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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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  • Clinton breaks barrier; Trump sweeps final primaries

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A major American political party selected a female as its presumptive presidential nominee for the first time, while Donald Trump swept the final Republican primaries without any active opponents.

    Hillary Clinton easily won the California primary and three other contests Tuesday (June 7) to cement the Democratic Party nomination, a nod she reportedly had clinched on the eve of her latest victories. If officially nominated at the Democratic convention, she will become the first woman to head a presidential ticket for a major party. Read More


    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Learning even a word in Spanish can be a winsome venture, Art Toalston notes. The word "maravilloso" (Spanish for marvelous), for example, can spark a special reaction, "something like, 'Oh, you're trying to learn my language,'" BP's senior editor writes. Read More

  • Pastor celebrates 50 years with Sagemont Church

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sagemont Church
    HOUSTON, Texas (BP) -- When pastor John Morgan planted Sagemont Church on June 1, 1966, he never imagined the explosive growth and worldwide impact the church would have.

    But, over the past 50 years, the church on the southeast side of Houston has grown from 16 to more than 20,000 members and regularly sends hundreds of members each year to share the Gospel on short-term international mission trips as well as through mission work in Houston. Read More

  • SBTS prof Kevin Smith called as Mid-Atlantic exec

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    COLUMBIA, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware, also known as the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network, has called seminary professor Kevin Smith as its executive director.

    Michael L. Trammell, president of the network's General Mission Board, announced Smith's election after a called board meeting June 7.

    Smith, 49, is assistant professor of church history and Christian preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville; and president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention and chairman of its Mission Board.

    Trammell said Smith was "thoroughly vetted by our Executive Director Search Committee, the Administrative Committee of the General Mission Board and by the full membership of the General Mission Board" in "acting in accordance with [the board's] bylaws." Read More

  • FLOYD: A few thoughts about Southern Baptist statistics

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (BP) -- In a Baptist Press story on Tuesday ( June 7), we were informed of the most recent Annual Church Profile (or ACP), where churches report their own statistics. So how are we really doing as Southern Baptists? I want to give you a few thoughts about our statistics from the compiled ACP from the churches who reported.

    What did we learn about ourselves?

    Statistics are our friends, but they do not always tell the entire story about who we are. Yet, what do we learn? Read More

  • Online: Patterson & Conservative Resurgence archive

    by Katie Coleman & Alex Sibley, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- A new digital archive, “The Paige Patterson SBC Conservative Resurgence Collection,” provides insight into the role of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s president in Southern Baptists’ return to their biblical heritage.

    Materials in the archive at the seminary’s library include letters, pamphlets and audio recordings of conference presentations and debates significant to this period of Southern Baptist history.

    Patterson, Southwestern’s president since 2003, is one of the individuals most closely identified with the Conservative Resurgence. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Solidaridad Ministerial

    by Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Muchos de nosotros que hemos vivido en Latinoamérica conocimos, hemos oído o leído sobre Francisco Lacueva. ... Read More

  • La ofrenda Lottie Moon alcanza $165.8 millones

    Por Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Virginia (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur proveyeron un rotundo apoyo a través de la Ofrenda de Navidad Lottie Moon 2015 para las misiones internacionales.

    Finalizada a principios de junio, la ofrenda Lottie Moon 2015 totalizó $165.8 millones -- el más alto total en los 127 años de historia de la ofrenda. La ofrenda sobrepasó el anterior record de todos los tiempos de $154 millones en 2013 por $11.8 millones. La ofrenda Lottie Moon 2014 totalizó un poco más de $153 millones.

    "Los bautistas del sur han mostrado su compromiso con las misión de Dios a través de estas donaciones a la Ofrenda de Navidad Lottie Moon," dijo el presidente de IMB David Platt. ... Read More

  • PAI: Más iglesias reportadas; bautismos, número de cultos en declive

    Por Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) – Los bautistas del sur pueden encontrar motivo de esperanza en el último reporte del Perfil Anual de la Iglesia. La Convención Bautista del Sur añadió más iglesias en 2015, debido mayormente a los esfuerzos de plantación de iglesias. Las iglesias también experimentaron un incremento en el total de donaciones. Read More

  • Ministerios en multifamiliares alcanza 'agujeros negros espirituales'

    Por Neisha Roberts, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (BP) -- Cincuenta y siete por ciento de los estadounidenses viven en comunidades multifamiliares – complejos de apartamentos, zonas de casas móviles, condominios y así por el estilo, de acuerdo a cifras de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas.

    En Tuscaloosa, Alabama, ese número alcanza casi el 65 por ciento, mayormente debido a las universidades en el área, dijo Eric Boykin, estratega misional de la Asociación Bautista de Tuscaloosa desde 2013. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Solidaridad Ministerial

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Wednesday, June 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Muchos de nosotros que hemos vivido en Latinoamérica conocimos, hemos oído o leído sobre Francisco Lacueva.

    Teólogo evangélico, maestro y escritor prolijo español famoso por sus obras de traducción, su interlineal griego-español, y varios otros muy valiosos libros teológicos. ... Read More