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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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  • Evangelical leaders urge immigration reform

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Both political parties should come together soon to enact a strategy of comprehensive immigration reform that increasingly is being supported by evangelical Christians, leaders from that religious identity said at a June 9 forum on Capitol Hill.

    'I think every church in America ought to start English classes.'

    -- Richard Land

          Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land and other evangelicals called for Congress and President Obama to set aside partisanship and special interests to resolve the controversy and problems of illegal immigration.

          The immigration crisis "is fanning the flames of hostility and animosity and distrust between various elements in our society, and it is time for our representatives in Congress and our president to put aside partisanship, to put aside narrow political interests and do what is best for the country," said Land, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

          "This just takes national will and insistence that our representatives and our senators and our president do what is in the best interest of the nation," Land said.

          Both parties have failed on the issue, said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

          "Democrats are willing to save the auto industry, the housing market, health care and banks but somehow do not find time or the political will to save children from being separated from their parents, securing our borders and integrating 12 million into a legal status that would reconcile our communities," Rodriguez said.

          The Republican Party "stands at the brink of repeating history by completing a wall, not between Mexico and the United States but between Hispanic Americans and the conservative movement. How ironic," he said. "The group that [President Ronald] Reagan believed would invigorate the Republican Party via its traditional values of God, family and country today potentially stands rejected by the party of Reagan. The family values party is alienating the most pro-life, pro-family constituency in America. Go figure."

    While there is disagreement from some, "there is significant agreement" among evangelical and faith-based leaders for comprehensive immigration reform that secures the country's borders and integrates illegal immigrants by providing "a pathway for earned, legal status and/or citizenship for those seeking" it, said Mathew Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel.

    Among white evangelicals, there was "a disconnect between the pulpit and the pew" the last time immigration reform was attempted in Congress in 2006-07, Rodriguez told reporters and others in attendance. Read More

  • 'Son of Hamas' battling deportation

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    SAN DIEGO (BP)--Mosab Hassan Yousef, the eldest son of a prominent Hamas leader on the West Bank and author of a globally circulated book recounting his conversion to Christianity, is facing a June 30 deportation hearing in San Diego. Read More

  • Baptist journalists to cover World Cup

    by Melanie Clinton, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    Photo by Graham Isaacs
    JOHANNESBURG (BP)--Over the next 31 days, 20 Baptist journalists will spread across South Africa to report on the ministries and matches of the 2010 FIFA ... Read More

  • Jackson voices concerns about GCR; Endel, Traylor & Wright reactions mixed

    by Norman Jameson, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    RALEIGH, N.C. (BP)--Alabama pastor and Southern Baptist Convention presidential candidate Jimmy Jackson made a two-stop campaign tour in North Carolina in early June harboring "serious concerns" about potential negative effects on the Southern Baptist Convention if the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommendations are approved by messengers to the SBC annual meeting June 15 in Orlando.

    The three other candidates for the SBC presidency -- Leo Endel, executive director of the Minneso... Read More

  • Ex-SBC presidents among GCR endorsers

    by Staff, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Three former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention are among the latest endorsers of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force recommendations.


    Bailey Smith, who served as president 1980-82 and now leads Bailey Smith Ministries in Atlanta, said in a June 10 statement on the GCRTF website,, that outgoing SBC President Johnny Hunt's leadership "is visionary and necessary. His heart is to see us use our money to bring the most ... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Bill Shiflett): You can be pro-Cooperative Program and pro-GCR

    by Bill Shiflett, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    LEXANA, Kan. (BP)--You can be pro-Cooperative Program and a GCR supporter. The two elements are not mutually exclusive. Who can argue that the Cooperative Program is a marvelous, God-centered entity that must be preserved? We can still accomplish more in missions as a team than as individuals.

    As a former state convention employee, I can attest that diligent state strategists and missionaries accomplish valuable work for the Kingdom of God.

