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Thursday, March 16, 2017

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  • Church in marijuana mecca offers 'radical grace'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    ARCATA, Calif. (BP) -- It's not just that new believers are baptized in the ocean or in a river by Sunny Brae Church in Arcata, Calif.

    "These are radical professions of faith from people who are coming from a very different place," Derk Schulze said of the 200 people he has baptized during 21 years as a pastor in one of the nation's top marijuana growing regions. Read More

  • In marijuana-ripe region, church defends the faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    REDWAY, Calif. (BP) -- "At one time there were three very healthy churches in Redway and now we are the last church standing."

    Dave Seaford, pastor of First Baptist Church in the northern California town of 1,200, ventured to one of the nation's most fertile regions for growing marijuana, legally and illegally, in 2014.

    The small congregation -- some aging, others part-time workers -- felt a burden for Redway's secularity and "sacrificed to bring us here," said Seaford, former pastor of a North Carolina church founded by Norm Geisler, one of the leading experts in the field of apologetics. Seaford, likewise, is a seasoned defender of the Christian faith, with a reach of more than 2,500 Facebook friends. Read More

  • NCAA, ACC challenged by N.C. over HB 2 lobbying

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State's transgender restroom law.

    GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act (HB 328) in the state legislature March 13. Read More

  • GuideStone takes long-term view of Fed rate hike

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- The Federal Open Market Committee confirmed analyst and market expectations by raising the target Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent on Wednesday (March 15), bringing it to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent.

    GuideStone Financial Resources expects two more rate hikes to occur in 2017, with Federal Reserve officials having indicated a desire to raise the rates gradually over the near term, citing continued economic expansion. Read More

  • Snowstorm doesn't halt 'Prayer for Human Dignity'

    by Sharon Mager, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    ANNAPOLIS, Md.(BP) -- Though a nor'easter snowstorm cancelled the annual Maryland March for Life event on March 13, representatives from many Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) churches still gathered for a planned pre-march "Prayer for Human Dignity" hosted by First Baptist Church of Eastport in Annapolis. Read More

  • Bible Study: March 19, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 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: Go beyond

    by Kevin Ezell, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Just as God never settles for the status quo, Kevin Ezell writes that North American Mission Board missionaries, supported by the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, are "always pushing forward … starting new churches, connecting with new people and finding ways to meet needs so that in the process a conversation can turn toward the Gospel. Read More

  • Milagros dan por resultado un edificio para una iglesia hispana

    Por Mike Creswell/Biblical Recorder, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    BSC foto de Mike Creswell.
    GLENVILLE, C.N. (BP) -- En el condado Jackson, manejando unas cuantas millas fuera de Glenville a través de las colinas boscosas que aparecen en esa tierra, encontrarás un edificio en construcción para una iglesia bautista.

    Esto no es algo fuera de lo común en Carolina del Norte, pero este edificio en particular tiene una historia interesante.

    Lo está construyendo una congregación bautista hispana de 25 miembros y un pastor imparable, Felix Villareal, quien dice que se han necesitado milagros para ... Read More

  • 'Ministros de campo' de prisión ven amplio impacto

    Por Alex Sibley , posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "He estado en prisión antes," reflexiona humildemente Michael Ríos. "Entré cuando era muy joven. Tenía las ideas correctas, tenía las intenciones correctas: salir, casarme, tener una vida."

    Con uniforme de prisión blanco, Ríos habla lenta pero directamente mientras sus manos tatuadas gesticulan lentamente para acentuar sus palabras. Él ha estado en prisión más tiempo del que sus compañeros reclusos siquiera han vivido. Aunque Ríos tenía las "intenciones correctas," las malas decisiones lo mantuvieron encarcelado. Read More

  • La película 'JESÚS,' en 1,500 idiomas, alcanza a millones

    Por Grace Thornton , posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Durante una mañana a la semana por bastante tiempo, ambas mujeres no habían sido nada más que consistentes.

    Riah* trabajaba fielmente para ayudar mantener la casa de Yvonne Cantwell*, una misionera de IMB en el sureste de Asia. Y Cantwell compartía fielmente el evangelio e historias de la Biblia con ella mientras desarrollaban una amistad.

    "Ella es de una etnia no alcanzada (UPG por sus siglas en inglés)," dijo Cantwell. "Yo hablo el idioma nacional, pero no su lengua materna."

    Riah era "amistosa y abierta, pero seguía fiel a la religión de su pueblo," dijo ... Read More

  • 'Burbujeante' estrategia ve cinco cristianos aumentar a 10,000

    Por Katherine Chute , posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Dan sirve en un área del sudeste de Asia donde "nadie había estado y nadie quería ir."

    Y el grupo misionero con el que él trabajaba no quería que él fuera tampoco.

    "Durante la semana de designación, supe que no me estaba permitido ir a ese lugar," dijo el estudiante del Seminario Gateway, "así que fui a una escuela de idioma a un lugar diferente y a la larga pude demostrar que todas las razones para negarme ir no eran válidas."

    Finalmente me dijeron que podría ir allá si quería, pero que no habría apoyo del ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Entierro De Pobre

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro , posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Entierro de pobre, ya sabes, amigo. No quiero que vengan los otros conmigo.

    Los otros, aquellos del otro camino, los que me dijeron: es agua tu vino.

    Los que sacudieron mi rama florida. Para tejer burlas, en charlas subida.

    Entierro de pobre, ya sabes, amigo. Sin flores horribles de trapo, contigo,

    y mis cuatro hermanos bellos, ... Read More