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Thursday, September 28, 2017

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  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    LIBERAL, Kan. (BP) -- Voices sing out -- first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages.

    "The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá."

    The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together. He looks out and sees no less than 10 countries and four languages represented among the 150 or so people. Some wear ear buds that relay a translation from a nearby booth. Others squeeze next to a friend whispering a translation. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Una Exhortación Hacia La Unidad

    by Michael A. Gonzales, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Todos hemos escuchado decir "la unión hace la fuerza". Cristo dijo un reino, una ciudad o una casa dividida no permanecerá.

    "Sabiendo Jesús los pensamientos de ellos, les dijo: Todo reino dividido ... Read More

  • Missionary physician Franklin Fowler dies at 100

    by Ann Lovell & Art Toalston, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Franklin T. Fowler, the first medical consultant for Southern Baptists' Foreign Mission Board, died Sept. 10 in Richmond, Va., at age 100.

    Fowler began serving at the board (now International Mission Board) in 1960 after he and his wife Dorcas had been missionaries in Paraguay and Mexico.

    In Paraguay, Fowler founded a Baptist hospital in Asuncion, which continues today under Paraguayan leadership as the Baptist Medical Center, which treats 16,000 patients per month in the nation's capital. Read More

  • Puerto Rico churches doing best to help, NAMB catalyst says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Screen capture from MSNBC
    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most of the Southern Baptist churches on the island is still unknown, a church planting catalyst on the island told Baptist Press.

    But the 12 churches Carlos Rodriguez has been able to contact are doing all they can to help survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria, he said in a telephone interview Sept. 27. Rodriguez had been unable to contact the remaining 75 or so Southern Baptist churches on the island because of damaged infrastructure and communication services, he said. Read More

  • Pensacola cross sparks legal battle

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Becket Fund for Religious Liberty photo
    PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) -- The city of Pensacola, Fla., has appealed a federal judge's ruling that a 34-foot-tall cross in one of its public parks must be removed.

    The city, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, filed a 155-page brief in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Sept. 26 claiming those who filed suit lack legal standing to bring a complaint and that the cross does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban of government-established religion. Becket is a conservative, Washington-based nonprofit organization focused on defending religious liberty. Read More

  • Federal judge strikes down Ky. abortion law

    by Mark Maynard/Kentucky Today , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky law requiring doctors who conduct abortions to display and describe a patient's ultrasound as well as play the fetal heartbeat to the pregnant woman violates the First Amendment rights of those physicians, a federal judge said.

    U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled late Wednesday (Sept. 27) in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge to the law by the state's only abortion provider, EMW Women's Surgical Center, and bans the state from enforcing it. Read More

  • 'Miracles really do happen,' Scalise says to House

    by Staff, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana described himself as "definitely a living example that miracles really do happen" in his first appearance in the U.S House of Representatives after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound 15 weeks ago.

    Scalise, the House's majority whip and a leading conservative in the Republican Party, spoke today (Sept. 28) after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches. He was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., park as GOP members practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lesson from a generous widow

    by H.B. Charles Jr., posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    The recollection of squandering a needy widow's love offering as a young preacher helps H.B. Charles remember the need for pastors to fight materialism. Read More

  • Bible Study: Oct. 1, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 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

  • Iglesia se junta después del huracán para servir a comunidad de la Florida

    Por Josie Bingham , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Foto de Daniel Draddy.
    IMMOKALEE, Fla. (BP) -- Adentro de un gimnasio con paredes amarillas, 200 voluntarios forman una línea de producción. Estos ayudantes de la Iglesia First Baptist (FBC) de Immokalee, Fla., están poniendo en bolsas comida y artículos de limpieza en el gimnasio de la iglesia porque es uno de los pocos edificios que quedaron en pie después de que el huracán Irma redujo la ya empobrecida área a inclusive menos.

    "Nuestros extraordinarios voluntarios están adentro y afuera de la iglesia atendiendo toda clase de estaciones desde poner en bolsas hasta ... Read More

  • Vigilia de oración organizada a raíz del tiroteo en la iglesia

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Captura de pantalla de Nashville Tennessean.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Los servicios de oración continúan hoy (25 septiembre) mientras Nashville está de luto por el tiroteo masivo de ayer al final del servicio dominical matutino en una iglesia del área. Una persona perdió la vida y otros 8 están heridos, incluyendo al pastor.

    Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, el lugar donde ocurrió el tiroteo, tendrá una vigilia de oración hoy a las 7 p.m. en el jardín de la entrada, dijo la iglesia a través de su página en Facebook. La iglesia ubicada en Antioch, Tenn., señaló que su santuario sigue siendo una escena activa de investigación del crimen. Read More

  • Niñas asiáticas retribuyen con cartas, dibujos y $4.28

    Por Lily Jameson* , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Foto cortesía de Goldie Frances* (*Nombres cambiados)
    ASIA DEL SUR (BP) -- En un salón de clases abarrotado de libros infantiles, una niña de 8 años en Asia del Sur introduce dinero en un frasco plástico.

    Estos pocos billetes son preciosos. Su familia no tiene mucho, pero ella está enviando el poquito dinero que tiene a Respuesta Global Bautista (BGR).

    "Di dinero para los que no tienen comida," le dice la niña de 8 años a ... Read More

  • Doctores estadounidenses toman postura oficial en contra de la eutanasia

    Por Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service , posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- El Colegio Estadounidense de Médicos argumenta que la meta de la medicina no es controlar la manera y el tiempo de la muerte.

    En medio de los crecientes intentos de legalizar la eutanasia a nivel estatal, la segunda red más grande de médicos habló oficialmente en su contra esta semana.

    El Colegio Estadounidense de Médicos (ACP) escribió en una declaración de postura publicada el 19 de septiembre en los Anales de Medicina ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Una Exhortación Hacia La Unidad

    Michael A. Gonzales, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (20 days ago)

    Todos hemos escuchado decir "la unión hace la fuerza". Cristo dijo un reino, una ciudad o una casa dividida no permanecerá.

    "Sabiendo Jesús los pensamientos de ellos, les dijo: Todo reino dividido ... Read More