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Friday, August 18, 2017

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  • Eclipse displays 'God's glory,' astronomers say

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When millions gather Aug. 21 to view the first total solar eclipse the continental U.S. has seen in 38 years, they won't just get an astronomy lesson. If they're observant, they'll also get a theology lesson.

    That's the conclusion of three Christian university professors who told Baptist Press a total eclipse points to God's existence, sovereignty, love, immutability and faithfulness.

    "Eclipses are demonstrations of God's glory" and serve as "yet another example of creation pointing back to our Creator," said California Baptist University astronomer Kyle Stewart. Read More

  • New reformation in Germany sought by school's alumni

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    COLOGNE, Germany (BP) -- André Töws counts it a privilege to minister in Germany, with its spiritual heritage as the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation.

    Unfortunately, this is not Germany's only legacy within Christianity. German theologians such as Friedrich Schleiermacher and Rudolf Bultmann guided Christian academic thought toward liberal theology and textual criticism of the Bible, causing people to question the accuracy and trustworthiness of God's Word. Read More

  • Endure trials in church revitalization, pastors say

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Pastors should endure amidst ministry challenges, said leading voices in church revitalization at the summer Alumni Academy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Despite challenges and trials involved in church revitalization, ministers who are turning around congregations should maintain their vision for a healthy, biblically sound local church. They need to focus on God's plan instead of being discouraged when people scowl at biblical preaching, said Andy Davis, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, N.C., and author of "Revitalize: Biblical Keys to Helping Your Church Come Alive Again." Read More

  • Solar power: church to aid community & lower costs

    by Myriah Snyder/Kentucky Western Recorder, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    CAMPTON, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky church is embracing solar power as a means to help the community and reduce their carbon footprint.

    Campton Baptist Church, part of the Red River Baptist Association, has installed 80 solar panels on the roof of the church, a project sponsored and installed by SonLight Power, an Ohio-based nonprofit that provides renewable electricity to communities worldwide. This was their first project in the United States.

    Campton's pastor, Gary Conner, sees the project as a "way to invest in the community." Read More

  • 'Extraordinary' prof. inspires LU theatrical release

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- Liberty University professor and alumnus Scotty Curlee was once ready to abandon his education, unable to pay the bills. His professor David Horton stepped in with more than encouraging words, handing Curlee a $1,000 check.

    "I knew that I am one of several students that Dave gave a $1,000 check to, and that's one aspect that really touched me studying under Dave," Curlee, a Liberty University (LU) theatrical arts professor, told Baptist Press. Curlee directed and co-wrote with colleague Cheryl Mckay the screenplay for the upcoming film "Extraordinary," based on Horton's life.

    The school is calling Extraordinary unique for being the first university-created film with a national theatrical release, a one-night run Sept. 7 in select theaters. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When we complain

    by Melanie Lenow, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    A complaining spirit "steals our light to the lost world," Melanie Lenow writes, noting that understanding God's call "in our innermost being" can lead to a "healthy growth of renewed purpose." Read More