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Friday, December 17, 2010

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  • Amid coal-mining town's hurts, small church finds heart for international missions

    by Alan James, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    WAR, W.Va. (BP)--Pastor Travis Hyde didn't exactly get the reaction he'd hoped for. He saw dropped jaws and looks of disbelief; one woman appeared to almost fall out of her pew.

          In 2006, when Hyde became pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in War, W.Va., about 15 people were in the pews on Sundays. As the Christmas season approached, Hyde challenged the congregation to set a goal of $500 for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions.

          "It was obvious from the look on some folks' faces that they thought that was an impossible kind of task," Hyde said. "The most they had given in the past wasn't much more than $150."

          In this small coal-mining town of about 700 people, giving money can be a sensitive topic.

          There are few stores in War. Many buildings are abandoned or closed for business. The local post office does not deliver mail, and cell phone coverage is unreliable unless the town's only cell phone provider is used. In the 1950s, when more coal mining jobs were available, the town's population neared 3,000. Today, many of those jobs and the people who lived there are gone.

    "I tell people that War is one of the closest places you'll come to in the United States to a third-world country," Hyde said.

    "The economic struggles here in War are tough," Hyde's wife Cathy added. "There are a lot of people who are unemployed. There are a lot of people who are on disability. We see people who struggle to pay heating bills, power bills, to buy groceries." Read More

  • Ivory Coast violence: Prayer, unity urged

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (BP)--Simmering political tensions erupted into deadly violence Dec. 16 on the streets of Abidjan, Ivory Coast's main city, as Christians called for prayer ... Read More

  • RESOURCE: How to lead a solemn assembly

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An admonition for churches to host a solemn assembly in January 2011 is among the challenges to local churches and pastors in the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report approved by the Southern Baptist Convention ... Read More

  • Camel's fall puts church in spotlight

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BP)--A YouTube video showing a Christmas pageant camel falling sideways into church pews has put a Baptist congregation in the national spotlight -- and given church leaders an unexpected media opportunity to discuss spiritual matters. Read More

  • Ga. Baptists to study CP allocation

    by Joe Westbury, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    DULUTH, Ga. (BP)--A study committee will encourage stewardship growth among the state's Baptists while examining the percentage allocation of funds to the Georgia and Southern Baptist conventions.

    The committee will examine how Georgia Baptists can impact lostness around the world without neglecting those in their own backyard, GBC Executive Committee members told The Christian Index, the state convention's newsjournal.

    Jeremy Morton, pastor of Cross Point Baptist Church in Perry, made... Read More

  • Senate to hold critical DADT vote Sat.

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--The United States military could be on the verge of allowing open homosexuality for the first time if the Senate passes a bill this weekend overturning the prohibition on such behavior.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev., announced Thursday that the body would hold a key procedural vote Saturday on a stand-alone bill that would repeal what is commonly referred to as the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. If supporters of repeal get the 60 votes needed to overcome a fili... Read More

  • In letter, Land urges Obama to reconsider stance on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land is asking President Obama to reconsider his stance on the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, urging the commander in chief to be guided by his Christian faith on the issue.

    Obama wants to see the policy reversed, thus allowing open homosexuality in the U.S. military for the first time. Land says Southern Baptists applaud efforts "to lovingly and redemptively minister to homosexuals so they may find spiritual, sexual, and emotiona... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Embracing the unknown

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--The past few months have brought more change and transition than my family and I ever thought we'd be facing at this time in our lives. Read More

  • En Vietnam, las ofrendas Lottie Moon dejan un legado permanente

    Por Don Graham, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (BP)--Las lágrimas le corrían por las mejillas a Sam James mientras miraba por la ventanilla del avión hacia el abismo. En alguna parte en la oscuridad reinante allá abajo yace el país por el que arriesgó su vida -- y la vida de su esposa Rachel y sus cuatro hijos -- para salvar. Pero a diferencia de muchos hombres y mujeres estadounidenses que llegaron a Vietnam, James no era soldado. Él era misionero.

    Era abril de 1975, y la ciudad estaba por caer en cosa de una semana bajo las fuerzas norvietnamitas. Él había pasado los últimos meses negociando más tiempo con Dios, pero ya no había más oportunidad de negociación. Dos semanas antes, su familia había volado a un lugar más seguro; James se uniría a ellos después.

    La duda inundaba el corazón del oriundo de Carolina del Norte mientras su avión circunvalaba Saigón y se dirigía hacia el Mar del Sur de China. ¿Cómo podía él abandonar a los vietnamitas después de vivir entre ellos casi 14 años? ¿Qué les pasaría a las iglesias recién nacidas que él ayudó a comenzar? ¿O a los cientos de cristianos vietnamitas que las llenaban, algunos de los cuales él personalmente había guiado a la fe?

    Ellos no eran solamente convertidos. Para él, eran su familia. Habían reído juntos cuando cenaban mientras sus hijos jugaban. Habían llevado las cargas los unos de los otros cuando los horrores de la guerra se acercaban y la tristeza parecía demasiado grande de soportar. James les había enseñado, los había bautizado, los había aconsejado, había oficiado sus matrimonios y había oficiado funerales en el curso de sus vidas, todo dentro del proceso de compartir los más sagrados e íntimos aspectos de su vida -- su relación con Jesucristo. Read More

  • RECURSO: Cómo dirigir una asamblea solemne

    Por el Personal, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Una admonición para que las iglesias sean sede de una asamblea solemne en enero del 2011 está entre los retos a las iglesias locales y a los pastores en el reporte del Grupo de Trabajo de la Resurgencia de la Gran Comisión aprobado por la Convención Bautista del Sur el pasado junio. Read More

  • Se encomienda a BP una gran responsabilidad, dijo su editor

    Por el Staff, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"Baptist Press funciona con base en la confianza de la Convención Bautista del Sur," dijo Art Toalson, el editor de la agencia de noticias de la CBS, quien ha sido puesto a cargo de las operaciones diarias de BP debido a la restructuración del Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS, anunciada el 30 de noviembre. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Perspectiva en la Navidad

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, December 17, 2010 (7 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP)--Al celebrar el nacimiento de Jesús, es importante recordar que vino para morir por nuestros pecados. Read More