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Trafficking victim even went to churchNEW YORK (BP) -- Everyone is looking to be loved. Anna was no exception. While still in her late teens, she met and fell in love with an older man who gave her what she craved. Could he be the one to love and accept me for who I am? she wondered.
This longing for love made her vulnerable to her boyfriend, who had ominous plans for their relationship. Over the ensuing months, she would be subtly manipulated into becoming part of his special "art project." Unknowingly, she was trafficked into the world of pornography. Read More
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Southern Baptists take NRB leadNASHVILLE (BP) -- When thousands of evangelical communicators who comprise the National Religious Broadcasters meet later this month in Nashville for their annual convention, Southern Baptists will be prominently featured.
Southern Baptists' presence at "Proclaim 16: NRB International Christian Media Convention" is not merely a result of the fact that longtime Southern Baptist leader Jerry Johnson became president two years ago. The nation's largest Protestant denomination is well represented in the premier organization of evangelical communicators because Southern Baptists are such a key part of the evangelical movement, Johnson said. Read More
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Jerry Johnson's fight for Christian communicatorsNASHVILLE (BP) -- In radio, silence is not golden. Indeed, "dead air" -- a period of unintended silence during a live program -- is a broadcaster's nightmare.
Jerry Johnson's mission in leading the National Religious Broadcasters is to protect his fellow communicators' right to exist and prevent the worst kind of dead air -- the censorship of evangelical voices on radio, television, the Internet and social media. Read More
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WMU names 2016 National Acteens Panel
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The Woman's Missionary Union has named four mission-minded teenagers with outstanding character and credentials to serve as missions influencers on the 2016 National Acteens Panel.
They are Sarah Golden, a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Pike Road, Ala.; Hannah Hutton of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas; Jemima Louis of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and Ana Sandoval of Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. Read More
N.H. evangelicals 'energized' for primariesCONCORD, N.H. (BP) -- When evangelist Franklin Graham held an outdoor rally last month at the New Hampshire state capitol encouraging Christians to live out their faith at the ballot box, organizers hoped 300 people would attend. But 1,500 showed up on the capitol steps in Concord despite sub-zero temperatures.
Rich Clegg, director of missions for the New Hampshire Baptist Association, believes the high attendance was symptomatic of an "energized" evangelical electorate in the Granite State that could turn out for Tuesday's presidential primaries in greater numbers than ... Read More
TRUSTEES: Church planting personal to NAMBALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- As North American Mission Board trustees gathered for dinner on the eve of their Feb. 2 meeting, the entity's president, Kevin Ezell, called on several to share how their churches are involved in planting churches and sharing Christ.
"I am excited to say that we have trustees who are not only serving as trustees, they are actually out there doing the ministry," Ezell said.
During trustees' Feb. 2 meeting, they also heard reports of church planting and chaplaincy ... Read More
Super Bowl ad slammed by NARAL for 'humanizing fetuses'NASHVILLE (BP) -- An abortion-rights group's protest that a Super Bowl ad wrongly engaged in "humanizing fetuses" has drawn protest from several Southern Baptist leaders.
During the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, Doritos aired a commercial depicting a husband and wife viewing an ultrasound image of their unborn child. In the ad, the child begins motioning for the Doritos her father is consuming.
In response, NARAL Pro-Choice America tweeted, "#NotBuyingIt - that @Doritos ad using ... Read More
Charles Couey, advocate for the blind, diesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Couey, who labored in behalf of blind Southern Baptists for more than 30 years, died Jan. 31 after an accident at his Nashville home. He was 69.
Couey also labored for sighted Southern Baptists to be involved with the blind.
“We need church staff persons, parents, spouses and others who work with blind persons in your church,” Couey said in a Baptist Press article prior to the 2009 meeting of the Southern ... Read More
Amid Scandinavians, believers look for 'bridges'STOCKHOLM, Sweden (BP) -- What's the most embarrassing thing you can talk about in your city? Discussions that include God, said a Scandinavian pastor.
The pastor in Denmark told this to sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who spent 14 months interviewing nearly 150 Scandinavians, according to The New York Times.
This can pose a dilemma for Christian workers trying to evangelize and plant churches in countries like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. The key, however, is not ... Read More
'Where were the lost people in my life?'COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- I never expected a trip to northern Europe to change me. Not like this, anyway. I had been on many mission trips, and this wasn't my first vision trip. It was, however, my first mission trip to somewhere other than a Third World country.
Just prior to leaving, I panicked a little. My thoughts were, "We're not going to build anything, we're not doing a medical clinic or a Vacation Bible School, we're not cleaning or repairing. How will we engage people? How will we share Jesus?" Read More
WMU search committee named; prayer requested
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- National WMU President Linda Cooper has named the search committee for identifying the woman God would have as the missions organization's next executive director and requested prayer for the committee's work.
On Jan. 11, Wanda Lee, who has served as executive director since 2000, announced to the WMU board her intention to retire, providing ample notice for a search committee to be formed and seek a new leader. Read More