he encountered a massive wasp nest. As he tried to swat a wasp away, he lost his balance, fell to the ground face-first and impaled his head on a foot-long meat skewer he and his friends had found and stuck in the ground.

    The next two days brought brushes with death and a survival story one neurosurgeon called "miraculous."

    The rural congregation where Cunningham and his family worship -- The ... Read More