Baptist Press Archive

Friday, May 31, 2013

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  • Calvinism committee issues report, urges SBC to 'stand together' for Great Commission

    by Michael Foust, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 19-member advisory committee on Calvinism has issued its report to Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank Page, acknowledging tension and disagreement within the denomination on the issue while urging Southern Baptists to "grant one another liberty" and "stand together" for the Great Commission.

    "We can talk like brothers and sisters in Christ, and we can work urgently and eagerly together," the 3,200-word report reads. "We have learned that we can have just this kind of conversation together, and we invite all Southern Baptists to join together in this worthy spirit of conversation. But let us not neglect the task we are assigned. The world desperately needs to hear the promise of the Gospel."

    The advisory team -- not an official committee of the convention -- was assembled by Page in August 2012 to advise him on developing "a strategy whereby people of various theological persuasions can purposely work together in missions and evangelism." Read More

  • Calvinism report 9 months in process

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 19-member advisory team on Calvinism, in concluding nine months of work, has issued its seven-page report, “Truth, Trust, and Testimony in a Time of Tension.” Read More

  • 7 states receiving Southern Baptist relief

    by Joe Conway, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are active in seven states responding to damage from floods, tornadoes and other disasters on the eve of hurricane season. Read More

  • Moore: ERLC committed to immigration reform

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy arm will maintain its dedication to immigration reform under his leadership, Russell Moore has assured reporters and evangelical Christian allies. Read More

  • Yeats' nomination to be made by son

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Fort Worth pastor John Mark Yeats will nominate his father John L. Yeats for a 17th term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention at the June 11-12 annual meeting in Houston. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: New SBTS dean, SEBTS ethnic relations; Rainer podcast

    by SBC DIGEST: New SBTS dean, SEBTS ethnic relations;, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Evangelism professor Adam Greenway has been named dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry, effective June 1. Read More

  • B&H named Spanish Publisher of the Year

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- B&H Publishing Group has garnered seven awards from the Spanish Evangelical Publishers Association, including Publisher of the Year. Read More

  • Poll: Americans still see religion's importance

    by Beth Byrd, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Despite a common belief that culture is rejecting faith-based ideas, a majority of Americans say society would improve with a stronger religious presence, according to new Gallup polling. Read More

  • CALL TO PRAYER: Vacation Bible School

    by Jerry Wooley, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Over the next eight weeks, 25,000 Southern Baptist churches will be opening their doors to their communities and inviting thousands of unchurched families -- spiritual orphans -- to experience the Gospel through the time-tested ministry of Vacation Bible School. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Personas ordinarias impactando vidas

    by Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Seth Godin es un increíble autor. En su libro "The Icarus Deception" escribe que el mundo está lleno de personas ordinarias haciendo cosas extra ordinarias. Read More

  • Los líderes bautistas lamentan voto a favor de inscribir a miembros homosexuales en los Boy Scouts

    Por Gregory Tomlin, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    Foto de Adam Covington
    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- Los líderes bautistas expresaron su consternación por el voto de los delegados del Concilio Nacional de los Boy Scouts of America (BSA) para aprobar los nuevos lineamientos de la membresía que abren las puertas de la organización a los miembros homosexuales. Ahora ya pueden participar como scouts los jóvenes que abiertamente declaren ser homosexuales.

    El pasado 23 de mayo, unos 1,400 delegados presentes en el Concilio Nacional aprobaron el cambio a los estándares de su membresía con un margen de 61 por ciento a favor y 39 por ciento en contra, aunque los cambios en la póliza de adultos en liderazgo en la organización, la cual prohíbe que haya líderes scout homosexuales, no se sometió a votación y sigue vigente. Las reglas sobre mal comportamiento sexual, heterosexual u homosexual, también continúan vigentes para los scouts y para los líderes scouts.

    Frank Page, presidente del Comité Ejecutivo de la Convención Bautista del Sur, quien se había reunido con líderes scouts y los instó a mantener la póliza actual, dijo que estaba "profundamente entristecido" ya que la BSA rechazó su "mensaje expresivo, protegido constitucionalmente, de que el comportamiento homosexual es incompatible con los principios exaltados en el Juramento Scout y en la Ley Scout.

    "Sabemos que había sido constante la presión ejercida por los grupos activistas homosexuales en contra de los miembros votantes de las 1,400 organizaciones afiliadas," dijo Page. "Estamos agradecidos por cada miembro votante que votó en la minoría, pero nuestra gran tristeza por la organización de los Scouts en general no puede ser una exageración." Read More

  • Encuesta: La gente se vuelve a Dios después de un desastre

    Por David Roach, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Cuando un desastre natural ocurre, la mayoría de los estadounidenses toman un incrementado interés en Dios y donan a las agencias de socorro -- y confían más en las agencias de base religiosa que en sus contrapartes seculares. Un tercio también cree que la oración puede prevenir los desastres naturales. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Personas ordinarias impactando vidas

    Por Fermín Whittaker, posted Friday, May 31, 2013 (5 years ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Seth Godin es un increíble autor. En su libro "The Icarus Deception" escribe que el mundo está lleno de personas ordinarias haciendo cosas extra ordinarias. Read More