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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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  • Louisiana College, former president part ways

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Louisiana College's strained relationship with former President Joe Aguillard has returned to the news.

    The college has released a statement that Aguillard no longer has the title of "president emeritus" according to trustee action on April 12. Aguillard was LC's president from 2005 to 2014. Read More

  • Finding refuge in Central Asia, North Africa

    by Jason G. Duesing, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    In two major global cities, Jason Duesing of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary sees "pockets of light and safety" for people needing refuge. "For every act of terror in the world today, there are multiplied a thousand times over acts of sacrificial service and Gospel proclamation," Midwestern's provost writes.

    In the 2016 version, many still are coming to them to save their life and, yet, they also are finding life. I observed this just weeks ago in two major global cities, both having been in the news in recent months for acts of terror and political instability.

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    The first in Central Asia was teeming with young professionals and, though centered in a Muslim culture, there were signs that the younger generation in this city were not much different than many in the West in terms of their tenuous devotion to their historic and national religion. At prescribed times throughout the day, prominent mosques would erupt in amplified calls to prayer. Yet, just as in some of our Western cities where church bells ring out from massive and mostly vacant cathedrals, the normal course of business is for the people not to pause for genuflection, but to carry on with head bowed toward their smartphone. Read More

  • Payday loan limits urged by religious coalition

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "[W]e need measures that rein in exorbitant interest rates."

    -- Barrett Duke

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- American Christians overwhelmingly support government regulation of the predatory lending industry, Southern Baptists and other religious leaders in a Faith for Just Lending Coalition said Wednesday (April 13).

    Coalition members, in a telephone news conference, pointed to online survey results by LifeWay Research that 86 percent of self-identified Christians in 30 states believe laws and regulations should bar loans at "excessive interest rates." Read More

  • New York Yankees call Ken Whitten 'mentor'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Ken Whitten.
    LUTZ, Fla. (BP) -- Ken Whitten used to dream of playing professional baseball.

    But even though God closed that door following Whitten's college pitching career nearly 40 years ago at Eastern Illinois University, He reopens another door into baseball for Whitten each spring as Major League players and coaches -- especially New York Yankees -- descend on the Tampa-area Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz where he has served as pastor for 26 years. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 17, 2016

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • Frisbee toss begins witness on remote Asian island

    by Brent Mitchell*, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (BP) -- My two companions and I were on a ferry heading for an isolated island off the coast of Indonesia when a suspicious dark-skinned man approached us. Surprisingly, he asked in English, "Why are you going to my island?"

    Taken aback, I looked at the 240 other dark-skinned Indonesians who had been staring at us, obviously discussing the three fair-skinned foreigners, and replied to my interrogator, "We are tourists." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Perception vs. reality

    by Kristen White, posted Thursday, April 14, 2016 (2 years ago)

    A person's self-worth is not what others think but what God declares, Kristen White writes, noting that an identity of "belonging to Him and being loved by Him is more powerful and lasting than any other relationship or achievement." Read More