Roy Moore trial leaves supporters hopefulMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- As Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore stood trial today (Sept. 28) on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, an attorney for the Alabama Baptist Convention's public policy auxiliary said he was "optimistic" Moore would retain his job.
Rules of the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC), the nine-judge panel before which Moore was tried, state that failure to issue a ruling within 10 days "shall constitute an acquittal." A unanimous ruling is required to remove him from office, though a six-judge majority may impose lesser penalties. Read More
See You At the Pole launches 'I Am Hope' outreachNASHVILLE (BP) -- An estimated million or more students in the U.S. and 63 foreign countries publicly gathered around school flagpoles this morning (Sept. 28) and prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The annual See You At the Pole (SYATP) interdenominational Christian outreach is augmented this year with the launch of the I Am Hope outreach leading up to the Oct. 21 release of the film "I'm Not Ashamed." Read More
Study: Americans love God & Bible, fuzzy on detailsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans apparently don't know much about theology, according to a study released today (Sept. 28). Most say God wrote the Bible. But they're not sure everything in it is true.
Six in 10 say everyone eventually goes to heaven, but half say only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. And while 7 in 10 say there's only one true God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- two-thirds say God accepts worship of all faiths. Read More
Mexico's persecuted Christians draw 'historic first'MEXICO (BP) -- Evangelical Christians in rural villages of southern Mexico have suffered persecution for decades.
For many years, their suffering went unnoticed except by persecution watchdog groups like Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern (ICC), Open Doors, and Voice of the Martyrs. Read More
'Modern Family' debuts transgender child characterNASHVILLE (BP) -- An 8-year-old girl who lives as a transgender boy will appear on tonight's (Sept. 28) episode of ABC's "Modern Family," portraying a transgender friend of Lily, the daughter of the show's leading gay couple, the series' director has announced.
Modern Family Director Ryan Case identifies the show's first openly transgender actor on Twitter, saying, "He's 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily's friend Tom in this week's Modern Family." Read More
Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumphNASHVILLE (BP) -- A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney's "Queen of Katwe," based on a true story of struggle and triumph.
Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through the evangelistic Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) and became a national champion and subject of the "Queen of Katwe" book that precedes the film.
Sal Ferlise, CEO of SOM based in Lynchburg, Va., with programs internationally, told Baptist Press he is pleased with Disney's treatment of the true story of faith. Read More
Scholars unwrap ancient biblical text
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- When archeologists in the 1970s found a charred scroll in the Holy Ark in the Synagogue of Ein Gedi, an ancient Hebrew town burned in A.D. 600, they never imagined they might be able to read it.
But recent advancements in non-invasive imaging and even newer processing software allowed an international team of experts to "unwrap" five damaged, but legible, layers of the animal skin to reveal Leviticus 1:1-9 and Leviticus 2:1-11. Read More