CP 1.39% ahead of year-to-date projection
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 1.39 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection and 1.89 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page. Read More
Houston equal rights ordinance now on appeal
HOUSTON (BP) -- The push for a referendum on a controversial Houston ordinance has moved into appeals court, continuing the battle over sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the city's anti-discrimination laws.
"We talk about the days of my parents when poll taxes and other things were used to eliminate the process of the voting for minorities," Willie Davis, pastor of MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church, told reporters at a news April 30 conference called by the Houston Area Pastors Coalition. Read More
Saeed Abedini weathers Iranians' added pressureISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Iranian authorities heightened pressure on U.S.-Iranian pastor Saeed Abedini in April, threatening to keep him in prison indefinitely, Morning Star News reported May 1.
Authorities seem to be taking a "carrot-and-stick" approach to Abedini – leveling new, petty charges while promising him freedom if he abandons his faith in Christ and returns to Islam, Tiffany Barrans, international director at the American Center for Law and Justice, told Morning Star, a news service focusing on the persecuted church. Read More
Counseling center trains with biblical worldviewNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has added a needed tool to its counseling program: the Leeke Magee Christian Counseling Center. Since the center launched last August, it has provided training for NOBTS students and become a vital resource for campus and community counseling needs.Photo by Boyd Guy
"This is something we have dreamed about for a long time," said Kathy Steele, LMCCC director and counseling professor at NOBTS. " Read More
Iraqi, Syrian refugees haunted by war, loss
SWEDEN (BP) -- Inside a coffee shop on a damp and dreary afternoon, I sat next to Ahmed,* a 32-year-old Iraqi refugee I first met in Milan, Italy, two months earlier. Thousands of miles from northern Italy, the married father and former information technology worker sat drinking a cappuccino as music blared in the background.
The scene in Sweden was quite different from our initial encounter: Read More
'Sin City' church supports community, CPLAS VEGAS (BP) -- Proximity to the neon lights of the world-famous Las Vegas entertainment corridor was never a main issue for the 17 families of Foothills Baptist Church who called Hoyt Savage as their first full-time pastor.Foothills Baptist Church submitted photo
Not that they wanted to ignore or avoid the area that gives "Sin City" its nickname. Their focus, however, was simply on the streets where they lived -- the new and fast-growing northwest part of Las Vegas. Read More