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Oct 24, 2014
Christian parents across the country have been quietly talking about what role corporal punishment should play in the discipline of their kids following the indictment last month of pro football player Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a switch.
Culturally speaking, it’s a sign of the times.
Oct 23, 2014
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Oct 22, 2014
ASIA (BP)—A gathering of Southern Baptist missionaries grappling with what's working in missions—and what isn't—welcomed a new colleague to the strategic discussion: International Mission Board President David Platt.
The long-planned conference, held earlier this fall in Asia, came at an ideal time for Platt, 36. The influential pastor, mission mobilizer and "Radical" author was elected a few weeks earlier by IMB trustees to lead Southern Baptists' international mission enterprise. Now he's focused on absorbing the huge amount of knowledge required for his new job. The five-day gathering enabled him to meet face to face with missionaries working in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe—something that might have taken him months or years to do otherwise.
Oct 21, 2014
One of the most quoted Scriptures concerning temptation is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” We remember that temptation is the opportunity to satisfy a God-given desire in a God-forbidden way. We are not robots. If God provides a way out, we must choose to take it. Remember also the distinction between a test to demonstrate or strengthen morality and the means to encourage sinful action. God is in the soul-winning business.
Oct 21, 2014
The author of Hebrews described his work as a “word of exhortation” (Hebrews 13:22), in other words, a sermon. Psalm 110 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 function as the primary Scripture passages for this sermon. Psalm 110 affirms both the royalty of Jesus (Psalm 110:1-3) and the priesthood of Jesus (Psalm 110:4). The Old Testament prohibited the same person from serving in both offices as demonstrated by God’s judgment of kings Saul and Uzziah for usurping the role of the priest (1 Samuel 13:7-10; 2 Chronicles 26:11-15). Hebrews 7 combines the concepts of a change of priesthood (v. 12), change of law (7:13) and guarantor of a better covenant (v. 22). Building upon the idea of covenant, Hebrews 8 describes why the covenant is better. Jeremiah’s prophecy of the new covenant serves as the foundational text for this section of the sermon. Notice how the author used the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:31-34 at the beginning and conclusion to this section of his sermon (Hebrews 8:6-10:16-17).
Oct 20, 2014
NASHVILLE (BP)—Baptists must let their voices be heard, said Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd.
Floyd is one of several speakers from across the nation slated to speak Nov. 2 at the "I Stand Sunday" simulcast hosted by Family Research Council and other partners. The event is being held in response to five Houston ministers being issued subpoenas by the city's attorney to turn over sermons and other pastoral communications.
Oct 19, 2014
As team strategist for the Women’s Missions and Ministries/Missions Education team, Goodwin crisscrossed the state leading conferences, overnight mission events, camping events and annual meetings—all designed to instill a love for missionaries, missions and missions education into lives of Florida Baptists. She traveled to other nations to support and demonstrate her love for international missionaries.
This past August, the mission whirlwind retired from the Florida Baptist Convention. She served “faithfully” for 21 years, said Craig Culbreth, strategist for the Convention’s Missional Support Group.
Oct 16, 2014
Tim Maynard, lead pastor at Fruit Cove Baptist Church in St. Johns County, is nearing the end of his second term as president of the Florida Baptist State Convention. FBW Reporter Nicole Kalil talked to him about what he’s been able to accomplish in that role, what work remains and what lies ahead for Florida Baptists. An edited version of that conversation follows.
Oct 16, 2014
HOUSTON (BP)—Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott called on Houston city attorney Dave Feldman Oct. 16 to withdraw subpoenas requiring five pastors to submit their sermons to his office in regard to litigation against a new Houston Equal Rights Ordinance's protections based on sexual orientation.
The pastors are part of a petition effort to repeal the ordinance, known as HERO among its supporters.
Oct 15, 2014
NAPLES (FBW)—For most people, maintaining their car is not a life-changing experience.
But for Mary Hickman, her life changed dramatically when she attended the car care clinic sponsored by First Baptist Church of Naples.
Before attending the car care clinic in March 2013, Hickman knew about God. She also knew she was not where God wanted her to be. With a mother addicted to crack cocaine and other family members who were physically and emotionally abusive, Hickman had lived in eight homes by the time she was 14 years old.