Charges against chaplain called 'overt attack'GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (BP) -- The attorney who represents 65 former chaplains suing the Navy for discrimination says the possible dismissal of a chaplain for giving traditional biblical counsel is evidence of a continuing attack against evangelicals.
For Virginia attorney Arthur Schulcz, the charge of "intolerance" leveled against Navy chaplain Wesley Modder shows how once-subtle discrimination against evangelical chaplains is increasing. The 65 chaplains' cases continue to be waged in various courts alleging instances of discrimination dating back to the mid-1970s. Read More
New Hiding Place film challenges anti-SemitismNASHVILLE (BP) -- The "Return to the Hiding Place" film about the underground teenage army that helped Corrie ten Boom save the lives of Jews during the Holocaust is aptly released as anti-Semitism is rising globally and on college campuses, the movie's director said.
The independent film comes more than 70 years after six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, but Jews still face the persecution and hatred of anti-Semitism, according to research and news reports.
Director Peter Spencer said the film's release is for such a time as this. Read More
Former major leaguers share Christ in PeruLIMA, Peru (BP) -- A rope isn't typical baseball gear, but Florida Baptist volunteer Josh Howard, who was headed for a baseball clinic in Lima, Peru, had good reason for packing a very, very long one in his suitcase.Photo by Lina White/IMB
He spoke about eternity -- using a rope for a visual illustration that he learned listening to the teaching of evangelical pastor Francis Chan -- to a group of kids living in the moment to become better baseball players. And he was there with seven other former and current high school, college and professional baseball players and coaches -- all from Southern Baptist churches in Florida and Tennessee. Read More
Baseball builds bridges with Japanese PeruviansLIMA, Peru (BP) -- Peru's Nikkei , Japanese immigrants and their descendants, live and work among Peruvians, but their loyalties to Japanese identity and community can wind as tightly as red threads stitched around a baseball.Photo by Lina White/IMB
Although their circumstances dictate reliance on foreigners welcoming them as immigrants, their own Japanese culture compels a slow acceptance of outsiders, said International Mission Board missionary Tim Mitchell. Read More
New Obamacare tax law may affect churches
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new tax rule in conjunction with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act may affect many churches that pay or reimburse individual health insurance premiums, and imposes daily fines beginning June 30 for those not in compliance. Read More
The public square: Christian setbacks & victoriesNASHVILLE (BP) -- The freedom to live according to one's religious beliefs has been a fundamental right in America since its founding. As the culture changes and those opposed to biblical values become more vocal, it is becoming increasingly difficult to express religious beliefs without being socially ostracized or legally penalized.
The following compilation by SBCLIFE, the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, lists many of the political and cultural junctures that have had an effect on religious liberty and biblical faith in America in recent years. Read More
Culture shift: questions for pastors & churches
NASHVILLE (BP) -- In August 2013, same-sex marriage was legal in 13 states and the District of Columbia. By February of this year, Alabama had become the 37th state in which same-sex marriage was declared lawful despite a state constitutional amendment to the contrary that had been adopted by 81 percent of its citizens. Read More