Baptist Press Archive

Monday, May 14, 2018

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  • Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Screen Capture from Australian Broadcasting Corporation
    JERUSALEM (BP) -- As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel's 70th anniversary.

    Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed and 1,200 wounded by the Israeli military as they protested the Trump administration's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The protestors also objected to what they view as Israel's violation of their human rights. Jamal Bishara, an Arab Israeli Southern Baptist, urged American evangelicals to take a stronger stand for the freedom and humanitarian aid of Palestinians in Israel. Read More

  • Vulnerable children, foster care & what you can do

    by David Melber, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by Greta High
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Thirteen-year-old Mary wakes up early on a Monday morning. Entering the kitchen, she begins making lunches for her 10-year-old brother and her 5-year-old sister.

    Peanut butter again. Stale bread. She brushes her sister's hair, grabs book bags and heads out the door. Mom didn't come home again last night. It's the third night in a row. "Keep moving forward," she says to herself.

    Mary is doing the best she can. The opioid crisis is her reality. Read More

  • Mother's Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

    by Morning Star News, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    EAST JAVA, Indonesia (BP) -- Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother's Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people.

    East Java police told reporters today (May 14) that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post. The newspaper reported that 12 worshippers died in the church attacks. The bombings, the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, also wounded 40 people. Read More

  • Akin to SEBTS grads: Great Commission is their banner

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Living out the Great Commission in life and ministry was the theme of spring graduation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "You all know that this was the banner under which you entered Southeastern Seminary," SEBTS President Danny Akin said, "and this will also be the banner under which you graduate."

    On May 11, 244 graduates received their diplomas from SEBTS -- 195 from the seminary and 49 from The College at Southeastern. Read More

  • Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Dallas attendance is in line to be the highest at a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting since 2010, according to an event coordinator.

    Advance hotel reservations which ended today (May 14) are about 25 percent ahead of reservations this time last year, said William Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: We are having church on Sunday

    by Joseph Bunce, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    In an era of polarization and confusion, the ministry of Baptist churches in their communities is cause for celebration, Joseph Bunce notes. "We are seeing food given to the hungry," he writes, "and the Bread of Life distributed among those who are far from God." Read More

  • SBC IN DALLAS: Bright light in the prayer room

    by Ted Elmore, posted Monday, May 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

    The prayer room for the SBC annual meeting in Dallas, Ted Elmore writes, will be a gathering place to ask God to do "exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think." Read More