Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Wednesday
Nov092011

Apologist's views bring back inerrancy debate 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - An evangelical apologist's characterization of one biblical verse has called into question his entire 700-page book and his belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, with two respected theologians saying the matter demonstrates that it is not sufficient to affirm biblical inerrancy in principle without also affirming it in detail.

In "The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach," Mike Licona presents a defense of the historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead, arguing that Jesus' resurrection must have been literal.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Penn State scandal holds lesson for Southern Baptists, says Mohler

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – A Southern Baptist seminary president said Baptist churches should pay heed to the child sexual abuse scandal tarnishing Penn State University and immediately report any credible report of child abuse to legal authorities.

“Sometimes Christians and indeed those in churches or Christian institutions seem to have the protective instinct that we need to find out more before going to any legal authority with that kind of suspicion,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., said Nov. 8.

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Saturday
Nov052011

At 7 billion, world abounds in inequality

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) - As the global population reached an estimated 7 billion in October, crowds in the United States and other developed countries were "occupying" various city parks and squares to protest corporate greed and other perceived inequalities.

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Saturday
Nov052011

Ohio Baptists ask NAMB to reconsider funding cuts

LIMA, Ohio (ABP) - Ohio Baptists passed a resolution Nov. 3 asking the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board to reconsider funding cuts they say would have “potentially disastrous impact” on church planting in the state.

NAMB President Kevin Ezell recently unveiled a new strategy titled Send North America with a goal of 55,112 Southern Baptist congregations by the end of 2012. That would be a net gain of 5,112 congregations in less than a decade, more gained than any decade since 1900.

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Saturday
Nov052011

BCNY reduces budget, approves task force

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (BP) - Messengers to the annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of New York adopted a pared-down 2012 budget, though it increases contributions to national and international mission causes, and approved a motion to establish a "Vision Task Force" charged with strengthening the BCNY and maximizing its support for church and associations.

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