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Thursday, November 29, 2018

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  • S.C. church honors memory of enslaved members

    by Baptist Courier Staff, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- A South Carolina congregation has taken a step to officially honor the memory of past members of the church who were enslaved prior to 1865.

    On Nov. 11, First Baptist Church of Charleston dedicated a marker that says: "In memory of the thousands of enslaved members of the First Baptist Church of Charleston whose names we do not know, but are written in the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 7:9."

    The bronze tablet was unanimously approved by the congregation as a way of acknowledging the contributions of the many enslaved members who served in the church but had been largely ignored by history, said pastor Marshall Blalock. Read More

  • Moore: Church must recall loyalty to help lonely

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Used with permission from The Trinity Forum
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christians need to recall where their greatest allegiance lies to help Americans living in a time marked by loneliness, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said during a Washington, D.C., forum.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, addressed the evangelical church's role while responding to Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., during a Nov. 26 conversation sponsored by The Trinity Forum. Sasse spoke on themes from his new book, "Them: Why We Hate Each Other -- and How to Heal," including Americans' "crisis of loneliness," as he describes it in the book. Read More

  • First lady addresses opioid crisis at Liberty

    by Timothy Cockes, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LYCHBURG, Va. (BP)-- First Lady Melania Trump spoke to students at Liberty University on Wednesday (Nov. 28) about the opioid crisis in America. She urged students to make wise choices during this time in their young lives.

    "I know college is a time to build your independence, experience things on your own terms and make decisions on your own behalf," she told students. "I am here to remind you that some of those decisions, though they may seem minor at the time, could negatively impact you for the rest of your lives."

    The opioid crisis is one of the three pillars that Trump has focused on in her "Be Best" initiative aimed at helping young people in America. Read More

  • Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Puerto Rico gained nine new congregations at the group's 2018 annual meeting, held just over a year after Hurricane Maria cut church attendance by as much as a third in the U.S. territory.

    "To the expansion of the Kingdom of God" was the theme as the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR), the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, held its first annual meeting since 2016.

    Newly elected president David Colón, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Logos in Santa Isabel, called the Nov. 17 meeting historic because of the newly added churches and participation that allowed the election of a full slate of officers. Read More

  • Miss. Baptists allocate CP gifts, elect officers

    by William Perkins, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.
    JACKSON, Miss (BP) -- Mississippi Baptist Convention (MBC) messengers elected by acclamation Mark Vincent, senior pastor of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, to a second term as president during the MBC 2018 annual meeting.

    Messengers also approved without dissent a 2019 Mississippi Cooperative Program budget of $31,051,526, down 1.1 percent from the 2018 CP budget.

    Despite the slight decline, Mississippi Baptists will forward 37.9 percent of CP gifts, $11,799,579, to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international causes, compared to 37.7 percent of receipts forwarded in 2018. Read More

  • Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Clyde Kakiuchi
    HONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention received evangelism training from International Mission Board personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines.

    Gathering around the theme "We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions," 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu. In addition to churches in Hawaii, the convention's 155 cooperating congregations include churches in Guam, Saipan, American and Western Samoa, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and now the Philippines.

    The 2019 budget of $2,375,000 marks a 9 percent decrease from the current year. The decrease is attributable largely to a shift in the way some expenses are classified, according to the HPBC. Anticipated receipts include $1,300,000 in Cooperative Program receipts from churches; $150,000 from the North American Mission Board and $65,000 from LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Bible Study: Dec. 2, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 4 pegs

    by Curtis A. Woods, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Curtis Woods recounts key factors how churches find "unity and support in the Southern Baptist family regardless of church title, location, ethnicity or economic status." Read More

  • 'Loco' o llamado?: La muerte del misionero es debatida

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ANDAMAN ISLANDS, India (BP) -- El último reporte de avistamiento del misionero estadounidense John Allen Chau fue el 17 de noviembre. Pescadores en la costa de North Sentinel en la India divisaron lo que ellos pensaron que era un cuerpo sin vida que era arrastrado por la playa y enterrado por miembros de la tribu Sentinelese.

    Los sentineleses son una etnia aislada conocida por lanzar lluvias de flechas a los desconocidos que visitan su isla en la bahía de Bengala. Aunque él sabía del peligro, Chou, 26 años, fue como misionero donde los sentineleses debido a ... Read More

  • Estudio: La mayoría de los asistentes a la iglesia todavía se abstienen del alcohol

    Por Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La mayoría de los asistentes a la iglesia dicen que la Biblia enseña en contra de la ebriedad. Pero eso no impide que 4 de cada 10 se tomen un trago de vez en cuando, muestra un estudio divulgado el martes (27 de noviembre).

    Mientras 41 por ciento de los protestantes asistentes a la iglesia dicen que consumen alcohol, 59 por ciento dicen que ellos no. Ese es un ligero cambio desde hace 10 años. De acuerdo con la encuesta de Investigación LifeWay, la cual fue realizada del 22 al 30 de agosto de 2017. Read More

  • Los esfuerzos de AD continúan en las Carolinas y por todo EE.UU.

    Por Laura Sikes, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    LONGS, Carolina del Sur (BP) -- El pastor Lebron Crisp de la Iglesia Bautista Living Water desafió a su congregación a buscar oportunidades de llegar a gente lastimada después de que el huracán Florence golpeó la comunidad de la iglesia a unos pocos kilómetros al noroeste de North Myrtle Beach. Las inundaciones de la tormenta dañaron cientos de casas incluyendo varias casas de miembros de la iglesia.

    "Se nos rompe el corazón. Quisiera estar ahí [ayudando] cada segundo que estoy despierto," dijo Crisp, pastor fundador y pastor de la iglesia en Longs, C.S., ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Que será de tu vida? (Hebreos 2:1-4)

    Gustavo V. Suarez , posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Estos versos anuncian el primer de cinco peligros que el autor del libro de Hebreos presenta. Muchas personas no toman tiempo de reflexionar sobre la condición de su vida. Sin embargo, no quiero que tomen esta pregunta de una manera negativa. Pero sí debemos de hacernos ... Read More