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  • Sammy Tippit harnessing technology for global impact

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- With Skype, Facebook, Zoom, websites and QR codes, Sammy Tippit reaches several million people worldwide each month to advance the Gospel.

    In addition to evangelistic preaching, discipleship resources by Tippit are translated into Hindi, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Portuguese, Farsi, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic and Spanish, with three more languages on the horizon.

    He and the board of directors of Sammy Tippit Ministries made a decision three years ago "to pursue technology and get the Gospel out through technology," said Tippit, the new president of the Southern Baptist Evangelists organization. Read More

  • Yanny/laurel: Any spiritual relevance?

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Does the debate over whether an internet audio clip is saying "yanny" or "laurel" have any spiritual relevance for Christians? Professors at two Southern Baptist institutions think it might.

    Despite the audio clip's peculiar ambiguity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary philosophy professor Mark Coppenger said it highlights the fact God made the world "reliably accessible" to our senses -- despite claims to the contrary by a millennia-long string of philosophers including the Greek thinker Pyrrho and Enlightenment scholar David Hume. Union University physicist Bill Nettles said the online debate shows "true knowledge" is accessible through scientific investigation, but it takes "a lot of hard work." Read More

  • Zuckerberg stirs discussion of privacy, censorship

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Following Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill this week, some evangelicals have underscored their concerns about internet data protection and online censorship of conservative views.

    Zuckerberg appeared before U.S. Senate and House committees April 10-11 in the wake of news that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica collected personal data from up to 87 million Facebook users in an allegedly improper manner. During the two days of testimony, Zuckerberg faced nearly 600 questions from about 100 lawmakers, according to The New York Times. Read More

  • SpaceX launch spurs reflections on 'worthy venture'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (BP) -- Two evangelical physicists are hopeful the most powerful rocket ever launched into space by a private company will lead humans to greater knowledge of God.

    "Sending rockets into space is simply part of being what God created humans to be," said Bill Nettles, chairman of the physics department at Union University, "creative problem solvers, investigators of beauty and mystery."

    SpaceX, a private company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the Falcon Heavy rocket Tuesday (Feb. 6) from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Falcon Heavy's ability to lift 144,000 pounds into low-Earth orbit is a record for rockets launched by private companies, according to The New York Times. Read More

  • DNA editing, ethics & biblical truth

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time ever. But a Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary bioethicist says the research in question was unethical for its destruction of embryos and raises moral questions about genetic engineering.

    The research -- published Wednesday (Aug. 2) in the journal Nature -- used a gene-editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 to correct in dozens of embryos a genetic mutation that causes a potentially fatal heart condition. The embryos were purposefully created with the mutation and destroyed following the experiment. Read More

  • Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming that he would ignore his family and friends while also skipping meals so he could play more games on the internet. His desire became so severe that he began failing classes and stole from his family to support his habit.

    Amid the emerging challenge of internet addiction, youth ministry experts are calling for churches to raise awareness of the topic and provide resources for parents and students. While pornography is perhaps the most publicized online addiction, internet-based activities that are less sinister in themselves can rise to a harmful level, according to a growing body of evidence. Read More

  • Mitchell: Tech recasting 'what it means to be human'

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Friday, March 10, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Theological reflection must counteract an uncritical approach to technological advancements that threaten human existence, bioethicist C. Ben Mitchell said in a lecture series at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "We have to reject uncritical consumeristic adoption of digital technologies," said Mitchell, provost, vice president for academic affairs and Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Read More

  • Planets' discovery said to incite misplaced hope

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- At least some of scientists' enthusiasm over discovery of seven potentially habitable planets seems to reflect the misplaced hopes of a secular worldview.

    That is the assessment of a Union University physicist and a Gateway Seminary Old Testament professor following NASA's Feb. 22 announcement that astronomers have detected the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets rotating around a single star. Read More

  • Pig embryos with human cells deemed 'problematic'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 02, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The first successful growth of human cells in a pig embryo has drawn mixed reviews from pro-life bioethicists.

    Biologists at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, Calif., announced Jan. 26 that they generated stem cells from human skin, then injected them into a pig embryo and allowed the embryo to grow four weeks in a sow's uterus. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Siri-ously?

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Friday, January 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    Siri on your iPhone, or a similar program on your smartphone, can answer an array of questions, Brian Hobbs notes, but don't let it become a perpetual distraction that lessens your quality of life. Read More