Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

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  • N.Y. terror attack opens Gospel doors, pastors say

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NEW YORK (BP) -- Hours after an alleged Islamic terrorist killed eight and injured 12 by driving onto a busy pedestrian and biking path in Lower Manhattan Oct. 31, two strangers approached pastor Sterling Edwards as he roasted hotdogs for a Halloween outreach to his Brooklyn church community.

    "On a Tuesday night in the middle of the street, I had a chance to pray with some people, and that's significant," Edwards, a Southern Baptist who pastors Park Slope Community Church, told Baptist Press. "It wasn't like I had to go and ask." Read More

  • Zimbabwe trip seeks to foster racial reconciliation

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    ZIMBABWE (BP) -- A group of Kentucky Baptists embarked on a mission trip to Zimbabwe with a twofold focus on biblical training for national pastors and lay leaders, while also exploring and modeling racial reconciliation.

    Reflecting back on the experience, some of those on the racially-diverse mission team -- made up of five Anglo-Americans and eight African-Americans -- shared how the trip brought healing and strengthened relationships. Read More

  • Myanmar crisis draws BGR aid, recalls Judson legacy

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    YANGON, Myanmar (BP) -- Residents of Myanmar -- early beneficiaries of the Baptist missions movement two centuries ago -- once again are the focus of work by Baptists. This time, Baptists are providing aid in response to a humanitarian crisis among the Rohingya, a large Muslim people group in southwest Myanmar.

    Baptist historian Jason Duesing said the Rohingya crisis illustrates that the legacy of Adoniram Judson, the first missionary funded by the Triennial Convention in 1814, largely has been eradicated in contemporary Myanmar. Read More

  • India: Officials, police halt worship in 10 churches

    by Morning Star India correspondent, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NEW DELHI, India (BP) -- Officials and police in Tamil Nadu state, India, have ordered 10 churches to discontinue worship services, sources said.

    Hindu extremists compelled state officials and police to issue orders to the churches in Coimbatore District to stop worship unless they obtain permission from the collector's office, church leaders said. And extremists reportedly intend to target 20 others in the same way.

    "It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community, as the Hindu extremists know that it is not easy to approach the collector's office for such permissions," pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore, told Morning Star News. "The time to get such approvals can stretch from a year and a half to many more years." Read More

  • MOVIES: A fall-time glimmer

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Wednesday, November 01, 2017 (4 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- We can be thankful this late fall that along with "Hollow-wood's" proliferation of comic book all-stars and crude comedies, theaters are also experiencing a spiritual renaissance with faith-themed films meant to stir and inspire.

    Pure Flix Entertainment's uplifting "The Same Kind of Different As Me," about a rich businessman who befriends a dangerous homeless man, is now playing in theaters as well as "Let There Be Light," a faith-based love story about hope and redemption.

    Now comes "I'll Push You," which gets a theatrical release on Nov. 2, and "On Wings of Eagles," which enters selected theaters on Nov 3. Read More