Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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  • Reaching the world through theological education

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Fewer than 10 years ago, the Baptist seminary in Guatemala City was on the verge of closing its doors.

    Its library bookshelves were nearly bare; its only technological resources were decades-old computers; and its roof had decayed to the point that classes could not be held when it rained lest students become drenched by the impertinent dripping.

    Beyond that, the seminary's reach was limited, leaving would-be ministers who lived far from campus with no option but to fend for themselves. Read More

  • D.C. church's lesbian co-pastors spark 'concern'

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Washington D.C. church's decision to call a legally-married lesbian couple as co-pastors has led a fellow District of Columbia Baptist Convention pastor to call for "prayerful dialog" between convention leadership and the church. A Southern Baptist Convention seminary president suggested the DCBC should disfellowship the congregation.

    Meanwhile, DCBC executive director Robert Cochran told Baptist Press the convention has "no plans to disassociate" with the church and he "has never discussed the issue of homosexuality with" the congregation's leaders. Read More

  • ACLU challenges Kentucky's new ultrasound law

    by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Kentucky law requiring women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound first. Read More

  • Single-day missions offering: Church exceeds $1M

    by JC Davies/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

    ROCKWALL, Texas (BP) -- Steve Swofford came with a vision 27 years ago -- a vision for what a church could do to support missions around the globe.

    At First Baptist Church Rockwall's annual missions offering day in December, that dream was realized in a single Sunday when church members gave more than $1 million. Read More

  • Buck sets world record for Tenn. Southern Baptist

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 47-point buck killed by Tennessee Southern Baptist Stephen Tucker is one step closer to official certification as a world record holder for a whitetail deer.

    A four-judge panel representing the Boone and Crockett Club measured the deer's rack Jan. 9 and gave it a score of 312-3/8 in the non-typical rack category, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) said in a press release. The score exceeds the previous world record of 307-5/8 set in 2003 in Albia, Iowa. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Anxious mom, sovereign God

    by Melanie Lenow, posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Melanie Lenow realizes she can't keep her children safe 100 percent of the time, "but I know God loves them even more than I do and whatever He chooses to allow in their lives is for the purpose of His glory." Read More