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Thursday, February 08, 2018

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  • TRUSTEES: NAMB introduces 'Send Puerto Rico'

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The North American Mission Board is adding Puerto Rico to its list of special areas that will receive increased attention and resources for church planting, Send Relief ministries and partnership opportunities with Southern Baptist churches that want to minister on the island. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the plans with NAMB trustees Tuesday (Feb. 6).

    The emphasis comes as Puerto Rico continues to slowly recover from the staggering toll Hurricane Maria took on the island when it struck Sept. 20, 2017. Since the storm hit, NAMB, along with Southern Baptist volunteers from several ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: LifeWay shares new vision for stores

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Future shoppers will find fundamental changes when they visit LifeWay Christian Stores, trustees were told at their semiannual meeting Feb. 5-6.

    LifeWay leaders shared a vision of stores where people will gather not only to buy biblical solutions for life but also to connect, learn and grow.

    "The opportunities to do more are just amazing," LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told trustees. "In God's power we seek to transform lives and serve churches." Read More

  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to a new study released today (Feb. 8) by LifeWay Research.

    About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016. Three-quarters say their church met or exceeded budget. And only about a third say the economy gave their church trouble.

    Those are among the findings of a report from LifeWay Research, based on a survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors that was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, ... Read More

  • Trump at Prayer Breakfast: 'Lord's grace all around us'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- America's heritage of faith and ongoing experience of God's grace were President Trump's focus in an address today (Feb. 8) at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

    "Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to American life and to liberty," Trump said. "Our founders invoked our Creator four times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, 'In God we trust.' And we place our hands on our hearts as we recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are 'one nation under God.'" Read More

  • Evangelical leaders urge quick action on DACA

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders and pastors joined United States senators Wednesday (Feb. 7) in urging Congress and President Trump to enact swiftly a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

    The appeal in a Capitol Hill news conference came less than a month before the expiration of a program -- known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) -- that has given about 800,000 people relief from deportation. If no legislative -- resolution is achieved by March 5, an estimated 1,000 people a day will lose their ... Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocation at Southern; organizational changes at Midwestern

    by SBC Seminary & BP Staff, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    In today's From the Seminaries: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    SBTS -- 'a place for truth,' Mohler says at convocation

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- An ironclad commitment to truth is the defining quality of a faithful theological institution, R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said during spring convocation in Alumni Memorial Chapel. ... Read More

  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 170 Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani herdsmen have died this year in Nigeria's Middle Belt in a centuries-old feud driven by Muslims seeking to graze their cattle on farmland, Christian advocacy groups have reported.

    Advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) counted 170 killings through Jan. 30 in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna states. Many killed were Christian farmers attacked by herdsmen seeking grazing land for their cattle, but others died in retaliatory clashes. Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 11, 2018

    by staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Colossians 3:1-10 Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Character always matters

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Character still counts in leadership, Jeff Iorg writes; when key decisions must be made, "leaders (like every other person) revert to their basic convictions, guiding principles and core values for guidance. … When the pressure mounts, what is squeezed out counts." Read More

  • Los planes de la CELR se enfocan en la vida, la libertad y la familia

    Por Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Las prioridades legislativas y políticas del 2018 en la Comisión de Ética y Libertad Religiosa de la Convención Bautista del Sur incluyen la protección de la vida humana, la preservación de la libertad de consciencia y el florecimiento de las familias.

    La CELR presentó su nueva Agenda Legislativa el miércoles (31 enero) después de un año que logró varias victorias importantes entre sus prioridades para el 2017.

    Entre sus éxitos se incluyen: Read More

  • Ken Hemphill va a ser nominado presidente de la SBC

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Ken Hemphill, administrador de la Universidad North Greenville y expresidente de un seminario de la Convención Bautista del Sur, será nominado para presidente de la SBC, anunció hoy (1º de febrero) una coalición de bautistas del sur a través de un periódico estatal bautista.

    "Deseamos elegir a un hombre que sea un bautista del sur a carta cabal, valore nuestro entendimiento del evangelio, y, tenga un récord establecido de afirmar el trabajo cooperativo de nuestras iglesias locales mediante las asociaciones, convenciones estatales y entidades nacionales," dijo el director ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista de Louisiana, David Hankins de acuerdo con la publicación de noticias Baptist Message del estado. Read More

  • Ofrendas al PC nacional: 4.01% por delante de presupuesto proyectado

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones a la fecha a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC están 4.01 por ciento por arriba de la proyección presupuestada a la fecha para los primeros cuatro meses del año fiscal de la convención, de acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del presidente y jefe ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Archivos de Resurgimiento Conservador serán ubicados en el nuevo centro de SWBTS

    Joni Hannigan/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Han pasado más de 40años desde que el "Resurgimiento Conservador" de la Convención Bautista del Sur se arraigara adoptando la autoridad bíblica y distanciando sus entidades y seminarios de lo que había sido llamado una creciente presencia de la ideología liberal.

    Las bibliotecas y archivos de Adrian Rogers, el primer presidente de la SBC de esa era, y de James C. Hefley Jr., el periodista primordial de ese movimiento, serán preservados como parte de la nueva Biblioteca Bautista Heritage en el Seminario Teológico Bautista Southwestern (SWBTS por sus siglas en inglés) en Fort Worth, junto con las colecciones de Jerry Vines y Paige Patterson. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Qué es el amor?

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Con esta pregunta, dirigida a un grupo de niños discapacitados, comienza un anuncio en la televisión. ... Read More