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Thursday, September 13, 2018

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  • 4 trucks with DR equipment head to Carolinas & Va.

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Photo by Allan Blume/Biblical Recorder
    CANNONSBURG, Ky. (BP) -- Chainsaws, generators and other equipment and supplies were loaded onto four semi-trailer trucks Sept. 11-12 ahead of Hurricane Florence at Southern Baptists' Appalachian Ministry Center in northeastern Kentucky.

    Florence began its onslaught on North and South Carolina today (Sept. 13). According to CNN, "By late Thursday afternoon, the Carolina coasts can expect winds topping 80 mph. And that's just the prelude to untold days of misery." Though the hurricane had weakened to Category 2 with sustained winds topping 100 mph, a devastating storm surge is projected, followed by massive amounts of rainfall for several days on the coast and inland.

    Rob Allen, director of the center, said the ministry of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief arm -- was coming alongside state Baptist conventions in North and South Carolina and Virginia to help with hurricane relief. Read More

  • Rocket scientist finds formula for church planting

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    HOUMA, La. (BP) -- NASA's Clifton Arnold is a rocket scientist with a successful formula for church planting.

    "You get them in the door with music, you keep them in the house with teaching," Arnold, who planted Kingdom Life Fellowship in Houma, La., in 2016, told the Baptist Message. "People go to churches where they like their worship style and their teaching is solid."

    When he is not preaching at Kingdom Life Fellowship, Arnold manages four NASA rocket propulsion test sites -- at Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. Read More

  • Memphis pastor leading 'church without walls'

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Screen capture from the Baptist and Reflector
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- It would have been easy for Barron Martin to take the safe route. He could have moved from the Memphis area, found a comfortable job, and simply "tuned out" the violence and poverty that plagues the neighborhood where he was raised.

    Instead, he chose the opposite approach. He elected to be on the frontline.

    Responding to God's call, Martin has become a highly-visible figure in the West Frayser area, bringing the hope and love of Christ to his community. He is the founder and pastor of One Faith Christian Center Church, which is dedicated to reaching youth and children for Jesus amid the tough circumstances. Read More

  • PPFA names new president but aura of scandal remains

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood has a doctor as its new president but continues to carry its scandal-plagued reputation as the country's No. 1 abortion provider.

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) announced Wednesday (Sept. 12) the selection of Leana Wen as the sixth president in its century-long history. Wen has been health commissioner of the city of Baltimore for the last 3 1/2 years and becomes the first physician to head the organization in nearly 50 years.

    Wen, who succeeds Cecile Richards after her 12-year tenure, takes over Planned Parenthood three years after undercover videos were first released that provided evidence the organization was trading in body parts from aborted babies. The investigation by the Center of Medical Progress (CMP) prompted congressional examination of the organization and a reported investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as renewed federal defunding efforts. Read More

  • TV comedies using sexual quips in scenes with kids

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Prime-time television series promoted as "family comedies" are increasingly using sexually graphic language in scenes including child actors, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in its latest research.

    More than four-fifths, 81.5 percent, of all shows studied had scenes of adult actors using explicit sexual dialogue in front of juvenile cast members, PTC said in "Lewd by Example," its study of 332 episodes of family-themed situation comedies on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW.

    "When it comes to airing sexually charged dialogue in front of children, the broadcast television networks eagerly appear to be saying 'me too' when they could be saying '#metoo,'" PTC President Tim Winter said Sept. 10 in releasing the study. Findings come "when our nation is grappling with a crisis of inappropriate sexual provocation. Furthermore, the networks are marketing this alarming content trend as being appropriate for children to watch." Read More

  • Bible Study: Sept. 16, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Adjusting to the dark

    by Kathy Ferguson Litton:, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    A tragic auto accident left Kathy Litton a 45-year-widow in "a season of worshipping in the dark." She nevertheless experienced God's grace, noting, "He is still the God you knew in the light." Read More

  • AD bautista se alista para arremetida del huracán Florence

    Por Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Foto de NASA.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- A medida que el huracán Florence continúa su trayectoria hacia el litoral de Carolina, la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas (NAMB) coordina la respuesta de Ayuda Nacional Bautista en Desastres (SBDR), junto con el traslado de suministros del almacén de Envía Alivio en Ashland, Ky.

    El presidente de la SBC, J.D. Greear, en un video distribuido por NAMB, llama a los bautistas del sur a "mostrar la generosidad de Cristo" a través de las próximas labores de desastre. Read More

  • Ministerio de iglesia a necesidades especiales impacta Nicaragua

    Por Sharon Mager/Convención Bautista de Maryland/Delaware , posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Foto de la Convención Bautista de Maryland/Delaware
    BOWIE, Md. (BP) -- La mujer nicaragüense se sorprendió al ver a los visitantes -- estadounidenses, que eran amables, que usaban palabras suaves y oraban por ella y su familia. También le dieron una Biblia, y visitaron a su hijo postrado en una cama. Ella miraba con una sonrisa cuando el chico levantó la cabeza para mirar a los visitantes, y le dieron una bola de fútbol de inflar.

    Fue un momento transformador.

    Los estadounidenses incluían un equipo misionero de la Iglesia Bautista ... Read More

  • 'Biblia del Pescador' recibe el Sello de Platino de la SEPA

    Por el personal de Lifeway, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- La Biblia del Pescador, del Dr. Luis Ángel Díaz-Pabón y la publicadora B&H en Español, obtuvo el Sello platino (más de 500,000 copias vendidas) el 8 de agosto pasado, en la ciudad de Miami, en el estado de Florida. El galardón fue otorgado por la Asociación de Editoriales Evangélicas (SEPA), durante el banquete de SEPA en Expolit.

    Los Premios SEPA reconocen la más alta calidad y excelencia en la publicación, venta y comercialización de literatura cristiana en español. Los premios se otorgan cada año durante Expolit, la convención de literatura y música cristiana ... Read More

  • Precedente 'defectuoso,' 'completo desastre' derrota cruz de Florida

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Foto de Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- Si la corte federal se hubiera salido con la suya, una cruz de 10 metros podría permanecer en su lugar en Pensacola, Fla. Pero un "precedente defectuoso" que los jueces llamaron un "completo desastre" los forzó a fallar lo contrario, escribieron los jueces en su veredicto.

    Los jueces dijeron que tuvieron las manos atadas por un decreto de 1983 en un caso casi idéntico de ACLU v. el condado Rabun, cuando la Corte de Apelaciones del Onceavo Distrito de EE.UU. ordenó que una cruz fuera quitada del Parque Estatal Black Rock Mountain en Georgia. Read More

  • La cosecha evangelística es abundante en las universidades, dice un líder

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Foto de City Church Tallahassee
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) -- Más de 700 estudiantes universitarios asistieron al lanzamiento del ministerio universitario City Church U de la iglesia City Church en Tallahassee, Fla. Hubo por lo menos cinco decisiones por Cristo.

    Probablemente otros vendrán a Cristo cuando los estudiantes líderes voluntarios construyan un ambiente de comunidad entre las tres universidades que alcanza el ministerio, dijo a Baptist Press Hunter Leavine, director del ministerio universitario de City Church. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: ¿Como librarse del resentimiento?

    Gerardo A. Alfaro, posted Thursday, September 13, 2018 (9 days ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- 1. Reconoce que todo sufrimiento tiene un propósito, aunque muchas veces tú no lo veas. Job y la perdida de sus hijos.

    2. Ora específicamente por los que no te quieren y te han dañado con palabras o acciones. Jesús y los fariseos. Hacer una lista de ... Read More