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Friday, October 27, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: Yotambién nosotros también

    by Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

    La frase o "hashtag" #metoo (yo también) se ha hecho viral en las redes sociales en los últimos días. No es una frase nueva porque desde hace 10 años la activista afroamericana Tarana Burke intentó hacerla pública, pero no ha sido sino hasta estos días que su uso se ha convertido en una tendencia social. Read More

  • Trump opioid declaration underscores ministry need

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump's declaration that America's opioid crisis is a public health emergency came amid calls for churches to heighten their response to drug abuse as well.

    The opioid crisis is a "major problem," said Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., and a former drug addict whose testimony has encouraged others to seek freedom in Christ. The opioid epidemic, he noted, is an opportunity "to show people that the thing they're searching for and seeking is not found in a drug. It's found in a man, and His name is Jesus." Read More

  • Sola scriptura cited as Reformation bedrock

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

    By Kevin Rawlings (Tyndale's translation) via Wikimedia Commons
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Sola scriptura is among the most important Reformation principles for believers to understand and apply. That's the conclusion of at least some Southern Baptist Convention seminary professors on the Protestant Reformation's 500th anniversary.

    Sola scriptura (Latin for "by Scripture alone") is the doctrine that the Bible alone is humankind's infallible rule for faith and practice.

    'The highest functional authority'

    Chris Chun, associate professor of church history at Gateway Seminary, told Baptist Press the Reformation's 500th anniversary "might be an appropriate time to reflect if Scripture still is the highest functional authority in Southern Baptist life and practice." Read More

  • Dodgers' hitting coach Ward a spiritual mentor to players

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Turner Ward
    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Turner Ward was signing autographs in the players' parking lot after a game in Pittsburgh several years ago when a boy approached him with a stack of baseball cards. After signing some of the cards, Ward came across one he had never seen before with a picture of him and his son Tucker.

    "Hey, that's pretty neat," Ward said. "Would you mind if I kept this one?"

    The boy's mother was quick to accommodate the request. The boy, however, started crying. Ward began to drive off after the encounter but felt bad about keeping the card.

    He turned around, found the boy, pulled a brand new glove out of the trunk and gave it to him, along with an autograph and the Scripture verse that always accompanied his signature. Read More

  • Moore, others oppose 'White Lives Matter' rallies in TN

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other Christian leaders in Tennessee declared their opposition to "White Lives Matter" rallies in the state in a joint statement issued today (Oct. 27).

    Release of the statement -- titled "Gospel opposition to white supremacy" -- came on the eve of rallies sponsored by white nationalists in the Middle Tennessee cities of Murfreesboro and Shelbyville. Those scheduled events prompted Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other signers to say, "[W]e declare ourselves in resolute opposition to this expression of racism and white supremacy. We denounce and repudiate white supremacy as a work of the devil, designed to dehumanize and divide." Read More

  • Engaging nations focus of conf., outreach

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- As white supremacists are planning anti-immigration rallies for this weekend in Tennessee, Southern Baptist church planters across the United States and local church members have gathered in North Carolina to find ways to welcome and share the Gospel with those from many nations.

    In conjunction with the Reaching the Nations conference this weekend (Oct. 27-28), the Practitioners Collaborative took place Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Attendees included church planters who are working throughout North America with unreached people groups, some of whom are also leading breakout sessions throughout the Reaching the Nations event. Read More

  • Protection benefits changes announced by GuideStone

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, October 27, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has announced changes to protection coverage offered to qualified participants in the Church Retirement Plan, the 403(b)(9) retirement plan offered exclusively to Southern Baptist churches and their staffs.

    The minimum monthly contribution to their retirement account for those eligible for the benefits increases to $50 monthly, effective Jan. 1.

    Disability benefits must begin before age 65 and will be limited to a payout of 60 months. Participants currently receiving benefits will not be affected. Read More