Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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  • At a German university town, connections yield faith

    by Katie Coleman, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    JENA, Germany (BP) -- "Don't you know where you are?" was the reaction Martha Moore often heard. "People don't do religion in east Germany."

    Moore moved to Germany in 2000 to serve as a campus evangelist at the University of Jena and start a new ministry, now known as Connexxion. It was clear that it would be a challenge to see lives transformed by the Gospel in a country where many are atheists or agnostics. Read More

  • 'Heartbroken': Tenn. fires destroy homes, churches

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- Wildfires in and around the east Tennessee resort area of Gatlinburg have destroyed the facilities of at least one Southern Baptist church, claimed buildings at two other churches and prompted local believers to launch relief ministries.

    The reported 14 blazes near Gatlinburg Nov. 29 were among a series of wildfires across the southeast this fall that have led Southern Baptist Disaster Relief units to deploy in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. Read More

  • Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA (BP) -- The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors, Morning Star News reported.

    Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers expected to protect villagers, killed at least 36 Christian farmers in separate attacks in four villages in Kaduna state in mid-November, Morning Star said. The killings are on the heels of the slaughter of about 85 Christians in Kaduna between September and Nov. 13 by the herdsmen, and are part of at least 140 such deaths since attacks intensified in May, Morning Star reported. Read More

  • Pope clashes with biblical teaching, Baptists say

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pope Francis' newly extended permission for all priests to forgive the sin of abortion demonstrates sharp disagreement between Roman Catholicism and evangelical Christianity over God's forgiveness, Southern Baptist theologians say.

    In an apostolic letter issued Nov. 21, Pope Francis said he was granting "all priests, in virtue of their ministry, the faculty to absolve those who have committed the sin of procured abortion." ... Read More

  • La. Baptists highlight soul-winning emphasis

    by Staff/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- During their annual meeting highlighting a statewide soul-winning emphasis for 2017-2018, Louisiana Baptists heard various ministry reports that included disaster relief efforts following record flooding in the state. And Louisiana messengers defeated a motion for a 2018 move toward a 50/50 Cooperative Program split with Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    Messengers also referred a motion regarding concerns with the SBC's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission to the Louisiana Baptist Convention's Executive Board. Approximately 600 messengers registered for the state convention's Nov. 14-15 meeting that was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Long walks & deep talks

    by Nate Adams, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Nate Adams reflects on long walks and deep talks with family and with God -- times when "it's easier to remember that He really knows and loves me in my deepest, innermost parts … not just in the shallows of a busy life." Read More