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Friday, December 16, 2016

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  • War on Christmas leaves 'no one ... happy'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A poster of a Peanuts character with a Bible verse, a cross on a town Christmas tree and even the word "holiday" are among the latest battlegrounds in the so-called war against Christmas.

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines told Baptist Press this year's flurry of attacks on public expressions of Christmas highlight the need to safeguard religious liberty. Read More

  • Letter calls Pruitt 'well qualified' for EPA

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A group of 48 evangelical leaders, the vast majority of them Southern Baptists, has sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump in support of Scott Pruitt, Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Among the signatories are 12 former Southern Baptist Convention presidents; current SBC President Steve Gaines; 14 current and former SBC entity heads, including all six current SBC seminary presidents; and 17 state Baptist convention executive directors. Read More

  • U.S. citizen pastoring in Turkey jailed for faith

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates have joined the U.S. government in seeking the release of an American citizen who pastored a Protestant church in Turkey for 20 years before being imprisoned for his faith.

    Andrew Brunson, formerly of Black Mountain, N.C., was reportedly detained 63 days without charges at the Harmandali Detention Center in Izmir, Turkey, before being imprisoned Dec. 9 at nearby Sakran Prison. He's being held on false charges of being a member of an armed terrorist organization, World Watch Monitor reported. Read More

  • MBTS honors longtime professor during graduation

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- As Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched 93 of the next generation of pastors, ministers and missionaries into Kingdom service, a longtime professor was also honored during the seminary's 60th commencement exercises on Dec. 9.

    Prior to his graduation address, President Jason Allen honored Alan Tomlinson, who has served as Midwestern Seminary's professor of New Testament and Greek since 1995, with a festschrift in the latest edition of the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More

  • Rule protects Planned Parenthood in Obama's last days

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates hope the Obama administration's latest beneficial act for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers will have a brief existence.

    Barely five weeks before President Obama leaves office, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued Dec. 14 a final rule that would effectively block states from prohibiting Title X funds for abortion providers. The federal government provides funds for family planning and preventive health services to states through the Title X program. Read More

  • Gateway's new Bay Area campus to open in January

    by Katherine Chute, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- A final piece in Gateway Seminary's campus relocation efforts drops into place as the seminary's new San Francisco-area campus opens in Fremont, Calif., on Jan. 10. Spring classes begin there Jan. 30.

    The campus will serve 250-300 students as the seminary continues its ministry in the Bay Area that began with its location to Mill Valley in 1959. Fall 2016 classes for the campus opened in Mill Valley as construction continued in Fremont. See related story. The seminary also dedicated its new main campus in Ontario, Calif., in October. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El asunto más crítico en la vida: el enfoque

    by Fermin A. Whittaker , posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    Siempre me ha gustado estudiar historia. Examinar los hechos desde la perspectiva histórica muchas veces ilustra cómo las situaciones del día parecían ser imposibles, sin que nadie fuera capaz de predecir el resultado. Durante siglos las decisiones militares, los movimientos sociales, etc., han dividido naciones y personas en el mundo. Read More

  • Tema de la CBS 2017: '¡O en! Por un momento como este'

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- "¡Oren! Por un momento como este" es el tema de la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur 2017 el 13 y 14 de junio en Phoenix, cimentada en Ester 4:14 y Lucas 11:1, ha anunciado el presidente de la CBS, Steve Gaines.

    La oración debe ser la prioridad principal de cada cristiano, dijo Gaines en una entrevista en la que subrayó su elección.

    "La Convención Bautista del Sur necesita ser un pueblo de oración," dijo Gaines en una entrevista con SBC LIFE, publicación de la CBS. "Solamente entonces Dios enviará el ... Read More

  • Reporte de la CCPE anima a los provida, con precaución

    Por Samantha Gobba / WORLD News Service, posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, C.N. (BP) -- La cantidad de mujeres y jovencitas que realizaron un aborto en los Estados Unidos bajó un quinto entre el 2004 y el 2013, según muestra un nuevo reporte.

    Aunque el reporte muestra que la tasa de abortos es la menor desde 1969, cuando el gobierno comenzó a guardar registros del procedimiento, la Comisión de Ética y Libertad Religiosa de la Convención Bautista del Sur instó a tener un poco de precaución, a través de su boletín informativo The Weekly. A la vez que expresó optimismo con el informe, también señaló que el estudio se basa en información provista voluntariamente y que ... Read More

  • El llamado a la oración' comienza en 2017 para los bautistas del sur

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- El enfoque en la oración de un mes de duración "En toda ocasión oren" iniciará el nuevo año a lo largo y ancho de la Convención Bautista del Sur.

    Hechos 1:8 y 2 Crónicas 7:14 orientan el enfoque del énfasis de la oración por las familias individuales, las comunidades, las iglesias, Estados Unidos y el mundo, de acuerdo a la página web www.sbc.net/inallthingspray, establecida como recurso y guía de oración en el sitio web de la Convención Bautista del Sur. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El asunto más crítico en la vida: el enfoque

    Por Fermin A. Whittaker , posted Friday, December 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    Siempre me ha gustado estudiar historia. Examinar los hechos desde la perspectiva histórica muchas veces ilustra cómo las situaciones del día parecían ser imposibles, sin que nadie fuera capaz de predecir el resultado. Durante siglos las decisiones militares, los movimientos sociales, etc., han dividido naciones y personas en el mundo. Read More