Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 02, 2018

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  • Dulcimers become widow's instrument for ministry

    by Gayla Holt Sullivan/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Tena Faris
    KENNARD, Texas (BP) -- Margaret and Jerry Wright trekked to the Arkansas Ozarks town of Mountain View in July 1994 to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, a nearby cave.

    Or so they thought.

    Checking in at a campsite, they learned that folk music "jam sessions" took place each evening at the Ozark Folk Center and in front of the Stone County Courthouse on the Mountain View town square. Margaret was ... Read More

  • Peru's dream of a World Cup: A lesson for missions

    by Jennifer Waldrep, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    YEKATERINBURG, Russia (BP) -- Tears streamed down the cheeks of thousands of Peruvians who traveled to Russia only to see their World Cup dream end with an 0-1 loss to France at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg.

    Yet, what mattered -- what Peruvians savored -- is that after 36 years on the outside, their national soccer team contended as a World Cup team. No longer watching from the sidelines, they got in the game. Arriba Perú! Read More

  • Migrant ministry gets early start in Calif.

    by Holly Smith/California Southern Baptist, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    PARLIER, Calif. (BP) -- Feeding Those Who Feed Us has been a popular California Southern Baptist Convention ministry for nearly 20 years, seeing thousands of migrant workers make professions of faith in Christ.

    The convention ministers in more than 25 migrant centers each summer throughout California, providing food staples, Vacation Bible Schools, children's activities, live music, Gospel messages and other outreach initiatives. Read More

  • UN-related religious liberty committee led by ADF rep

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NEW YORK (BP) -- Days after the U.S. withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council of 47 nations, a U.S. attorney has been named head of a multifaith nongovernmental group advising the U.N. on religious freedoms globally.

    Alliance Defending Freedom International's Kelsey Zorzi began serving June 28 as president of the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, formed in 1991 to advocate for international agreements upholding such freedoms from within U.N. headquarters in New York. Read More

  • Okla. medical marijuana law a 'dangerous foothold'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Oklahoma's adoption of what may be the nation's most permissive medical marijuana law has left some evangelicals concerned the drug could gain an increased hold on the state.

    "The approval of so-called medical marijuana is disappointing but not shocking," Brian Hobbs, editor of Oklahoma's Baptist Messenger newsjournal, said in a statement. "The culture in America is increasingly in favor of marijuana use, and this state question gives marijuana a dangerous foothold in the Sooner State. Christians need to redouble our efforts on ... Read More