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Thursday, December 06, 2018

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  • Abortion decline calls for ongoing pro-life effort

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The continued drop in the number, rate and ratio of abortions in the United States is a cause for celebration but also for further efforts to protect children and assist women in need, Southern Baptist pro-life advocates say.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Nov. 23 the total, rate and ratio of abortions in 2015 -- the latest year for which statistics are available -- all declined by two percent from 2014. The ratio and rate reached their lowest points since the Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion in 1973, while that year was the only one since the Supreme Court decision with fewer abortions than in 2015, according to numbers attributed to the CDC.

    Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), described the lower abortion rate as "good news. No doubt, the heroic advocacy of the pro-life community contributes to this lower rate." Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: IMB workers, Summit Church reaching Ukraine

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    UKRAINE (BP) -- In Ukraine, Southern Baptist missionary Russell Woodbridge often encounters people who fled their homes in the eastern part of the country when war broke out a few years ago.

    And in the midst of that heartbreak, the International Mission Board worker and Ukrainian believers -- along with help from his home pastor J.D. Greear and The Summit Church -- want to help locals find a hope that transcends the uncertainty of war.

    "A year and a half ago with the help of Ukrainians we started a new church plant that specifically tries to reach these people who have been displaced and lost everything," Woodbridge said. "We've seen people come to Christ and be baptized." Read More

  • Atypical hours & location attract recovery attendees

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    ERLANGER, Ky. (BP) -- New Reality -- Southern Baptists' newest church plant in northern Kentucky -- meets on Friday nights, not Sundays.

    Even more atypical, New Reality is part of a Life Recovery Center in Erlanger providing Christ-centered answers to those struggling with addictions.

    The church plant has grown quickly -- from 20 people in May to about 95 in late October and was anticipating its first three baptisms in late November.

    Chris Hamilton, who leads New Reality, is a recovering alcoholic himself who has been sober for 10 years. After coming to Christ, he felt called to preach "the recovery gospel." Read More

  • UPDATED: Felix Cabrera new Puerto Rico executive director

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Felix Cabrera is the new executive director of the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, he confirmed to Baptist Press Thursday (Dec. 6). This story was revised earlier today to reflect that the new position is a volunteer, nonpaid, interim post.

    The executive board of the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR) asked Cabrera to fill the executive post after the group met this week.

    "I think that the Lord is doing something special here, and I'm glad, honored, to be part of what the Lord wants to do here in the island," Cabrera told BP. "I think we are in a special moment. We have a special momentum." Read More

  • BGAV 'Living the Story' at 195th annual meeting

    by Baptist Press and BGAV Staff, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    GLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV's 195th annual meeting.

    Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event hosted by Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. "Living the Story" was the theme, based on 1 Corinthians 15:58.

    New initiatives are underway to help churches meet the changing needs of congregants and communities, Upton said. Among them is a Fresh Expression outreach offering $500 micro-grants to 50 congregations willing to try a nontraditional approach to take church to people where they are. Read More

  • Bible Study: Dec. 9, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The gift of presence

    by Nate Adams, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

    One's presence at a wedding or funeral, Nate Adams writes, reflects Christ's presence -- "God with us" -- in His incarnation. Read More

  • Después del huracán María, los bautistas de Puerto Rico expanden el Reino

    Por el Personal de BP, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- En puerto Rico, los bautistas del sur reportaron nueve congregaciones nuevas en su reunión anual, programada a un poco más de un año de que el huracán María cortara hasta un tercio la asistencia en las iglesias dentro de este territorio de los EEUU.

    "Para la expansión del Reino de Dios" fue el tema de la Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR), que tuvo su primera reunión anual desde el 2016. Read More

  • Greear da el reto Lottie Moon

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    DURHAM, Carolina del Norte (BP) -- El presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) J.D. Greear cree que los bautistas del sur pueden exceder su meta de $160 millones para la Ofrenda de Navidad Lottie Moon (LMCO) de este año para las misiones internacionales. Así que él está ofreciendo un incentivo alegre para animar una meta retadora de $170 millones.

    Si la LMCO 2018-19 consigue esa marca, Greear cumplirá con las cosas jocosas que los bautistas del sur hayan sugerido en los medios sociales, anunció el 27 de noviembre durante un evento de Facebook Live, el cual había sido visto más de ... Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: 'Milagrosa' colaboración de iglesias hispanas

    Por el personal de IMB, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Daniel Tuchez recuerda el día que recibió la llamada. El director de movilización hispana de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB) lo llamó y le dijo: "Necesito que ore por esta ciudad en el sudeste asiático, porque se va a abrir, y quizá hay oportunidades,'" recordó Tuchez, quien sirve como pastor de la Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai en Jackson, Tenn.

    Era una gran cosa. Pero la llamada en sí no fue una sorpresa. En los años anteriores, Tuchez había acompañado a Jason Carlisle de IMB en muchos viajes. Read More

  • PC nacional 2.47% debajo de proyección HLF de presupuesto

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones a las misiones y los ministerios bautistas del sur nacionales e internacionales recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) en octubre estuvieron 2.47 por ciento debajo del presupuesto proyectado para los primeros dos meses del actual año fiscal. Y estuvieron 4.47 por ciento arriba de la cantidad recibida durante el mismo período del año pasado de acuerdo al comunicado de prensa del presidente interino y vicepresidente ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, D. August Boto. Read More

  • SEMANA DE ORACIÓN: 'No una súper estrella' iglesia pieza de rompecabezas

    Por el personal de IMB, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    SÃO PAULO, Brasil (BP) -- En su hogar en São Paulo, Brasil, Scott y Joyce Pittman tienen un mapa gigante de la ciudad escayolado en la pared. Es una imagen del trabajo aun por hacer en el área metropolitana de 22 millones de personas. Y ahora esa imagen está escayolada en los corazones de los miembros de la Iglesia Highland Baptist en Shelbyville, Ky., también.

    Desde que la Highland Baptist comenzó a colaborar con los Pittman -- líderes de estrategia de ciudad de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales (IMB) -- hace varios años, no han podido sacar a São Paulo de sus mentes. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Quién es la Luz de este mundo?

    Peter Citelli, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (10 days ago)

    "Jesús les habló otra vez, diciendo: 'Yo soy la Luz del mundo; el que Me sigue no andará en tinieblas, sino que tendrá la Luz de la vida'" (Juan 8:12 NBLH).

    Las Sagradas Escrituras habían profetizado que Dios iba a visitar a los que moraban en tinieblas con su luz. ... Read More