USCIRF cites Russia, 3 terrorist groups for violations

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom made some ground-breaking recommendations in its latest annual report, but the bipartisan watchdog made clear one reality is not new -- the ability to exercise one's faith continues to deteriorate.

'SBC This Week' podcast reaches 100th episode

The podcast "SBC This Week" celebrates its 100th episode April 28. The show, hosted by Jonathan Howe and Amy Whitfield, features roughly 30 minutes of "news and views" from across the SBC each Friday.

Church police dept. would be U.S. first under Ala. bill

A church could be the first congregation in the nation to open its own police force under a bill progressing through the Alabama legislature, despite disagreement whether it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
  • Send Institute spreading church planting knowledge

    by Staff, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (19 hours ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When evangelical pastors from Germany visited the North American Mission Board two years ago to tour the facility and learn more about how the entity helps church planters, they left with great appreciation for the effectiveness and commitment of Southern Baptists. They also left asking if they could use NAMB training materials with church planters in their own nation. Read More

  • Step out of comfort zones for foster care, Bevin says

    by Charissa Crotts, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (18 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin urged 300 attendees during a Woman's Auxiliary luncheon at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to step out of their comfort zones and get involved with foster care and adoption. Glenna and her husband, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, have adopted four children from Ethiopia and have pledged to improve the state's foster care system. Read More

  • Prayerwalking continues to spark evangelism

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (22 hours ago)

    Photo by Thomas Moore
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayerwalking continues to play a vital role in leading people to personal relationships with Jesus, according to ministry leaders and church planters who practice the spiritual discipline of "praying onsite with insight" as part of their ministries.

    Mike Puckett, executive director of Baptist Campus Ministry of the High Country in North Carolina, said prayerwalking in his context has been a cornerstone practice -- "a really great way to start work in a new community" as well as "massively important" to ongoing work. Read More

  • Bible Study: April 30, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (18 hours ago)

    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

  • 2017 SBC annual meeting program released

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, April 26, 2017 (yesterday)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- The program for the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting has been released. The meeting will convene at the Phoenix Convention Center Tuesday, June 13, at 8:15 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, June 14, at 4:55 p.m.

    A full schedule follows. Read More