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Thursday, June 16, 2016

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  • ERLC's Moore defends religious freedom for Muslims

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Russell Moore offered a ringing defense of religious freedom for all, including Muslims, during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's report Wednesday (June 15) to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

    When questioned by a messenger how a Southern Baptist could defend the right of Muslims to build mosques, the ERLC's president said it was not a difficult decision. Read More

  • FATHER'S DAY: Being there

    by Charles Billingsley, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- I'm one of the lucky ones. I was privileged enough to be raised in the home of a father who loves me and who has stayed faithful to my mom all these years. I have never known the pain of growing up in a broken home, and for that I feel very blessed.

    My dad is my hero. He's 75 now, and as I reflect on his life, there is one word that describes him better than any other: faithfulness. I'm reminded of his compassion as a father, his power as a preacher, his gentleness as a husband and his integrity as a ... Read More

  • FATHER'S DAY: Still wanting to call & talk

    by Jim Burton, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- On a Thursday night in May 1944, my father, James "Jimmy" Warren Burton, delivered the valedictorian address on the topic of citizenship at the Owensboro High School commencement in Kentucky.

    "However grave the crises of the future may be," he said, "our country will pass safely through them if at all times it has the support of citizens who are loyal and intelligent and who are skilled in the arts of democratic citizenship." Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Historic election & resolution at SBC

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The election of Steve Gaines as president on the third ballot and a historic repudiation of the Confederate battle flag were among the highlights of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 14-15 in St. Louis.

    The convention's resolution on the Confederate battle flag capped an emphasis on racial reconciliation throughout the meeting that included the election of a 2017 Committee on Nominations with 25 percent of its members drawn from ethnic minority groups and a panel discussion on "racial unity in America" featuring Jerry Young, president of the historically African American National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Read More

  • 'It's working,' Ezell says of strategy & direction

    by Joe Conway, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Addressing Southern Baptist messengers during their annual meeting in St. Louis, North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell asked them and himself -- "Is it working?" Ezell's question referred to the overall strategy and direction of the mission board.

    "NAMB's primary reason for existence is to help Southern Baptists reach North America for Christ," Ezell said Wednesday (June 15). "That is the mission that runs through everything that we do." Ezell thanked messengers for faithfully giving to the Cooperative Program and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Read More

  • Southern Baptists honor Pearl Harbor survivor

    by Todd Deaton, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- World War II veteran Bill McAnany, one of 2,000 living survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was introduced to the Southern Baptist Convention as messengers honored America and recognized military veterans June 14 at the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis.

    Calling it an "awesome privilege," SBC President Ronnie Floyd observed that a memory of WWII disappears from American culture every three minutes as those who fought in the global conflict pass into eternity. Read More

  • IMB 'standing strong,' Platt reports at SBC

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, gives the IMB's portion of the Joint Mission Presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis Wednesday, June 15. Photo by Matt Miller
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- For more than 170 years, God has blessed the International Mission Board for the spread of the Gospel among the nations -- and by God's grace, 170 years later, the IMB is "standing strong," IMB President David Platt reported to Southern Baptist Convention messengers June 15.

    "I am confident that not every one of [those years] has been easy," Platt said. "But that's the beauty of Proverbs 3:5-6. As Southern Baptists have trusted in God, as Southern Baptists have acknowledged Him year after year, God has made our paths straight for the spread of His glory among the nations." Read More

  • Rainer, at SBC, recaps LifeWay's eventful year

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST LOUIS (BP) -- In the spring of 1891, Southern Baptists meeting at the Alabama Opera House in Birmingham voted to create a Sunday School board to publish Bible studies and other resources for discipleship.

    Today that board, now LifeWay Christian Resources, remains committed to the same core mission, Thom S. Rainer told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday morning, July 15. Read More

  • IMB, NAMB celebrate partnership, disciple-makers

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Highlighting the partnership between Southern Baptists across North America and around the world to spread the Gospel and plant churches, the Southern Baptist Convention's two mission entities held a "Sending Celebration" at the conclusion of the SBC's annual meeting Wednesday (June 15) in St. Louis. Read More

  • 7,321: SBC's unofficial St. Louis registration

    by Brian Koonce, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting drew 7,321 messengers to St. Louis June 14-15 from the nation's 46,000-plus Southern Baptist churches. The unofficial total is 35 percent above last year's 5,407 messengers in Columbus, Ohio.

    When registered guests, exhibitors and others are included, the count of those at the SBC annual meeting rose to 11,581 as of Wednesday morning. Read More

  • Hawkins spotlights GuideStone uniqueness, services

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins relayed the entity's 98th report to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday, June 14. Citing GuideStone's upcoming centennial in 2018, which will be celebrated with messengers convening in Dallas, Hawkins noted GuideStone's uniqueness among the convention's boards.

    "Most all of the entities in Southern Baptist life focus on the message of the Gospel," Hawkins said. "We're the only entity in Southern Baptist life that has a primary focus on the messenger of the Gospel." Read More

  • WMU highlights missional discipleship

    by Julie Walters, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Retiring Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) Executive Director Wanda Lee gives the WMU report with Linda Cooper, president of the national WMU, during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention Wednesday, June 15 in St. Louis. Photo by John Swain
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Wanda S. Lee, executive director of national WMU, thanked Southern Baptists for partnering through missions education to equip the next generation of missionaries, an endeavor she described as more critical than ever before in an increasingly postmodern world.

