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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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  • Brawler-turned-pastor transforms Mont. church & town

    by Erin Roach, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jim Webley
    NOXON, Mont. (BP) -- There was a petition circulating to remove violent brawler Jim Webley from town when God intervened and changed not just Webley's life but, years later, the course of a church and a Montana community.

    In his early 20s, Webley was working in the gold mines of Nevada, entrenched in a rough lifestyle of drugs and alcohol, and through weekly fighting he had "put some people in the hospital," he told Baptist Press. People just wanted him to leave town.

    One Sunday morning, Webley was driving his young daughter Sara to get milkshakes when they passed a little white Baptist church building in the Nevada community.

    "I absolutely never went to church down there, but I could feel God pulling me in that direction," Webley recounted. "He was telling me I needed to get into church." Read More

  • Texas defends dismemberment abortion ban

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Should abortionists be allowed to end the life of an unborn baby by pulling it apart, or should they remove it piecemeal only after its heart has stopped beating?

    The answer, at least in Texas, depends on the outcome of a five-day trial concluded Nov. 8 over a new state law banning dismemberment abortions. The law, passed in June, requires abortionists to use other methods besides dismemberment -- such as clipping the umbilical cord or injecting digoxin or potassium chloride to stop the baby's heart -- before removing it from its mother's womb. Read More

  • Md.-Del. Baptists raise CP budget 4.5% to SBC causes

    by Sharon Mager, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Shannon Baker-BCM/D
    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 182nd annual meeting for a second year focused on unity and prayer with the theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit."

    Messengers approved a $7,729,121 budget, taking a historic step in voting to increase the Cooperative Program funding allocation from 43.5 percent to 48 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention to fund international and national missions, Southern Baptist seminaries and the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More

  • Illinois churches prepare for new ministry frontiers

    by Meredith Flynn, Lisa Misner Sergent & Eric Reed, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    DECATUR, Ill. (BP) -- The urgent need to get the Gospel to more people was a driving theme of the 111th annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association, with churches challenged to make four "Pioneering Spirit" commitments in the areas of church planting, evangelism, giving and leadership development.

    The Pioneering Spirit theme also coincides with Illinois' 200th anniversary to be celebrated in 2018. In keeping with the state's bicentennial, IBSA is asking 200 or more churches to make each of the four commitments. Read More

  • Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

    by David Williams, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Kelly Jones/MWBC
    GREENFIELD, Wis. (BP) -- Minnesota Wisconsin Baptists took a leap forward in their goal of forwarding 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, jumping from 22 percent this year to 32 percent next year.

    With a theme of "Come to Life," 98 messengers from 40 of the 188 churches in the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention gathered for the MWBC's 34th annual meeting Oct. 27 28 at the new facilities of Layton Avenue Baptist Church in Greenfield, Wis.

    It was in May 2010 that the MWBC Executive Board made the decision to increase the percentage of CP sent to SBC national and international missions and ministry by a half-percent a year until the 50 percent goal is reached. Read More

  • Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new edition of the Greek New Testament, biblical scholars say, may help pastors and other Bible students gain new insight on the way early manuscripts rendered Scripture.

    Released Nov. 15 by Crossway, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) aligns with the wording of previous Greek New Testament editions more than 90 percent of the time. But it utilizes unique spellings, book order and methods of indicating paragraph breaks that mirror the earliest available manuscripts and depart from the rendering of other modern editions. Read More

  • Tenn. Baptists adopt resolution against racism

    by Lonnie Wilkey & David Dawson, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting overwhelmingly spoke against racism during the Nov. 12-16 sessions of The Summit at First Baptist Church in Henderson.

    David Leavell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Millington in West Tennessee, was elected president during the meeting, which drew 993 messengers from 422 churches.

