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Monday, August 14, 2017

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  • Biologists analyze 900-year-old Gospel of Luke

    by Julie Borg/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Scholars study old manuscripts by analyzing linguistics and writing styles to learn about the authors and the world in which they lived. But researchers are missing a wealth of information they could glean from biological materials in the texts because libraries prohibit invasive sampling of rare and precious books.

    "It's even harder to sample a rare book than human fossils or teeth," Matthew Collins, a biochemist who has spent the last five years studying a 900-year-old copy of the Gospel of Luke, told Science Magazine. Read More

  • Missions in the digital age: the good, bad, ugly

    by Jaclyn S. Parrish , posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- There was a time when the thought of international missions conjured up images of a complete and irrevocable break with the familiar world: a hut on the savannah, a shack in a Chinese village, a boat on the open ocean. But as the twenty-first century dawned, we found ourselves at sea on stranger tides.

    Today, Maasai warriors exchange money with their cellphones. Refugees livestream their journeys across the Mediterranean. News of terrorist attacks breaks on Twitter moments after the bombs explode. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: GuideStone congratulates Hawkins on 20 years

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (9 months ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Trustees for GuideStone Financial Resources gathered July 31–Aug. 1 in regular session to hear reports from GuideStone executive officers and staff about the board's performance in key lines of business. The Southern Baptist entity also honored O.S. Hawkins for 20 years as its president.

    Hawkins joined the Dallas-based ministry after having served for four years as pastor of the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas. He thanked the trustees for honoring him and his wife Susie for their service to Southern Baptists through GuideStone. Read More

  • When white supremacists come to town

    by Christine Hoover, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- I live in Charlottesville, Va. You may have heard of it.

    You may have seen my city on the news or on your Twitter feed after several white nationalist and white supremacist groups converged on our downtown park to protest the potential removal of a Robert E. Lee statue.

    You likely have seen the images of confederate flags and swastikas, protesters and counter-protesters, fist fights and arrests, and videos of carnage. I have watched ... Read More

  • Charlottesville violence: SBC leaders urge prayer

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 14, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors and leaders denounced racism and called for prayer in the wake of white nationalist protests that turned into violence and death in Charlottesville, Va.

    The "Unite the Right" rally -- linking various movements among white supremacists -- never took place Aug. 12 after fights broke out between white protesters and counter-protesters shortly before the event was to begin. City and county officials declared a state of emergency and proclaimed the rally an illegal assembly before clearing a park where the event was to occur, according to The Charlottesville ... Read More