Baptist Press Archive

Friday, December 08, 2017

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  • NRB Internet Freedom Watch shines light on censorship

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- National Religious Broadcasters is drawing attention to online censorship of Christian and conservative speech by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple by launching a new initiative -- Internet Freedom Watch.

    NRB announced Thursday (Dec. 7) a new website -- InternetFreedomWatch.org -- for documenting cases of internet censorship, including Twitter's takedown of an ad by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R.-Tenn., in October and Facebook removing former Gov. Mike Huckabee's post supporting Chick-fil-A in 2012. Read More

  • Greg Wood, IMB missionary to Mexico, dies at 48

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Missionary Greg Wood, who spent 11 years sharing the Gospel in an indigenous village with his family in Mexico, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, from aggressive brain cancer. He was 48.

    "Greg was unwavering in His love for the Lord, his family and for the unreached people of northern Mexico," said colleague Charles Clark, IMB's affinity group leader for the American peoples.

    "In the midst of serving with his wife Missy and family in some of the most dangerous areas of Mexico, his passion and joy in sharing Jesus never wavered," Clark said. "His passion for the unreached was contagious as he walked alongside and mentored national believers to continue the missionary task. Read More

  • SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    by Alex Sibley , posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force met Dec. 5 to each share recommendations that will be considered for a final report to the SBC's 2018 annual meeting in Dallas.

    The task force gathered on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for the second of three scheduled meetings. SBC President Steve Gaines appointed the task force during the SBC annual meeting in June to focus on how Southern Baptists might be more effective in personal soul winning and evangelistic preaching. Read More

  • Wildfire skirts CA church, pastor shares scary moments

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- When the massive Thomas wildfire rushed the boundaries of Springs of Life Baptist Church in Ventura, Calif., Dec. 5, pastor Doug Jones was onsite with firefighters and others working to save the church, nearby homes and livestock.

    Jones described the "terrifying" scene to Baptist Press today (Dec. 8). His church serves as a staging area for perhaps 60 Unified Command firefighters who manned 12 fire engines near the church in the quaint mountain community of Casitas Springs in Ventura. Read More

  • Jerusalem: Trump declaration sparks Baptists' reactions

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- As violence continued in the Middle East after President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Southern Baptists expressed a range of views on the topic.

    Former Southern Baptist Convention Presidents Ronnie Floyd and Jack Graham were among those to celebrate Trump's Dec. 6 proclamation on Jerusalem, which included a promise to move the U.S. embassy there. Jamal Bishara, an Arab Israeli who served on the Multiethnic Advisory Council appointed in 2014 by SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page, called the Trump administration's move "another slap in the face to Palestinians." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Christmas acts of kindness

    by Anthony L. Jordan, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

    Anthony Jordan sets forth ideas for generous giving and ministry to others that can lift a family's Christmas joy beyond society's holiday focus on retail materialism. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Family finds calling in 'young people's haven'

    by IMB staff, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Shane Mikeska's missions calling and plane ticket didn't land him in London -- a tropical illness did. "It definitely wasn't part of our plan," he said. "My wife, Lindsay and I started out in Southeast Asia on an agricultural farm. We loved the people, and we loved the language. But long story short, I got sick."

    He needed to be in a place with a colder climate, and after much deliberation, it looked like England was the place. So the couple moved, and the difference was stark. It wasn't just the climate that was cold; Shane said the people seemed cold toward Christianity. And the pace of life in England's cities felt chaotic and hard to engage. Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: Visión del evangelio afianza equipo de Ciudad de México

    Por el personal de IMB , posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (BP) -- Desde la casa de Todd Beel en la Ciudad de México, él puede divisar los aviones que llegan cada cinco minutos aproximadamente. "Cada vez, es otro par de cientos de personas que llegan de Europa, de múltiples ciudades de Europa, de ciudades de toda Sudamérica, de muchas ciudades de los Estados Unidos y Canadá," indica él.

    Cada vez que uno aterriza, la ciudad de más de 28 millones abre sus brazos a un poquito más de diversidad, y cada vez, para el equipo de Todd de 12 misioneros de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB), la tarea se vuelve un poquito más grande. Pero eso es ... Read More