Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

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  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise, yet hope flickers

    by Charles Braddix, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Walter Donaldson/IMB
    JERUSALEM (BP) -- A clash of religions and ethnicities -- when it comes to the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the lines get blurred and the story gets complicated.

    The latest clash involves a familiar site that is holy to Jews and Muslims -- what Jews call the Temple Mount and what Muslims call Al-Aqsa or the Noble Sanctuary. Atop the buried ruins of the first and second Jewish temples are the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, two of Islam's most sacred sites. Read More

  • Syrian refugees: balancing compassion & security

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Jedediah Smith/IMB
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With at least 31 U.S. governors opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states following terrorist attacks in Paris, Christians have found themselves discussing the appropriate balance between security and compassion in immigration policy.

    Various media outlets reported at least one terrorism suspect in Paris entered Europe among a wave of migrants last month by falsely identifying himself as a Syrian refugee. Only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been accepted into the U.S. since 2011, CNN reported, but the Obama administration has agreed to allow 10,000 more in 2016. Read More

  • Bill to guard marriage advocates' rights, draws Bapt. support

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist Convention ethicist and advocate for religious freedom has joined other church leaders to endorse revised legislation to prevent discrimination by the federal government against Americans who object to same-sex marriage. Read More

  • Hawaii convention welcomes Asian association

    by Faith McFatridge, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HONOLULU (BP) -- Hawaii Pacific Baptists held steady their percentage of Cooperative Program gifts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes and recognized a partner association with all of its cooperating churches in Asia.

    Centered on the theme "Great Awakening!" based on 2 Chronicles 7:14, some 247 registered messengers and 73 guests gathered Nov. 5-6 at Olivet Baptist Church on Oahu. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Welcome them home

    by Judy Woodward Bates, posted Wednesday, November 18, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Judy Woodward Bates, drawing from the story of the Prodigal Son, suggests that church members welcome back those who have been absent, akin to the father's reunion with his wayward son. Then, she writes, "Pray for wisdom in what else you say." Read More