Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The death sentence of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, combined with four allegedly botched executions in the U.S. last year and an anticipated Supreme Court ruling on the death penalty this summer, has fueled debate among evangelicals regarding the legitimacy of capital punishment. Read More
Rare book room dedicated by Vermont Baptist collegeBENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- The first book published by the Baptist Sunday School Board and the personal journal of a 19th-century Vermont pastor are among the volumes in a newly dedicated rare books room at Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, Vt.
Dedicated May 23, the Michael Alford Rare Books Library Exhibit -- dubbed the MARBLE room -- contains more than 1,000 books at least 100 years old, with the oldest volume published in 1745. The room is named in honor of a retired Schenectady, N.Y., church planter who started congregations across the Northeast. Read More
Egyptian convert regularly abused, attorney saysISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Authorities in Egypt are regularly beating and dragging across a concrete prison floor noted convert Bishoy Armia Boulous, formerly known as Mohammed Hegazy, his attorney said.
Imprisoned by Egyptian authorities on trumped-up charges for photographing Muslim attacks on Christians and then held illegally after his sentence was complete, Boulous is beaten several times a week, said attorney Karam Ghobriel. Read More
Retired SBF exec VP Faye Albright diesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Faye Stringer Albright, who retired in 2011 as executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Foundation, died May 21 in Nashville after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 71.
She worked for the foundation for 28 years, beginning in 1982, and was promoted to executive vice president in 2000. Read More
Page: Obama's comments on poverty disappointingNASHVILLE (BP) -- President Obama's suggestion that evangelicals often devote more resources to fighting abortion than caring for the poor reflects ignorance concerning denominations like the Southern Baptist Convention, Frank S. Page said on a national radio broadcast.
"We are involved" in fighting poverty, Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee said May 16 on the "Washington Watch" radio program's weekend edition hosted by Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "So there was both arrogance and ignorance involved in his comments. It bothered me deeply. We care about people." Read More