Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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  • Netanyahu: Iran poses world's 'greatest danger'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Militant Islamists with nuclear weapons would be the likely result of an agreement the United States may sign with Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress March 3.

    "The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," said Netanyahu, who joined Winston Churchill as one of two foreign leaders to address Congress three times. "To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle but lose the war. We can't let that happen." Read More

  • 'I would hug him,' says florist of gay accuser

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    RICHLAND, Wash. (BP) -- A Southern Baptist florist does not regret her nine-year friendship with a homosexual man who won a lawsuit against her after she refused to design floral arrangements for his gay wedding, she told Baptist Press.

    "If Rob [Robert Ingersoll] walked in the store today, I would hug him and catch up on his life," Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash., told BP. "The same faith that tells me that I can't be a part of Rob's wedding is the same faith that tells me to love him as Christ does. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: An immigrant mindset in Toronto

    by Jim Burton, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    TORONTO (BP) -- Clint Eastwood filmed and starred in "Grand Torino" in Daniel Yang's childhood neighborhood.

    The 2008 film was about a retired Detroit autoworker named Walt whose neighborhood had become gang-infested. When an Asian teen, facing gang initiation pressure, refused to steal Walt's treasured Gran Torino automobile, the widower befriended the boy, who was Hmong. Read More

  • Bill to slash slavery gains quickly in Senate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    "Human slavery and trafficking are wicked to the core."

    -- Russell Moore

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A new effort to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide has quickly gained momentum in Congress.

    The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act received approval from a Senate committee Feb. 26, only two days after it was introduced by Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn. The Foreign Relations Committee, which Corker chairs, forwarded the bill with a unanimous vote. Read More

  • CP 'a tool to obey the Great Commission'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    KELLER, Texas (BP) -- Keith Sanders, pastor for the last 10 years of First Baptist Church in Keller, Texas, describes the church's love for missions as "almost a wildfire out of control."

    Nearly every month, a First Baptist Keller member participates in a short-term mission trip; the congregation is about to begin its fourth church plant; and its Cooperative Program giving has more than tripled over the last seven years, Sanders said. Read More

  • CP 4.81% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.81 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 2.97 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Tennessee Temple to close, merge with Piedmont

    by K. Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder , posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- The trustees of two Baptist colleges, Tennessee Temple University and Piedmont International University, voted unanimously to merge the institutions Tuesday (March 3). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Nurturing new churches

    by Terry Dorsett, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Good communication and healthy relationships are vital for churches in sponsoring new churches, New England church planting leader Terry Dorsett writes. Read More