    I love the Cooperative Program, but I love it... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Michael Watson): A likely GCRTF scenario

    by Michael F. Watson Sr., posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In the event the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force's recommendations are approved by the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Fla., the following will likely occur:

    The North American Mission Board will notify the states of their breaking the cooperative agreements. This information will reach the associational missionaries, and the pioneer state associational missionaries will seek to encourage the churches of their associations to cover the 80 percent loss i... Read More

  • GCRTF VIEWPOINT (Lonnie Wilkey): Us and them

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP)--I am now in my 30th year as a denominational journalist. That in itself is hard to believe. But after graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1980 I worked in public relations for North Greenville College (now University) and have been employed either at the state level or national level ever since.

    As I get ready to leave for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention next week in Orlando, Fla., I was reflecting on all the conventions I have at... Read More

  • INTERNATIONAL DIGEST: Chavez declares 'economic war'; Hong Kong marks Tiananmen

    by Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Consumer prices in Venezuela may rise 40 percent this year and President Hugo Chavez has declared "economic war" against private companies in an effort to rein in inflation, which is running at the highest rate among 78 economies tracked by Bloomberg L.P.

    In January, Chavez devalued the country's currency for the first time since 2005 and created a multi-tiered exchange system as he struggled to close a budget deficit and slow capital flight, according to the Bloomber... Read More

  • Rankin, Stetzer explore spiritual warfare

    by Don Graham, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Chocolate, tight clothes and profanity -- that was Easter Sunday for young Ed Stetzer.

    Stetzer, who today directs LifeWay Research, grew up in an Irish Catholic family just outside New York City. Every Easter (and Christmas), his parents dragged the family to a "big building with painted windows and a lot of old people" where an "angry man" (the priest) would scream at them for 20 minutes. The screaming continued on the way home as Stetzer's father unloaded profanities at... Read More

  • Hemphill launches 'iBelieve' series

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Ken Hemphill, national strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth, has launched a new study series called "iBelieve," starting with "Core Convictions," a book that explains the basics of the faith in layman's terms.

    "Most of the systematic theologies are heavyweight in a lot of terminology," Hemphill told Baptist Press. "Core Convictions deals with 23 faith statements starting with the Bible. There are four sections on the Bible, including inerrancy and that it's trustw... Read More

  • BP using Twitter, Facebook at SBC meeting

    by Staff, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Baptist Press is hosting its Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting blog again this year and will also be sending out updates on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

    The blog, dubbed "Instant News," is available at and will provide readers the nuts and bolts of news about the meeting nearly instantly, seconds after events on the convention floor take place.

    Additionally, brief updates from the blog will be posted on the BP Twitter page ( Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'Swim at your own risk!'

    by Fermín Whittaker, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP)--Last August was some of the most exciting and relaxing times I'd had in a long time. I was in Hawaii where my wife Carmen and I spent a few days in what we believe is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

    Islands remind me of the summer I spent in Providencia, Colombia as a boy with my parents. The beautiful sea and beaches, excellent training from my grandfather in the art of fishing, and harvesting sugar cane are vivid memories. Besides the great memories it evo... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: New EPA CO2 regulations will hurt the poor

    by Benjamin B. Phillips, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP)--Last December, the Environmental Protection Agency declared greenhouse gasses, including carbon dioxide (CO2), to be a danger to public health and the environment. On Thursday, Senator Lisa Murkowski and 40 of her colleagues from both parties will try to block the EPA from regulating CO2 emissions.

    You could argue that the “science” of global warming seems less certain by the day, or you could debate the constitutionality of allowing unelected bureaucrats do an end-run around ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: John Wooden, the Christian

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--John Wooden died on Friday, June 4. Throughout the following weekend sports channel ESPN paid homage to the coaching legend. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: Father's Day blues

    by Erich Bridges, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--Hey dads, another Father's Day is coming up.

    We can hardly wait, right? Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The challenges ahead

    by Bob Stith, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando will mark the third year since the establishment of the Southern Baptist Gender Issues office. Read More

  • Periodistas bautistas proveerán cobertura de la Copa Mundial

    Por Melanie Clinton, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    JOHANNESBURG (BP)--Durante los siguientes 31 días, 20 periodistas bautistas se diseminarán a través de Sudáfrica para reportar sobre los ministerios y los partidos de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2010.

