Baptist Press Archive

Friday, July 06, 2018

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  • Experts: Guarded hope for owners' religious liberty

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Business owners can move forward in the wake of recent Supreme Court decisions with guarded hope in their battle to practice their faith convictions in the marketplace, religious liberty advocates say.

    When the high court ruled June 4 in favor of a Colorado cake artist, it sent a promising -- though not conclusive -- signal to others whose businesses have been harmed or threatened by state or local government actions.

    In their 7-2 decision, the justices ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment and demonstrated in its action "religious hostility" toward Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips, a Christian who had declined to design and decorate a cake in celebration of the wedding of two men. Read More

  • '100 percent world-aware': goal of Korean church

    by Karen Willoughby, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Semihan Church.
    CARROLLTON, Texas (BP) -- The world is the common denominator -- and the focus of prayer -- for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the "Korean Council."

    Even Semihan's name reflects the link: "Se" is part of a Korean word for world; "mi" is part of a word for the United States, and "Han" is found in a word for Korea.

    Semihan's ministries include special needs, refugee, American Indian, Bangladeshi and Korean people groups. New this fall is an outreach to English-speaking Americans who are friends, neighbors and coworkers of the 1,600 adult Koreans who worship each week at the church. Read More

  • Pruitt's EPA resignation stirs lament, reflection

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation Thursday (July 5) amid federal investigations of his spending and management prompted his pastor to lament the "present ugliness" of political attacks and note the high ethical standards to which Christians are held.

    Pruitt -- a deacon at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., and until early 2017 a trustee of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary -- wrote in his resignation letter to President Trump that he believes "providence brought me into your service," adding, "I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people," according to a copy of the letter tweeted by a New York Times reporter. Read More

  • 'Dean of evangelical missiologists' cast broad legacy

    by Grace Thornton, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Screen capture from Trinity International University
    DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- For decades, evangelical missions has been quietly shaped by a man who came to faith at his ailing brother's bedside in a small Wisconsin town.

    David Hesselgrave gave his life to Jesus there as a Christian woman prayed over his brother more than 80 years ago. He followed his brother into ministry and then followed Jesus to the ends of the earth.

    And in doing so, he was instrumental in changing the way missions was done -- and came to be called the founding dean of modern evangelical missiology. Read More

  • Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times.

    Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse signatories of the letter, "Immigrants and Immigration Strengthen Us," authored by the Washington-based National Immigration Forum, published in The Times on Independence Day and posted online the previous day. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A high view of a low and free church

    by Jason G. Duesing, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Baptist distinctives in congregational governance and religious liberty, Jason Duesing notes, have been helpful to other faith expressions even when they disagree with Baptists understandings of Scripture. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: El patriotismo y nuestra ciudadanía celestial

    by Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (7 months ago)

    En el último mes tuve la oportunidad de estar en seis países diferentes. En cada uno de ellos se notaba un orgullo patriótico que unía a los habitantes y definía la identidad de la nación. ... Read More