Baptist Press Archive

Friday, April 07, 2017

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  • CP SUNDAY: Cooperative Program -- 'incredibly thankful'

    by Marlee Isom, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Marlee Isom, a church planter's wife in metro Phoenix, voices a deepened understanding of the Cooperative Program as "a friend and resource." Southern Baptists' channel for supporting national and international missions enables church planters and their families to "reach people for the glory of God." Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Palabras clave que bendicen

    by Fermin A. Whittaker, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Las noticias de la radio y la televisión se sienten como un tsunami que constantemente me arrastran por su camino y me abruman. Hace poco noté cuán breves y, sin embargo, cuán cargadas son estas cortas grabaciones. ... Read More

  • Strike on Syria called 'just,' prayer urged

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Following a U.S. missile strike against Syria, Southern Baptists pledged prayer and claimed the action was appropriate retribution for deadly chemical attacks allegedly carried out by the Syrian military.

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said he "completely support[s]" President Trump's authorization of the attack. Former U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains Douglas Carver said the strike "met the 'just war' criteria for military actions." Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission ... Read More

  • Senate confirms Gorsuch to court after rules change

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch gained confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday (April 7), a day after a rules change in the deeply divided Senate made his approval possible.

    The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch, filling a seat on the high court that had remained vacant since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 months ago. The ascendancy of President Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court occurred after the Republican majority voted to alter Senate rules to overcome a Democratic filibuster committed to blocking the federal appeals court judge from confirmation. Read More

  • Trump administration denies funds to UNFPA

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's reactivation of another international pro-life policy -- this time by withholding funds for a controversial United Nations family planning agency linked to the support of China's coercive, population-control program -- has drawn praise from pro-life advocates.

    The State Department announced in an April 3 letter it would not forward congressionally approved money to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because of its partnership with a Chinese government program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations. ... Read More

  • Muslims outpacing Christians in births, Pew says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Muslims are so outpacing Christians in births that the two population groups will be nearly equal by 2060, with Christians holding only a slight majority, according to newly released Pew Research data.

    An increase in Muslim births compounded by an aging Christian population will put the Muslim share of the global population at 31 percent by 2060, just under the 32 percent for Christians, Pew said in its April 5 report. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: MBTS breaks ground for student center

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Groundbreaking for a 40,000-square-foot student center and a report of record enrollment were key highlights of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustee meeting, April 3-4 at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    Trustees, the seminary community, MBTS supporters and leaders from around the Southern Baptist Convention ceremonially broke ground April 4 at the site of the future Mathena Student Center. Read More

  • PALM SUNDAY: When the crowd gets it right

    by Doug Munton, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Crowds often can be wrong, Doug Munton notes, but those who greeted Jesus upon His entry into Jerusalem "got it gloriously right" on that first Palm Sunday. They were right to give honor to Jesus, to worship Him and to proclaim His name, Munton writes. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Palabras clave que bendicen

    Por Fermin A. Whittaker, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Las noticias de la radio y la televisión se sienten como un tsunami que constantemente me arrastran por su camino y me abruman. Hace poco noté cuán breves y, sin embargo, cuán cargadas son estas cortas grabaciones. ... Read More