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Rescue the Oppressed — Darfur and Rape Law June 29, 2007

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In war-torn Darfur, more than 2 Million people have been violently displaced from their homes in 4 short years. In that time, conservative estimates speculate that over 200,000 people have died in the strife.

Additionally, the report explains the high incidence of sexual violence in Darfur had been well documented in the past, but existing regulations made it “all but impossible” to prosecute rapists.

In many cases, the report added that women who admit being raped risk prosecution for “having sex” outside marriage.

Under current law, the offense carries punishment of 100 lashes or death by stoning.

Pray for peace and the power of the gospel in Darfur.

Read the press here.

Forgotten the Cross? Tozer on Christianity without the Cross June 28, 2007

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Are you willing to bear the cross daily for Christ? In this thoughtful reflection, Tozer reflects on the source of victory and the end of self in the believer’s life.

From the article: Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’ (Luke 9:23 )

Prayer
Lord, in reaching out to people in this world may I not seek to disguise the cross nor leave mine at home each day.

Thought
The cross is mounted on church steeples. We have overlaid it with gold to wear around our neck or on our lapel. In doing so, have we forgotten that the cross is an instrument of death! It was for Christ and it is for us – death to self. Are we bearing our cross daily?

Read the article here.

iPhone demo get dismal review June 26, 2007

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The much-anticipated 6/29 release of the iPhone runs hot this week in the press. Apple has released the new demo video for the iPhone. The video runs long, but with features like gMaps, gMail, and full-feature internet, its worth watching.

Watch the video here.

But before you run out to buy one, you should probably read the NY Times road-tested review–its rather dismal and includes words like “decried,” “excruciating,” and “ache.”

Ouch.

Read the press here.

Netherlands cleaning up? June 25, 2007

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Legalized prostitution, euthanasia, abortion, same-sex marriage, marijuana. These are the things that has long made Amsterdam a wild city with no boundaries.

The orthodox Christian political party holds majority power for the first time. With immigration issues and problems in identifying where the country stands, the “world’s most socially liberal political laboratory” is rethinking its morally bankrupt “anything-goes” policies.

Click here for full article.

Converted Convict and Carpenter for Christ built Ruth Graham coffin June 20, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Church, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.
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Richard Liggett, convicted murderer and convict in Angola, the infamous “bloody prison” of the Louisiana state penitentiary system, did not start his sentence well. His life sentence, though, changed dramatically after he met Christ. Then, after years of hardened sin, he turned to Christ and carpentry, and ended faithfully in the arms of the Savior. Before dying of cancer in March 2007, he was asked to build several simple coffins for the Graham family.

Franklin Graham ordered birch plywood coffins after a visit to the Angola prison where he was struck by their simple beauty and the profound changes that have taken place there through gospel ministry.

After being convicted of murder and thrown into the bloodiest prison in the US, most would assume that life is all but over. But for Liggett and many others, the preaching ministry under the administration of my friend Burl Cain changed Richard’s course.

Burl Cain, the warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, has brought gospel reformation into one of America’s dealiest prisons. Of the 5,108 inmates, 3,700 are serving life sentences and the remainder are serving an average 88 year sentence.

But over the years, the gospel has moved powerfully, and now more than 2,000 inmates have repented and confess Christ as Lord.

The prison now has a Bible college and a chapel near death row, which is funded largely by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

After 20 years of federal court control, Cain became warden in 1995. In 1999, Louisiana took back the prison. But it looks much different now than it did just a few years ago. The number of inmate-on-inmate assaults with a weapon dropped from 346 in 1996 to 60 last year, explains Cain, who attributes the drop largely to Christ and the power of the gospel.

Liggett made the news because he built a few coffins. But from murder and imprisonment to salvation, his story now bears repeating to those who still need to be freed from the shackles of sin and told about the gospel that still changes lives today.

Read the press here.

Ruth Bell Graham Funeral Live Webcast June 16, 2007

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The live webcast of the Ruth Graham funeral service will be Saturday, June 16, 2pm EST, broadcast from the BGEA website. Additionally, you may give a memorial gift to the BGEA via the website. See her bio below. (more…)

SBC Calvinism, Tongues debates on line June 14, 2007

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You can link to the calvinism and tongues debates on line now at the Criswell College website.

Calvinism and Tongues Discussion Helpful at SBC June 11, 2007

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I plan to post the mp3s of both discussions we had today at the booth as soon as the edits are in from the studios:

Today, Criswell College hosted two theological discussions at the Southern Baptist Convention on June 11th.  Each debate lasted nearly an hour and was moderated by Jerry Johnson. Some of the discussion followed this format.

CALVINISM – Does God’s sovereignty prohibit man’s free will in the work of salvation?  Dr. Mark Coppenger (Pastor of Evanston Baptist Church and former President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Danny Akin (President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and former Criswell College Professor) discussed the various points and issues related to Calvinism.

TONGUES – What is the nature of tongues?  Is it a private prayer language, missionary language, or both?  Dwight McKissic (Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and Trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and Dr. Russell Moore (Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) presented contrasting viewpoints on the issue.

Global Warming: Russell Moore Before Senate Committee June 7, 2007

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Russell Moore, good friend and dean of the school of theology at SBTS, gave testimony today (Thursday, June 7, 2007) before the U. S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. As director for the C. F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, he made a statement and took questions before a Full Committee hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Views of Religious Organizations Regarding Global Warming.

Throughout, Russ clearly and powerfully defined the role of evangelicals to make clear the mission of the church as well as the biblical call to exercise and engage our rights as citizens of this republic.

Click here to read his statement.

David Rogers up against Jim Richards for 1st VP June 5, 2007

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Earlier this month SBTC Executive Director Jim Richards was nominated by Mac Brunson for 1VP of this year’s SBC. Today, David Dykes, pastor of the BGCT church, Green Acres, in Tyler, TX, announced missionary David Rogers as his nominee for the same position.

Reporting on his blog, Sam Hodges (DMN) explains, “David Rogers . . . has joined his mother – Adrian Rogers’ widow – in questioning what they see as an ever-narrowing definition of what’s acceptable in Baptist belief. That’s a windy way of saying they may think the conservative resurgence has gone a little too far.”

Read the BP here.