    Lee noted to messengers June 15 at the SBC annual meeting: "It is our desire to partner with every Southern Baptist church in discipling preschoolers, children, youth and adults by engaging them in meaningful missions involvement right in their own communities or on the other side of the world; to support those who go to the nations for a lifetime with our praying and giving; and to accept the mandate of the Great Commission in whatever way God calls us." Read More

  • SBC seminary presidents recap campus highlights

    by SBC Seminary & BP Staff, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) –- Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention's six seminaries noted growth in ministry, enrollment and financial support in their reports to messengers June 15 at the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More

  • Traylor calls Baptists 'to dwell in unity'

    by Barbara Denman, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Ted Traylor challenged Southern Baptists to move forward in cooperation and unity for the sake of the Gospel -- reflecting the preceding historic moment when Steve Gaines became SBC president with gracious consent from fellow nominee J.D. Greear.

    Traylor, in the annual convention sermon June 15 in St. Louis, drew from Psalm 133 to poignantly repeat the words of the psalmist David in the first verse of the passage: "How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." Read More

  • Bible Study: June 19, 2016

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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

  • Crossover St. Louis: Miles reciben a Cristo

    Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto de Chris Carter
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Los voluntarios bautistas del sur reportaron más de 350 profesiones de fe en Jesucristo durante los eventos Crossover en el área metropolitana de St. Louis este año.

    Un hombre que hizo su decisión por Cristo había estado considerando el suicidio justo unos días antes, dijo Eloy Rodríguez. Rodríguez, voluntario de largo tiempo de Crossover, sirve como pastor hispano de la Iglesia Bautista Idlewild en Lutz, Florida.

    Rodríguez dijo que su equipo tocó a la puerta del hombre y le preguntó si podían orar por él. El hombre les habló de un amigo que estaba luchando contra el cáncer. Read More

  • AVANCE honra, fomenta compromiso a misiones hispanas

    Keila Díaz, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto por Bill Bangham.
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- AVANCE 2016 atrajo a más de 100 asistentes hispanos de todo el país para una noche centrada en "Firmes en el Evangelio -- Valientes en la Misión."

    Durante la reunión del 12 de Junio pastores y líderes hispanos fueron reconocidos por su trabajo en el Reino y se les animó a sumergirse en las misiones con el fin de alcanzar a otros hispanos para Cristo.

    AVANCE, celebrada conjuntamente con la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista ... Read More

  • Alcance a los Hispanos recibe impulso Crossover

    Keila Díaz, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto por Keila Diaz
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Tower Grove Baptist Church culminó una semana de evangelismo en una comunidad hispana cercana con el lanzamiento de su primer servicio en español.

    Estudiantes de Southwestern Theological Seminary de habla español se dedicaron a ir de puerta en puerta en la comunidad Cherokee que es en su mayoría hispana durante el evento anual de Crossover con énfasis evangelístico antes de la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur.

    "Fue genial compartir el Evangelio con personas que son culturalmente como yo", dijo ... Read More

  • Lanzamiento Alianza Hispana con enfoque centrado en la iglesia pastores animados

    Keila Díaz, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Foto por John Stroup.
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- La reunión inaugural de la Alianza Hispana de Pastores Bautistas proporcionó una noche de adoración y comunión, así como mensajes por varios líderes de la CBS y de pastores hispanos clave.

    La alianza es una red de pastores hispanos bautistas del sur que intentan alcanzar a sus comunidades hispanas con el Evangelio y compartir la Palabra de Dios con sus congregaciones, dijo Félix Cabrera, co-fundador de la organización y pastor principal de la Iglesia Bautista Central de Oklahoma City. Read More

  • Greear se retira de la carrera, Gaines gana la presidencia de la CBS

    el personal, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- A continuación del voto de desempate que no produjo un ganador por mayoría el martes (14 de junio),el pastor J.D. Greear de Carolina del Norte anunció el miércoles que se retiraría de la carrera para presidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur durante la reunión anual de la CBS en St. Louis. La decisión de Greear -- en un esfuerzo por ayudar a llevar unidad luego de la ajustada votación -- evitó una segunda votación de desempate y dejó al pastor de Tennessee Steve Gaines electo por aclamación como presidente de la CBS. Read More

  • La masacre en Orlando motiva la oración, la compasión

    Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Llamados a la oración y a la compasión se escucharon en las voces de los bautistas del sur a nivel nacional, unas horas después del asesinato masivo de 49 personas y 53 heridos en la madrugada del domingo (11 junio) en un club nocturno gay en Orlando, Florida. Este ha sido el tiroteo masivo más mortal en la historia de los Estados Unidos.

    Armado con un revólver y un rifle de asalto semiautomático AR-15, Omar Mateen, de 29 años, nacido en los Estados Unidos de padres afganos, entró a Pulse, el club nocturno, alrededor de las 2 a.m. y comenzó a disparar a las más de 300 personas en el club, ... Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Malas interpretaciones

    Oscar J. Fernandez, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Hay varios refranes populares que encierran grandes errores teológicos. Entre otros puedo señalar los siguientes: "A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando". Y este otro, que dice: "Dios dice cuídate que yo te cuidaré". No hay algún pasaje en la Biblia que respalde lo que estos refranes enseñan. Lo cual no nos debe de extrañar. Muchas veces he escuchado a cristianos fervientes y devotos, ... Read More