Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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  • Pastor's call to baptism fans 'sparks of revival'

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Pastor Alan Floyd's call to baptism hits home for a realtor, a mother of two teen daughters and 38 others at Cottage Hill Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. Read More

  • Death penalty cases said to have 'enormous complexity'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- With death penalty cases making headlines in Arkansas, California and Alabama, pastors in the affected states have expressed diverse views on capital punishment while underscoring the "enormous complexity" of the issue.

    In Arkansas, three convicted murderers -- Jack Jones, Marcel Williams and Ledell Lee -- have been executed in the past week, according to media reports, with Kenneth Williams scheduled to die April 27. ... Read More

  • Study: Americans fond of Bible, but how many read it?

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans appear to have a positive view of the Bible. And many say Scripture is filled with moral lessons for today.

    However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible, a study released today (April 25) by LifeWay Research shows. Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading Scripture each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, according to the survey that the research firm conducted this past fall. Read More

  • 'Apocryphal' gospels examined by Gathercole at MBTS

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

    British scholar Simon Gathercole led a two-lecture series at Midwestern Seminary entitled, "What the 10 Gospels say about Jesus' Death and Resurrection," and "What the 10 Gospels say about Jesus, the Jewish Messiah." Read More

  • Fred Powell, behind-the-scenes stalwart, dies at 86

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

    EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. (BP) -- Fred Powell, a behind-the-scenes leader during the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence, died April 24 in Johnson County, Kan., where he was in hospice care. He was 86.

    Powell became the top aide to Charles Stanley shortly after the Atlanta pastor was elected as SBC president in 1984 ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your social media feed

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Check what you're doing on social media, Brian Hobbs advises. Facebook, Twitter and other social media are "simply extensions of our own personality and character," he writes. "If we pray, listen and love more, the world will notice the difference." Read More