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  • FIRST-PERSON: Are you OK with Jesus but not the Bible?

    by Shane Pruitt, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (29 days ago)

    Shane Pruitt cautions against creating "a Play-Doh Jesus" to "shape and mold" to one's imagination. "If you truly love the Jesus of the Bible," Pruitt writes, "you will also love the Bible that tells us all about Him." Read More

  • CHRISTMAS: A sobering Christmas Eve

    by Stephen Presley, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Alexander Bida, "Flight into Egypt," 1874, Wiki Commons
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- I will never forget one Christmas Eve many years ago when my family decided to read the account of Jesus' birth in Matthew instead of Luke.

    It's a tradition among my extended family, as I'm sure it is with other families, to read Scripture at our holiday gathering, and we naturally gravitate to Luke's version. The stories of Luke are so familiar to us, and many can recite the narratives nearly verbatim.

    Luke, after all, is famous for describing the details of Jesus' birth with the beauty and wonder of a master storyteller. Nearly all of the essential parts of the story, save the ... Read More

  • Polygamist's 28th son takes Gospel to sect community

    by Grace Thornton, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Short Creek Fellowship
    COLORADO CITY, Ariz. (BP) -- Brian Mackert was the 28th kid to a polygamist father with four wives and 31 children.

    Family tumult in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) prompted his mother to divorce -- leaving Mackert an angry teenager, even wanting to kill his father.

    Mackert didn’t feel he was one of the favored sons in the community, that “it didn't matter how much I tried to please the elders, I wouldn't be receiving a daughter of ... Read More

  • EASTER: Three commands from an empty tomb

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines recounts the angel's instructions to the women who arrived to find an empty tomb after Jesus was crucified: Do not be afraid. Come and see. Go quickly and tell. Read More

  • 2 scholars – evangelical & Jewish -- discuss Jesus

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Evangelical scholar Ben Witherington III and Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine found many points of agreement regarding the "historical" Jesus during a dialogue at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. But on the issue of Jesus as Messiah, their views diverged.

    Witherington, noted New Testament scholar and Asbury Theological Seminary professor, and Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt Divinity School New Testament professor and a member of an Orthodox synagogue, spoke at the seminary's Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum March 25 on the topic of "Christians, Jews and Jesus." Read More

  • 'JESUS' film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (one year ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- For one morning a week for quite some time, both women had been nothing but consistent.

    Riah* had been faithfully working to help keep up the home of Yvonne Cantwell*, an IMB missionary in Southeast Asia. And Cantwell had been faithfully sharing the Gospel and Bible stories with her as they built a relationship.

    "She is from a UPG [unreached people group]," Cantwell said. "I speak her national language but not her heart language." Read More

  • Jesus' purported tomb unearthed for study

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from National Geographic.
    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Archaeologists' discovery of what may be the original burial bed on which Jesus' body was laid have been deemed "hugely significant" by a Southern Baptist archaeologist.

    The burial bed -- which has not been studied by archaeologists previously -- was unearthed Oct. 28 inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a site regarded by some as the burial place of Jesus, National Geographic reported. Two days earlier, researchers from the National Technical University of Athens removed marble cladding from the traditional burial site inside a shrine known as the ... Read More

  • Jesus myths need correction, Darling writes

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, August 31, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Even evangelical Christians can believe in a mythical Jesus, and that needs to be corrected, says Daniel Darling.

    "I've seen a tendency among evangelicals, including myself, to create a Jesus in our own image rather than surrendering to the Spirit's work of creating us in Christ's image," Darling told Baptist Press in an email interview. "The Scriptures present one Christ, the Christ of history, the Christ who is. I think chasing down a Jesus who looks just like us ends up with disappointment and disillusionment. The Jesus who is is infinitely better than the Jesus we create." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Gain to lose?

    by David Jeremiah, posted Monday, April 13, 2015 (2 years ago)

    EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) -- "Only in the Christian life," California pastor David Jeremiah writes, "does surrender bring victory, and only in loving Him more than 'these things' (John 21:15) can we gain to lose and lose to gain." Read More