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U.N. said to lack 'high ground' for Jerusalem rebukeUNITED NATIONS (BP) -- In a move characterized by media outlets as a denunciation of the Trump administration, the United Nations General Assembly voted Thursday (Dec. 21) to ask nations not to establish diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
By a 128-9 vote with 35 abstentions and 21 U.N. member nations absent, the General Assembly's resolution "Status of Jerusalem" expressed "deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem" -- an apparent reference to President Trump's Dec. 6 announcement the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move its embassy there. Read More
Confederate statues removed from Memphis parksMEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Two controversial Confederate statues were removed from Memphis parks Dec. 20 shortly after the city council approved sale of the public land to a nonprofit organization.
The sudden developments came after the city met roadblocks in its lengthy effort to take down statues of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest and President Jefferson Davis. City leaders were seeking to remove the monuments before the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader was slain April 4, 1968, in Memphis. Read More
BP's most-read stories of 2017NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a year where scandal, tragedy, political strife and one too many devastating hurricanes dominated the headlines, some might be surprised this year's most-read Baptist Press story was about a movie. The release of the "The Shack," based on a bestselling book by the same title, sparked debate over its depictions of the Trinity as well as fictional references that conflict with Scripture.
This list of most-read stories for the year, drawn from the web-traffic tracker Google Analytics, also includes the spiritual journey of a woman who lived for nearly a decade as a transgender man, a column on death and angels, the forced resignation of Ole Miss ... Read More
IMB's 2017 entailed 'Give,' 'Send,' 'Celebrate'RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- During 2017, Southern Baptists -- in partnership with thousands of International Mission Board personnel around the world -- seized opportunities toward fulfilling the Great Commission. Three young women whose hearts have been focused on following their Lord's call to international missions led Southern Baptists' efforts in giving and going.
Southern Baptists' efforts to give, send and celebrate through the IMB in the past year included: Read More
Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.
The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More
CHRISTMAS: A sobering Christmas EveFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- I will never forget one Christmas Eve many years ago when my family decided to read the account of Jesus' birth in Matthew instead of Luke.
It's a tradition among my extended family, as I'm sure it is with other families, to read Scripture at our holiday gathering, and we naturally gravitate to Luke's version. The stories of Luke are so familiar to us, and many can recite the narratives nearly verbatim.
Luke, after all, is famous for describing the details of Jesus' birth with the beauty and wonder of a master storyteller. Nearly all of the essential parts of the story, save the ... Read More
Widows and widowers not forgotten in Christmas revelrySEARCY, Ark. (BP) -- Bill Roussel has a heart for widows and widowers.
For years Bill visited with two widows on Sunday mornings at First Baptist Church in Searcy, Ark. One day he told his wife Amy they should do something for the ladies, who had long worked in the children's ministry, to add an extra measure of joy to their lives during the holiday season.
The Roussels decided to host a Christmas dinner for the church's widows and widowers ... Read More
4 siblings and adoptive parents nurture Christmas bondLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Dec. 18, 2014, Sam and Stephanie Patterson changed four lives forever as they adopted three sisters and a brother who came into their lives through foster care. Now, three years later, the family is eager for another Christmas together.
Carrie, Carissa, Austin and Kali were first welcomed into the Patterson home in October 2013. These four years have been a time of growth and adjustment, yet the children "have changed our lives completely," Stephanie said, hardly remembering "what life was like pre-kids." Read More
CHRISTMAS: Mary's surrender
Mary's response to the angel Gabriel's news, David Jeremiah writes, still speaks to each year's celebration of the Messiah's incarnation. "She didn't ask for time to ponder the decision," Jeremiah writes. "She was already living a surrendered life. Read More
'En toda ocasión oren' abre el 2018 para los bautistas del surNASHVILLE (BP) -- El énfasis de oración de un mes de duración "En toda ocasión oren" abre el 2018 en el calendario de la Convención Bautista del Sur animando a las iglesias a orar juntos 60 minutos por lo menos una vez a la semana en enero.
Basado en Hechos 1:8 y 2 Crónicas 7:14, En Toda Ocasión Oren anima a 10 minutos de lectura de las Escrituras, liderazgo público y adoración; 20 minutos para expresar verbalmente las peticiones de oración, y 30 minutos de oración guiada en cada servicio de una hora de duración, dijeron los organizadores del evento. Read More
Recuerdan a los mártires del Hospital Bautista Jibla en YemenJIBLA, Yemen (BP) -- Han pasado 15 años desde que caminé por los predios secos y pedregosos del Hospital Bautista Jibla en Yemen, donde un pistolero solitario mató a tres misioneros médicos de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB) una mañana de diciembre de 2002.
Los bautistas del sur habían invertido sus vidas en este centro médico más de 35 años mientras se preocupaban por miles de personas en esta problemática nación del Medio Oriente. Read More
La hospitalidad cristiana: cuando las misiones y las fiestas se unenRISHMOND, Va. (BP) – En nuestro rincón del mundo, no hay desfiles cristianos, ni filas para visitar a Santa Claus, ni lotes llenos de árboles cortados listos para venderse. Pero nuestros vecinos -- la mayoría de los cuales nunca ha observado la navidad -- saben que nosotros celebramos a Jesús.
No se debe a que nosotros tenemos un nacimiento gigantesco en nuestro jardín al frente de la casa, o porque tenemos un show espectacular de luces láser (no que eso sea algo malo). Lo saben por una simple razón: los invitamos a nuestra casa. Read More
EDITORIAL: Esperando la visita
El año pasado fuimos a España para pasar la Navidad con nuestra hija y con nuestra nieta. Este año ellas vienen acá, y desde que anunciaron su viaje nos encontramos haciendo arreglos y colocando decoraciones para que cuando lleguen, se sientan bienvenidas y en casa. Read More