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Thursday, February 15, 2018

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  • Churches weep & minister after Fla. school shooting

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Keila Diaz
    PARKLAND, Fla. (BP) -- Florida Baptists are reeling along with all of Florida and the nation after a gunman opened fire at a Parkland high school yesterday (Feb. 14), leaving 17 dead and 14 injured.

    While law enforcement and state officials issue calls to prayer at press conferences, Florida Baptist churches in the area of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are mourning their own losses while offering words of hope and help to those hurting in their community.

    The main campus of Church by the Glades is located less than 10 minutes from the school; lead pastor David Hughes said many of the students in the church attend Douglas High. Read More

  • At Olympics, Marvin unites love for hockey & for God

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Photo by David McIntyre/Genesis Photos
    GANGNEUNG, South Korea (BP) -- Sometimes, Gigi Marvin still feels like the same 11-year-old girl growing up in northern Minnesota who fell in love with the idea of playing hockey in the Olympics.

    Maybe that's why she's so passionate about RinkRat, a weeklong hockey camp she runs each summer that draws about 170 kids. While they definitely learn about hockey from one of the sport's most accomplished women, they also encounter Gigi's unbridled love for the Lord.

    "Even though it's not marketed as, 'Hey, you're gonna experience the Lord,' it's gonna come out," Marvin told Baptist Press. "Because my intention is for God to come out in all areas. That's just how I live life." Read More

  • Jamaican Olympian says trek to S. Korea is 'miracle'

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- He's not on the bobsled team, but for Jamaican Anthony Watson, competing as Jamaica's first skeleton racer in the Olympics is good enough.

    Watson followed an unlikely path to qualify for the Olympics -- so unlikely that he says the only explanation is God.

    "I have been told since I was a kid by my father, who's also my pastor, that he wanted dreams in his children to be so big that only God could fulfill them," Watson told BP. Read More

  • Baptists weigh in on Senate immigration/DACA debate

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Screen capture from video released by Sen. Lankford's office
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist voices are addressing the U.S. Senate's current effort to resolve the fate of undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children.

    Senators began yesterday (Feb. 14) moving toward votes on legislation to address the category of undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, as well as other parts of the tangled web of immigration that Congress has failed to address in recent decades. The Senate is expected to make decisions on a series of amendments in an attempt to agree before the Presidents' Day recess (Feb. 19-23) on a bill that will have the support of 60 senators and thereby overcome an effort to block passage under the chamber's rules. Read More

  • Gaines reflects on IMB search, SBC presidency

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Photo by David Dawson
    GALVESTON, Texas (BP) -- The next president of the International Mission Board needs to be someone who is in love with and in tune with Jesus and "has a love for the world," said Steve Gaines, president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Tennessee, addressed editors of Baptist state publications during their Feb. 12-15 annual meeting in Galveston, Texas.

    IMB President David Platt announced plans Feb. 12 to vacate his position to be the full-time teaching pastor at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Va., just outside Washington, D.C. Read More

  • Ken Ham re-invited to university despite protest

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- Christian apologist Ken Ham has been re-invited to speak at an Oklahoma university by the school's president after the student government rescinded its speaking invitation, allegedly under pressure from a campus LGBT group.

    "I'm thrilled my talk at [the University of Central Oklahoma] is back on again," Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry, said in a news release. "UCO officials have definitely heard from many concerned state legislators, several local residents and alumni about the denial of our right to free speech." Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 18, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Not just a ring -- a choice for the King

    by Peter J. Link Jr., posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Marriage, Peter Link notes, is a critical choice that defines a person's relationship to God. Couples must connect their lives to "a growing affection for God, because the chief end of Christian marriage is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever," Link writes. Read More

  • David Platt va a dejar la presidencia de la IMB

    Por David Roach, posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Foto del archivo BP.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- David Platt ha anunciado planes para dejar su puesto como presidente de la Junta Internacional de Misiones (IMB), pero continuará sirviendo hasta que se seleccione un nuevo presidente.

    Platt les dijo hoy (12 de febrero) a los directivos, misioneros y personal que, durante sus casi cuatro años en el cargo en la IMB, ha tenido "la carga por continuar predicando y dirigiendo en la iglesia local," lo que lo llevó a asumir un rol de pastor y maestro en la Iglesia McLean Bible en el norte de Virginia, junto con su liderazgo de la IMB. Read More

  • Líderes evangélicos instan a una acción rápida sobre DACA 

    Por Tom Strode , posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Foto de Lauren Konkel
    WASHINGTON (BP) – Líderes cristianos bautistas del sur y otros líderes y pastores cristiano-evangélicos se unieron a los senadores estadounidenses el miércoles (7 de febrero) para instar al Congreso y al presidente Trump a promulgar con presteza un recurso para los inmigrantes indocumentados traídos a Estados Unidos cuando eran niños.

    La petición en una conferencia de prensa en Capitol Hill se realizó a menos de un mes de que expire el programa -- conocido como Acción Diferida para la Llegada de Menores (DACA) -- que les ha dado a cerca de 800,000 personas alivio de la ... Read More

  • Misionero en Puerto Rico en espera de la iniciativa de la JMN

    Por Tobin Perry , posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Foto cortesía de Andrew Laracuente.
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- A pesar de la devastación en Puerto Rico después del paso del huracán María, el sembrador de iglesias Andrés Laracuente ha visto obrar a Dios.

    En parte gracias a su participación en los esfuerzos de la Red bautista del sur para la ayuda en desastres (SBRN), Laracuente ha tenido nuevas oportunidades "para conocer mejor a mi comunidad, conocer los barrios a mi alrededor."

    "He visto a tantos niños que nunca había visto antes de María. Estoy predicando ... Read More

  • Museo de la Biblia ofrece plan devocional olímpico

    Por Tim Ellsworth , posted Thursday, February 15, 2018 (11 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Un nuevo plan devocional conecta la lectura de la Biblia con las olimpiadas de invierno y les da a los lectores perspectiva hacia cómo la Biblia ha afectado a los actuales y a los anteriores participantes en las olimpiadas.

    Producido por el Museo de la Biblia, "Las Olimpiadas de Invierno y la Biblia" es un plan de 10 días disponible gratuitamente en la aplicación YouVersion Bible y en

    "Estos participantes de las olimpiadas de invierno tuvieron momentos ... Read More