Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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  • ANALYSIS: Workplace evangelism abroad begins here

    by Sebastian Traeger, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- I've had the privilege lately of seeing an increasing number of people at all stages of life express interest in joining the global mission of God through the International Mission Board. Many wonder how they can be preparing to go.

    On one level, it's very simple: current faithfulness in your assignments is the greatest predictor of future fruitfulness. So, faithfully serve where you are. Read More

  • 100 years: Social gospel pioneer's legacy discussed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

    Theologians of all ideological stripes agree Walter Rauschenbusch was a key figure in 20th-century Baptist history and that his 1917 book "A Theology for the Social Gospel" marked an important juncture in the social gospel tradition. Read More

  • France rejects a third gender category

    by Kiley Crossland/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

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    PARIS (BP) -- France's highest court has rejected the notion of a "neutral" gender.

    The ruling upheld a lower court's decision denying a French citizen with a sex development disorder the right to use "neutral" as an official gender. Read More

  • Gallup poll records 'humbling' moral decline

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Gallup poll indicating Americans are more "left-leaning" than ever on 10 of 19 moral issues has been called "humbling" and "chastening" by a Southern Baptist Convention seminary president. A Fordham University ethicist critiqued the poll as "deeply misleading" for suggesting moral permissiveness is limited to liberals. Read More

  • Blasphemy spotlighted as Christian jailed in Indonesia

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

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    JAKARTA, Indonesia (BP) -- The blasphemy conviction of Jakarta's ousted Christian governor has rallied international support for the leader and pleas for Indonesia to repeal its laws against blasphemy, a punishable crime in more than 50 countries.

    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), European Union representatives, Amnesty International, International Christian Concern (ICC), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and representatives of the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are among those advocating on behalf of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, known as "Ahok." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: More than good deeds

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 (one month ago)

    "Doing good" is in style, Diana Davis writes. For Christians, however, "there's nothing 'random' about acts of kindness," she writes. "A lost world outside our church doors needs to see and hear God's plan for their lives." Read More