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Monday, December 11, 2017

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  • Polygamist's 28th son takes Gospel to sect community

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. (BP) -- Brian Mackert was the 28th kid to a polygamist father with four wives and 31 children.

    Family tumult in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) prompted his mother to divorce -- leaving Mackert an angry teenager, even wanting to kill his father.

    Mackert didn’t feel he was one of the favored sons in the community, that “it didn't matter how much I tried to please the elders, I wouldn't be receiving a daughter of ... Read More

  • Pope critiques Lord's Prayer translation

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    VATICAN CITY (BP) -- Pope Francis' comment that "lead us not into temptation" is a poor translation of a famous line from the Lord's Prayer has generated discussion of Bible translation and the differences between Protestant and Catholic beliefs about Scripture.

    Theologians R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Benjamin Merkle of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary both said the pope made a good theological point in denying God tempts humans to sin. But Mohler called it "almost breathtaking" that Francis would suggest revising a time-honored ... Read More

  • Fire destroys half of church, worship resumes next day

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    HARRISON, Ark. (BP) -- One day after fire destroyed nearly half of Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Harrison, Ark., senior pastor Kennith Stacy held services in the congregation's family life center.

    "In the midst of the tragedy that we find on our campus, we can still see that there's joy because God's presence hasn't left," Stacy told the congregation Dec. 9 in a Facebook post. "We are the body of Christ, and it's not a building, but it is people. And so tomorrow morning we're going to gather together as a church because that's what we know to do." Read More

  • Hearts drawn to Gospel: Missionaries see God at work

    by Staff, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- It was as vivid a dream as it could possibly be, and she didn't know where it came from.

    Dilara* hadn't been asking anyone questions about Jesus or researching Christianity. But in her dream, Jesus picked the woman up from her bed and started walking her through the streets of her town.

    "We eventually came upon this building, and He opened the door for me," she said. Then she realized it was a church. Read More

  • Mohler to grads: Take Gospel 'far as curse is found'

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Ministers of the Gospel are instruments of God's plan to renew the world, delivering humanity from its curse, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school's 220th commencement exercises on Dec. 8.

    During the ceremony in the seminary's historic Alumni Memorial Chapel in in Louisville, Ky., 156 master's and doctoral students received their degrees as members of a 211-person graduating class. Read More

  • Iraq declares end of war with ISIS

    by Lynde Langdon/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

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    IRAQ (BP) -- Iraq officially declared victory in its war on Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday (Dec. 9) after more than three years of fighting.

    ISIS overran nearly a third of Iraqi territory including Mosul, the country's second largest city, in the summer of 2014. In November, Iraqi forces retook Rawah, the last Iraqi town held by ISIS, before continuing to push the extremists out of the country's western deserts.

    A U.S.-led coalition has backed the Iraqi military throughout the campaign. Prime ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The state of preaching in the SBC

    by Frank S. Page, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (one month ago)

    Despite America's cultural tumult, Frank Page believes churches can sustain their vitality when served by "godly ministers who believe in the power of the inerrant Word of God and who proclaim it as that which changes lives, families and our nation." Read More