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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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  • 83-year-old travels globally for Great Commission

    by Ben Hawkins/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (18 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Jim Nicolls
    ARNOLD, Mo. (BP) -- Jim Nicolls thought he'd just been called to help the people of northern Mexico. Surely, that's why he wept through the night during his first mission trip in 2000, when he led a construction crew in building houses at a squatter's camp along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    "That first night, I just laid there all night, weeping," he recalled. "God broke me. I kept saying, 'Why, God, am I here, and they're there?'"

    More than the spiritual lostness, it was the "abject poverty" that existed along these borderlands that shocked him: "people literally scavenging," he recalled, "for what they could find -- a piece of cardboard to cover a crack in their cardboard shanty, cans that they could use, food and clothing that they could find in the dump. … Little kids were in the dump with their mothers, finding what they could find. If they could pick up a little toy that was thrown away, they were happy." Read More

  • Tiny 'beka' stone helps confirm, clarify Scripture

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Archaeologists' discovery of a small weight from the period of Israel's monarchy helps confirm the Old Testament system of weights and the existence of Solomon's Temple, two Southern Baptist archaeologists say.

    A "beka," a stone weight equivalent to about one-fifth of an ounce, was discovered by archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority in dirt taken several years ago from under Jerusalem's Western Wall, the Times of Israel reported Nov. 21. Equivalent to the biblical half-shekel, the beka was placed on a scale and used to measure the amount of silver that Jews -- age 20 and older -- were required to pay when they entered King Solomon's Temple. In that era, according to The Times, there was no half-shekel coin. Read More

  • Taiwan votes to keep marriage laws traditional

    by Angela Lu Fulton/WORLD , posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    TAIPEI, Taiwan (BP) -- Three referendums supporting marriage between one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in Saturday (Nov. 24) elections in Taiwan. The votes appeared to show that most citizens may still hold traditional values even though the country's highest court moved toward legalizing same-sex marriage in 2017.

    The question of whether Taiwan Civil Code should continue to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman received more than 7.6 million yes votes compared to 2.9 million voting no. Referendums need 4.94 million votes -- a quarter of eligible voters -- to be considered by the government. Read More

  • Minn.-Wis. Baptists continue CP climb

    by David Williams, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (18 days ago)

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    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BP) –- Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists are continuing their years-long mission to designate more Cooperative Program dollars for national and international Southern Baptist ministries.

    Messengers to the 2018 annual meeting agreed to give 35 percent of 2019 CP receipts to national and international ministries, a steady rise from the 17 percent that was forwarded in 2015.

    The contribution from the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention (MWBC) is anticipated to be $192,500, based on total CP receipts of $550,000, the MWBC said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Marijuana's momentum

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (18 days ago)

    With recent ballot box victories for marijuana, Brian Hobbs cautions against panic, setting forth prayer and witness as key steps for Christians concerned about the harm of mind-altering, addictive drugs on families and society. Read More