    The total did not include eight messengers from First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, as the convention voted overwhelmingly not to seat those from the church, which called a woman as senior pastor earlier this year. See Baptist Press story on Tuesday, Nov. 14 Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Praying for others

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Ronnie Floyd notes that churches, denominations, ministries and the prayer movement in American cannot be separated from evangelism. "Every Christian needs to pray for others to come to faith in Jesus Christ," he writes. Read More

  • Alivio en Puerto Rico necesita voluntarios constantes y financiamiento

    Por Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto cortesía de Sam Porter/NAMB
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur continúan sirviendo a los residentes de Puerto Rico después de la devastación del huracán María en septiembre creando una respuesta a nivel nacional a partir de cero.

    Sam Porter, director nacional de Alivio en Desastres de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas, ha pasado varios días en Puerto Rico en dos viajes separados para ayudar al coordinador de respuesta en desastre, Jack Noble a facilitarle la respuesta en gran escala de Alivio en Desastre Bautista del Sur (SBDR) y Envía Alivio. Read More

  • Hija se une a su madre en gratitud a Mission:Dignity

    Por Rebekah Hardage, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Estela Rangel era hija de un pastor y, como tal, cuando se casó con su esposo, David, solo le exigía una cosa: "Nunca seas pastor." De niña, se había sentido presionada para ser perfecta en los ojos de la iglesia y, ahora, como adulta, quería una vida distinta.

    "Pero Dios tenía sus propios planes", afirma Estela.

    Después de cinco años de matrimonio, David comenzó a hablarle acerca del llamado que sentía de ser pastor. Los dos eran voluntarios en un ministerio de la ... Read More

  • 32 nuevos misioneros comparten su camino hacia las naciones

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto de Roy Burroughs, IMB.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Cuando era una niña de edad prescolar, la ahora nueva misionera Amy Jones aprendió en sus clases de Amigos Misioneros que Dios deseaba reunir a las personas de toda nación, tribu y grupo e idioma a través de Su gracia y para Su gloria.

    "Se convirtió en realidad cuando mi madre regresó de Inglaterra contando historias y con un juego de té," recuerda Jones durante Celebración Sending del 16 de noviembre, que marcó el nombramiento de 32 nuevos misioneros de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales en la oficina de la JMI en Richmond, Va. "Los europeos son fascinantes, pero muy pocos siguen a Cristo. Así que comencé a orar por ... Read More

  • Convenciones estatales denuncian racismo, supremacía blanca

    Por Tom Strode , posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur en por lo menos cuatro convenciones estatales han aprobado resoluciones que condenan abiertamente el racismo o la supremacía blanca.

    Mensajeros a las reuniones anuales de las convenciones de Alabama, North Carolina, Oklahoma y SBC de Virginia (SBCV) han aprobado declaraciones en noviembre que tratan el auge del nacionalismo blanco y la supremacía blanca en Estados Unidos. Sus resoluciones expresaron muchas de las mismas convicciones ofrecidas en una resolución aprobada en la reunión anual de la Convención ... Read More

  • Evento de liderazgo de mujeres: 'Manténgase firmes'

    Por Joy Allmond , posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto de Joy Allmond/Lifeway
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Enfrentado el cáncer de mama y la ruptura de su matrimonio, la fundadora del Ministerio Proverbios 31, Lysa Terkeurst se paró frente a 1,800 mujeres el 9 de noviembre, y las instó a permanecer firmes en Cristo.

    Hubo un resollar colectivo de la audiencia en el Foro Anual del Liderazgo de Mujeres de LifeWay, cuando Terkeurst compartió que ella debía someterse a una doble mastectomía al día siguiente.

    El diagnóstico de cáncer de mama de Terkeurst en octubre llegó detrás de su anuncio en junio de que ella y su esposo durante 25 años se estaban separando ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Un Motivo de Agradecimiento

    Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    En esta semana celebramos el día de acción de gracias. Solemos celebrar estas fiestas con nuestra familia y amigos. Este es un día, para muchos, donde la comida es lo central y se nos olvida el propósito principal del día. Como cristianos tenemos muchas cosas que dar gracias a nuestro Dios. Read More