• new - 4 hours ago

    Refugees seeking hope in Europe

    by Keith Weston and Samantha Conners, posted Monday, August 03, 2015 (4 hours ago)

    Photo by Raymon Salinas
    PATRAS, Greece (BP) -- Insulation and paper clung to the rafters of the former factory like clothes drying on a line. On the concrete floor, shards of glass were mixed with piles of trash. Old desks held overused pots and gritty pans while filing cabinets stored clothes. Long-forgotten cisterns, a plastic bucket and a rope provided somewhat fresh water.

    Here, just feet from a lively port, more than one hundred Sudanese refugees live in abject poverty. Next door, another abandoned facility is home to Afghan migrants. Read More

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    Satanist statue prompts Michigan Bapt. response

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Monday, August 03, 2015 (3 hours ago)

    DETROIT, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists will not waver in their efforts to spread the Gospel throughout their state, even after The Satanic Temple (TST) has unveiled a bronze, 9-foot-tall statue of Baphomet in Detroit, says Tim Patterson, executive director for the state's Baptist convention.

    "People have been worshipping Satan since Satan fell from heaven," Tim Patterson, executive director for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, said. "That is nothing new at all. I think what is new about it is the public way it is being portrayed in the media. Read More

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    Send Conf. attendees share missions focus

    by Joe Conway, posted Monday, August 03, 2015 (3 hours ago)

    NAMB photo by John Swain
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Less than 24 hours before the start of the sold out 2015 Send North America Conference, Esther Fasolino had one word for why she was attending, "Missions!"

    "We've come to learn," said Fasolino, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Toronto. "The breakout topics are fantastic." Fellow Toronto resident Ivonne Anlar said their group of 12 would spread out among the diverse breakout session offerings to maximize their coverage. Read More

  • Pro-life Dems see path to defund Planned Parenthood

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 03, 2015 (5 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- To win enough Democratic support to become law, proposals to defund Planned Parenthood must emphasize the transfer of funds to other women's health care providers rather than the mere removal of money from America's largest abortion provider, according to a pro-life group within the Democratic Party.

    Democrats for Life of America, a Washington-based group that works to elect pro-life Democrats to public office, also said a push to transfer Planned Parenthood's funding should follow a congressional investigation of the abortion giant and target .... Read More

  • ERLC endorses bill to defund Planned Parenthood

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, July 31, 2015 (2 days ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission endorsed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood on the same day a fourth video was released showing an official of the abortion organization discussing trade in baby body parts. Read More

  • Panel: Conviction, kindness key to gay marriage response

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Friday, July 31, 2015 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Gary Ledbetter
    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Christians and churches must respond by speaking with confidence, conviction and kindness while also creating biblical community, speakers at the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty's inaugural Equip gathering, said. Read More

  • Platt: World missions 'multiethnic issue'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 31, 2015 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler/BP
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- All ethnicities are called to world missions, International Mission Board President David Platt told more than 600 black Southern Baptists gathered at Ridgecrest, N.C., acknowledging only 25 of the 4,700 IMB missionaries are African American. Read More

  • Royals GM: character key to team's turnaround

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 31, 2015 (3 days ago)

    Kansas City Royals photo
    KANSAS CITY (BP) -- Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore was headed off the field during 2012 spring training when a Royals minor league coach approached him. "Dayton," the coach said, "God asked me to tell you something."

    "Sure, what do you have, kid?" Moore replied.

    Moore says he will never forget the response: "Do your fighting on your knees." Read More

  • ERLC presidential candidate forum sparks discussion

    by Staff, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A presidential candidate forum to be hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Aug. 4 at the Send Conference in Nashville has sparked discussion -- and a variety of opinions -- among Southern Baptists. Read More

  • Tennesseans await ruling on physician-assisted suicide

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist & Reflector, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (4 days ago)

    Image: iStock
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The issue of physician-assisted suicide or death with dignity has surfaced in Tennessee.

    Earlier this year the Tennessee General Assembly failed to act on a bill which would have allowed doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs when requested by terminally ill patients.

    In May, however, well-known Tennessee lawyer and politician John Jay Hooker filed a lawsuit challenging state law that makes it a felony to assist in a suicide, according to a report in The Tennessean on July 10. ... Read More

  • God and assisted suicide: What's the answer?

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Thursday, July 30, 2015 (4 days ago)

    Randy C. Davis, executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, addresses the issue of assisted suicide and "three theological pillars" that can help during "soul-shattering moments at death's door." Read More