Baptist Press Archive

Friday, November 09, 2018

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  • WWI missions, theology legacies remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist minister C.C. Davison encountered recently drafted soldier Grover Cleaver Sept. 12, 1918, on the back steps of an Army mess hall. Grover appeared dejected over the telegram announcing his mother's death. Sitting on the steps, Davison wrote in Arkansas' Baptist Advance newsjournal, "I marked for him a tract furnished by our Sunday School Board" and "led him to the Savior." A month later, Cleaver was dead.

    "What if there had been no Baptist war worker?" Davison asked. Read More

  • Final rules guard conscience from abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The seven-year battle by objectors to the abortion/contraception mandate has come to a regulatory close with a victory for freedom of conscience.

    The Trump administration issued two final rules Nov. 7 that supply conscience protections to Americans with a religious or moral objection to the 2011 mandate instituted under President Obama. Announcement of the regulations came a day after an election that resulted in the Republican president's party losing control of the U.S. House of Representatives while maintaining its Senate majority. Read More

  • Annual Church Profile & more of the SBC story

    by LifeWay staff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Long-standing patterns continued to dominate the 2017 Annual Church Profile report released in June. The number of congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention increased over 2016 totals, while reported membership and baptisms continued their year-over-year decline.

    But that's not the whole story, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, which compiles the ACP data in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

    The 2017 ACP totals released in June counted all 51,920 congregations affiliated with ... Read More

  • Appreciating Disaster Relief

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NAMB photo by Sara Brockmann.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Michael, numerous reports described the devastation in the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama in terms of warfare -- bombs going off and missiles launching into buildings. After traveling to the affected areas and writing an article of my own, these analogies certainly did fit.

    Another way I've tried to explain it is that visiting the sites was like being on the set of a disaster movie. The damage was so surreal to see that it seemed unreal -- as if some director in a chair somewhere could have yelled, "cut," and everything would go back to normal. Read More

  • Veteran, 92, took his last stand defending his wife

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ga. (BP) -- John Dawson served in World War II in the Pacific theater and in the Korean and Vietnam wars on crews that catapulted planes off the decks of five different aircraft carriers.

    He died at age 92, however, by making the ultimate sacrifice for his wife of 72 years by battling a home intruder.

    As a leader in his American Legion post, as a longtime churchman and as a father of two (Ricky and Peggy), grandfather of seven, great-grandfather of 16 and great-great ... Read More

  • N.C. Baptists challenged to love, reach neighbors

    by BSCNC and Biblical Recorder Staff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    BSC photo by K Brown
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptists approved a 2019 budget, elected a new slate of officers and adopted a resolution honoring the late Billy Graham during the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's (BSCNC) annual meeting, which emphasized loving one's neighbors and reaching them for Christ.

    A total of 1,425 messengers attended the meeting, which was held Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 5-6) at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. The event's theme was "Who Is My Neighbor?" based on the question asked of Jesus in Luke 10:29 in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Read More

  • New England conv. sees church planting as the future

    by Kimber Huff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    HAVERHILL, Mass. (BP) -- "Church planting is the natural consequence of intimacy with God," Tanner Turley, a church planter based in greater Boston, noted during a testimony at the Baptist Convention of New England's 36th annual meeting.

    The Nov. 2-3 sessions were held at First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Mass., which was founded before the Revolutionary War. Two hundred twenty-one messengers and 103 guests were in attendance for fellowship, worship, extended prayer, business and celebrating what God doing is by "Embracing the Future Through Church Planting." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: They served honorably

    by Endel Lee, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Talk with a veteran, Endel Lee suggests, to learn about their service in behalf of such cherished ideals as religious liberty and freedom of speech. Their service, Lee notes, is "among the noblest of gestures by our nation's citizens." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Why we remember

    by Chaplain (COL) Robert Hart, U.S. Army, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Veterans Day this year, Chaplain (COL) Robert Hart notes, carries special meeting as the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Amar a Dios y a las personas

    by Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    "¿Papi, me puedes enseñar la educación cristiana? ¡Quiero saber el doctorado en educación cristiana!" Estas fueron las palabras que mi hija de seis años me dijo anoche cuando vio que mi tarjeta de presentación decía que era ... Read More

  • IMB selecciona a Paul Chitwood como candidato presidencial

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – El comité de búsqueda presidencial de los directivos de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB) anunció el martes (6 de noviembre) que el comité recomendará a Paul Chitwood, de 48 años, para ser elegido como el 13? presidente de la entidad de 173 años.

    La votación para elegir a Chitwood está programada para el 15 de noviembre en sesión plenaria durante la reunión de la junta de IMB en Richmond.

    Expresidente de la junta de directivos de IMB, Chitwood actualmente sirve ... Read More

  • Greear: Dios 'agita' la SBC a través de las transiciones

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DURHAM, Carolina del Norte (BP) -- Convenciones estatales, aperturas presidenciales de entidades de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) y un Estudio Consultativo sobre el Abuso Sexual fueron los temas centrales de discusión durante una emisión en vivo en Facebook el 31 de octubre con el presidente de la SBC, J.D. Greear.

    Greear, pastor de Summit Church en Raleigh-Durham, C.N., dijo que está "más convencido que nunca" de que Dios "no ha terminado" con la SBC y "está extendiéndonos una invitación para confiar en él." Read More

  • Abortos, marihuana, juegos de azar, ganan, pierden en estados

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Los derechos al aborto, el uso de la marihuana y la legalización de los juegos de azar atrajeron resultados mixtos en las votaciones estatales a lo largo y ancho de EE.UU. el 6 de noviembre.

    Los votantes de Alabama autorizaron la exhibición de los Diez Mandamientos en lugares públicos en una medida que prohíbe el uso de fondos públicos para subsidiar impugnaciones en los tribunales a una enmienda constitucional estatal. La enmienda, la cual requiere que las exposiciones cumplan con los ... Read More

  • Los venezolanos, huyen del tumulto, encuentran ayuda en una montaña

    Por Grace Thornton, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto sometida.
    CÚCUTA, Colombia (BP) -- El verano pasado, cuando murió el padre de Nelson Martínez, él heredó un pedazo de tierra a medio día de camino en la montaña, desde su ciudad natal de Cúcuta, Colombia. La propiedad se ubica a 10,000 pies de altura en la cima de la fría montaña, donde a menudo llueve. Cada día, varios cientos de venezolanos sin ropa adecuada para el clima atraviesan por ahí en su camino buscando comida, empleo y medicinas en una nueva tierra.

    Algunos han muerto de hipotermia. Todos están desesperados. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Amar a Dios y a las personas

    Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

    "¿Papi, me puedes enseñar la educación cristiana? ¡Quiero saber el doctorado en educación cristiana!" Estas fueron las palabras que mi hija de seis años me dijo anoche cuando vio que mi tarjeta de presentación decía que era ... Read More