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Thursday, May 11, 2017

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  • Nursing homes embraced by multi-campus fellowship

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    BERKELEY, Calif. (BP) -- What started as a nursing home outreach on Valentine's Day has become a weekly elderly care initiative for Gracepoint Fellowship's seven campuses.

    "We wanted to do something very different for Valentine's Day and direct our hearts toward the love of God, because the emphasis oftentimes is on romantic love," said Ahmi Kim, one of the ministry's leaders at Gracepoint Berkeley, an English-speaking predominantly Asian-American congregation in Berkeley, Calif., and the fellowship's initial campus. "We wanted to redirect our minds toward compassion." Read More

  • Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for public worship, buying and selling devotionals and group Bible study.

    In late April, a court in Xinjiang convicted five Protestants who attended a Bible study in 2016, charging them with "gathering a crowd to disrupt social order," Asia News reported. The verdict came with five-year prison sentences for two pastors, and four- and three-year sentences for three others. They plan to appeal. Read More

  • Abortion control bills vetoed by Minn. governor

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed May 10 a pair of bills that would have limited the use of state funds for abortions and imposed licensing standards on abortion clinics, drawing recriminations from pro-life advocates. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • H.B. Charles to be Pastors' Conf. nominee

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Oklahoma pastor Brad Graves has announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference president to clear the way for Florida pastor H.B. Charles Jr. to be nominated as the first African American to hold that office. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Every church can impact the nations

    by Lyle Larson, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Lyle Larson underscores "the collective power" of Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program to impact the world. "Every member of a church that gives to CP is participating in the fulfillment of the Great Commission," he notes. Read More

  • Estudiante cubano es arrestado luego de un viaje a Washington

    Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    SANTA CLARA, Cuba (BP) -- Los líderes de la libertad religiosa están intercediendo a nombre de un estudiante universitario interrogado, amenazado y culpado de perturbar el orden público por el gobierno cubano debido a su trabajo para exponer la persecución religiosa que ahí sucede.

    Solidaridad Cristiana Mundial (CSW, por sus siglas en inglés) y Kristina Arriaga de Bucholtz, una comisionada de la Comisión de los Estados Unidos sobre la Libertad Religiosa Internacional (USCLRE, por sus siglas en inglés), están abogando por el estudiante de 20 años de edad, Félix Yuniel Llerena López, quien fue arrestado ... Read More

  • El personaje hispano plantador de iglesias "Papi" Barrios fallece a los 80 años

    Por el personal de Baptist Message , posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    BERNICE, La. -- Miguel "Papi" Barrios de Bernice falleció el 29 de marzo en West Monroe a la edad de 80 años.

    Los servicios fúnebres se realizaron en la Iglesia Bautista First de Farmerville el sábado 1 de abril. Ofició Reginaldo DeLeón. Luego se realizó el funeral en el Cementerio Shiloh en la Comunidad Shiloh.

    Él nació el 5 de julio de 1936 en Guatemala, y fue el fundador de la Iglesia Bautista Nazaret y explantador de iglesias de la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas de la Convención Bautista del Sur.

    A la edad de 18 años, tuvo la oportunidad de pastorear su primera congregación ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Mades de toda clase

    Por Gerardo A. Alfaro·, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Muchos hombres y mujeres de Dios deben reconocer que son lo que son por que Dios en su gracia los bendijo a través de madres fieles, que supieron orar, dirigir y darles ejemplo de fe. ... Read More

  • Del Bronx a Louisiana, el trío de béisbol encontró una familia

    Por Brad Welborn , posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (7 months ago)

    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- Tres amigos del Bronx, New York, han ganado una percepción única del béisbol en Louisiana College -- cómo trasciende la cultura.

    Algenys "Al" Díaz, Ronnie Díaz y Eric Encarnación se graduaron el 6 de mayo de LC con recuerdos para toda la vida del vínculo que compartieron con sus compañeros.

    "Nos acoplamos inmediatamente con el equipo," dijo Al Díaz, "porque nos trataron como familia. El entrenador [Mike Byrnes] dice eso todo el tiempo, pero es verdad. Podíamos pasar el tiempo fuera de la cancha, si necesitábamos algo, estaban ahí para nosotros, justo como una gran familia." Read More