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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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  • 500 YEARS: Baptists celebrate Reformation

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- European study tours, conferences, publications and confessions of Protestant unity are among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary during the past year.

    Over that span, Baptist Press has published more than 30 stories and columns exploring the relation of Reformation theology to topics ranging from salvation to abortion, gender, Baptist origins and the celebration of Christmas. Read More

  • The Reformation was a missionary movement

    by Michael Haykin, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- It is well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core New Testament doctrines regarding salvation and worship.

    Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?

    In one sense, no. The Roman church had been involved in a variety of missional enterprises throughout the Middle Ages. But in another, much deeper sense, yes -- the Great Commission did have to be recovered because medieval missions all too frequently involved forcible conversions like those of the Saxons by Charlemagne in the eighth and ninth centuries and the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th century. Read More

  • Migration a 'divine opportunity,' conf. speakers say

    by Seth Brown & Lauren Pratt, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- This year's Reaching the Nations conference brought together more than 500 people in person and via live stream to learn and grow in how to reach refugees and immigrants in North America.

    The Oct. 27-28 event at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., occurred both as a catalyst and result of "a movement starting in local churches across North America -- a genuine awakening to the amazing opportunity we have to reach the nations next door," according to the conference planning committee. Read More

  • Chaplain orientation equips, encourages

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- During a panel discussion at the North American Mission Board's inaugural New Chaplain Orientation, four veteran chaplains described some of the criticism they received from other believers when they answered the call to chaplaincy. These chaplains recalled being told that they were leaving "real ministry."

    Steven Turner, however, told them that, as chaplains, they would often find themselves at the crossroads "where death meets life." He reminded them that, in those moments, "Jesus makes the difference." Turner, who serves as the director of chaplaincy services at the Georgia Department of Corrections, encouraged and challenged attendees, many of whom were just starting out their ministry roles. Read More

  • Transgender military ban setback may be appealed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge's decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is "likely" to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.

    "The Obama Defense Department changed the longstanding policy just last year regarding transgender service in the military," Mike Whitehead, the Missouri convention's attorney and a former member of the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, told Baptist Press, "and President Trump merely changed it back. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: Why the Reformation still matters

    by Daryl Cornett, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

    The Reformation, Daryl Cornett notes, "is not dry, dusty irrelevant history" involving the Bible's authority in the church and how to find favor with God. "We would be wise to renew our commitment to that for which they sacrificed so much," he writes. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: 5 biblical charges for our day

    by Doug Mize, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Doug Mize, in the spirit of Martin Luther's 95 Theses, sets forth five biblical charges for a modern-day Reformation "to lead us back to great purpose and true effectiveness in Gospel ministry." Read More