Baptist Press Archive

Monday, March 20, 2017

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  • Divide over Neil Gorsuch on display as hearings open

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings opened Monday (March 20) with Republicans and Democrats, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, and conservatives and liberals pressing their conflicting cases regarding his nomination to the Supreme Court.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee began the latest hearings in what has been an often stridently contentious process for the last three decades with a day of opening statements -- first from the 20 members of the panel, then from the nominee. Gorsuch's statement came after the deadline for this article. Read More

  • Moore, ERLC trustees issue 'Seeking Unity' statement

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An extended statement, "Seeking Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention," has been issued by Russell Moore and the executive committee of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    Moore, in a 1,691-word portion of the March 20 statement, clarified criticism he had leveled at Christians who supported Donald Trump for president in the November 2016 election.

    The ERLC executive committee, in a 536-word portion of the statement, affirmed ... Read More

  • Humanitarian emergency: Africa's famine & drought

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    KIMUSU, Kenya (BP) -- Hunger and thirst often prevent members of Kamakowa Baptist Church in Kimusu, Kenya from attending worship, pastor Tom Ogalo Ngoya told Baptist Press in an appeal for aid to the country where drought is a national disaster.

    "It's [disheartening] to watch your children beg for water and food," Ngoya emailed BP after Kenya's government declared the drought a national disaster in February. Members of the congregation "are often not in the church due to lack of food and water for them to drink and for the animals. Children are malnourished due to lack ... Read More

  • NAMB's 'Pray for Planters' seeks 10,000 churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board's prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons and working extra hours at a second job.

    Yet it was anything but ordinary.

    "The very week that the focus was on me and our church, I was diagnosed with ... Read More

  • Ethicists' challenges & resources noted by Coppenger

    by By T. Patrick Hudson, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- A former president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mark Coppenger, delivered this year's C.W. Scudder Lectures on Ethics at the Kansas City, Mo., campus.

    MBTS President Jason Allen said the legacy of Coppenger as Midwestern's third president from 1995-1999 "continues on to this very day, especially in the area of faculty hires. There are still professors and administrators serving our seminary who were hired by Dr. Coppenger. We are truly grateful for all he's done to further Christ's Kingdom and, in particular, for his fine leadership of this institution during ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: United by truth

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (5 days ago)

    Joshua Crutchfield notes that the truth -- Jesus is Lord -- can unite Southern Baptists so that "all people might hear His name and have the opportunity to receive new life .... If we must fight, let it be against the darkness of this world." Read More