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Friday, September 25, 2015

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  • Gold miner's turn to faith still stirs his son

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    RENO, Nevada (BP) -- LaVern Inzer, a missionary in the 1960s supported by Southern Baptists, led a gold miner to Christ in Nevada -- a moment that continues to change peoples' lives.

    Kevin White -- the son of the gold miner Inzer led to the Lord in 1968 -- is executive director of the Nevada Baptist Convention, which has increased its Cooperative Program giving for Southern Baptist missions and ministry from 35 percent to 50 percent of CP gifts from its approximately 200 churches. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: En medio de las tormentas

    by Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Caos: estado de extrema confusión o agitación, alboroto o tumulto.

    El mundo se está tambaleando debido al bajón económico universal, dando como resultado los trastornos que estamos sufriendo en casi todos los aspectos de nuestra vida: económico, social, físico y espiritual. Estoy seguro que de alguna u otra forma eso nos ha impactado a casi todos durante este año. Read More

  • Small church beacon of hope amid CA fires

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (BP) -- The Lord is using Southern Baptist Disaster Relief to share the Gospel in a tangible way among the survivors of California wildfires that have killed six people and burned more than 150,000 acres of land, pastor Michael Ent told Baptist Press.

    The largest of two fires currently threatening populated communities, the Valley Fire, seemingly parted as it neared Ent's ... Read More

  • Pope's speech troubling, Southern Baptists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis' historic address to Congress proved troubling in both its lack of clarity on moral issues and in its church-state impropriety, Southern Baptist leaders and pastors said.

    The pope spoke to a joint session of Congress on Thursday (Sept. 24), becoming the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to address the U.S. legislative body. Read More

  • In Miss., worship & dialogue bridge racial lines

    by William H. Perkins Jr./Mississippi Baptist Record, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.
    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Baptists in Mississippi stepped to the fore in worship and dialogue across racial lines this summer.

    First Baptist Church in Jackson hosted "Stronger Together – A Night of Unity" Aug. 25 to honor the witness of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., where a gunman killed the pastor and eight others at an evening Bible study in mid-June. Read More

  • Nevada Baptists unify in missions sacrifice

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Karen L. Willoughby is a national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention's news service. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists' concerns nationally and globally. Read More

  • Study: Pope improves pastors' views of Catholic Church

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Pope Francis is boosting the reputation of the Catholic Church among Protestant pastors in America, a new study shows.

    Nearly 4 in 10 say the pope, known for his humility and concern for the poor, has had a positive impact on their opinions of the Catholic Church, LifeWay Research finds. Almost two-thirds view Pope Francis as a genuine Christian and "brother in Christ." Read More

  • In West Africa, clinic rescues starving babies

    by Evelyn Adamson, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Evelyn Adamson
    WEST AFRICA (BP) -- Whipping desert winds fill the air with dust, which settles on the clinic's metal gate, muting its deep maroon color. A clinic worker opens the gate, and two grandparents step into the clinic with their 2-month-old grandson. Untying the wrap that holds the baby on her back, the grandmother slides him around in front and cradles him as she sits down. The baby's grandfather pulls up a chair and sits next to them.

    The emaciated baby lies motionless on his grandmother's lap. The simple move ... Read More

  • Yogi Berra, dead at 90, lives on in sermons

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- When former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra died Sept. 22 at age 90, the sports world lost a 13-time World Series champion. Some preachers, meanwhile, lost a source of sermon material who mixed humor with wisdom.

    Southern Baptist pastors -- Ken Whitten, Jack Graham and James Merritt among them -- have long quoted Berra's famous "Yogi-isms." Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the three-time MVP was in the Major Leagues as a player, manager and coach for 40-plus years. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: How God broke my goodness addiction

    by Christine Hoover, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, stay-at-home mom and writer who blogs at www.gracecoversme.com. She and her husband Kyle serve at Charlottesville Community Church in Charlottesville, Va. This article is adapted from her latest book, "From Good to Grace: Letting Go of the Goodness Gospel" (Baker, 2015). Read More

  • CE llama a un incremento al PC para remediar el déficit de IMB

    David Roach, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Foto de Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- En respuesta al anuncio de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales de la reducción de personal, el Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur ha adoptado una resolución que insta a las iglesias bautistas del sur a dar "más que nunca antes" a través del Programa Cooperativo.

    La resolución, que fue adoptada sin oposición, dice: "En este momento urgente de desesperada necesidad en nuestra nación y alrededor del mundo, nosotros, los miembros del Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS, prometemos animar y dirigir nuestras iglesias a dar más que nunca antes ... Read More

  • Oración entretejida en estrategia de NAMB para plantar iglesias

    Tobin Perry, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- Un total de 1.6 millón de personas llaman el municipio de Manhattan en la ciudad de Nueva York su hogar. Es indudablemente una de las áreas más densamente pobladas -- y de más influencia -- en el mundo. Solo hace 25 años menos de 1 por ciento de la población del centro de Manhattan se consideraban a sí mismos evangélicos. A finales de los 1980s eso postró de rodillas en oración a los pastores del municipio.

    "Ellos no solamente oraron: 'Señor, bendice nuestra ciudad,'" dijo Steve Canter, misionero en la ciudad de Nueva York de Envía Norteamérica de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas. "Ellos literalmente recorrieron las calles, unidos, pensando y orando en sus vecindarios; ellos congregaron a sus iglesias para orar." Read More

  • Moore: El Senado no logra proteger a los 'prójimos nonatos'

    Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    "Esto es para nuestra vergüenza nacional." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El rechazo del Senado de EE.UU. de proteger a los niños nonatos aun en la segunda mitad del embarazo cubrió de bochorno a Estados Unidos, dijo el ético Russell Moore de la Convención Bautista del Sur.

    Moore, presidente de la Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética, condenó abiertamente la falla de "proteger a nuestros prójimos nonatos" después de que los senadores rechazaron la legislación el martes (22 de septiembre) para prohibir los abortos de bebés de 20 semanas o más después de la fertilización. El marco de 20 semanas está basado en evidencia científica de que un niño en el vientre experimenta dolor a ese punto de la gestación. Read More

  • La visita del papa a los EE.UU. 'no es una amenaza' para los bautistas del sur

    David Roach, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Mientras el Papa Francisco I visita los EE UU, los líderes bautistas del sur dicen que defienden su declaración de la moralidad bíblica aunque instan a los católicos a rechazar la enseñanza oficial del Vaticano de la salvación y favorezcan una relación personal con Cristo, a través de la fe solamente.

    Russell Moore, presidente de la Comisión de Ética y Libertad Religiosa de los Bautistas del Sur, espera que durante su visita a los Estados Unidos del 22 al 17 de septiembre, Francisco I hable sobre las preocupaciones morales principales que se han estado debatiendo en la arena pública. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: En medio de las tormentas

    Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, September 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Caos: estado de extrema confusión o agitación, alboroto o tumulto.

    El mundo se está tambaleando debido al bajón económico universal, dando como resultado los trastornos que estamos sufriendo en casi todos los aspectos de nuestra vida: económico, social, físico y espiritual. Read More