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Friday, October 28, 2016

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  • Southern storyteller recounts African venture

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by JoAnna Bradbury/IMB
    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- It was the gift that keeps on giving. A kind uncle encouraged a sensitive 17-year-old boy to write about life in a journal, suggesting the best place to start might be "the good, the bad and the in-between."

    Forty-plus years, 12 books and more than 1,200 blog posts later, Curt Iles still keeps a journal -- the beginning point of a writing career that's taken him to Africa and back.

    "I still have the note from that uncle encouraging me to write," Iles says. "I'm from a culture of storytellers. It's part of the Deep South. It's part of my own family. Read More

  • Columbine lead role helps actress grasp God's love

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Masey McLain, daughter of a Georgia Baptist pastor, knew God intended her to play the true-to-life movie character Rachel Joy Scott, a Columbine victim, even when the part first went to someone else.

    "I'm Not Ashamed," a PG-13 movie that opened nationwide Oct. 21, stars McLain in her first leading role. The PureFlix film, directed by Brian Baugh, co-stars actress Jennifer O'Neill, Sadie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame, singer Jaci Velasquez and Nancy Stafford from the TV series "Matlock." Read More

  • Cubs' curse notion rejected by Piniella, Coppenger

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    CHICAGO (BP) -- With the Chicago Cubs hoping to break the so-called "Curse of the Billy Goat" and win their first World Series since 1908, former Cubs manager Lou Piniella and longtime Cubs fan Mark Coppenger say their Christian worldviews lead them to reject baseball superstitions.

    "Really it's all bologna," Piniella, Cubs manager from 2006-10, said of the alleged curse. Yet there is "a lot of superstition" associated with the Cubs. "Over there in Chicago they haven't had success in so long that if you lose three or four games in a row," fans start to think, "Boy, the curse is on." Read More

  • N.C. anticipates weeks of continued Matthew recovery

    by Joe Conway, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Geoff L Johnson/NAMB
    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Scenes reminiscent of the aftermath of 1999's Hurricane Floyd are playing out across a 250-mile stretch of North Carolina. Already North Carolina Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers, and those from seven other states, have served Hurricane Matthew survivors by preparing more than 400,000 meals from six SBDR kitchens.

    North Carolina Baptist Men Disaster Relief director Gaylon Moss said some of the same areas affected by Floyd were hard hit again by Matthew. Moss said volunteer days served in North Carolina have already surpassed 7,000. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Conexión gratuita e ilimitada

    by Luis R. López, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    El poder de la internet está disponible gratuita e ilimitadamente en muchos lugares del mundo hoy. Lo encuentra en una tienda, un restaurante de comida rápida, la biblioteca pública y hasta en algunos aeropuertos. ... Read More

  • Estudio: Halloween es un tiempo para el acercamiento, dicen pastores

    Por Bob Smietana , posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    LifeWay gráfico
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Este Halloween, millones de estadounidenses tallarán calabazas, se pondrán disfraces, decorarán los jardines, y engullirán montones de dulces. Y los predicadores esperan que también consideren llegar a la iglesia, muestra un nuevo estudio.

    Dos tercios de los pastores protestantes dicen que animan a los miembros de la iglesia a invitar a sus vecinos a actividades como una feria de otoño o una fiesta de dulces en el estacionamiento, de acuerdo a una nueva encuesta telefónica a 1,000 pastores sénior protestantes realizada por Investigación LifeWay.

    La mitad les dice a los miembros de la iglesia que hagan amistad con los que tocan a la ... Read More

  • El dedo huesudo del miedo de Halloween

    Por Amy Hebert , posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    HOBBS, N.M. (BP) -- Como madre de cuatro hijos le temo al mes de octubre.

    La vida se vuelve increíblemente inconveniente porque ni siquiera puedo hacer mis compras de rutina sin ser confrontada con el "espíritu fiestero." No me refiero a los hermosos paisajes de otoño o de los ya visibles adornos navideños.

    Es el dedo huesudo de Halloween que parece señalarme cuando doy la vuelta en cada pasillo. Read More

  • Las cortes se dividen por los centros pro vida

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Una vez más tenemos evidencias de que el cabildeo a favor del aborto está firmemente arraigado en nuestra política." -- Russell Moore
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La libertad de los centros pro vida para embarazos para determinar su mensaje ante las mujeres que piensan en tener un aborto ha recibido veredictos contrastantes en el sistema federal de cortes.

    La Corte del Noveno Circuito de Apelaciones en San Francisco se reusó el 14 de octubre a otorgar un requerimiento para bloquear una ley de California que exige que los centros pro vida para el embarazo notifiquen a sus clientes que existen otros lugares donde hay servicios para tener un aborto. Read More

  • Grupo de trabajo aspira crear una 'cultura de discipulado'

    Por Josie Rabbitt , posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Foto de NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- El recién designado grupo de trabajo de discipulado de Recursos Cristianos LifeWay y de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas se reunió el lunes 17 de octubre en el edificio de NAMB en Alpharetta, Ga. El grupo de 11 pastores bautistas se reunió para hablar sobre su tarea de comunicar que "una iglesia de cualquier trasfondo puede discipular," de acuerdo al presidente Robby Gallaty, pastor de la Iglesia Bautista Long Hollow en Hendersonville, Tenn.

    Gallaty comenzó la reunión preguntando cuál sería la "ganancia" para el grupo de trabajo de discipulado. Los miembros unánimemente estuvieron de acuerdo en que el éxito sería ayudar a las iglesias a crear un proceso para hacer discípulos. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Conexión gratuita e ilimitada

    Por Luis R. López, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    El poder de la internet está disponible gratuita e ilimitadamente en muchos lugares del mundo hoy. Lo encuentra en una tienda, un restaurante de comida rápida, la biblioteca pública y hasta en algunos aeropuertos. ... Read More