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Friday, December 04, 2015

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: 'Shadow' missionaries disciple young leaders in Philippines

    by Paige Turner, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    PHILIPPINES (BP) -- When someone shouted, "Your uncle is coming," everyone in the Philippine village knew the code meant "run and hide." Neighbors disappeared into small concrete homes until International Mission Board missionaries Dave and Ivette Daggett had come and gone.

    A few, however, including 13-year-old Berlyn Familaran, stuck around to hear what the foreigners had to say. Read More

  • 'God isn't fixing this' story draws Christian response

    by Seth Brown/Biblical Recorder, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are responding to the headline "God isn't fixing this" that dominated the Dec. 3 cover of the New York Daily News. Images of tweets from Republican leaders surrounded the headline, displaying sympathetic "thoughts and prayers" for the people affected by a Dec. 2 mass shooting.

    "I'm hard-pressed to think of a more cynical and exploitative headline at a time of national mourning," Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told the Washington Post. Read More

  • Senate cuts PPFA funds, challenges Obama

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Senate achieves "landmark victory for all who prioritize comprehensive women's health care over abortion industry profits."

    -- Marjorie Dannenfelser

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate passed a budget-related bill Thursday night (Dec. 3) that challenges President Obama to carry out his promised veto to protect, in part, the country's No. 1 abortion provider.

    Senators voted 52-47 in a nearly party-line roll call for a reconciliation measure that cuts 80 to 90 percent of federal funds in the next year for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and its affiliates. The legislation also repeals fundamental sections of the controversial 2010 health care law backed by the president and opposed by nearly all pro-life organizations. Read More

  • Responding to terrorizing events with ... prayer?

    by Doug Parkin, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Layman senses God’s halt to a prayer for vengeance against those who commit acts of terror. "I wanted to ask God to destroy them, to ensure that equal torture and terror was wreaked upon them as they have wreaked upon others," he writes. "But God wouldn't let me." Read More

  • Ark. Baptists elect first black officer

    by Staff/Arkansas Baptist, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BP) -- Arkansas Baptists have elected as second vice president Steven Bell, pastor of Otter Creek Community Church in Little Rock, who is believed to be the first African American officer in the group's history.

    The vote came at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention's (ABSC) 162nd annual meeting at Hot Springs Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Bell, a Pine Bluff native, planted the Otter Creek church in 2012 and previously served as a youth pastor for eight years in Little Rock. Read More

  • SBCV promotes Great Commission, biblical living

    by Brandon Pickett, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    HAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- The Great Commission was emphasized throughout the 2015 annual homecoming of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV), where messengers also proclaimed biblical marriage, the sanctity of life, sexual purity and the dangers of pornography and sexual sin.

    Great Commission stories from the mission field included sharing the Gospel in Guam, serving people in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, offering hope to fleeing refugees in Greece and Germany, sharing the Gospel with Muslims in Barcelona, Spain, earning the right to be heard in Montreal, baptizing the lost in Lithuania, boldly witnessing to lost motorcyclists in Daytona, and pushing through life's challenges by planting churches in the Washington metro area. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Does our missions rhetoric have substance?

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Randy Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, underscores the call of Lottie Moon, who asked: "Why should we not … do something that will prove that we are really in earnest in claiming to be followers of Him who, though He was rich, for our sake became poor?" Read More

  • EDITORIAL: "Cuando la ansiedad nos ataca"

    by Patrick Regalado Enríquez, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Diciembre debería de ser uno de los meses de más regocijo del año. Sin embargo, la realidad nos dice que hoy en día los tiempos han cambiado y para un gran segmento de la población, diciembre es uno de los meses más difíciles, dependiendo de las circunstancias de cada familia. ... Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: Iglesia refuerza trabajo de sus misioneros en México

    Por Kate Gregory , posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    OAXACA, México (BP) -- Donde ustedes vayan, nosotros iremos.

    La Primera Iglesia Bautista en Oxford, Mississippi, hizo este compromiso con Jeff y Liesa Holeman mucho antes de que ellos comenzaran a servir como misioneros de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales en 2008.

    Esto comenzó una década antes cuando Jeff se convirtió en ministro de estudiantes de la iglesia, localizada en la ciudad de la Universidad de Mississippi. Él dirigía el grupo de jóvenes en los viajes misioneros a Brasil. Read More

  • IMB indica maneras de apoyar a los misioneros que regresan

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Virginia. (BP) -- Con la Junta de Misiones Internacionales en espera de que cientos de misioneros dejen sus puestos en los meses venideros, la junta ha publicado una lista de formas en las que las personas e iglesias pueden apoyar al personal de campo que regresa a EE.UU. Read More

  • LifeWay completa venta de instalaciones del centro de Nashville

    Por Art Toalston, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay ha completado la venta de sus instalaciones de seis hectáreas en el centro de Nashville.

    "Aunque este trascendental evento es causa de agradecimiento, también es agridulce," escribió Thom S. Rainer, presidente de Recursos Cristianos LifeWay, en un correo electrónico a los directivos y a los empleados de la entidad bautista del sur el 24 de noviembre después de que la venta fue anunciada alrededor de las 5 p.m. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: 'Cuando la ansiedad nos ataca'

    Patrick Regalado Enríquez, posted Friday, December 04, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Diciembre debería de ser uno de los meses de más regocijo del año. Sin embargo, la realidad nos dice que hoy en día los tiempos han cambiado y para un gran segmento de la población, diciembre es uno de los meses más difíciles, dependiendo de las circunstancias de cada familia. Read More