Ten Commandments monument toppled at Ark. Capitol

City workers have removed pieces of the Ten Commandments monument from the Arkansas Capitol grounds after a Van Buren man apparently toppled it with his car less than 24 hours after the monument was installed.

Black church conf. aids urban ministry, host says

Anyone involved in urban ministry can benefit from the annual Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17 -21 in Ridgecrest, N.C., organizer Mark Croston told Baptist Press.

New initiative to generate funds for Ky. churches

Is your church raising money for a planned building expansion, mission trip, or summer camp? A new initiative through the Kentucky Baptist Convention could soon help churches with that.
  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (18 hours ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations including Southern Baptists.

    "These churches are places of invitation, welcome and involvement for the unchurched," the study's authors said. "So, the unchurched stick around in greater numbers. And they come to Christ and get committed to the church in greater numbers." Read More

  • 100 years of Falls Creek sparks summer-long celebration

    by Chris Doyle, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (23 hours ago)

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    DAVIS, Okla. (BP) -- The 100th summer is underway for the youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Centers.

    Since the camp was founded in 1917, in the summer months alone, more than 2 million people have walked the 305-acre grounds in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma. And there have been approximately 65,000 professions of faith and some 35,000 called to ministry, according the latest figures from Falls Creek. Read More

  • World Changers: 'We believe in what they do'

    by Helen Gibson, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (yesterday)

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    OWENSBORO, Ky. (BP) -- Holes were starting to form in the front steps of her house. The storage shed in the backyard leaked when it rained. And everything needed a fresh coat of paint.

    But 64-year-old Charlene Meadows, a lifelong resident of Owensboro, Ky., was unable to make these repairs to her home herself. Read More

  • Trump urged to address India's religious repression

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- United States senators urged President Trump to address India's deteriorating religious freedom conditions -- including its discrimination against foreign humanitarian organizations -- when he met with that country's prime minister Monday (June 26).

    Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and four of his colleagues called for the president to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a June 23 letter. Trump and Modi met at the White House the afternoon of June 26. Read More

  • Americans' views on sex, religion studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can't seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex. Their views are often rooted in faith, according to a study released today (June 27).

    Those disputes can end up in court, in highly divisive and controversial cases. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Read More