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Thursday, November 09, 2017

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  • Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, heal

    by Tammi Ledbetter, Jane Rogers & Bill Bumpas/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers/TEXAN
    FLORESVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "We take care of our own," stated Frank S. Page, formerly a Texas pastor, as he and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and his wife Donna spent three days helping to serve families distraught over the Nov. 5 massacre of half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

    The broader Southern Baptist family -- from the Gaineses to Tony Wolfe, pastor/church relations director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- demonstrated servanthood by visiting grieving families, and injured congregants and praying for area folks suffering from the tragedy. Read More

  • Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, a Southern Baptist long known for his support of Judeo-Christian values in the public square, has denied allegations he initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

    The allegations were published Thursday (Nov. 9) by The Washington Post, which claims Moore, 70, also pursued dating relationships with three other teenagers when he was in his early 30s. Read More

  • Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacy

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a "canvas cathedral" in Los Angeles at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street.

    The meetings were supposed to last three weeks. Instead they continued for eight weeks, drawing more than 300,000 people and making Billy Graham a household name.

    Nearly 70 years later, the 99-year-old Graham remains one of the best-known preachers in America, according to a survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More

  • ERLC, others urge conscience protection this year

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and pro-life allies are calling for enactment of protections for the conscience rights of health care providers before 2018.

    The Conscience Protection Act (CPA) -- one of the ERLC's legislative priorities in its 2017 agenda -- would bar government discrimination against health care workers and facilities that object to being involved in abortion, as well as health insurers that refuse to provide coverage of the lethal procedure. The bill will provide victims of discrimination with the ability to defend their rights in court -- which would be a first for federal laws that protect health care conscience rights. Read More

  • Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divide

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Republicans are far more likely to believe gender is limited to one's biological sex apparent at birth, according to statistics Pew Research Center released after local transgender victories in U.S. elections Nov. 7.

    In Virginia, Danica Roem unseated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall to become the first openly transgender "woman" elected to a U.S. statehouse, The Hill reported. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African American "woman" elected to public office in the U.S. by defeating three opponents for a Minneapolis City Council seat, The Hill said. Read More

  • Sexual harassment: Ky. Gov.'s 'moral clarity' commended

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Amid sexual abuse and harassment scandals involving a bevy of politicians, entertainers and journalists, Kentucky's outspoken evangelical governor has called for the resignation of all state officials who have settled sexual harassment lawsuits.

    Within days of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's statement -- which drew praise from Kentucky resident and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. -- Kentucky's Republican Speaker of the House resigned his leadership post and another GOP House member was temporarily relieved of his chairmanship of a key board. Both legislators admitted settling sexual harassment lawsuits and apologized for moral shortcomings while denying legal wrongdoing. Read More

  • Bible Study: Nov. 12, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 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: Women & God's design for the church

    by Candi Finch, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

    Men and women, as God's image-bearers to the rest of creation, can trust His design "for how we fit together as the church," Candi Finch writes, listing key facets of His "blueprints" as found in Scripture. Read More

  • Los esfuerzos de ayuda después del desastre en Puerto Rico avanzan con los voluntarios de Texas

    Por Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Calles inundadas, escasez de agua potable, interrupciones en los sistemas de comunicación, apagones eléctricos y las iguanas de seis pies de largo están entre los obstáculos que enfrentan ocho voluntarios de la Convención de los Bautistas del Sur de Texas (SBTC, por sus siglas en inglés) al completar los proyectos iniciales que facilitan los esfuerzos de alivio en desastres en Puerto Rico, después de los huracanes Irma y María.

    El equipo dicha convención en Texas viajó del 15 al 23 de octubre, como respuesta ante la petición de Sam Porter, director nacional de Southern Baptist Disater Relief (SBDR), quien pidió que establecieran un centro de comunicaciones en el ... Read More

  • Capellanes bautistas del sur responden a comunidad doliente de TX

    Por Josie Bingham, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- "Es un lugar muy sombrío," dijo Scottie Stice al referirse a la comunidad que quedó atrás después de la horrenda matanza del domingo en una iglesia bautista del sur en Sutherland Springs, Texas.

    Stice, director de alivio en desastres de la Convención de Bautistas del Sur de Texas (SBTC por sus siglas en inglés), reportó que equipos de capellanes bautistas del sur y otros voluntarios de AD están ministrando dondequiera que pueden entre aquellos devastados por la "irracional" tragedia. Read More

  • Tinieblas y luz en Sutherland Springs

    Por Gary Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN , posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- El prólogo de Juan en los Evangelios es mi pasaje favorito de Navidad al mostrarnos un esbozo teológico de lo que pasó en el establo de Belén. Sabemos que Jesús es "el verbo," la luz en las tinieblas. Con un sombrío gozo leemos que "las tinieblas no han podido extinguirla."

    Pensé en ese pasaje cuando consideré las tinieblas manifestadas ayer (5 de noviembre) en la iglesia bautista en Sutherland Springs.

    Mientras escribo esto, horas después del evento, expertos hablan en el ... Read More

  • PC Nacional 5.53% por debajo el primer mes de proyección

    Por el personal, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS en octubre fueron 1.34 por ciento menos que las del mes de apertura del pasado año fiscal y estuvieron 5.53 por ciento por debajo del presupuesto proyectado para el primer mes, de acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del presidente y director ejecutivo del Comité Ejecutivo de la CBS, Frank S. Page.

    Hasta el 31 de octubre, las donaciones recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo para distribuir a través del Presupuesto de Asignaciones del Programa Cooperativo ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Peces atrapados

    Luis R. Lopez, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

    ¿Hombres atrapados como peces en una red traicionera? La pesca de arrastre por redes es una de las más dañinas a los ecosistemas de todos los mares del mundo. Barcos con sus grandes redes capturan todo tipo de peces rastreando el fondo marino no importando su tamaño, forma o especie. Estos quedan atrapados ... Read More