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After TX bus crash, church sets up online donations

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nEPWxQ; new - 23 minutes agoAfter TX bus crash, church sets up online donationsNEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) -- The setting sun over New Braunfels, Texas, on March 30 found First Baptist Church holding a vigil on its lawn in remembrance of the 13 senior church members killed in a tragic bus accident the previous day in Uvalde County two hours away.Photos are becoming available of the 13 senior choir members of New Braunfels First Baptist Church killed in a two-vehicle accident as they were returning to church from a three-day retreat in Leakey, Texas.KENS5 screen capture Photos are becoming available of the 13 senior choir members of New Braunfels First Baptist Church killed in a two-vehicle accident as they were returning to church from a three-day retreat in Leakey, Texas.KENS5 screen capture New Braunfels …

SBC DIGEST: 2 GuideStone funds garner honors; SBCAL names regional leaders; Mo. apologetics enters 3rd year

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2okkA2F; new - 25 minutes agoSBC DIGEST: 2 GuideStone funds garner honors; SBCAL names regional leaders; Mo. apologetics enters 3rd yearGuideStone Defensive Market Strategies Fund garners honorsBy Roy HayhurstDALLAS (BP) -- A top investment industry honor has been awarded to GuideStone Financial Resources for its Defensive Market Strategies Fund - Institutional Share Class.The fund was named by industry analyst Lipper as the best of 425 similar funds over a three-year period and best of 322 similar funds a five-year period in Lipper's Flexible Portfolio Funds category.The 2017 Lipper Fund Awards, which honor funds for consistently strong risk-adjusted performance relative to their peers, were announced at an investment industry dinner March 23 in New York.This marks the seventh and eighth times in si…

VP Pence's marital integrity draws criticism

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nF2OUS; new - an hour agoVP Pence's marital integrity draws criticismWASHINGTON (BP) -- A Washington Post reporter's claim that Vice President Mike Pence never eats alone with a woman who is not his wife has drawn a storm of criticism from opponents but praise from evangelicals.Karen and Mike PencePhoto by Gage Skidmore, from Wikimedia Commons Karen and Mike PencePhoto by Gage Skidmore, from Wikimedia Commons Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin responded that he has made the same commitment to his wife Charlotte while Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma executive director Anthony Jordan said he "applaud[s]" the vice president.A March 28 profile of Pence's wife Karen by Post reporter Ashley Parker noted highlights of the Pences' 32-year marriage, inc…

6 Stones leads churches in transforming communities

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2oklOuX; NEW - 2 hours ago6 Stones leads churches in transforming communities6 Stones ministry volunteers gather before heading out to revitalize 50-plus homes in six cities around Dallas-Fort Worth area last October. 6 Stones now encompasses 60 churches intent on sharing the Gospel through initiatives to transform their communities in partnership with the public, business and nonprofit sectors.Submitted photo EULESS, Texas (BP) -- John Meador experienced "a grief, a heartbreak ... soul-searching, a time of prayer and fasting" when he learned about a woman who had no one to help her after an apartment fire.The church Meador leads, First Baptist in Euless, Texas, was emerging from millions of dollars in debt and was focused on missions ventures worldwide. Though the church had begun exploring wha…

Pence twice breaks ties to repeal pro-PPFA rule

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nEV3y6; new - 2 hours agoPence twice breaks ties to repeal pro-PPFA ruleWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate approved repeal of a pro-Planned Parenthood rule by the slimmest of margins Thursday (March 30) in an action that twice required Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie.Mike PencePhoto from Twitter Mike PencePhoto from Twitter Pence's decisive votes -- first to bring the proposal to the Senate floor and then to pass it -- broke 50-50 roll calls and provided final action by Congress to reverse an Obama administration regulation. The rule in question effectively bars states from prohibiting funds for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The House of Representatives approved the measure in a 230-188 vote in February.President Trump must sign the legislation for it to become law.The Depa…

