Angry, tortured refugee makes peace with God's loveBULGARIA (BP) -- Andrew* limped up the stairs to the pulpit of the church. As he turned to face the congregation, I noticed that one of his eyes sagged. The scarring was evidence of the torture he had endured.
He greeted the members of the Bulgarian Baptist church in broken English. It was the late 1990s and it had been less than a decade since the Soviet Union had dissolved. Many of the believers sitting shoulder to shoulder in the pews of the church had known the trauma of persecution under the communist regime. Some had been imprisoned. They were acquainted with suffering, so they could relate to Andrew's story in a way that I couldn't. Read More
Cooperation is 'our heart & soul,' Richards saysLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists need to unite in order "to advance the Kingdom of God together for God's glory," state convention leader Jim Richards said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"What we have [as churches in the Southern Baptist Convention] is definitely much more in common than we have apart," said Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, noting that "our heart and our soul" is "to be together." Read More
Cajuns take gumbo, Gospel to French CanadiansDIEPPE, New Brunswick, Canada (BP) -- Louis Charrier was putting the finishing touches on his southern Louisiana gumbo and already a line of 15 people was forming, eager to get a taste of the Cajun dish at a block party in Dieppe, New Brunswick.
Moments later, some fellow Louisiana Baptists begin serving the cuisine by the bowl, along with an evangelism tract telling the purpose of their trip to the Canadian province. Read More
Princeton Seminary reverses decision to honor KellerPRINCETON, N.J. (BP) -- Princeton Theological Seminary's reversal of its decision to give an award to New York pastor Tim Keller has drawn criticism as shameful and contrary to the seminary's theological heritage.
Princeton Seminary, the flagship institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), had announced Keller as the recipient of its Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness, a $10,000 award. But in a March 22 letter to the seminary community, President Craig Barnes said the decision had been reversed in order to "not imply any endorsement" of Keller's "belief that women and [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] persons should not be ordained." Read More
Twain, trains & Jesus' westward trailNORTHEAST CALIFORNIA (BP) -- Standing with my feet in the water on the banks of Donner Lake, I was in awe of the pristine summertime scene. The clear mountain lake against the deep blue sky, with the lush-forested Sierra Nevada Mountains towering above me, made an impression on my soul.
It's hard to believe that just mere miles from the lake one of the most horror-filled stories of the American West unfolded in 1846 as the Donner Party's 89 travelers struggled to survive a fierce winter in harsh terrain, their number reduced to 45, as claimed, in part by cannibalism. Read More
Africa drought victims 'family' to Ky. volunteerSHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Residents of drought-stricken Lesotho, Africa, became like family to 64-year-old Karen Smith of Shepherdsville, Ky., the first time she took them food.
"You go with expectations of doing a job and it quickly becomes more than a job. It becomes personal," Smith, volunteer feeding coordinator for the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC), told Baptist Press."That first little boy that came and sat in my lap, it stopped being a job. It began to be personal, because then I met moms and dads and just got to know the families."
Smith served on two of the six disaster relief teams the KBC has sent to southern Africa since 2016 in response to a drought affecting large swaths of sub-Saharan Africa. The U.N. has described the drought and famine, which extends into South Sudan and the greater Horn of Africa, as the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Read More