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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

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  • EASTER: Hope today & every day

    by David Jeremiah , posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Because of Jesus' resurrection, David Jeremiah writes, "we have hope today and every day." Otherwise, he notes, "If our hope can't see us through our darkest days, and through the valley of the shadow of death, it is not true hope." Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Brussels, terror & Easter

    by Erich Bridges, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    BRUSSELS, Belgium (BP) -- Once again, innocent blood stains the ground and fear fills the air in Europe.

    The March 22 airport and subway bombings in Brussels, claimed by the ISIS Islamic terror group, killed more than 30 people, wounded at least 170 -- and traumatized a region still reeling from the November massacre in Paris, multiple bombings in NATO member Turkey and warnings of more attacks to come. (Regular ISIS -- or Al Qaeda-inspired attacks continue to kill hundreds in the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Africa, with far less ... Read More

  • Baptist disaster relief reaches toward the nations

    by Kentucky Today, Western Recorder & Baptist Press Staff, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Coy Webb/KBC
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The shantytowns of Cape Town, South Africa, could be among the initial disaster relief deployments for the Baptist Union of Southern Africa.

    In a partnership with the Kentucky Baptist Convention facilitated by the Baptist Global Response humanitarian organization, the Baptist union's disaster relief ministry is in the early stages of development, according to reports by the KBC Kentucky Today news site and KBC Western Recorder newsjournal. Read More

  • Boston church plants host Good Friday outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BOSTON (BP) -- Six Southern Baptist church plants will cohost an evangelistic Good Friday worship service in the public square of Boston, a North American Mission Board city of focus that is only about 3.2 percent evangelical Christian.

    NAMB Send City church planter Jared Kirk, pastor of Boston's Renewal Church, is spearheading the 7p.m. March 25 outreach in Faneuil Hall, a centrally located government building, because of his passion to see the lost come to Christ. Read More

  • Court ponders religious liberty in HHS mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Rep. Diane Black’s office
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court considered arguments Wednesday (March 23) that the federal government is intent on forcing Christian and other religious ministries to violate their consciences by accepting a rule that makes them complicit in abortion.

    Lawyers for the objecting institutions -- including some Southern Baptist-related entities -- and the Obama administration made their cases before the justices regarding the abortion/contraception mandate, a federal regulation issued to help implement the 2010 health-care reform law. The mandate requires employers to provide for their workers not only ... Read More

  • NFL, Apple object to Ga. religious liberty bill

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptists acknowledge the religious liberty bill passed by their state legislature isn't perfect. But they're urging their state's governor to sign it despite his hints of a veto and threats from the NFL that adopting the measure could disqualify Atlanta from hosting the Super Bowl.

    The Georgia Baptist Mission Board has been "trying to communicate to our pastors and churches the importance of making sure their members ... contact the governor by way of email, by way of letters, by way of phone contacts" to express their support for the Free ... Read More

  • Recibe elogios la etiqueta de Kerry para ISIS

    Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur y otros partidarios de la libertad religiosa elogiaron la declaración de la administración de Obama el jueves (17 de marzo) donde se denominó como genocidio a la campaña asesina del Estado Islámico en contra de los cristianos y de otras minorías.

    El anuncio dado por el Secretario de Estado John Kerry proveyó una resolución satisfactoria a lo que los preocupados observadores habían temido por cuatro meses sería una decisión perturbadora por parte de la administración. Los partidarios de la libertad religiosa ... Read More

  • IMB habla sobre el número de bautismos

    Por David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La disminución en el número de bautismos y de iglesias nuevas reportado por los misioneros de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales durante la década pasada refleja cambios en los métodos de reporte de datos y en las estrategias de misiones, no una falta de ministerio evangelizador.

    Esa es la conclusión del comunicado de prensa del 21 de marzo divulgado en respuesta a las observaciones de que los bautismos en el extranjero para el 2015 están en su nivel más bajo desde 1969 -- 54.762, de acuerdo al reporte de ministerio de la IMB 2016 al Comité ... Read More