Mom shares 5 lessons from raising kids overseas

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2okpAEE; new - 2 hours agoMom shares 5 lessons from raising kids overseasRICHMOND (BP) -- My daughter was two when we first arrived in East Asia. Eighteen months later, our son was born with the assistance of local midwives. Even from the earliest days, I loved how God painted on the blank canvas of my family's life using East Asian themes and colors.That was 27 years ago. Now my children are adults who have moved to mission fields of their own. I didn't realize it during their childhood, but experiencing life overseas with my kids taught me meaningful lessons about cultural adaptation, reentry to the United States, and growing older.Kids find their own ways to adapt to their overseas environmentMy daughter used to joyfully sing at the top of her lungs on the back of her dad's bike as he peda…

FIRST-PERSON: Teach them to tell it

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2oktqh9; new - 2 hours agoFIRST-PERSON: Teach them to tell itFORT SMITH, Ark. (BP) -- A personal Christian testimony is a powerful thing. Sadly, it seems many churchgoers don't understand exactly what it is or how to share it.By definition, a testimony is a firsthand account of something. So, a Christian testimony is a firsthand account, or story, of Christ's transformational work.A common outline is: 1) My life before Christ; 2) How I realized my need for Christ; 3) How I responded in faith to Christ; and 4) The difference Christ has made in my life.There are many reasons why it is important for each believer to learn to tell his or her faith story or testimony. Here are just a few:1) A testimony enhances worship.Anytime a believer articulates his or her story of God's grace, forgiveness and…

EDITORIAL: Jesús el inmigrante

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nF34TB; EDITORIAL: Jesús el inmigranteNOTA DEL EDITOR: La columna First-Person (De primera mano) es parte de la edición de hoy de BP en español. Para ver historias adicionales, vaya a http://ift.tt/NdButa.LA MIRADA, Calif. (BP) -- Jesús fue un inmigrante. Todos los cristianos también somos inmigrantes. Por lo tanto, Cristo se identifica con nosotros y nos entiende. Como sus seguidores debemos imitar su ejemplo y aprender de él. También debemos mostrar compasión por aquellos que son extranjeros al venir de otros países y regiones ya que reconocemos que todos nosotros somos también peregrinos y extranjeros.Es posible que las palabras en el párrafo anterior le hayan sorprendido un poco. En estos tiempos la inmigración es un tema importante y relevante para nuestra sociedad. Existen diferentes perspectivas …

Why I nominated Shane Hall for the Pastor’s Conference

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God brought Shane and I together. Back in 1999, when I was a young church planter, I attended my first SBC annual meeting. While there, I went to the mic and asked some question about insurance for planters, identifying myself, my church, and the town in which I was planting.A few months after the Convention, Shane’s dad, an evangelist named “Tiny” Hall, showed up at my storefront church and introduced himself. He has seen me at the Convention and his ears perked up when he heard where I was planting. He was from Oklahoma, but had a brother in my Indiana town and had once planted churches in the area. We had a friendly visit and talked about him coming to preach a revival at some later date.The next year, our new church was in the process of purchasing a local building to convert into a worship facility. We were nearing the closing date, having raised a significant amount of money for the down payment. We were $3,000 short with ten days to go, praying that God would meet our need. Tha…

Pastor Billy Bob thinks Bobby Baptist is wrong

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On Wednesday, I read an article by Brad Reynolds on the Christian Index website called Bobby Baptist and the ERLC.  Dr. Reynolds begins the article by reminding his readers of the well-known sermon, “A Baptist and his Bible,” preached by Dr. Jerry Vines.  In that sermon Dr. Vines referred to a fictional Southern Baptist named Billy Baptist.  Reynolds plays off of Dr. Vines’ Billy Baptist and introduces his readers to Billy’s younger brother Bobby Baptist.  Bobby is in Reynolds’ words, “a twenty-first century hypothetical typical member of a Southern Baptist rural church.”Upon reading the article, I couldn’t help but remember the tongue (or keyboard?) lashing I received several weeks ago for creating a fictional pastor named Pastor Billy Bob.  In doing so, it was not my intention to disparage anyone.  I was simply doing exactly what Vines did in his sermon and what Reynolds does in his article.  I created a fictional character to make my point.  But as we know, those who look for offen…

