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Thursday, February 16, 2017

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  • Special needs ministries convey love for all people

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Faith Pineda
    JERSEY VILLAGE, Texas (BP) -- "Can I come to your church and bring my special needs child?"

    The question prompted Nancy Bergeron to launch a new Sunday School class at Jersey Village Baptist Church not long after she began serving as children's minister five years ago.

    "I said, 'Absolutely. We'll make room and do whatever we can to minister.'" Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El poder de la palabra

    by Por Fermin A. Whittaker, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Mi oración diaria es la del Rey David en el Salmo 143:1: "Escucha, Señor, mi oración; atiende a mi súplica. Por tu fidelidad y tu justicia, respóndeme" (NVI).

    Las palabras pueden ser muy poderosas, como lo ilustra Santiago 3:8: "pero nadie puede domar la lengua. Es un mal irrefrenable, lleno de veneno mortal" (NVI). Read More

  • Florist aims for Supreme Court for religious liberty

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman has lost her appeal of a ruling declaring she cannot refuse business that violates her religious beliefs.

    The Washington Supreme Court today (Feb. 16) upheld a lower court ruling convicting Stutzman of violating the federal and state civil rights of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when she refused to design floral arrangements for their homosexual wedding nearly four years ago. Read More

  • Travel ban doesn't slow outreach to Muslims in Mich.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    DEARBORN, Mich. (BP) -- Southern Baptist pastors will continue attempts to build friendships in Dearborn, Mich., among the sizable Muslim community, despite the fear pastors say President Donald Trump's now suspended travel ban has generated among immigrants there.

    Monthly, pastors Dave Ferraro and Carlos Liese gather small groups of volunteers and eat at restaurants Muslims frequent, starting conversations that lead to discussions of religious beliefs. Their outreach is in Dearborn, where one-third of residents claim Arab-American heritage but are not necessarily Muslim, according to the Arab American Institute in Washington, D.C. Read More

  • Gaines Q&A: from Trump to prayer for revival

    by Joe Westbury/Georgia Christian Index, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Lonnie Wilkey
    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines discussed a range of topics of interest to Baptists in a question-and-answer session with state Baptist paper editors during their Feb. 14-16 annual meeting in Ontario, Calif.

    The discussion covered President Donald Trump's first 25 days in office including the refugee crisis; controversial comments by Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore during the election; churches tithing 10 percent to the Cooperative Program and state conventions splitting their CP receipts 50/50 with national entities; Millennials and the future of the convention; and the future of the nation. Read More

  • Platt apologizes for 'divisive' IMB amicus brief

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt has apologized to Southern Baptists for the divisive nature of an amicus brief the IMB joined last May in support of a New Jersey's Islamic society's right to build a mosque.

    "I apologize to Southern Baptists for how distracting and divisive this has been," Platt said Feb. 15 during a meeting with Baptist state paper editors in Ontario, Calif.

    "I can say with full confidence," he said, "that in the days ahead, IMB will have a process in place to keep us focused on our primary mission: partnering with churches to empower limitless missionary teams for evangelizing, discipling, planting and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God." Read More

  • Trump noncommittal to two-state Mideast solution

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump appeared to back off support for a two-state solution in the Middle East Wednesday (Feb. 15), with some Southern Baptists voicing different perspectives on relations between Israelis and Palestinians.

    The United States has officially supported separate Jewish and Palestinian states for 15 years but Trump called that stance into question at a joint White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 19, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    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. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ethics -- more important than theology?

    by Andrew J. Spencer, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Christian ethics, Andrew Spencer writes, entails "a foundation of orthodox Christian doctrine. We cannot do ethics apart from theology. … Unless you believe rightly, there is little hope you will live rightly." Read More

  • Carta abierta: El veto migratorio a los refugiados es 'profundamente' preocupante

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Gráfico de Laura Erlanson.
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- El 8 de febrero, un anuncio de toda una página en el Washington Post que expresó preocupación por una porción de la orden ejecutiva del presidente Trump sobre migración, incluyó las firmas de por lo menos siete bautistas del sur entre una coalición de unos 100 evangélicos.

    Dos de los signatarios -- el ex presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur, Bryant Wright y el presidente del Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Daniel Akin -- dijeron a Baptist Press que sus firmas reflejan un desacuerdo específico con la política y no es un rechazo total del acercamiento del presidente en cuanto a ... Read More

  • Batalla contra el tráfico sexual, recorrido de hoteles y moteles

    Por Grace Thornton , posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    NOVI, Mich. (BP) -- Amy Lipovsky sentía como una canción dándole vueltas en la cabeza -- caminar a los mismos hoteles, decir las mismas cosas semana tras semana y mostrar las mismas fotos de chicas desaparecidas.

    "Es un desgaste emocional" tratar de que a la gente le importe, dijo ella sobre Alcance FRe, el cual ayuda a los empleados de hoteles y moteles en los suburbios de Detroit a reconocer y rescatar víctimas del tráfico de sexo. "No hay mucho retorno visible de tus esfuerzos."

    Sin embargo, Lipovsky no se pudo sacudir el sentimiento que tenía de continuar -- Dios había puesto en su corazón a esas chicas atrapadas en la esclavitud. Y ... Read More

  • Grupos religiosos lideran en dar albergue a los que no tienen techo

    Por Diana Chandler , posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    OMAHA, Neb. (BP) -- Rick Lechner dice que él habla el lenguaje de la calle. Exadicto a la drogas y criminal convicto, el predicador bautista del sur ayuda a dejar una marca en la falta de vivienda en Omaha, Neb., como cofundador de los Ministerios Freeway.

    Omaha es una de las 11 ciudades incluidas en un nuevo estudio de la Universidad Baylor que descubrió, en promedio, que un 58 por ciento de las camas en albergues para los sin techo en esas ciudades son provistas a través de organizaciones religiosas. En el más alto extremo del espectro está Omaha, donde los grupos con base religiosa proveen el 90 por ciento de las camas de los ... Read More

  • Mítines en contra de Planned Parenthood demandan que se le quite el financiamiento

    Por David Roach , posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Foto de Instagram.
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (BP) -- Manifestantes pro vida realizaron mítines el 11 de febrero en más de 220 clínicas de Planned Parenthood en 45 estados para abogar por la eliminación de fondos del gobierno al proveedor más grande de abortos en EE.UU.

    Mientras tanto, la campaña dirigida por la Comisión de Libertad Religiosa y Ética (ERLC por sus siglas en inglés) ha recogido casi 8,000 firmas en una carta que le pide al Congreso que "apoye la resolución de presupuesto que le quita el financiamiento a Planned Parenthood y redirija los fondos a centros de salud federalmente calificados."

    Centros de salud federalmente calificados, los cuales llenan las necesidades de ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El poder de la palabra

    Por Fermin A. Whittaker, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Mi oración diaria es la del Rey David en el Salmo 143:1: "Escucha, Señor, mi oración; atiende a mi súplica. Por tu fidelidad y tu justicia, respóndeme" (NVI).

    Las palabras pueden ser muy poderosas, como lo ilustra Santiago 3:8: "pero nadie puede domar la lengua. Es un mal irrefrenable, lleno de veneno mortal" (NVI). Read More