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Thursday, August 30, 2018

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  • Tenn. Baptist on cereal boxes for tutoring efforts

    by David Dawson/Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Somewhere between exercising, working tirelessly in his yard, rebuilding classic cars, cutting hair and serving multiple roles as a lay leader at his church, 82-year-old Neal Buchanan still finds time to volunteer as a reading tutor at the elementary school near his home.

    Buchanan, a member of Lincoya Hills Baptist Church in Nashville's Donelson community, has been passionate about childhood literacy for his entire adult life. He was recently honored for his devotion to the cause by being featured on two brands of Kellogg's cereal boxes -- Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes. Read More

  • Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

    by Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. And health insurance coverage remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study.

    The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data is collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Read More

  • McCain's Bapt. 'church home' & pastor host funeral

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- The Southern Baptist congregation late Sen. John McCain called his "church home" hosted his Arizona memorial service today (Aug. 30). In addition to a eulogy by former Vice President Joe Biden, the service included references by Pastor Noe Garcia to the love North Phoenix Baptist Church felt for McCain and "the faith he has placed in Jesus Christ."

    McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81, a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.

    During the funeral's invocation, Garcia called McCain "a true American hero" and "a man loved by this church." After reading from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, Garcia prayed, "We will grieve. We will mourn, Father. But we will do so with a different hope because of the faith [McCain] has placed in Jesus Christ. We can with confidence grieve with the hope to know that this very moment he is spending eternity with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior." Read More

  • South African: CWJC is 'roadmap' for helping people

    by Trennis Henderson/WMU national correspondent, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- Why travel from South Africa to attend a ministry training conference in Alabama? For Patricia Ihlenfeldt, the answer is succinct: "to be encouraged and refocused and reenergized."

    Ihlenfeldt, from the Baptist Union of Southern Africa, is director of its Women's Department. She was among 130-plus leaders and staff members at 2018 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year's end.

    Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25. Currently in England, both oral doses of the abortion pill must be administered in medical clinics, normally between 24 and 48 hours apart.

    "Home abortions," according to the interdenominational Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) of London, "pose a serious threat to women's health" and should be carefully weighed before implementation. Read More

  • Christian Women's Job Corps grad comes full circle

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    TALLADEGA, Ala. (BP) -- When Margaret Roland talks about the life-changing impact of Christian Women's Job Corps, she speaks from personal experience.

    Roland, a CWJC site coordinator in Florence, Ala., previously was a CWJC participant seeking to gain practical skills to better equip her for life.

    She was among more than 130 women and men who gathered for training and fellowship at the Aug. 1-3 Christian Women's Job Corps/Christian Men's Job Corps National Meeting hosted by national WMU (Woman's Missionary Union) at Shocco Springs Baptist Conference Center in Talladega, Ala. Read More

  • Bible Study: Sept. 2, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    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

  • LABOR DAY: Know those who serve

    by Curt Iles, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Get to know "every custodian, cafeteria server and maintenance worker on campus," Curt Iles advises students. "It's amazing how many friends you can make if you simply take the time to learn someone's name." Read More

  • Thom S. Rainer anuncia retiro de LifeWay

    Por Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) – El presidente y director ejecutivo de Recursos Cristianos LifeWay, Thom S. Rainer, anunció el lunes (27 de agosto) su plan para pnesionarse el próximo año.

    Para proveer tiempo adecuado para el proceso de búsqueda del próximo presidente y director ejecutivo, y para una transición fluida, Rainer dijo que él servirá hasta que un nuevo presidente sea nombrado o hasta finales de agosto de 2019, lo que se dé primero.

    Rainer dijo a los miembros del consejo durante su reporte en la reunión del 27 y ... Read More

  • Johnny Hunt va a dirigir el grupo de evangelismo y liderazgo de NAMB

    Por Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Johnny Hunt, pastor por largo tiempo de la Iglesia First Baptist Woodstock (FBC Woodstock), Ga., y expresidente de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC), se unirá a la Junta de Misiones Norteamericanas (NAMB) como vicepresidente sénior de evangelismo y liderazgo. Hunt y NAMB anunciaron la noticia el domingo (26 de agosto).

    "Quiero guiar a las iglesias bautistas del sur a poner de nuevo el evangelismo en primer plano," dijo Hunt. "Jesús vino a buscar y a salvar a los perdidos, sabemos lo que él está haciendo. Debemos unirnos a él." Read More

  • El capellán del ejército Squires libre de todo cargo

    Por Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP) -- El Ejército de EE.UU. ha retirado su investigación en contra del capellán bautista del sur Jerry Scott Squires, y exoneró al mayor completamente hoy (24 de agosto) de todos los cargos.

    Squires, quien había sido acusado de discriminación en contra de una soldado lesbiana que quería asistir a un retiro matrimonial, manejó la situación de acuerdo con la política militar y siguió las directrices de su autoridad denominacional, dijo el Ejército.

    "Esta es una gran noticia tanto para el capellán Squires como para todos los ... Read More

  • Educación gratuita para la iglesia pequeña, líderes bivocacionales

    Por Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hace unas semanas, mientras Joe Wright Jr. y su esposa Pennie se reunían para alabar a Dios con una congregación de 12 miembros en la región del delta de Tennessee, la participación del pastor fue más notable.

    "Nos sentamos ahí y vimos al pastor abrir el himnario y sin usar el piano, nos guio a las 12 personas para cantar unas tres canciones," dijo Wright, en su cuarto mes como director ejecutivo de la Red de Liderazgo Bivocacional y de Iglesias Pequeñas (BSCLN,). "Cuando terminó, cerró el himnario, y dijo "oremos". Y oró y dijo "Es ... predicación." Y abrió la Biblia y predicó. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: "Meditad bien sobre vuestros caminos" (Hageo 1:5)

    Gustavo Suárez, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (5 months ago)

    El pequeño pero impactante libro de Hageo nos hace enfocarnos en la necesidad de tomar nuestra fe con mucha seriedad. Habían pasado 16 años desde que el pueblo judío sentó las bases para el templo de Dios bajo el liderazgo de Zorobabel y Jesúa (Esdras 3:7-13). Read More