Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79.

Church dropout rate among young adults studied

Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings, according to a LifeWay Research study.

New book, 'Within Reach,' relays insight for student ministry

A new book, "Within Reach: The Power of Small Changes in Keeping Students Connected," explores the differences between young people who dropped out of church and those who stayed.

  • Judges block rules on abortion mandate

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (11 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Federal conscience protections for American employers who object to the abortion/contraception mandate are on hold.

    Federal judges in California and Pennsylvania blocked Sunday (Jan. 13) and Monday (Jan. 14), respectively, implementation of final rules from the Trump administration that provided exemptions for employers with religious or moral objections to the 2011 requirement instituted under President Obama.

    The opinions prevented rules issued in November by the Department of Health and Human ... Read More

  • Journey Church & adoption: 'It is in our DNA'

    by Sarah Davis/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Monday, January 14, 2019 (yesterday)

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    Jan. 20 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- In 2011, Dan Reeves began his first sermon series from the book of James as lead pastor of the newly launched Journey Church. At that time, he knew the future ministries of the young congregation were still unclear -- that is until he read from James 1:27: "Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

    Reeves' wife Veronica noted, "As a brand new, closely knit body of believers, we were ... Read More

  • European homeschool ruling 'ignores' parents' rights

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (12 hours ago)

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    STRASBOURG, France (BP) -- A European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling to uphold Germany's homeschool prohibition has been called a matter of concern for "anyone who cares about freedom."

    The ECHR, based on Strasbourg, France, ruled Jan. 10 that Dirk and Petra Wunderlich's human rights were not violated when German officials forcibly removed their four children from the family home near Darmstadt, Germany, for three weeks in 2013. At issue was the Wunderlichs' refusal to stop homeschooling. Read More