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Friday, March 26, 2010

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  • Shelters for Chilean families yield 'open door' for witness

    by Kate Gregory, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    TIRUA, Chile (BP)--Wiping tears from her eyes, the 21-year-old mother thanked Baptists for providing shelter for her family.

          "I want to give thanks to everyone for this shelter," Rosa Inostroza de Santibañez said of the 10-by-20-foot structure with wood walls and a tin roof for her family in Tirua, Chile. "We are very thankful. We are going to sleep under a roof tonight and not on the ground."

          She and her family had been living in a makeshift lean-to pieced together by her husband Rodrigo after the family had to run for higher ground to escape an earthquake-induced tsunami Feb. 27.

          "We didn't know what we would have done if you hadn't come," Rosa said of the Chilean Baptists and volunteers from Second Baptist Church in Russellville, Ark., who delivered the shelter March 24. "We didn't have any other options open to us."

          Early in the morning of Feb. 27, an earthquake crumbled their roof. Less than an hour later a tsunami crashed into their Pacific coast town.

    Rosa and Rodrigo grabbed their 2-year-old daughter while Rosa's mother, Luz, pushed her 30-year-old wheelchair-bound daughter up a steep hill amid neighbors running and cars racing to escape the wave.

    The older daughter is living with other relatives, while Luz stays with Rosa and her family on the hill. They had been sleeping in a tarp-covered enclosure just large enough to hold two twin-sized mattresses pushed together. They've salvaged some of their belongings by making trips on foot up and down the hill to get dishes and blankets. Read More

  • Quake shifts church's first mission in Chile

    by Kate Gregory, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    TEMUCO, Chile (BP)--After adopting the Mapuche people group in Chile last fall, Second Baptist Church in Russellville, Ark., was planning to conduct first aid training during its first mission trip to the Mapuche. But following the Feb. 27 earthquake and tsunami, the church shifted gears to help build temporary shelters ... Read More

  • Hunting for souls via TV sports show

    by Norm Miller, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (BP)--Chuck McAlister is a hunter. From his boyhood days of stalking small game to hosting the "AdventureBound Outdoors" cable TV show, the former Southern Baptist pastor today pursues creative ways to tell others about Jesus. Read More

  • 'Waterproof Bible' aimed at outdoorsmen

    by Norm Miller, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Among all the attributes of the Bible celebrated by Southern Baptists and other evangelicals, the attributes of waterproof and durable can be added to that list. Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT: First draft has wineskins but not wine

    by Richard Ross, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--Baptist Press provides a helpful platform for discussion about the first draft of recommendations from the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. The civility and gracious spirit of all those who are providing comment there seems more Christ-like than much of the blogosphere.

    The goal of the GCR process was resurgence. Consider: What in the report (as it now stands) will so thrill church members and leaders that they will rise up with hearts set aflame for world eva... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT: Observations of an evangelist

    by Jerry Drace, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    HUMBOLDT, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists once again are undertaking a much-needed effort to offer a remedy as to what can be done to reverse the stagnation within the SBC. From the heart of Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his sermon "Axioms of a Great Commission Resurgence," came the Great Commission Resurgence, commonly known by the acronym GCR. Since that event, a task force has been appointed by our SBC president, Johnny Hunt. These are capable men and w... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT: What does Scripture say?

    by Malcolm Yarnell, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's decision last June to create a Great Commission Resurgence Task Force was motivated by our growing realization that the baptisms within our churches are slowing. The highly anticipated interim report from this blue-ribbon committee chaired by pastor Ronnie Floyd recently fostered much debate. However the upcoming national and state convention meetings receive the final recommendations, one must agree that we are all becoming more aware of... Read More

  • Full GCR story set collected on BP site

    by Staff, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A comprehensive collection of Baptist Press news and opinion items on the Great Commission Resurgence movement has been created on

    The collection includes everything Baptist Press has published on the GCR movement, from the May 5, 2009, article on the Great Commission Resurgence Declaration to the most recent viewpoints expressed by Southern Baptist leaders.

    The collection is organized in six sections:

    -- the GCR declaration.

    -- the vote... Read More

  • MARRIAGE DIGEST: N.H. citizens say they want to vote on marriage amendment

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    CONCORD, N.H. (BP)--New Hampshire's legislature may not want voters to have a say on the issue of "gay marriage," but citizens who voted during March town meetings nevertheless made it clear they want a constitutional marriage amendment on the ballot.

