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Thursday, October 05, 2017

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  • After wildfire, pastor's widow has unwavering faith

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    Photo by Corinne Williams
    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (BP) -- Ruth Martin isn't likely to ever forget Nov. 28, 2016 -- the day she became homeless.

    The 91-year-old widow of a Tennessee Baptist pastor left her home of 40-plus years that night with just the clothes she was wearing.

    As wildfire surrounded her home atop a mountain road overlooking the city of Gatlinburg, she and her son and daughter, who also had houses on the property, did what has come naturally over the years -- they prayed.

    With their cars blocked by fallen trees, they did not know if they could even get off the mountain. Martin's daughter, Debbie Gillespie, said she prayed, "Lord, if You want us off this mountain, You will have to send someone to get us." A moment after that prayer, she saw the headlights of a truck just a few houses down the mountain. Read More

  • Evangelical leaders call for help for Dreamers

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A coalition of evangelical leaders organized by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has urged Congress to supply a remedy for undocumented immigrants brought by their parents to the United States.

    In a statement released today (Oct. 5), the 51 signers called for a legislative solution for the approximately 800,000 people affected by the Trump administration's Sept. 5 announcement it would end a program that gave them relief from deportation. Today's statement comes on the final day undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children will be able to apply for deportation deferral. See related story. Read More

  • ACLU fights faith-based child placement agencies

    by Bonnie Pritchett/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    LANSING, Michigan (BP) -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is challenging a Michigan law that allows faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to operate according to their biblical convictions. The lawsuit, filed against the state Sept. 20 in federal court, could jeopardize similar laws across the nation and force faith-based agencies to close.

    The lawsuit names Bethany Christian Services and Catholic Charities, which are not defendants, as foster care and adoption agencies that turned away two married lesbian couples trying to adopt children. Read More

  • Alaska Baptists celebrate outreach to highways, hedges

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska (BP) -- Alaska Baptists celebrated baptisms, new pastors to their state convention, progress in areas without a Gospel witness, and heard other encouraging ministry reports during its 72nd annual meeting, Sept. 25-27, held in Ketchikan.

    Ketchikan, known as "salmon capital" as well as "rain capital" of the world, is the southernmost city in Alaska and its fifth-largest, with an area population of nearly 14,000. With no road to Ketchikan except the on-island Tongass Highway, most people fly in despite the $600 cost one-way from Fairbanks in the center of the state. The meeting took place at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, with First Baptist Church of Ketchikan serving as host church. Read More

  • Pro-life Rep. Murphy to exit amid mistress abortion scandal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a purported pro-lifer accused of having asked his ex-mistress to have an abortion, announced Oct. 4 he will not seek re-election when his eighth legislative term ends in January 2018.

    "After discussions with my family and staff, I have come to the decision that I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of my current term," he said in an official statement at murphy.house.gov. "In the coming weeks I will take personal time to seek help as my family and I continue to work through our personal difficulties and seek healing. I ask you to respect our privacy during this time." Read More

  • Fantasy-themed TV exposes kids to adult fare, PTC says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Fantasy-themed television shows routinely repurpose familiar fairytales into graphic adult fare targeting children, the Parents Television Council (PTC) said in its most recent study.

    Shows such as NBC's "Grimm" and "Emerald City," and ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" repurpose Alice, Dorothy and other beloved characters to yield adult fairy tales while rating them suitable for children as young as 14 and, in some cases, younger, the PTC said. Read More

  • Bible Study: Oct. 8, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 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

  • Bible Study: Oct. 8, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 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: Las Vegas & the value of human life

    by Steven L. James, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    Steven James presses toward a deepened view of the sanctity of human life in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre. It must be "a clear articulation and a visible representation," he writes, in "our mission, our teaching and our ministries." Read More

  • Masacre en Las Vegas: 'un acto de pura maldad'

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Un pistolero solitario desde una vista panorámica disparó un arma automática a una multitud de 22,000 que asistían a un concierto en Las Vegas, y mató a por lo menos a 58 personas e hirió a más de 500 antes de suicidarse en su cuarto de hotel el domingo en la noche (1º de octubre).

    La policía de Las Vegas identificó al sospechoso de la balacera como Stephen Craig Paddock de 64 años de Mesquite, Nev., y dijo que este actuó solo cuando disparó hacia el Route 91 Harvest Festival (Festival de Otoño Route 91) de música country poco después de las 10 p.m. Read More

  • Bautistas del sur y otros publican carta a Trump sobre 'derecha alternativa'

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Una carta redactada por un grupo de bautistas del sur y otros ha llamado al presidente Trump a denunciar claramente el racismo de la "derecha alternativa."

    La carta -- titulada "Llamado a un Liderazgo Unificado" y primero reportada por CNN hoy (29 de septiembre) -- urge a Trump a ir más allá de sus comentarios y acciones anteriores para recriminar un movimiento que "ganó prominencia pública" durante su campaña presidencial. Read More

  • PC Nacional termina año fiscal 4.31% arriba de la meta

    Por el personal , posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- La Convención Bautista del Sur finalizó su año fiscal con $8.14 millones sobre su meta presupuestada para 2016–2017 y $1.41 millones arriba del presupuesto del año anterior para las contribuciones del Presupuesto de Asignaciones del PC, de acuerdo con Frank S. Page, presidente y director ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS.

    "Estamos agradecidos con Dios por su provisión para las misiones y los ministerios de la CBS durante este año pasado," dijo. "Nuestro Señor ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Como Desarrollar Frutos para la Eternidad

    Gustavo V. Suárez, posted Thursday, October 05, 2017 (15 days ago)

    Vivimos en un mundo en el cual la población está creciendo de una manera astronómica. En contraste las iglesias no están alcanzando el mismo nivel de crecimiento de la población. Read More