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Friday, October 20, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: ¿Y qué gano con eso?

    by Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Vivimos en una sociedad en la que casi todo tiene un precio. Es muy conocido el dicho: "nada es gratis", y la mayoría de las personas tratan de ver y comparar el costo de una inversión con el beneficio personal que pueden adquirir. ... Read More

  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 1987 debate on Christ's atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had "greater significance" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence than some have thought.

    That's the conclusion of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provost Jason Duesing, who has published an essay to commemorate the debate's 30th anniversary in the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More

  • Send Relief 'pastor packs,' SBDR help Puerto Rico

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sam Porter
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- When people started showing up seeking food and water after Hurricane Maria, pastor Johnny Baez knew he couldn't just sit back and do nothing.

    "People around my church started asking me for water to drink and food to eat," said Baez, who serves at Iglesia Bautista Familia Santurce (Baptist Church of the Family Santurce) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. "So, I asked pastor friends for a [water] filter, and they let me use one. I asked another pastor for a gas stove and another pastor for a gas tank. Now we are cooking Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday." Read More

  • Annie Armstrong offering reaches all-time high

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On Thursday (Oct. 19), Kevin Ezell announced to the North American Mission Board staff that the 2017 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering totaled an all-time high: $59,648,377. The offering for North American missions beat the previous 2007 high by $185,096.

    "We are grateful for every dime we get from Southern Baptists," said Ezell, NAMB president. "We are thankful for churches, pastors and denominational leaders who encourage their people to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering." Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Capital campaign tops SEBTS fall meeting agenda

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- During their Oct. 15-17 meetings, both trustees and supporters of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary were updated on institutional developments -- namely the seminary's capital campaign being launched in the spring of 2018 to enhance the on-campus experience by adding a welcome center and dining hall.

    The campaign is a four-year plan to raise $20.5 million. In addition to these new buildings, plans include renovations for Stealey Hall and the library as well as the addition of a campus center as a primary location for the college. Read More

  • Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecution

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    BEIJING (BP) -- A kidnapped Chinese Christian attorney held in Beijing chronicles China's religious persecution in a book smuggled from the country and published in the U.S., even as Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to control religion there.

    Renowned attorney Gao Zhisheng's book "Unwavering Convictions" was released just two days before Xi delivered an hours-long speech encouraging, the Washington Post reported, the purest Marxist communism and religion that is "Chinese in orientation" and guided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Read More

  • TRUSTEES: NOBTS centennial funding challenge embraced

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Trustees of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary joined with the rest of the seminary community in the celebration of the seminary's first 100 years during their fall meeting Oct. 2-4.

    Trustees voted last spring to reschedule the fall meeting so it could be held during the launch of the centennial celebration Oct. 3. Board members participated in Founders' Day chapel services led by Kelley and an evangelism-focused centennial kickoff on the evening of Oct. 3 featuring evangelist Junior Hill. Read More

  • ETCH conference: teach whole Bible

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Harrison Hughes/LifeWay
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian." This famous quote by pastor A.W. Tozer served as inspiration behind the theme -- "Nothing Less" -- of the 2017 ETCH family ministry conference.

    More than 1,000 ministry leaders gathered Oct. 16-18 in Nashville for the event hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. ETCH stands for equipping the church and home.

    ETCH 2017 offered attendees more than 50 breakout session options, a concert event, and worship led by the Stephen Cole Band. Experts on children's and student ministry, including LifeWay's Eric Geiger, Jana Magruder, Ben Trueblood and others, spoke during the main conference sessions. Read More

  • Orville Griffin, former Ohio exec, dies at 85

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Orville H. Griffin, former executive director/treasurer of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, died Sept. 18 at age 85 after several months of illness, according to a report from the Ohio convention.

    Griffin was the convention's executive director from 1992-1997 during 43 years of ministry in Ohio.

    "The legacy of Orville Heath Griffin is one rooted in the Great Commission and devoted to the Lord Jesus he loved and served so faithfully," said Jack Kwok, who succeeded Griffin. "He set a high mark for those who follow." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Would Jesus go to a football game?

    by Eric W. Ramsey, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    High school football games, Eric Ramsey notes, are a prime place in many communities to be a witness for the Gospel -- to "meet people, foster relationships and be where 'life happens.'" Read More

  • Colíderes de ESL usan su diversidad para cambiar vidas

    Por Margaret Colson/California Southern Baptist , posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) -- Cuando María inmigró a California desde México, sabía que necesitaba aprender inglés. Lo que no sabía era que, al hacerlo, también llegaría a conocer a Jesucristo.

    Arbor Christian Fellowship en Lake Forest, Calif., ha ofrecido escuela de Inglés como Segunda Lengua (ESL por sus siglas en inglés) a hispanohablantes durante muchos años. Hoy en día es dirigida por Sue Thompson y Rosie Montoya y sostenida por un equipo de voluntarios. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Y qué gano con eso?

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Vivimos en una sociedad en la que casi todo tiene un precio. Es muy conocido el dicho: "nada es gratis", y la mayoría de las personas tratan de ver y comparar el costo de una inversión con el beneficio personal que pueden adquirir. Todos estamos conscientes de la manera en la que la sociedad secular influye ... Read More

  • Estudio: El Congreso debería poner fin a la supervisión de los sermones que hace el IRS

    Por Bob Smietana, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Durante la década de 1950 el Congreso prohibió a las organizaciones caritativas y a las instituciones sin fines de lucro -- incluyendo a las iglesias -- que endosaran candidatos o intervinieran en las elecciones. Cualquier institución de este tipo que violara esta prohibición pudiera tener conflictos con el IRS. Las iglesias ponían en riesgo la pérdida de su estatus exento de impuestos si el predicador endosaba a un candidato durante su sermón.

    Es hora de que eso cambie, dicen la mayoría de los pastores protestantes en una nueva encuesta de LifeWay Research publicada el día de hoy (16 octubre). Read More

  • El caso del monumento de los Diez Mandamientos es declinado por SCOTUS

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La Corte Suprema de EE.UU. (SCOTUS por sus siglas en inglés) ha declinado una oportunidad de revisar si el despliegue de monumentos relacionados con la religión en propiedades gubernamentales es contra la ley.

    La corte declinó sin explicación el lunes (16 de octubre) oír una apelación de un fallo de la corte baja en contra del monumento Los Diez Mandamientos que está afuera del ayuntamiento de Bloomfield, N.M. En las cortes bajas, dos wicanos representados por la Unión de Libertades Civiles Estadounidenses exitosamente impugnaron el monumento de un metro y medio quejándose de que este constituye el establecimiento de parte del ... Read More

  • Fuerza Aérea castiga a coronel por postura sobre el matrimonio

    Por Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service , posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- Oficiales de la Fuerza Aérea de EE.UU. han suspendido a un oficial condecorado y han revocado su recomendación para promoverlo a brigadier general debido a que él no firmó un documento extraoficial afirmando el matrimonio del mismo sexo de un subordinado saliente.

    El coronel Leland B.H. Bohannon, comandante de la Agencia de Inspección de la Fuerza Aérea en la Base de la Fuerza Aérea Kirtland en Albuquerque, N.M., firmó todos los documentos requeridos para la ceremonia de jubilación en mayo de un miembro sénior que dejaba el servicio excepto por uno: una carta de "agradecimiento conyugal" para ... Read More