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    Death penalty debate stirred by Boston sentence

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 (2 hours ago)

    By CACorrections (Calif. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation), via Wikimedia Commons
    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

  • Page: Obama's comments on poverty disappointing

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (23 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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

  • Procter retiring from Alaska convention

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- Michael Procter is retiring effective May 2016 after more than five years as executive director/treasurer of the Alaska Baptist Convention and as executive director of the Alaska Baptist Foundation, he announced May 4. Read More

  • NOBTS graduates challenged to 'praise the Lord'

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (23 hours ago)

    Photo by Boyd Guy
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- "Praise the Lord" every step of the way, Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, told graduates at the school's May 16 commencement.

    "Out of all the words you've read, all the words you've known," Kelley said. "Out of all the things you've experienced in your studies, I want to be sure you leave here with three words: Praise the Lord." Read More

  • Homeschoolers win quiz bowl on Mich. PBS channel

    by Jeff Koch/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (yesterday)

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    LANSING, Mich. (BP) -- Isaac Van Loh, 16, says his team's victory on a Michigan quiz show helped to vindicate homeschooling and prove its rigor.

    The Lansing Homeschool Chargers' late-April win was the first time in the 26-year history of "QuizBusters," a show on Michigan PBS affiliate WKAR that a homeschool team garnered the championship. Read More

  • 'Tidal wave' of Chinese believers encouraged to persevere

    by Caroline Anderson, posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 (yesterday)

    Photo by Luke In/IMB
    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Chinese believers could be the next missions sending force, following the Western and Korean Christians who've gone before them. They pray, give and go, sacrificing everything to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the nations.

    But sacrifices come with costs. Chinese cross-cultural Christian workers say they struggle with discouragement and loneliness. Those in Southeast Asia welcomed encouragement and counsel from Southern Baptist workers Phil and Ruth Wardell,* who have provided training for believers. Read More

  • Ireland will not force churches to wed gays

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (2 days ago)

    DUBLIN, Ireland (BP) -- Ireland on May 22 became the first country to hold a public vote amending its constitution to allow gay marriage, but the change will not force houses of worship to perform the unions.

    Instead, gay couples will be able to enter in "civil marriage," a separate institution from but affording all the legal benefits of "religious marriage," according to the Yes Equality civil group that spearheaded the drive for the constitutional change. Read More

  • World War II, 70 years after

    by Erich Bridges, posted Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (2 days ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe came and went in May with relatively little fanfare.

    Perhaps the milestone passed quietly because fewer people personally remember the largest armed conflict in human history. The last U.S. president to serve in the military during World War II, George H.W. Bush, now 90, left office more than 20 years ago. Barack Obama wasn't born until 16 years after the war ended. Read More