    Of the 92 towns that voted on the issue, 64 percent of them agreed to a resolution stating that "citizens of New Hampshire should be allowed to vote on an amendment to the New Hampshire Constitution that defines 'marriage.'" The votes were non... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A voice from the past urges civility

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In an 1803 sermon delivered at Kettering, England, British Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller preached from Jeremiah 29:7 on the subject of "Christian Patriotism" ... Read More

  • GCR Task Force Collection

    by Staff, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    [IMGONLY=27649@center@400]Below is a comprehensive collection of Baptist Press' coverage of the Great Commission Resurgance Task Force. The reports and columns are subdivided into categories. Click on a headline to read the article.


    [URL=]GCR: Signers of document say 'Great Commission Resurgence' needed[/URL]

    [URL=]GCR: Tone, focus, clarity of declaration questioned by non-signers[/U... Read More

  • En Chile, se comparten el amor de Dios y una comida caliente

    Por Tristan Taylor, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    TALCA, Chile (BP)--Mercedes Iturra tiene algo que no tenía antes del terremoto de magnitud 8.8 que azotó a Chile—un nuevo amor por las Escrituras.

          Un grupo de voluntarios bautistas chilenos llegó el 10 de marzo a Pangue Abajo, una comunidad rural donde vive Iturra en una tienda improvisada afuera de su casa a punto de colapsar. Las familias de sus hijos –incluyendo a 14 nietos- viven con ella.

          Cuando los voluntarios visitaron a su familia, les llevaron globos y libros para colorear para los niños y folletos evangelísticos para los adultos.

          "Uno de los voluntarios que visitó a mi familia marcó ciertos lugares en mi Biblia para que los leyera," dijo Iturra. "Las tenemos a la mano, así que cuando vino la réplica del terremoto, las sacamos y nos pusimos a leer la Biblia."

          Ya que Iturra no sabe leer, su nieta de 14 años le lee los pasajes marcados en Romanos: "si confiesas con tu boca a Jesús por Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios le resucitó de entre los muertos, serás salvo."

          "Mucha gente está asustada, así que muchos están poniendo más atención a Dios," dijo una de las hijas de Iturra.

          Aunque Iturra y su familia todavía están buscando algo espiritual, la ayuda que han recibido de los esfuerzos bautistas en el desastre que dejó el terremoto les ha dado fe en la Palabra de Dios. Los voluntarios que compartieron su fe con Iturra y con su familia vinieron de un esfuerzo combinado entre bautistas chilenos y bautistas del sur (estadounidenses).

          Una cocina temporal instalada en el estacionamiento de la Iglesia Evangélica Bautista El Sembrador en Talca es la matriz del proyecto. Read More

  • Los antiabortistas desalentados por la propuesta de reforma sanitaria

    Por el Staff, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--El domingo, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó, por un pequeño margen de diferencia, una controversial propuesta de ley sobre la reforma sanitaria, desilusionando profundamente a los estadounidenses que está en contra del aborto, quienes esperaban que unos cuantos demócratas bloquearían la legislación que dicen permite que haya fondos federales para los abortos y probablemente aumente la tasa de este procedimiento. Read More

  • COMPENDIO MATRIMONIO: Ciudadanos de N.H. dicen que quieren votar por el matrimonio

    Por Michael Foust, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    CONCORD, N.H. (BP)--La legislatura de New Hampshire puede que no quiera que los votantes tengan voz en el asunto del "matrimonio gay," pero los ciudadanos que votaron en las reuniones de la ciudad en marzo dejaron en claro sin embargo que querían una enmienda constitucional al matrimonio en la papeleta de votación. Read More

  • Avery Willis: Contar historias ya no es solamente para el campo misionero

    Por Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    Foto de Bill Pope/OBU
    NEW ORLEANS (BP)--Avery Willis, vicepresidente retirado de la Junta de Misiones Internacionales y creador de la serie de discipulado MasterLife, está luchando con la leucemia. Después de solamente unas pocas semanas de tratamiento, su cáncer está en remisión. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Mi papá

    Por Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, March 26, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--El lunes 22 de febrero del 2010 mi papá, Javier Esqueda García, falleció inesperadamente en Guadalajara, México. Estas semanas han sido muy difíciles para nuestra familia ya que por un lado celebramos que mi papá se encuentra gozando de la presencia de nuestro Señor y, por el otro, lloramos su ausencia entre nosotros. Read More