Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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  • From gang members to followers of Christ

    by Lisa Falknor/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Last year, numerous gang-related shootings rocked a Springdale, Ark., community.

    Following the death of two young men killed in gang-related shootings, stunned residents responded with a peace march to stand against gang violence. As the crowd paused for a moment of silence, a former gang member had time to thank God for rescuing him -- and 14 members of his family -- out of that culture. Read More

  • Plateaued church shifts focus, maintains CP support

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

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    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Trinity Southern Baptist Church in Fresno, Calif., had reached a plateau. In the words of pastor Greg Roper, the church had become inwardly focused, maintaining "what used to be" and ministering only to themselves.

    Despite continued strength in attendance, active participation in church programs and international mission trips, Roper and other leaders determined about three years ago the congregation was only growing inward and needed to refocus.

    "We've been changing the purpose of what we are as a church. We have been deliberately changing things from maintenance focused to outward focused so we can make disciples who make disciples," Roper told Baptist Press.... Read More

  • D.C. gives initial OK to assisted suicide

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    "It is not good when societies learn to dispose of anyone."

    -- Mark Dever

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Physician-assisted suicide in America's capital city has gained first approval, and Southern Baptist leaders locally and nationally are warning about the consequences.

    The Council of the District of Columbia voted 11-2 Tuesday (Nov. 1) for legislation that would empower doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to people who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses and supposedly have less than six months to live. The council must approve the bill a second time, possibly as soon as Nov. 15. It is expected Mayor Muriel Bowser will sign it before Congress has a 30-day period for review. Read More

  • Hispanic fellowship to meet in conjunction with SBC

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    WICHITA, Kan. (BP) -- The National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches, in a gathering intense in worship, held its ninth annual congress at Iglesia Bautista Casa de Dios in Wichita, where Abraham Arevalo is pastor.

    About 80 people from 24 churches participated in the Oct. 27-29 sessions, reported Elias Bracamonte, first vice president of the organization named in Spanish the Confraternidad Nacional de Iglesias Hispanas Bautistas del Sur. Read More

  • National CP 2.73% under 1st month projection

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 4.54 percent below last year's opening month of the convention's fiscal year and 2.73 percent below the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release from Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Something to be excited about

    by David Holmes, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    The Cooperative Program has been around for decades "quietly doing its work," David Holmes, a church missions pastor, writes, noting that it remains "worthy of celebrating. It is as relevant to what we do today as it was when God planted the idea with Southern Baptists a long time ago." Read More