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Thursday, May 17, 2018

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  • Chaplaincy: It's all about presence

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    FORT BENNING, Ga. (BP) -- When Chaplain (CPT) Robert Boyles was in U.S. Army Ranger School training, he met four strangers he later would baptize. But when the weather turned 15 degrees that night, Boyles was simply another Ranger in training, stomping his feet in his Army boots to keep warm.

    Boyles and the others were in the Mountain phase of an arduous 61 days in training at Fort Benning's Ranger Brigade. They'd already endured a 12-mile road march carrying 35-pound rucksacks and weapons as well as intense military instruction, challenging patrols and a grueling physical training (PT) test together. Read More

  • Teacher walkout: Okla. Baptists reach out to families

    by Emily Howsden, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- While teacher walkouts are taking place this spring across the country, Oklahoma Baptists were there for displaced students during a nine-day walkout that made headlines beginning April 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

    As it became clear that schools across the state would close as teachers protested for higher pay and more school funding, questions surfaced as to where meals would come for children who depend on school breakfast or lunches. Another question that arose was what would working parents do for childcare on such short notice? Read More

  • 'Constitution allows' cross in public park, city says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- A 77-year-old cross in a Pensacola, Fla., public park was defended May 16 when city officials appealed a court ruling that the monument be torn down.

    In a two-year legal battle pitting the city against secular humanists and self-proclaimed "nontheists," Pensacola presented its case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

    "Religious symbols aren't like graffiti that the government should erase as soon as someone complains," attorney Luke Goodrich said in a press release after the court hearing. "The Constitution allows the government to recognize the significant role of religion in our nation's history and culture." Read More

  • Yanny/laurel: Any spiritual relevance?

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Does the debate over whether an internet audio clip is saying "yanny" or "laurel" have any spiritual relevance for Christians? Professors at two Southern Baptist institutions think it might.

    Despite the audio clip's peculiar ambiguity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary philosophy professor Mark Coppenger said it highlights the fact God made the world "reliably accessible" to our senses -- despite claims to the contrary by a millennia-long string of philosophers including the Greek thinker Pyrrho and Enlightenment scholar David Hume. Union University physicist Bill Nettles said the online debate shows "true knowledge" is accessible through scientific investigation, but it takes "a lot of hard work." Read More

  • Free speech fight returns to the University of Mich.

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD , posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (BP) -- A new student organization stepping into the college campus free speech fight has sued the University of Michigan over its speech code. In a lawsuit filed May 8, Speech First alleges the University of Michigan's "vaguely worded" speech code protects hearers' sensibilities at the expense of speakers' constitutional right to free speech.

    The lawsuit marks the first in what could be a series of legal battles brought by the group against offending campuses, Speech First president Nicole Neily said. Read More

  • Bible Study: May 20, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More

  • Se anticipa una mayor multitud en Dallas desde la SBC 2010

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- La asistencia a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC por sus siglas en inglés) en Dallas tiene la posibilidad de ser la mayor reunión de la Convención Bautista del Sur desde 2010, de acuerdo con un coordinador del evento.

    Las reservaciones por adelantado de hotel las cuales terminaron hoy (14 de mayo) están 25 por ciento por arriba de las reservaciones a esta fecha del año pasado, dijo William Townes, vicepresidente de finanzas para la convención del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC. Read More

  • Gaines aborda la controversia de Patterson, la diversidad racial, la CBS

    Por el personal de BP, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto de Adam Covington, archivos de BP
    CORDOVA, Tenn. (BP) -- En respuesta a las preguntas sobre su comité de nominaciones y la controversia que involucra al líder del seminario bautista del sur, Steve Gaines, presidente de la CBS, publicó una declaración el día de hoy (11 mayo) para Baptist Press.

    Gaines, pastor de Bellevue Baptist Church en Córdova, Tenn., en el área metropolitana de Memphis, abordó específicamente la controversia que involucra las declaraciones pasadas hechas por Paige Patterson, el presidente del Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, sobre las mujeres, el divorcio y la violencia doméstica. La declaración de Gaines también abarcó la diversidad racial y las maneras en que los bautistas del sur pueden orar por la CBS ahora que se acerca la reunión anual en Dallas, del 12 al 13 de junio. Read More

  • Patterson se disculpa por comentarios 'hirientes hacia las mujeres'

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Foto de Matt Miller, archivos de BP
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Paige Patterson se ha disculpado "por no haber sido tan sensible ... como debí haber sido" al describir la violencia doméstica y el atractivo físico de las mujeres en ilustraciones de un sermón.

    Patterson, presidente del Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern (SWBTS por sus siglas en inglés), ha sido criticado después de la amplia difusión en línea de un video de un sermón de 2014 en el cual él ilustró la palabra hebrea usada para describir a Eva siendo "construida" de la costilla de Adán citando la valoración de un adolescente de que una adolescente fue "construida." Patterson añadió que la apariencia de la chica era "agradable." También atrajo crítica por un audio clip de 2000 en el cual él expresó su postura en relación a la violencia doméstica. Read More

  • Vestimenta casual, sin corbata debido al calor de Dallas

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- El presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur, Steve Gaines recomienda vestir casualmente para la reunión anual de la SBC 2018 en Dallas debido al represivo calor.

    "Este año, de nuevo animo a todos los mensajeros a la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur 2018 a vestir casualmente," le dijo Gaines a Baptist Press. "La temperatura en verano en Texas oscila en los 90sF (30s centígrados) y los varones deben sentirse en libertad de no usar corbata. Se anima a los oradores en la plataforma a usar ropa casual de negocios. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El verdadero avivamiento

    Octavio Esqueda, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Para nadie es un secreto que el movimiento evangélico en los Estados Unidos y la Convención Bautista del Sur se encuentran en un periodo crítico tanto de credibilidad y crecimiento como de liderazgo. ... Read More