Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Jewish population on IMB couple's heart

    by Elaine Gaston, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Orthodox Jews are being exposed to the Gospel in South America through missions funded by the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.
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    SOUTH AMERICA (BP) -- International Mission Board journeyman David Harris encounters a couple of hurdles when arranging a meal with his friend Aaron, an Orthodox Jew, in South America.

    Weekends are off-limits, as Aaron carefully observes the rituals of the Sabbath, known as Shabbat, and all meals must follow kosher dietary guidelines, Harris said.

    "I went with him to a kosher McDonald's," said Harris, who has ministered in South America since September 2015 with his wife Hanna, also a journeyman. "It wasn't my favorite burger experience." Read More

  • Charitable giving up from previous year, ECFA finds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WINCHESTER, Va. (BP) -- Charitable donations to a diversity of Christian organizations including churches, schools and advocacy groups increased in 2015 over the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Read More

  • Arizona Baptists focus on CP, Centennial Vision

    by Elizabeth Young, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by N. John Keller
    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- During their 88th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists celebrated what God is doing in their state, heard how the Cooperative Program undergirds that work and adopted a 2017 budget sending more to Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    "For God So Loved ... Arizona" was the theme of the meeting held at Palm Vista Baptist Church in Surprise, Nov. 18. It was attended by 266 messengers and 25 registered guests from 119 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 468 churches. Read More

  • Embrace prophetic role, Mohler exhorts SBTS grads

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Christian ministers should not settle for the comfortable career of secular professionals but courageously embrace their prophetic role, R. Albert Mohler Jr. said in his Dec. 2 winter commencement address at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    The seminary conferred 180 master's and doctoral degrees during commencement exercises in Alumni Memorial Chapel. Read More

  • BGAV focuses on 'The New Way'

    by Nathan White, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia heard a recounting of the association's history, approved a decreased budget and adopted a resolution denouncing "anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry" during its annual meeting Nov. 13-15 at Bonsack Baptist Church in Roanoke, Va.

    The BGAV's 193rd annual meeting featured 654 messengers and 293 guests representing 292 churches from across Virginia and beyond. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When the wicked prosper

    by Susie Hawkins, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Susie Hawkins, addressing the question of why the wicked prosper, notes from Psalm 73, "Turning our eyes toward God and off of others brings us a fresh assurance of His presence and eternal graces toward those who trust Him and seek to live in His sanctuary." Read More