• Youth curriculum debuts: 6-year free resource

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (16 hours ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Richard Ross has spent most of his life leading youth to a deeper relationship with Christ, so he didn't hesitate when he felt God's call to develop a small group curriculum for teens and young adults.

    But even Ross was surprised at the result: a six-year free curriculum for grades 7-12 encompassing a multi-year journey to learn everything from apologetics and ethics to evangelism and missions. Read More

  • Trump, Sanders dominate in N.H.

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (16 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Maverick candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders easily won Tuesday (Feb. 9) in the first primary election to determine the major political parties' nominees for the White House.

    Trump -- the brash, billionaire businessman and celebrity -- outdistanced the crowded Republican field by nearly 20 points to gain victory in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, the United States senator from neighboring Vermont who describes himself as a socialist, dominated Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic ... Read More

  • LifeWay to close stores on 3 seminary campuses

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (14 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Stores are closing at three Southern Baptist seminary campuses, the retail chain confirmed to Baptist Press Feb. 10.

    The LifeWay Christian Stores chain also confirmed the closure of its longtime downtown Nashville location due to the sale of SBC entity's 14.5-acre campus last November and the relocation of its offices to a new facility late next year also in the downtown area. Read More

  • Baylor's sexual assault response draws protest

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (13 hours ago)

    WACO, Texas (BP) -- Baylor University's response to reports of campus sexual violence has drawn scores of protesters to the university president's house and provoked at least two observers to call for the severing of official ties between Baylor and the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

    Baylor President Ken Starr responded to critics with two statements, which affirmed the protesters' "poise and maturity"... Read More

  • China detains pastor of largest state-sanctioned church

    by June Cheng/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (17 hours ago)

    CHINA (BP) -- Chinese officials detained the pastor of the country's largest state-sanctioned church in late January, likely as a punishment for speaking out against the government's campaign to demolish church crosses in Zhejiang province. If so, Pastor Gu Yuese of Chongyi church is the latest victim in a nationwide crackdown on dissent that has included human rights lawyers, publishers and pastors. Read More

  • NASA bans 'Jesus' in emails, Liberty Institute says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, February 09, 2016 (yesterday)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Liberty Institute has threatened legal action against NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, charging that employees who comprise a praise group were prohibited from using the name of Jesus in emails advertising a meeting.

    NASA banned the praise group from using the name of Jesus after the group sent emails announcing the theme "Jesus is our life" for a meeting in a space center building, Liberty Institute and attorneys Fish & Richardson P.C. of Dallas informed NASA in Feb. 8 official correspondence. Read More

  • Bible Study: Feb. 14, 2016

    by staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (17 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum. Read More