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Friday, January 11, 2019

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  • Protestants remain majority group in Congress

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Self-identified Protestant Christians -- including more than 30 Southern Baptists -- continue to make up by far the largest religious group in Congress.

    Protestants total 293 members, or 55 percent, of the 116th Congress, according to a study published Jan. 3 by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. The analysis of data on members of the Senate and House of Representatives showed a decline of six Protestants from the previous Congress.

    The largest Protestant category is "unspecified/other," which consists of 80 members who identify themselves by such descriptions as Christian, evangelical or Protestant without citing a denomination. The general category of Baptists is the next largest with 72 members, the same as in the 2017-18 session. Read More

  • Union coach earns 600th win, breaks record

    by Steven Aldridge, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Kristi Woody
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Mark Campbell, head women's basketball coach at Union University, earned his 600th career victory Thursday (Jan. 10) with the Lady Bulldogs' win at Auburn University at Montgomery.

    Campbell became the fastest college basketball coach in history, across all divisions, to 600 wins. He did so in just 691 games, breaking the women's basketball record of 706 games by Nancy Fahey, currently of Illinois, but who earned more than 600 wins at NCAA Division III Washington-St. Louis to start her career. Campbell is also faster than the men's record holder, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp, who reached the mark in 704 games. Read More

  • Dutch backlash to Nashville Statement 'ominous'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    AMSTERDAM (BP) -- In the Netherlands, signatories of The Nashville Statement on biblical sexuality have been threatened with criminal prosecution, admonished by employers and derided by protests.

    The episode has been cited by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. as "an ominous warning" of religious liberty restrictions to come in the U.S.

    "There are many in the United States who would say, 'Well, that's the Netherlands. It can't have anything to do with Christians in the United States,'" Mohler said Jan. 9 in his podcast The Briefing. "But of course it can. Read More

  • Whitlock transitions from OBU president to chancellor

    by Oklahoma Baptist Messenger Staff, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    SHAWNEE, Okla. (BP) -- After more than a decade of service, Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock retired Jan. 8 to serve the remainder of the academic year as chancellor.

    Whitlock will assist OBU trustees in the presidential transition and retire from university employment effective May 31, 2019.

    Will Smallwood, senior vice president for advancement and university relations, will serve as acting president of the 2,000-student university in Shawnee which is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Read More

  • Chick-fil-A founder's legacy seen in daughter's new book

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    ATLANTA (BP) -- Mountains fascinate Trudy Cathy White, from the mountaintop outside her childhood home where parents Jeannette and Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A fame led family Bible studies to the rough spiritual mountains that have tried her faith.

    White, a Christian entrepreneur, speaker and former International Mission Board missionary, offers wisdom from personal mountaintops in a new book, "Climb Every Mountain: Finding God Faithful in the Journey of Life."

    She and husband John built their home on that childhood mountaintop in suburban Atlanta, reared four children and completed a 10-year stint near Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as IMB missionaries. Today, two Gospel-centered ministries the couple co-founded, LifeShape and Impact 360 Institute, improve the lives of children and adults internationally. Read More

  • MOVIES: Can films heal a divided nation?

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Despite our differences, and possibly because of them, we share a unique stewpot commonality: We're all Americans.

    At times, movies have reminded us of that fact -- times when the motion picture industry has both served to admonish us and unite us.

    Here are several DVD selections that are entertaining, reassuring and yes, unifying. Read More

  • FIRST PERSON: Grace amidst gaming

    by Joshua & Daniel Greening, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Joshua and Daniel Greening, in streaming their video game ventures via their Christian-themed TheWay_TV on, voice concerns over viewers who are "so bound up by guilt and shame that they doubt their own salvation." Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Dios suplirá

    by Mike Gonzales, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Hay momentos en nuestras vidas que no sabemos lo que el futuro va a traer. ... Read More

  • Los venezolanos encuentran misericordia en el arduo éxodo del tumulto

    Por Mónica Starr, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    COLOMBIA (BP) -- La noche desciende en una pequeña plaza donde una penetrante llovizna cae sobre el frio piso de piedra. Unos 35 hombres, la mayoría en camisas de manga corta o camisetas sin mangas, se amontonan bajo los únicos dos árboles.

    Mientras tanto, dos mujeres jóvenes se apresuran para armar una improvisada "tienda de campaña" usando bolsas de plástico negro a la vez que intentan que no se moje una niña vestida en sus pijamas. Seleccionan el último escalón de la plaza, junto a la pared de un edificio cerrado. La lluvia arruina el techo de su refugio y lo hace colapsar. Read More

  • CP nacional 4.5% debajo de proyección de presupuesto HLF

    Por el Personal de BP, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Las contribuciones a las misiones y ministerios nacionales e internacionales de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC en diciembre estuvieron 4.50 por ciento por debajo del presupuesto proyectado para el primer trimestre del presente año fiscal. Y estuvieron 0.19 por ciento por arriba de la cantidad recibida durante el mismo período del año pasado, de acuerdo con el comunicado de prensa del presidente interino y vicepresidente del Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC, D. August Boto.

    Hasta el 31 de diciembre las donaciones recibidas por el Comité Ejecutivo para su ... Read More

  • Greear por lanzar '¿Quién es el tuyo?' con asociaciones

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Foto de archivo BP por Bill Bangham
    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Una transmisión simultánea el 31 de enero para los líderes de asociación ayudará a promover la iniciativa evangelizadora del presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC) J.D. Greear "¿Quién es el tuyo?" entre las más de 1,000 asociaciones en la red bautista del sur.

    "¿Quién es el tuyo?" alienta a cada bautista del sur a intencionalmente edificar una relación con una persona durante el curso de 2019, compartir el Evangelio e invitar a esa persona a confiar en Cristo como Señor y Salvador. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Dios suplirá

    Mike Gonzales, posted Friday, January 11, 2019 (7 days ago)

    Hay momentos en nuestras vidas que no sabemos lo que el futuro va a traer. Es bueno recordar que, para los que caminos con el Señor y conocemos a Cristo como Señor y Salvador de nuestras vidas, podemos tener la certeza que Dios suplirá todas nuestras necesidades.

    "Mi Dios, pues, suplirá todo lo que ... Read More