Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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  • Sex trafficking: One click led NYC church to action

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    QUEENS, N.Y. (BP) -- It all started in a Facebook community group. It could've ended there but something happened that changed everything.

    He recognized her face.

    "The Facebook group was a place where people in our part of town share things," Nathan Creitz, pastor of City Life Church in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, recounted, "and somebody on there shared a link and said something like, 'I can't believe this is happening in our neighborhood.'" Read More

  • Houston experiencing 'Super Week' of outreach

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Sarah Ellsworth
    HOUSTON (BP) -- James and Barbara Guilbeau's home has seen better days. The outside garage wall was completely rotted out, and the sheetrock in the kitchen had fallen victim to a leaking roof for nine years, thanks to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

    That's why the Guilbeaus were thankful for a team of Southern Baptist volunteers who are making numerous repairs around their house this week in Houston as part of the Super Week of Caring efforts spearheaded by Texas Baptist Men. Read More

  • Immigration order serves as reminder to pray

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Persecution against Christians is ranked "extreme" and "severe" in the seven countries whose residents President Donald Trump's recent executive order on immigration has temporarily banned from entry into the U.S., based on 2017 rankings by the non-profit Open Doors USA.

    Six of the countries –- Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen -- are ranked in the top 10 nations where persecution of Christians is highest, with Libya ranked 11th, according to Open Doors' 2017 World Watch List.

    Upon the release of the list on Jan. 11, Open Doors encouraged Christians to remember these nations in prayer. Read More

  • Boy Scouts' transgender policy 'sad,' 'predicted'

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Boy Scouts' decision to include girls who identify as boys in their programs is a tragic but predictable step, said conservative Christian leaders.

    "Tragically, the Boy Scouts seem to be continuing their trajectory toward embracing the moral priorities of the Sexual Revolution," said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. "Many of us predicted that earlier decisions by the organization were the beginning of an organizational reinvention and hoped we were wrong. Those fears have now been justified. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Chew and chew and chew

    by John Weaver, posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    Overcommitment isn't good for you or anyone else, John Weaver writes. To weigh requests for your involvement in a seemingly worthy cause, he suggests asking, How does this potential opportunity align with God's purpose and calling for my life? Read More