1 month later: Evangelicals continue marriage advocacy
WASHINGTON (BP) -- A month after the Supreme Court's nationwide legalization of gay marriage, evangelicals continued raising objections to the ruling.
Commentators to offer analysis included National Religious Broadcasters President Jerry Johnson, Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Executive Director Rick Lance, Christian authors and speakers Rosaria Butterfield and Christopher Yuan, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Provost Jason Duesing. Read More
TX Supreme Court: Repeal or vote on Houston ordinance
HOUSTON (BP) -- The Texas Supreme Court has directed the Houston's city council to abide by its own charter and repeal the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance or put it up to a city-wide vote this November. The city has until Aug. 24 to comply or be compelled to do so by the high court.
In a rare move, the Texas Supreme Court conditionally granted a writ of mandamus stating "the legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored." Last year, Mayor Annise Parker and then-City Attorney Dave Feldman declared "invalid" a referendum to repeal the controversial city ordinance. Read More
26-year-old in faceoff with Planned ParenthoodASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A 26-year-old activist with a video camera has moved to the forefront of cultural challengers to the nation's largest abortion provider.
David Daleiden and his group Center for Medical Progress are in the process of releasing a much-publicized series of videos he says show Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) senior executives involved in selling baby body parts. Read More
8 traits of a missions-centered churchASIA (BP) -- God chose the church to be His messenger and make a powerful impact on the world. It doesn't matter if it has 10,000 or 20 members; a church is called to reach the nations with the Gospel.
The International Mission Board asked pastors, mission and mobilization specialists around the globe to give some insights into what makes missions-centered churches. Read More
Retirees help Asian church leaders teach the BibleSOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Kathy* didn't know being able to drive a stick-shift vehicle would introduce her to the man with whom she'd serve a decade overseas, fight cancer and, come retirement, help disciple local believers in Asia.
It all started when players at a Baptist Student Union flag football game asked Kathy and her friends if they would get more water for the team. Read More
Inner-city church experiences revitalizationHOUSTON (BP) -- Faith Memorial Baptist Church was a small country church in a large urban area. And it was dying.
Within his first eight months as pastor, Andrew Johnson presided over 14 funerals. Two years later, 14 more died to sin and death and publicly proclaimed their Christian faith in a makeshift baptistery at the church's parking lot in Houston, Texas. Read More