• 'Pop Up Church' aims to reach millennials

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (19 hours ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    PHOENIX (BP) -- At Fair Trade Cafe in downtown Phoenix, where Super Bowl excitement continues to build, the big game seemed to be the last thing on Jim Helman's mind.

    Customers sipped their espressos and chatted at the popular coffee shop earlier this week while Helman and a few fellow Christians had something else brewing just outside in the open courtyard. ... Read More

  • 'Deflate-gate' grips, faith lifts Patriots

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    Photo by Shawn Hendricks/BP
    PHOENIX (BP) -- The New England Patriots looked all business as they stepped off the airplane in Phoenix for this weekend's Super Bowl.

    Sports commentators noted there weren't many smiles coming from a team dogged in recent days by allegations involving under-inflated footballs in their AFC title victory Jan. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. Read More

  • Ala. judges may issue gay marriage licenses

    by Staff, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (19 hours ago)

    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- A key judicial organization in Alabama said Wednesday (Jan. 28) that it believes a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban could soon require probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read More

  • Harp's 'angel music' reaches autistic youth

    by Erin Roach, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (19 hours ago)

    Photo by Amy Long
    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Vivian Hardin, an 18-year-old with autism, was sitting in the balcony at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark., when church member Pat Qualls played the harp during a worship service. Hardin, in awe, whispered to her mother, "angel music."

    After the service, Hardin's mother introduced her to Qualls and let her look at the harp. The girl indicated she would love to learn to play.

    God impressed on Qualls' heart in the weeks to follow that she needed to teach Hardin to play the harp, and she shared the thought with the girl's mother, Teresa Hardin Read More