          A menudo descrito como el mayor evento deportivo del mundo, el campeonato de fútbol, que sucede cada cuatro años, incluye 32 equipos de todo el mundo que juegan 64 partidos del 11 de junio al 11 de julio. Read More

  • COMPENDIO INTERNACIONAL: Chávez declara 'guerra económica'; ...

    Por Mark Kelly, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--En Venezuela, los precios al consumidor pudieran aumentar 40 por ciento este año y el Presidente Hugo Chávez ha declarado una "guerra económica" en contra de las compañías privadas en un esfuerzo por frenar la inflación, la cual está ya entre las 78 economías inflacionarias más altas rastreadas por Bloomberg L.P.

    En enero, Chávez devaluó la moneda del país por primera vez desde el 2005 y creó un sistema de intercambio de multiniveles mientras luchaba por cerrar un dé... Read More

  • Eutanasia y donación de órganos acoplados en Bélgica

    Por el Personal, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Un peligroso precedente fue establecido en Bélgica, dijo un asesor en ética, cuando una mujer eligió el suicidio asistido y optó por donar sus órganos.

    Wesley Smith, un compañero especialista en bioética en el Discovery Institute, dijo que estar de acuerdo en la extracción de órganos de la eutanasia "levanta el muy realista prospecto de que las personas desesperadas debido a enfermedades terminales o discapacidades (o quizá, solamente desesperadas) podrían aferrarse a pedir... Read More

  • El Senado analiza la revocación de la prohibición de abortos en instalaciones militares

    Por el Personal, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--Los defensores en el Senado de los derechos al aborto están buscando revocar la antigua prohibición de abortos en las instalaciones militares.

    El Comité de Servicios Armados del Senado aprobó una enmienda para revocar las prohibiciones como parte de la Ley de Autorización de la Defensa Nacional para el 2011. El panel votó 15 a 12 a favor de la enmienda antes de enviar el proyecto completo a todo el Senado en una votación abierta de 18 a 10.

    El proyecto de ley de autori... Read More

  • Land, y otros rechazan a parejas homosexuals en propuesta de ley de inmigración

    Por el Personal, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP)--El bautista del sur experto en ética, Richard Land, se ha unido a otros líderes evangélicos para oponerse a una propuesta de reforma migratoria si es que continúa tratando a las parejas homosexuales de la misma manera que a las parejas casadas y heterosexuales.

    El presidente de la Comisión de Ética y Libertad Religiosa firmó el 4 de junio una declaración hecha por la firma legal de derechos religiosos Liberty Counsel oponiéndose a la provisión para parejas del mismo sexo en... Read More

  • ALERTA: Cómo registrarse para votar en la reunión anual de la CBS

    Por el Personal, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--El proceso para registrar pastores y miembros de iglesia de manera que califiquen para votar en la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur puede parecer difícil, pero con un poco de información a mano, es relativamente fácil de hacer.

    Cada iglesia de la CBS tiene un número de identificación compuesto de siete dígitos que se usa para completar el Perfil Anual de la Iglesia. Con ese número en mano, el pastor o el moderador de la iglesia (o administrativo) puede ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¡Peligro! ¡Nade bajo su propio riesgo!

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP)--El pasado agosto fue una de las más emocionantes y relajantes ocasiones que yo había tenido en largo tiempo. Estaba en Hawái con mi esposa Carmen y pasé unos pocos días en lo que creemos es uno de los lugares más bellos sobre la Tierra.

    Las islas me traen a la memoria el verano que pasé con mis padres en Providencia, Colombia cuando era un muchacho. El hermoso mar y las playas, el excelente entrenamiento de parte de mi abuelo en el arte de la pesca, y la cosecha de la c... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Usando las Relaciones Personales para Evangelizar

    Por Gustavo Suárez, posted Thursday, June 10, 2010 (8 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP)--Cada persona tiene una red de parientes y amistades a su alrededor. Para muchos de nosotros esas redes se extienden hasta nuestro país de origen. Muchos, con frecuencia, se comunican por teléfono. Otros visitan y aun otros mandan dinero a sus familias con frecuencia. Te has fijado, en tu iglesia, ¿cuántas personas puedes tú conocer por medio de una sola persona? Cuando llegue a la ciudad donde vivo conocí a Jose. A través de la relación personal con Jose he conocido a ... Read More