• Court urged to reverse pro-transgender ruling

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has joined with other faith organizations to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower-court ruling that a federal anti-discrimination law regarding sex covers gender identity. Read More

  • Inmate's gender transition said to show ministry need

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- The first government-funded gender reassignment surgery for a prison inmate in the U.S. has been cited as evidence of the need to address gender identity struggles in prison ministry.

    Shiloh Quine, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence without parole, is recovering from male-to-female gender reassignment surgery funded by the state of California, The Washington Post reported Jan. 10. Read More

  • 1957 SBC president drew MLK's praise for stand

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president "suffered with us" in the cause of civil rights.

    King's reference was to the late U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, D-Ark., who served as SBC president from 1956-58. After helping to mediate a conflict over integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Hays lost his bid for reelection to a ninth term in Congress to a write-in segregationist candidate. Read More

  • 7 principles for sharing Gospel with East Asians

    by Jonathan Martyn, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Somewhere in East Asia, a man steps onto a crowded bus after a busy day at work. As usual, there is nowhere to sit and his wearied legs find no rest on the long commute home.

    People in East Asia have more freedom, more income and more material possessions than past generations. But this abundance does not always lead to a higher quality of life. Long commutes, high costs of living, endless hours at work, overcrowded cities, and polluted environments have left many people like the man on the bus -- without peace, hope or fulfillment. Read More

  • First Provo plants Gospel of Christ in Utah

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    PROVO, Utah (BP) -- Four Southern Baptist church plants are in their early stages in Utah County, traditional Mormon country but home to First Baptist Church of Provo since 1948.

    Pastor Russ Robinson has led the Baptist congregation to plant other churches rather than expand its church building, a former Mormon or Latter-day Saints "ward meeting house" the church bought in 1963. Located in an out-of-the-way residential neighborhood, First Baptist Provo, founded in 1948, is at near-capacity for the perhaps 100 people who worship there Sunday mornings. Read More

  • Christian persecution increases; N. Korea still No. 1

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- North Korea ranks as the most dangerous country for Christians for the 16th consecutive time after a year in which the persecution of followers of Jesus continued to rise, according to a new report.

    Release of the annual World Watch List from Open Doors USA came as religious freedom advocates call for President-elect Trump to act in the first 100 days of his administration to protect Christians and other people of faith overseas. Read More

  • LifeWay stores plan nationwide Bible study workshop

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Stores across the country will host a nationwide Bible study workshop next week to help people better understand Scripture.

    The Jan. 17 workshop will teach participants how to conduct a devotional Bible study and how to apply the teachings of Scripture to life.

    "This event is another great example of something customers will find in their local LifeWay Store, where we are striving to walk with them every step of the way," said Nathan Magness, director of marketing strategy. Read More