Baptist Press Archive

Friday, October 06, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: Como Desarrollar Frutos para la Eternidad

    by Por Gustavo V. Suárez , posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    Vivimos en un mundo en el cual la población está creciendo de una manera astronómica. En contraste las iglesias no están alcanzando el mismo nivel de crecimiento de la población. El resultado es algo muy alarmante y a la vez algo que nos debe hacer pensar. Read More

  • Child beggars fed, taught at GHR-supported ministry

    by Lindsay McDonald , posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- As the early morning sunlight backlit their frail bodies, small hands stretched outward through the metal airport gates in South Asia.

    Child beggars.

    Instinctively, I reached for my camera; I wanted to document every moment of this trip. In praying and preparing over the last year, the Lord had captured my heart for this people group and I loved them.

    But I paused and allowed the scene to unfold before me, to sear into my mind all the while gripping my heart. Read More

  • New rules grant conscience win over abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration delivered a major victory for freedom of conscience today (Oct. 6) by issuing new rules to protect objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate instituted under President Obama.

    One of the two companion rules announced today exempts entities from the requirement based on their religious beliefs, while the other regulation protects organizations and small businesses on the basis of a moral conviction apart from a specific religious belief, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

  • Food for refugee influx provided by Baptists' GHR

    by Seth Brown, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- "I don't want to go back," Naomi* said, her voice thick with emotion. The middle-aged woman wiped away tears with the tail of her headscarf as she recounted how a Muslim group nearly beat her husband to death over an alleged blasphemy charge.

    Naomi's youngest sons, ages 12 and 17, sat quietly on the concrete floor. They chimed in occasionally to help their mother when certain English phrases eluded her. Floor fans churned the steamy air in a small apartment in this Southeast Asian city as Naomi told about the events that forced her family to flee their native country to the east. Read More

  • Multisite: TX church's decision spurs talk of trends

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    Screen capture from The Village Church
    FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BP) -- The decision of a Dallas megachurch to transition its six campuses into autonomous churches illustrates what some see as a trend in the multisite model.

    Still, those who study multisite ministry say it remains a viable missions and evangelism strategy for healthy churches.

    Matt Chandler, pastor of the Dallas-area Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, announced Sept. 24 that the church's five remaining campuses will all become autonomous churches by 2022 to maximize the "capacity to contextually reach the city of Dallas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The 11,400-attendee Southern Baptist church previously transitioned one campus to an independent congregation in 2015, Christianity Today reported. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Montreal's need, progress highlight NAMB meeting

    by Mike Ebert, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    MONTREAL, Quebec, Canada (BP) -- North American Mission Board trustees gathered Oct. 2-4 in Montreal to hear reports of the progress new church plants are making there and to witness the reality of the deep lostness that is believed to make this Canadian city the least-reached part of North America.

    "It is a bit hostile to the Gospel," Gerry Taillion, executive director of the Canadian National Baptist Convention, told NAMB trustees. "But slowly and surely, we will win them."

    Taillon credited his convention's partnership with Southern Baptists as a key element to the growth Montreal and all of Canada has recently seen in Kingdom work. Read More

  • More volunteer doors opening in Puerto Rico

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    Photo by Bradley Williams, lead pastor of Grace Church PR
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- This weekend, nearly 70 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers will begin arriving in Puerto Rico to aid in recovery efforts on the island.

    Sam Porter, the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) national director for disaster relief, will reach Puerto Rico on Sunday, Oct. 8 to further develop plans for serving those affected by Hurricane Maria.

    Teams from North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will be joined by individuals and smaller groups from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Vermont. Conditions for the volunteers will be rough, and they will be prepared to serve whatever needs await them. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A wife's counsel for Pastor Appreciation Month

    by Wendy Baker, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (16 days ago)

    To pastors' wives, Wendy Baker writes, "Pastor Appreciation Month may find you with abundant happiness or it may find you feeling dry and despondent." In every season, she counsels, Jesus is the only one "who can give you what you need." Read More