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Friday, November 18, 2016

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  • Along the Zambezi, a 'modern-day Livingstone'

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    ZAMBIA (BP) -- Elephants, antelope, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo and the occasional lion are among missionary Kenny Vines' travel mates as he moves about his ministry in the African nation of Zambia.

    On multiple occasions while on his way to a village for Bible study, he has been cut off by a herd of elephants and had to travel another path. At other times during days of extended ministry, lions calling, hyenas laughing, elephants trumpeting and hippos bellowing were the soundtrack to his nights as he lay in his tent. Read More

  • Rummage elected Fla. pres.; CP commitment continues

    by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Michael Duncan/Florida Baptist Convention
    CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP) -- Messengers attending the 2016 Florida Baptist State Convention elected Brandon pastor Stephen Rummage as president and approved a $30 million Cooperative Program budget for 2017 that continues to send 51 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention while retaining 49 percent for missions and ministries in the state.

    The meeting, held Nov. 14-15 at Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, focused on the theme: "Gathering to Exhort, Stir Up and Send Out." Read More

  • Religious liberty of florist, bakers in courts' hands

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    BELLEVUE, Wash. (BP) -- A 71-year-old Washington florist and young Oregon bakers are among Christian small business owners awaiting court decisions on their right to refuse business violating their religious beliefs.

    Southern Baptist florist Barronelle Stutzman is awaiting a ruling from the Washington State Supreme Court on her appeal of a judgment against her for refusing to design a floral arrangement for a gay wedding. Read More

  • Minn.-Wis. Baptists increase CP

    by David Williams/Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (BP) -- With a theme of "Thy Kingdom Come," messengers to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention considered how God can use them and their churches to expand His Kingdom on earth, and they voted to increase Cooperative Program giving.

    The multiethnic convention met in the just completed facilities of the Minneapolis-area Ebenezer Community Church, a Liberian congregation in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

    Frank S. Page, president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, told them that 23 percent of SBC churches "self-identify" as ethnic congregations. ... Read More

  • Ill. Baptists urged to cross cultural divides

    by Illinois Baptist staff, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    BROADVIEW, Ill. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association voted to increase the state's Cooperative Program giving to national causes, met missionaries coming off the international field who have joined the state staff, and welcomed 10 new churches to the association.

    The meeting, held Nov. 2-3 at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in a western suburb of Chicago, also challenged Illinois Baptists and their churches to embrace the call to take the Gospel across cultures. Read More

  • BGCT adopts $36M budget, begins Brazil partnership

    by Kalie Lowrie/Baptist General Convention of Texas, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WACO, Texas (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas' 131st annual meeting focused on "Celebrating Service" through worship and business sessions, workshops and a variety of events, with 1,157 messengers and 663 visitors in attendance Nov. 13-15 in Waco.

    Messengers approved a 2017 budget of $36.64 million for funding ministries, missions and BGCT institutional partnerships, compared to the 2016 budget of $37.99 million. Read More

  • S.C. Baptists urged to 'launch out' with Gospel

    by Butch Blume, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Churches were urged to "launch out" and spread the Gospel as messengers gathered for the South Carolina Baptist Convention annual meeting Nov. 15–16 at Riverland Hills Baptist Church outside Columbia.

    "'Launch Out' is not a suggestion, it is a command from our Lord," 2016 convention President Tom Tucker told messengers at the outset of the SCBC's 196th annual meeting, taking his inspiration from Luke 5, where Jesus said to Peter, "Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a great catch."

    "We're sitting on the dock of the bay, wasting time," Tucker said, invoking a popular song from the 1960s. "We're told to launch out and tell someone that Jesus loves them. If you are saved, you've got a story." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Keeping evangelism a priority

    by Ernest L. Easley, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Amid the challenges and distractions that pastors face, Ernest Easley relays pointers for keeping evangelism as a church's top priority. Pastors must make it part of their lifestyle, he writes, while also placing it on the church's calendar and in the budget. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: En tiempo de sorpresa

    by Gustavo V. Suárez , posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Y de una sangre ha hecho todo el linaje de los hombres, para que habiten sobre toda la faz de la tierra; y les ha prefijado el orden de los tiempos, y los límites de su habitación; para que busquen a Dios, si en alguna manera, palpando, pueden hallarle, aunque ciertamente no está lejos de cada uno de nosotros." Hechos 17:26-27 Read More

  • FIDEICOMISARIOS: La JMI celebra un presupuesto balanceado

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Foto de IMB tomada por Roy M. Burroughs
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Los fideicomisarios de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB, por sus siglas en inglés) celebraron haber logrado un presupuesto balanceado, aprobando de manera unánime el presupuesto del 2017 durante su reunión del 10-11 de nov. cerca de Richmond, Va. Los fideicomisarios también nombraron 50 misioneros nuevos durante la Celebración de Envío.

    "Es un placer compartir con ustedes que gracias a las ofrendas generosas de las iglesias bautistas del sur para la JMI, se han hecho discípulos y se han multiplicado las iglesias en el último año, entre las naciones, y de maneras realmente asombrosas," dijo David Platt ... Read More

  • 50 nuevos misioneros designados por la IMB

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Foto de IMB tomada por Roy Burroughs
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Bob y Melanee Gallina invirtieron 18 años dirigiendo la Iglesia en Green Hills en La Habra, Ca. Vivían en una cómoda casa que fue la base del hogar para sus cuatro hijos, quienes son misioneros en el extranjero. Ellos planeaban servir en el extranjero luego de pensionarse.

    Sin embargo, sintieron que Dios los impulsaba a considerar: "¿Por qué esperar hasta pensionarse? ¿Por qué no ahora?" Ahora la iglesia que una vez dirigieron los está enviando a través de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales para llevar el evangelio de Jesucristo a los pueblos americanos. Read More

  • Bautistas del sur ganan reelección en el Congreso

    Por el Personal, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    Foto de archivo de BP tomada por Adam Covington
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Todos los bautistas del sur miembros del Congreso que participaron en la elección del 8 de noviembre exitosamente defendieron sus escaños.

    Tres senadores y 26 representantes -- todos miembros de iglesias bautistas del sur -- ganaron la reelección. Con otros tres senadores que no participaron en la reelección, los bautistas del sur sumarán por lo menos 32 de los suyos en el Senado y la Casa de Representantes cuando el siguiente Congreso se reúna en enero. Algunos bautistas del sur de los que Baptist Press no tenga conocimiento pueden haber sido electos por primera vez. Read More

  • IMB nombra 5 megaciudades para iniciativa piloto global

    Por Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

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    LONDRES (BP) -- "No hay carencia de edificios de Iglesias en Londres, pero la congregación promedio tiene menos de 20 personas," hizo notar el misionero James Roberts.

    Roberts es parte del equipo de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales en Londres que crea estrategias para un acercamiento integral de misiones para alcanzar esta ciudad de 8.6 millones. Más de 50 comunidades no nativas, cada una con 10,000 personas o más, han sido identificadas en Londres, lo que la hace verdaderamente una ciudad global. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: En tiempo de sorpresa

    Por Gustavo V. Suárez , posted Friday, November 18, 2016 (one year ago)

    La semana pasada amanecimos con la noticia de un nuevo Presidente de los Estados Unidos. Inmediatamente, para muchos Hispanos, la incertidumbre del futuro nos estremeció. Algunas preguntas que muchos se hacen son: ¿Cómo me afectará a mí las decisiones del nuevo presidente? ¿Qué debo yo hacer ahora?; ¿Quién me puede ayudar? ... Read More