Open Doors: Christian persecution up 14% worldwide

The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent more in 2019, Open Doors reported, counting 245 million individuals globally.

'Trying to be Jesus': 4 testimonies of persecution

Hana describes her most distressing experience as a persecuted Christian in Southwest Asia as perhaps her greatest joy. Read her testimony and stories from persecuted Christians globally.

Abortion defunding effort resumes in Congress

Pro-life advocates in Congress have not given up on extracting the federal government from the abortion business. Members of the Senate and House of Representatives already have introduced legislation in the new congressional session, which began Jan. 3, to end funding for abortions and abortion providers.
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    SANCTITY OF LIFE: Beware the distractions

    by J.D. Greear, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (3 hours ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Tomorrow in our nation's capital, thousands upon thousands of people will participate in the March for Life, the largest pro-life rally in the world. The march is built on the conviction that unborn babies are made in the image of God and, as such, they deserve the rights God has given to all people.

    The conversation about abortion really should hinge on one question: Are the unborn human or not?

    If so, then the reasoning behind the pro-choice cause falls apart. The arguments become "red herrings" -- distractions that aren't relevant to the issue at hand. Read More

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    James MacDonald takes 'indefinite sabbatical'

    by Mickey McLean/WORLD , posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (an hour ago)

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    NAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that pastor James MacDonald would take an "indefinite sabbatical" from preaching and leadership at the Chicago megachurch while it works to reconcile with past critics.

    The decision came after the church's Executive Committee of the Elders held a closed-door meeting on Monday and presented its recommendations to the entire Elder Board Tuesday night.

    The announcement follows recent reports of criticism of the church's financial and management practices. Read More

  • DeMoss to close prominent PR firm March 29

    by Biblical Recorder Staff, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (yesterday)

    CARY, N.C. (BP) -- Mark DeMoss, founder of DeMoss, an Atlanta-based public relations firm known for high-profile, faith-based clients, plans to close March 29, according to a letter DeMoss sent to friends dated Jan. 15.

    DeMoss, recounting that he was diagnosed with cancer two years ago but tests now show he is cancer-free, wrote, "In addition to the gift of God's presence and physical healing during this journey, the experience motivated a season of reflection ultimately leading to both clarity and affirmation of this important decision for me."

    Many public relations organizations have been "reinventing themselves" and changing their business models, DeMoss wrote, but he is "not wired" to do that with his firm. Read More

  • Bailey Smith, early SBC conservative president, dies

    by Christian Index & BP Staff, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (2 days ago)

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    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Evangelist Bailey Smith, who helped sustain the Conservative Resurgence at its outset in the Southern Baptist Convention, died Monday morning (Jan. 14) at his home in Duluth, Ga. He was 79.

    Smith's election as SBC president in 1980 was the second victory for conservatives following the landmark election of the late Memphis pastor Adrian Rogers in 1979.

    J. Gerald Harris, retired editor of Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal, described Smith as "a powerful preacher, devoted pastor and faithful friend" in an obituary posted ... Read More

  • Church dropout rate among young adults studied

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (2 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings.

    Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22, according to a study from LifeWay Research. Thirty-four percent say they continued to attend twice a month or more.

    While the 66 percent may be troubling for many church leaders, the numbers may appear ... Read More

  • LifeWay to reduce 'brick-and-mortar channel'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In light of "an accelerated rate of erosion" at "brick-and-mortar" stores, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer has announced that some LifeWay stores will be closing. The number of stores to close and the timing of those closures has not been announced.

    Rainer wrote in a Jan. 15 email to all LifeWay employees, "We prayed and hoped that our investments in and commitments to the LifeWay stores would prove fruitful. That just has not been the case. To the contrary, we not only continue to see an erosion in the brick-and-mortar channel, we have seen an accelerated rate of erosion in recent months. It was our hope that greater traffic would result in greater sales, and that with our expense reductions and product cost savings, we would be able to offset sales declines. That hope has not been realized with the declines we have seen since September. Read More