Baptist Press Archive

Friday, December 05, 2014

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: 'Scripture planting' getting Gospel to unreached

    by Laura Fielding , posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Laura Fielding/IMB
    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Along the side of a mud-packed mountain path, four East Asian believers sit under the shade of tall bamboo with a small, stooped woman in the traditional dress of her minority people group.

    The sounds of a radio program ring out from an MP3 player stowed in one of their backpacks, and her eyes light up as she listens to Bible stories told in her mother tongue. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Demetrio quit running from God

    by Kate Gregory, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Wilson Hunter/IMB
    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) -- Growing up in a rural part of the Dominican Republic, Mary wanted to move to the nearest city at age 18 to find work. When a woman offered to help, Mary thought it was too good to be true.

    Mary thought she would become a maid when she arrived at a house in the city, but it was a house of prostitution. Read More

  • BGCT elects diverse officers

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    WACO, Texas (BP) -- Texas Baptists elected what a news release called "the most diverse officer panel in the 129-year history" of the Baptist General Convention of Texas during their annual meeting Nov. 16-18 at the Waco Convention Center. Read More

  • Satanist display in Fla. capitol 'offensive'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo from Florida Department of Management Services
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) -- A Satanist holiday display scheduled for exhibition this Christmas in the Florida state capitol rotunda is a "spiritual danger" that "could literally cost someone their eternal soul," a Southern Baptist pastor who was involved in Satanism before his conversion told Baptist Press.

    The display -- which depicts an angel doll falling from clouds made of cotton into flames made of construction paper -- "is bringing religion down" and "saying, 'Anything can be a religion,'" Gwan Garrison, pastor of Franklin Baptist Church in Bainbridge, Ga., said. Garrison also works as special projects coordinator for nearby Leon County, Fla., where the capitol building in Tallahassee is located. Read More

  • Pro-life, pro-choice groups agree in pregnancy case

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has the uncommon opportunity to please both pro-life and pro-choice advocates at the same time.

    The justices struggled with the meaning of a federal law barring discrimination against pregnant workers during oral arguments Dec. 3 in a case that has united representatives of both sides of the abortion debate. ... Read More

  • Fla. church shooting suspect arrested

    by Keila Diaz/Florida Baptist Witness, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    BRADENTON, Fla. (BP) -- A suspect has been arrested in the shooting deaths of a Florida pastor, a church staff member and one other person.

    Andres "Andy" Avalos, a suspect in the murders of Pastor Tripp Battle of Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton, Fla., and two women, was arrested Saturday (Dec. 6) by Manatee County Sheriff's deputies at a mobile home park about two blocks from the church, the Bradenton Herald reported. Read More

  • Blasphemy violence adds to Pakistan's tension

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    LAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Increased vigilante violence against Christians in Pakistan has caused a Muslim lawmaker to advocate anew for interfaith committees to investigate blasphemy allegations to deter injustice, Morning Star News reported today (Dec. 5). Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Anticipating Jesus' coming

    by Frank S. Page, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Evangelistic fervor and missions are affected by a belief in Jesus coming again soon, Frank Page writes in a column about the importance of Southern Baptists Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El celo de jehová nos dio la navidad!

    by Rafael Gutiérrez , posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    A primera vista pudiera parecer que el título de este artículo es un tanto chocante. Esto debido a que la palabra 'celo' está relacionada a sentimientos negativos y a actos compulsivos, mientras que la navidad la relacionamos a la época más especial del año envuelta de sentimientos de paz y amistad. ... Read More

  • SEMANA DE LA ORACIÓN: Apoyando a los 'pescadores de hombres' en Ecuador

    Por Kate Gregory, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Foto de Wilson Hunter, JMI.
    LAGARTO, Ecuador (BP) -- Amadeo Torres adoptó literalmente el mandato de Jesús en Mateo 4:19: "Venid en pos de mí y os haré pescadores de hombres."

    Cuando contemplaba cómo compartir el Evangelio con un amigo no creyente en una aldea ecuatoriana de pescadores, Amadeo le pidió al misionero de la JMI, Johnny Maust, que le ayudara a comprar una red de pescar para un amigo. Read More

  • La acción de Obama sobre inmigración es llamada 'desacertada'

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Las nuevas acciones ejecutivas del presidente Obama para cambiar la política de inmigración ponen en peligro el creciente y extendido acuerdo de una reforma, dijo el líder ético de la Convención Bautista del Sur. Read More

  • Pastores jóvenes son animados a involucrarse en la CBS

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Foto: Rocket Republic.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Ahora es un tiempo excelente para involucrarse más en la Convención Bautista del Sur, dijeron los presidentes de entidades de la CBS en una reunión de pastores jóvenes. Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: Familia llamada a alcanzar campo de guerra en Sudán del Sur

    Por Stephanie Lane, posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Foto de Joann Bradberry/IMB
    SUDÁN DEL SUR (BP)-- Mudarse a Sudán del Sur, campo de guerra, confusión y lucha en el noreste de África, ha sido un riesgo mayor para Robert y Maridith Lane, inclusive al punto de que los misioneros de IMB llaman diariamente para asegurarles a sus compañeros de equipo en Uganda que su familia todavía está viva. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El celo de jehová nos dio la navidad!

    Rafael Gutiérrez , posted Friday, December 05, 2014 (3 years ago)

    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (BP) -- A primera vista pudiera parecer que el título de este artículo es un tanto chocante. Esto debido a que la palabra 'celo' está relacionada a sentimientos negativos y a actos compulsivos, mientras que la navidad la relacionamos a la época más especial del año envuelta de sentimientos de paz y amistad. Read More