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  • Reformation differences persist, statement claims

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ROME (BP) -- While Protestant-Catholic cooperation on social issues is laudable, according to a statement released today (Nov. 1) by an international coalition of evangelicals, persistent doctrinal divides should give evangelicals pause about cooperating with Catholics in missions and evangelism.

    "Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions" was published by the Italy-based Reformanda Initiative, which seeks to educate evangelicals about Roman Catholicism. The statement has been signed by some 70 pastors, scholars, missionaries and apologists. Read More

  • Trinity debate continues with JETS article

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A theological debate concerning the Trinity that crescendoed this summer has continued in the latest edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and likely will garner "a tremendous amount of additional discussion" at ETS's national meeting next month, says the journal's editor. Read More

  • Study: Americans love God & Bible, fuzzy on details

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans apparently don't know much about theology, according to a study released today (Sept. 28). Most say God wrote the Bible. But they're not sure everything in it is true.

    Six in 10 say everyone eventually goes to heaven, but half say only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. And while 7 in 10 say there's only one true God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- two-thirds say God accepts worship of all faiths. Read More

  • 'Intergalactic missions': planet spurs questions

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 31, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Discovery of another planet that might support life has given rise to speculation about intelligent life elsewhere in the universe -- and whether such lifeforms would need the Gospel.

    "Briefly stated, saying that scientists 'think there may be life' on [the newly discovered planet] is greatly overstating what the scientific community is thinking," said Bill Nettles, physics department chair at Union University.

    But "if there is intelligent life on other planets, we definitely need to tell them Earth's Gospel story and learn what their history is," Nettles told Baptist Press in written comments. Read More

  • 'Left Behind' author Tim LaHaye dies at 90

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- Tim LaHaye, author of the bestselling Left Behind novels who helped stir a national interest in end-times prophecy, died today (July 25) of a stroke. He was 90.

    In addition to his end-times novels, LaHaye was a pastor, evangelical leader and author of more than 60 other books with 14 million copies in print on topics ranging from family life and sexuality to secular humanism and God's will, according to an obituary from Tim LaHaye Ministries. Read More

  • Hell defended amid National Geographic's challenge

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The doctrine of hell, claims an article in National Geographic, "isn't as popular as it used to be."

    But evangelist David Stockwell apparently hasn't received the memo. He has preached on hell at every single one of his evangelistic meetings through 45 years of fulltime evangelism and told Baptist Press he sees people respond "with conviction and a great desire to get right with God."

    Stockwell, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, is among ... Read More

  • Trinity issue not tied to CBMW pres. resignation

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Owen Strachan has announced his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, citing a need "to step back" from "filling two vocational roles" simultaneously.

    A theological debate this summer regarding the relationship between God the Father and God the Son -- a debate that has included criticism of CBMW -- "played no part" in Strachan's decision to resign, he told Baptist Press in an email. Read More

  • Center for Public Theology launches at Midwestern

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Thursday, June 23, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The new Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip the church "for theological engagement in a fallen order and a secularizing public square," as described by MBTS President Jason Allen.

    Allen has named Owen Strachan as the center's director. Read More

  • Parents in gorilla case express 'praise' to God

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 01, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Local Baptists have expressed support for the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill a 450-pound gorilla in order to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure over Memorial Day weekend.

    Much of the reaction was released to Baptist Press the same day the boy's family shared a statement with media outlets expressing "praise" to "God for His grace and mercy." The child, whose name has not been publicized, suffered only "a concussion and a few scrapes" after being picked up and dragged by the gorilla, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

    "We continue to ... be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child," the family said in a June 1 statement, according to the Enquirer. "We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us." Read More

  • 'But seriously folks': Humor's role in pulpit assessed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit."

    Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons.

    Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the use of humor in preaching, told Baptist Press there are three general views on the subject. Read More