Baptist Press Archive

Friday, March 17, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: Entierro De Pobre

    by Por Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days 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.... Read More

  • Dearborn's Arab-Americans receptive, seminarians say

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (11 days ago)

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    DEARBORN, Mich. (BP) -- In Dearborn, Mich., home of the largest concentration of Arab-Americans in the United States, students from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary learned about praying for and sharing the Gospel with local Muslims during a three-day visit to the city.

    Led by faculty member Ayman S. Ibrahim, the team interacted with a number of the 100,000-plus Arab Americans who comprise at least 45 percent of Dearborn's population. Read More

  • Lankford to State: Explain policy to free Americans

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (11 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist member of the U.S. Senate has asked the State Department to explain its diplomatic strategy for gaining the freedom of American citizens wrongly imprisoned overseas.

    A Southern Baptist religious freedom advocate, meanwhile, encouraged advocacy for all prisoners of conscience. Read More

  • App expands VBS impact for LifeWay

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The excitement and learning that takes place at Vacation Bible School can happen anywhere now, thanks to the LifeWay VBS Galactic Starveyors app.

    For the fourth consecutive year, LifeWay Christian Resources has released an app connected with its latest VBS material.

    The app provides churches and parents numerous opportunities to reinforce biblical lessons from VBS, according to Melita Thomas, VBS and kids' ministry specialist at LifeWay. Read More

  • IMB study to examine entity trustee fluctuations

    by David Roach, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    Photo by Roger S. Oldham
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While the Southern Baptist Convention's Committee on Nominations met this week (March 16-17) in Nashville to discuss potential members of boards and standing committees, a subcommittee of the International Mission Board was embarking on a study of trustee representation from states and territories with decreasing numbers of Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Advisory council surveying young Baptist leaders

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    Photo by Roger S. Oldham
    ATLANTA (BP) -- A newly appointed advisory council is drafting recommendations to foster vibrant participation within Southern Baptist life among young leaders including pastors, denominational servants and others.

    The diverse 22-member Young Leaders Advisory Council, appointed by SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page, is conducting an online survey of young leaders to help accomplish its goal. Read More

  • U.S. needs to act on IS genocide, critics say

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (10 days ago)

    "The next six months will be the moment of truth for them."

    -- Nina Shea

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States finally needs to act in keeping with its designation a year ago that the Islamic State's murderous campaign against Christians and other minorities in the Middle East is genocide, religious freedom advocates said.

    The calls for action came on the occasion of the first anniversary of then-Secretary of State John Kerry's classification of ISIS' atrocities in Iraq and Syria as genocide. Neither the United States nor the United Nations have followed up that March 17, 2016, designation by Kerry -- who served in the Obama administration -- with suitable justice for the terrorists or humanitarian assistance for their victims, critics said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Hypocritical Christians -- are you one?

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, March 17, 2017 (11 days ago)

    Phil Boatwright examines the common complaint that Christians are hypocrites. "Every day there are illustrations around us of men and women who strive to center our Savior in their lives," he writes, asking, "But is there anyone, other than Jesus, who has ascended to the heights of infallibility this side of heaven?" Read More