The Briefing 03-31-17

Why being pro-life is about more than opposing abortion

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I first saw the movie “The Fugitive” in 1993. It's a story about Dr. Richard Kimball (Harrison Ford), who is framed and wrongly sentenced to die for the murder of his wife. He escapes and embarks on a quest for the one-armed man he knows actually committed the murder. All along, the U.S. Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) is trying to hunt him down and bring him to justice.As a 15-year-old, I appreciated the movie for its action and mystery. But a few weeks ago, I watched it again—this time, through the eyes of a 38-year-old husband, father and pastor. That’s when I noticed something—a subtle but beautiful pro-life message that permeates the film: You aren’t really pro-life until you’re willing to die to preserve it.The term “pro-life” brings to mind two things for most folks today: Abortion and politics. But being pro-life goes far beyond mobile sonogram clinics and Capitol Hill. It’s about being pro-life like God is pro-life.God put humans in a garden (Gen. 1:26-31; 2:7-15) to flourish …

PPFA fights defunding; CMP fights felony charges

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nACWJA; new - 22 minutes agoPPFA fights defunding; CMP fights felony chargesWASHINGTON (BP) -- Planned Parenthood again finds itself in a battle to protect its government funding and tarnished reputation, while secret investigators who uncovered the abortion giant's latest scandal fight felony charges.The U.S. Senate is expected to vote today (March 30) on a measure that would free states to bar funds for Planned Parenthood. The measure barely reached the Senate floor earlier in the day. Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie in favor of a motion for the legislation to proceed.Members of the House of Representatives, meanwhile, continue to consider what approach to take to slash federal money for the country's No. 1 abortion provider.On the other side of the country, California Attorney Gen…

N.C.'s repeal of restroom bill called 'a loss'

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2nAKpbI; new - 24 minutes agoN.C.'s repeal of restroom bill called 'a loss'RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina legislators have repealed a controversial law that required individuals in state buildings to use restrooms corresponding to the gender indicated on their birth certificates.The repeal of House Bill 2 today (March 30) marked a compromise between Democrats and Republicans and culminated more than a year of contentious debate since the bill's passage in April 2016.North Carolina's senate passed the repeal 32-16 following brief discussion. The house's 70-48 vote to repeal HB 2 followed more than two hours of debate and came some 90 minutes after a noon deadline set by the NCAA for the Tar Heel State to overturn its restroom bill or lose the opportunity to host championship …

TX church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedy

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2odWQwC; new - 27 minutes agoTX church mourns loss of 13 members in bus tragedyNEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (BP) -- "Death could not hold Him," proclaims the website of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas. The bright Easter message of Jesus' resurrection sits just above the tragic announcement of 13 members who died Wednesday (March 29) in a bus accident.Thirteen senior adult members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, were killed Wednesday (March 29) in a bus accident on their way home from a three-day retreat. Thirteen senior adult members of First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, were killed Wednesday (March 29) in a bus accident on their way home from a three-day retreat. "When we're absent from the body, we're present with the Lord," First Baptist N…

Bible Study: April 2, 2017

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2oe2Eqh; new - 28 minutes agoBible Study: April 2, 2017byStaff/LifeWay Christian Resources, postedThursday, March 30, 2017 (28 minutes 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.This week's Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project curriculum.Bible Passage: Matthew 3Discussion Questions: If baptism means we are recognizing our own sin and identifying with God's people, how should baptism affect the way we view ourselves and the choices we make as believers? For those of us in Christ, the words of God the Father over Jesus -- "You are my belo…

Pastors' approach to race issues studied

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The original story can be found at http://ift.tt/2oebd4i; new - an hour agoPastors' approach to race issues studiedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Protestant senior pastors say their church is open to hearing about racial reconciliation, a study released today (March 30) suggests.And pastors seem to prefer personal relationships and prayer when it comes to addressing matters of race.Those are among the findings of a study about pastors, churches and racial reconciliation from LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors, found little pushback against or demand for sermons on racial reconciliation in their churches, said Scott McConnell, executive director of the research firm."Most pastors appear to be taking a leadership role in encouraging racial reconciliation," said McConnell, referencing the survey that was conducted Aug. 2…