Baptist Press Archive

Friday, September 15, 2017

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  • EDITORIAL: Cuando azota la tormenta

    by Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    En los últimos días cuando encendemos el televisor o cuando leemos las noticias en la prensa o en el internet, la mayor parte de las mismas están dedicadas a los daños causados por los huracanes Harvey e Irma. Tengo muchos amigos que viven en Houston y muchos familiares y amigos que viven en la Florida. Read More

  • Baptist DR not letting up after ruinous Irma, Harvey

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    FORT MEYERS, Fla. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief continues to deploy volunteers to help respond to immediate needs in Florida and the Caribbean left by Hurricane Irma while still maintaining focus on enormous needs from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, south Texas and Louisiana.

    In Florida, seven Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) feeding units from several states in the Southeast have arrived as well as some from the Northeast. Many are set to begin feeding today (Friday, Sept. 15). On Thursday, a crew from the Baptist General Association of Virginia prepared 1,200 meals in Palm Coast. Read More

  • Man charged with murder in church killing

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    SOMERSET, Ky. (BP) -- Dwight Mitchell Bell confessed to robbing and killing a woman three weeks ago in a Kentucky church, according to police.

    Bell, 41, was charged with robbery and murder in the death of Ruthie Carolyn New, 70, on Aug. 24 in Somerset.

    Bell was taken into custody on Tuesday after Somerset police detectives, with the assistance of the Major Crimes Task Force and the Dandridge Police Department in Dandridge, Tenn., located him in the Dandridge area. Read More

  • China tightens worship, Sunday school restrictions

    by Morning Star News/Editor, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- China startled Christians by tightening its "choke-hold" on churches there in September, banning Christian education for children and unregistered church worship "as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once," China Aid told Morning Star News.

    In Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in southern China, police visited members of unregistered churches at their homes to warn them not to attend worship services. Officers also summoned a large number of them for questioning, China Aid reported from one of its sources. Read More

  • NOBTS Adrian Rogers center lifts expository preaching

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- With a commitment to helping a new generation of preachers and pastors in the pulpit, the Adrian Rogers Center for Expository Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was dedicated in a Sept. 12 chapel service.

    In partnership with the late Adrian Rogers' proclamation ministry Love Worth Finding, the NOBTS center will provide resources and present conferences and lectureships to encourage and equip students and pastors. Read More

  • Gaines: Memphis Confederate monument should be moved

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines is among about a dozen Southern Baptist signatories of a letter requesting that a Memphis statue of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest be moved from a public park "to a more historically appropriate site."

    In all, 169 clergy members representing 95 congregations and other institutions signed a Sept. 13 letter to the Tennessee Historical Commission in support of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland's request to move the statue. Read More

  • MOVIES: One film, 2 big themes

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "Because of Gracia" ventures into two challenging themes -- chastity and freedom of speech -- in a poignant teen drama featuring former "American Idol" contestant Moriah Peters.

    Set for a limited theatrical release by ArtAffects Entertainment on Sept. 15, the first scenario in Because of Gracia concerns a Christian high school student who finds herself in a debate class defending the right to teach creationism.

    The second plot involves her pledge to remain chaste until her wedding, while a fellow student loses her battle for virtue to a devious boyfriend. Read More

  • ERLC's Moore urges persuasion to promote civility

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Americans, including conservative Christians, should seek to persuade others -- not pigeonhole them by classifications -- to promote civility in a religiously diverse culture, Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore said in a Washington, D.C., panel discussion.

    Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, spoke during a Sept. 13 event hosted by The Brookings Institution on the role of religious freedom in building public civility.

    The American Charter Project (ACP) sponsored the program in an effort to offer guidance on how to overcome polarization in the United States along ideological and religious divides. ACP will release the "American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience" later this year as part of its effort. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Keep your first love

    by David Jeremiah, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    To stay focused on Jesus and "duplicate His life," David Jeremiah counsels, continually "refresh your memory" of His attributes and character and the many ways His love is experienced and shared with others. Read More

  • Ya no está obstaculizada por Harvey, misión regresa a la vida

    Por Bonnie Pritchett/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- Liz Neal se mantuvo hablando con una mujer que manejaba una camioneta F-150 que se movía lentamente en una fila de distribución de comida en la Misión Farrington de Houston. Dos semanas después de que el huracán Harvey devastara la región, cientos de conductores -- en una fila que daba vuelta cuadra abajo del camino alimentador -- llegaban para obtener comida básica y artículos caseros.

    Y voluntarios como Neal se aseguraban de que se fueran con mucho más.

    Durante dos insoportablemente largas semanas, que comenzaron el 27 de agosto, la Misión Farrington había estado cerrada. Lluvias sin precedentes inundaron Halls Bayou y llenaron la misión y las casas circunvecinas de agua. Read More

  • Después de Irma, los bautistas ya despachan comida en el Caribe

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- La escasez de agua y comida en el Caribe ha sido aliviada por los compañeros bautistas del sur y los trabajadores de alivio en desastres casi una semana después de que el huracán Irma aplastó las islas y mató a por lo menos 38 personas.

    Respuesta Global Bautista (BGR) ya está distribuyendo comida en Cuba, donde Irma golpeó 13 de las 15 provincias. La Junta de Misiones Estatales Bautistas de Alabama está trabajando con la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA) para transportar una unidad de alimentación a Puerto Rico, le dijo el director ejecutivo de BGR, Jeff Palmer a Baptist Press hoy ... Read More

  • Llega la ayuda bautista a las islas del Caribe destrozadas por Irma

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    SANTA DOMINGO, República Dominicana (BP) -- Días después de que el huracán Irma matara por lo menos a 34 personas y destruyera comunidades enteras en el Caribe y las Indias Orientales, los compañeros bautistas del sur están en el sitio evaluando las más urgentes necesidades de ayuda.

    Un equipo de evaluación y respuesta en desastres (DART por sus siglas en inglés) de Respuesta Global Bautista (BGR por sus siglas en inglés) llegó el domingo en la noche (10 de septiembre) a Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, le dijo hoy el director ejecutivo de BGR, Jeff Palmer a Baptist Press, y está trabajando en cooperación con la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas (NAMB por sus siglas en inglés) para llenar las ... Read More

  • Se insta a los republicanos en el Congreso a que cumplan su promesa de desfinanciar a PPFA

    Por Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Russell Moore, el bautista del sur especialista en ética, colabora con otros líderes pro-vida para decirle a los congresistas republicanos que "pasó ya el plazo de la entrega" de su promesa de desfinanciamiento de Planned Parenthood.

    En la carta del 5 de septiembre -- enviada a todos los republicanos miembros del Congreso -- les insta a adoptar una legislación que recorte la mayoría de los fondos federales que recibe Planned Parenthood of America y sus filiales, las cuales hacen más de un tercio de los abortos en los Estados Unidos. En los últimos años, el líder nacional proveedor de abortos ha recibido del gobierno más de $550 millones anuales en subsidios y rembolsos. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Cuando azota la tormenta

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    En los últimos días cuando encendemos el televisor o cuando leemos las noticias en la prensa o en el internet, la mayor parte de las mismas están dedicadas a los daños causados por los huracanes Harvey e Irma. Tengo muchos amigos que viven en ... Read More