Ireland will not force churches to wed gays
DUBLIN, Ireland (BP) -- Ireland on May 22 became the first country to hold a public vote amending its constitution to allow gay marriage, but the change will not force houses of worship to perform the unions.
Instead, gay couples will be able to enter in "civil marriage," a separate institution from but affording all the legal benefits of "religious marriage," according to the Yes Equality civil group that spearheaded the drive for the constitutional change. Read More
ERLC to address culture at SBC meeting
ASHVILLE (BP) -- The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will cosponsor a conversation on church and culture, launch a new equipping initiative for ministry to gays and lesbians, and relaunch a magazine during its participation at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting June 16-17 in Columbus, Ohio.
The ERLC will partner with 9Marks church health ministry for "Connecting Church and Culture" on the eve of the SBC meeting. Read More
New campaign to provide Bibles in ChinaNASHVILLE (BP) -- A new campaign from LifeWay Christian Stores and Tyndale House Publishers allows individuals and churches to purchase Bibles for people in the world's most populous country.
The Gospel for China is a partnership between the two organizations that seeks to provide "an easy and legal way for individuals or churches to purchase Bibles for believers and seekers in China," Cossy Pachares, vice president of LifeWay Christian Stores, said. Read More
Echols elected to lead Brewton-Parker CollegeMOUNT VERNON, Ga. (BP) -- Steve Echols has been elected as the 17th president of Brewton-Parker College, one of three educational institutions affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Echols, 59, an Atlanta native, emerged as the top candidate for the BPC presidency, four months after the college announced a search committee following the Jan. 20 resignation of Ergun Caner after just over a year of service. Echols' duties are effectively immediately following BPC trustees' unanimous vote May 19. Read More
9-year-old renewing hope after Haiti earthquakeBIGARADE, Haiti (BP) -- Several years ago, the Bigarade community in Port-au-Prince was just a flood plain. Now, more than a hundred homes dot the landscape, and children run down the dirt roads to their very own school.
Earlier this year, there was a new face at the school, though one who's very familiar with its story. At nine years old, Mackenzie Howell has been working to renew hope in Haiti since 2011, when she saw a documentary about the devastating earthquake that rocked the country the previous year. Read More
World War II, 70 years afterRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe came and went in May with relatively little fanfare.
Perhaps the milestone passed quietly because fewer people personally remember the largest armed conflict in human history. The last U.S. president to serve in the military during World War II, George H.W. Bush, now 90, left office more than 20 years ago. Barack Obama wasn't born until 16 years after the war ended. Read More