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Friday, June 22, 2018

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  • EDITORIAL: Esto nos afecta a todos

    by Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Criticar a otros puede surgir como un "simple comentario" y todos estamos expuestos a asumir esa práctica dañina. ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Esto nos afecta a todos

    by Oscar Fernandez, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Criticar a otros puede surgir como un "simple comentario" y todos estamos expuestos a asumir esa práctica dañina. Hace años, un día mientras cenaba con mi esposa, me percaté de que, sin mala intención, estábamos criticando a un líder de nuestra iglesia. Ese día tomamos la decisión de que, en lugar de hacer comentarios, cuando surgiera el deseo de comentar algún hecho o criticar a alguien, íbamos a orar por esa persona. Esta es una buena medicina para nuestras almas. Read More

  • Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center's ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised.

    Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew's scale of restrictions including both laws and social hostilities, up from 40 percent in 2015 and 29 percent in the baseline study period of 2007, Pew said. Read More

  • Asian Americans can be 'missionary forces' in SBC

    by Morgan Collier, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- "We have a citizenship in heaven and we are true brothers and sisters in Christ," D. August Boto told attendees at the National Asian American Fellowship's June 11 meeting in Dallas.

    Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee, said the EC is "available to enhance the way God has gifted you in and through the ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention."

    Paul Kim, the EC's Asian American relations consultant, presented Roger S. Oldham, EC vice president for convention communications and relations, and Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement, with awards of appreciation for their continued support for the National Asian American Fellowship. Read More

  • Girls in rural church learn of minister retiree needs

    by Joe Westbury, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BLACKSHEAR, Ga. (BP) -- When Southgate Baptist Church's Girls in Action (GA) group decided to focus on Mission:Dignity for their Christmas in August project, most of the members had never heard of the ministry that helps retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows.

    Southgate is located in rural southeast Georgia where small churches dot the landscape. Congregations were historically held together with part-time or even quarter-time pastors who worked for little to nothing to fulfill their sacred calling.

    Now in their sunset years, these pastors struggle to pay the bills while maintaining that calling even as their health fades. Read More

  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Samuelle Grove
    DALLAS (BP) -- Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship.

    The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second -- and even third -- generation pastors successfully navigate cross-cultural church planting and pastoral ministry. The event was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas.

    More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting to hear seven Southern Baptist leaders address the theme of "United and Diverse: Critical Issues for our Cooperative Future." Read More

  • Panel takes stock of Southern Baptists' unity

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- Engaging the topic of unity within the Southern Baptist Convention, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen moderated a panel discussion during the fourth annual For the Church Regional Conference June 12.

    More than 1,000 people filled the room to hear a spirited discussion by J.D. Greear, Thom Rainer, Mark Dever, H.B. Charles Jr., Vance Pitman, Noe Garcia and Micah Fries during the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Read More

  • Panel describes, advocates 'text-driven' preaching

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Prior to the annual Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a Text-Driven Preaching "MicroConference" June 10 on the value of text-driven preaching.

    Moderated by David Allen, dean of Southwestern's school of preaching, the conference featured a panel of two SWBTS professors and three students who advocated text-driven preaching as the best means for communicating God's Word to His people. Read More

  • SBC, church's role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year's 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas.

    Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of 9Marks, an organization dedicated to helping foster church health. The events, which started at 9 p.m., were held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • NAMB, Send Relief's exhibit: Sending hope

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    DALLAS (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's exhibit featured its Send Relief compassion ministry as well as Send Network church planting emphasis at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "The overall theme is sending hope," NAMB director of events Lee Cunningham said. "We highlighted the five Send Relief focus areas and encouraged people to two calls to action: writing notes for church planters and recording a Gospel Conversation (GC) Challenge video. The exhibit design was made to bring these two things together across NAMB and Send Relief." Read More

  • Connect 316 prays for unity, clarity in SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- On the eve of this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Connect 316 -- an organization advocating a "traditionalist" view of salvation -- convened for a prayer meeting in lieu of its annual celebration.

    "We heard" outgoing SBC President Steve Gaines' call to prayer, Connect 316 executive board member Tim Barnette told the June 11 gathering at the Dallas Omni. "So we wanted to join him in that and support that because we believe, like Jerry Falwell Sr. used to say, that nothing of eternal consequence takes place apart from concerted prayer. We believe what James says, that the prayer of the righteous is intensely powerful." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Be alert amid Bible distortions

    by Rob Phillips, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    While Belief systems such as Mormonism and Islam profess high regard for Scripture, Rob Phillips notes that "in fact, they deny its inspiration, inerrancy or preservation." Read More

  • Trump es elogiado por detener separación de familias en la frontera

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Varios líderes bautistas del sur elogiaron la orden ejecutiva del presidente Trump el miércoles (20 de junio) que abordó la separación de los niños de sus padres en la frontera Estados Unidos-México.

    Uno citó la resolución adoptada el 12 de junio en la reunión de la Convención Bautista del Sur en Dallas como un paso importante en la creación de la orden ejecutiva.

    Dos líderes solicitaron al Congreso promulgar reformas al sistema de inmigración. Read More