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Thursday, December 07, 2017

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  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Hope for the forgotten refugee

    by IMB staff, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    EUROPE (BP) -- Six years ago, one of Seth Peyton's* good friends paid a high price to escape the violence and famine of his home country.

    Like hundreds of other North African refugees, he gave his savings to a smuggler who packed him into a standing-room-only truck for a long, miserable trip across the Sahara Desert followed by a dangerous boat ride across the Mediterranean Sea.

    Many don't make it -- their bodies wash up on the shore of Europe's coast. But Seth's friend said he wasn't sure the fate he found in surviving was better. Read More

  • DR's Mickey Caison retires from SBC's 'greatest job'

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma.

    Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them.

    As national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for most of the past 23 years, Caison has led Baptist volunteers to share the love of Christ during difficult days across the country as well as abroad. Read More

  • Gay marriage legalized in Australia & Austria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    CANBERRA, Australia (BP) -- Australia's Parliament legalized same-sex marriage today (Dec. 7), following a court ruling doing the same in Austria two days earlier, the Associated Press reported.

    Churches and religious organizations in Australia are allowed under the new law to boycott gay weddings without violating existing anti-discrimination mandates, the AP said. The Australian Parliament overwhelmingly approved gay marriage following a nationwide postal ballot that drew approval from 62 percent of voters Oct. 27.

    The countries join at least 25 other nations where the practice was legalized as early as 2000, according to Pew Research tallied through August. Read More

  • What Lottie Moon taught me about injustice, Gospel

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    RICHMOND (BP) -- I've met injustice face to face.

    She was a trafficked woman who stood beside me at a train station in Asia, her pimp glaring from a few feet away. Everything within me wanted to grab her hand and rescue her. But our conversation ended abruptly, and I don't know where she is today.

    I heard injustice cry out on the edge of an African village as 10-year-old girls were "circumcised" as part of a village tradition. The village women sang in celebration, and my heart split between anger and compassion. The need for justice and the Gospel weighed heavy on my soul. Read More

  • Protests follow Trump's Jerusalem announcement

    by Onize Ohikere/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem as Israel's capital sparked condemnation Thursday (Dec. 7) from global leaders and some Islamist groups.

    Trump announced the decision Wednesday and said the United States will relocate its embassy to the city, despite warnings from several global leaders that such a move could worsen regional tensions.

    Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while Palestinians argued East Jerusalem will serve as their future capital. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: No importa el tamaño

    by Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Cuando era niño en la escuela primaria siempre había un grandulón que abusaba de los niños más pequeños. ... Read More

  • Bible Study: Dec. 10, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 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: Whatever it takes

    by Robert Jackson, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Family physician Robert Jackson recounts life-or-death decisions faced by the father of a daughter with leukemia and a group of pastors and deacons pondering the fate of unreached people in Asia. Read More

  • El tiempo se va y hay que proteger a los 'soñadores', dicen los bautistas del sur a los reporteros

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El 29 de noviembre, dos líderes bautistas del sur instaron al Congreso a que actúe pronto y provea una solución a largo plazo para los inmigrantes indocumentados que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos cuando eran niños.

    Walter Strickland, primer vicepresidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur y Travis Wussow, un bautista especialista en política pública, a través de una conferencia telefónica, solicitaron una solución legislativa ya que se acerca la fecha límite para actuar. La administración Trump anunció el 5 de septiembre que pondría fin al ... Read More

  • Sermón en español marca una primera vez para la convención de Florida

    Por Keila Diaz y Nicole Kalil , posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    BRANDON, Fla. (BP) -- Con el tema "Ojos en la Eternidad," los mensajeros y visitantes a la Convención Estatal Bautista de Florida escucharon testimonios del trabajo cooperativo que se realiza a lo largo y ancho del estado.

    Muchos estuvieron agradecidos por la ayuda en desastres que rápidamente llegó a continuación de los huracanes Irma y María mientras que otros expresaron gratitud por el compañerismo de la Convención Bautista de Florida que guio el ministerio y revitalización alrededor del Estado del Sol. Read More

  • PC Nacional 5.67% por debajo de proyección

    Por el personal , posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC en noviembre estuvieron 0.05 por ciento por debajo de los primeros dos meses del pasado año fiscal de la SBC, y 5.67 por ciento por debajo del presupuesto previsto para los primeros dos meses del año fiscal actual, de acuerdo al comunicado de prensa del presidente y director ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, Frank Page.

    Hasta el 30 de noviembre, las donaciones recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo para ... Read More

  • Corte Suprema analiza libertad de artista pastelero

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- La Corte Suprema de EE.UU. interrogó hoy (5 de diciembre) a cuatro abogados en un esfuerzo por determinar si un estado puede exigir que un artista pastelero diseñe un pastel para una boda del mismo sexo saltando por encima de sus derechos a la libertad de expresión y del derecho a la libertad de expresión religiosa.

    Los jueces oyeron los argumentos orales de una apelación del artista pastelero de Colorado, Jack Phillips y su Masterpiece Cakeshop (pastelería obra maestra) en un caso importante en el centro de la creciente escaramuza legal y cultural entre la ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: No importa el tamaño

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, December 07, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Cuando era niño en la escuela primaria siempre había un grandulón que abusaba de los niños más pequeños. Luego cuando mis hijos fueron a la escuela primaria, tuve que luchar con el mismo problema. Era como si eso fuera ... Read More