Home by home, Burmese hear church's Gospel appeal

From San Diego to Myanmar in south Asia, Burmese are the focus of a multi-faceted evangelistic initiative led by Silas Lian of Agape Myanmar Mission.

University of Iowa, religious liberty in spotlight

A Christian student group at the University of Iowa has filed suit against the school after losing its status as an official on-campus organization because it requires leaders to hold Biblical beliefs about sexuality.

Ky. adoption czar Dan Dumas steps down

A spokesman for Gov. Matt Bevin said the decision to terminate the contract of the state's adoption czar was made because the administration "has decided to move in a different direction."
  • NEW - 2 hours ago

    Pro-life centers continue to meet challenges despite opposition

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pregnancy resource centers continue to carry on the vital, pro-life work of serving vulnerable women and unborn children in the face of ongoing, adversarial campaigns by abortion rights advocates and the growing effort to regulate their work by state and local governments.

    Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will arrive Jan. 21 at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court will be preparing to consider a case that might determine the future of the pro-life pregnancy center movement in America. Abortion rights organizations will be hoping for a sweeping victory from the high court even as they maintain their attacks on what they call "fake clinics." Read More

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    Moore: Salvation, not just winning, pro-life goal

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (19 minutes ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The goal of evangelical pro-life efforts is greater than winning, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18).

    "We want abortion doctors to stop doing abortions, but that's not enough. We want abortion doctors to find life in Jesus Christ," the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the third annual conference in the country's capital.

    "We want white supremacists to stop oppressing minorities with hatred and bigotry, but that's not all. We want to see Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ," he continued. "We want to see jihadists around the world and repressive regimes stop killing people, but that's not enough. We want to see jihadists and oppressors come to faith in Jesus Christ." Read More

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    Flu outbreak prompts churches to take precautions

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    DALLAS, Ga. (BP) -- Johnny Nix of Pickett's Mill Baptist Church has asked volunteers to consider staying away.

    Like so many other churches, Nix and the Dallas, Ga., church he leads are locked in a battle with the flu.

    "We've instructed our volunteers and workers to postpone coming by for a couple of weeks if they or someone in their family has had it," Nix told Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal. "That may seem a little extreme, but we're taking every precaution necessary." Read More

  • Bible Study: Jan. 21, 2018

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (yesterday)

    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. Read More

  • HHS: Religious liberty to be 'vigorously' enforced

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 18, 2018 (22 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's creation of an office to safeguard health care professionals' religious liberty has drawn praise from evangelicals and derision from advocates of so-called abortion and transgender rights.

    Meanwhile, Arkansas physician Steve Goss, who serves on the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, said new federal safeguards for religious freedom are not likely to change the practices of Christian health care providers or imperil the availability of medical services. Read More

  • Lottie Moon offering 4.1% above last year's pace

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists' support of international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is 4.1 percent ahead of the same time frame as last year, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services.

    At the end of December 2017, IMB had received $15,221,629 for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began Oct. 1 and continues through Sept. 30. The total is $600,027, or 4.1 percent, ahead of last year's October-December pace. Read More

  • Third Evangelicals for Life event to address human dignity

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical Christians will gather for the third consecutive year in the United States' capital city beginning Thursday (Jan. 18) to speak for the sanctity of all human life.

    Evangelicals for Life (EFL) -- a three-day conference hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- will address abortion and a host of other human dignity issues. The event is structured around the annual March for Life, which will be held Jan. 19 on the National Mall.

    The timing of the march and the conference coincides with the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion throughout the country. Read More

  • SBC 2018 Dallas theme: 'Testify! Go. Stand. Speak'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 (yesterday)

    DALLAS (BP) -- "Testify! Go. Stand. Speak." will be the theme for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, SBC President Steve Gaines has announced.

    Evangelism is the urgency of the theme anchored in Acts 5:20, Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, told Baptist Press today (Jan. 17).

    "Fulfilling the Great Commission has always been at the heart of who Southern Baptists are," Gaines said. "However, as research from [New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President] Chuck Kelley has shown, our baptisms are the lowest we have seen in 70 years. If we want to see that trend turn around, we must refocus our efforts on evangelism, telling a lost world about the hope that is found only in Jesus Christ." Read More