• Giants exec says, 'Point people to Christ'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (14 hours ago)

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    SAN FRANCISCO (BP) -- When San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was suspended in 2012 for using a banned substance, he led Major League Baseball in hits and had a .346 batting average. So most observers expected the Giants to put him on the postseason roster when his suspension expired just before the World Series.

    But they didn't, showing that character mattered as much to the team as offensive production. And they won the World Series anyway. Read More

  • Policy violation may stir bylaw change, SWBTS trustees say

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (14 hours ago)

    FORT WORTH -- An investigation prompted by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson's decision to admit a Muslim into the school's biblical archeology doctoral program is complete -- and could trigger a bylaw change to improve "accountability" and "flexibility in pursuing ministry opportunities" -- trustees said Oct. 22 in a statement. Read More

  • '23 Blast' portrays life of SBTS alumnus

    by RuthAnne Irvin, posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (18 hours ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (SBTS) -- When Travis Freeman lost his eyesight in high school, his chances of playing football were destroyed. But his battle with adversity and illness birthed a ministry and the focus of a new movie.

    The film, "23 Blast," based on Freeman's journey after contracting bacterial meningitis, releases today (Oct. 24) in 600 theaters across the country.

    "The movie isn't the Travis Freeman story," Freeman, a two-time Southern Baptist Theological Seminary graduate, said. "It does a really good job capturing the spirit of my story. I want people to be encouraged whether by watching the movie, 23 Blast, or reading the book, or following me on Twitter or hearing me speak." Read More

  • Boko Haram keeps girls, kidnaps 25 more

    by Staff , posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (14 hours ago)

    CHIBOK, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram has not only failed to meet the terms of an Oct. 17 "cease-fire" agreement to release the Chibok schoolgirls, but has kidnapped at least 25 more girls and continued its killing spree, Reuters News Service reported.

    Suspected Boko Haram militants are blamed for kidnapping at least 25 more girls last weekend from a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, and are suspected in an Oct. 22 bus station bombing that killed five and injured 12 in Azare, Bauchi state, Reuters News Agency reported Oct. 23. Read More

  • Baptists work to educate W. Africa about Ebola

    by Emily Easttom, posted Friday, October 24, 2014 (19 hours ago)

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    JOHANNESBURG (BP) -- In an effort to stem what health officials have called the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history, Baptists in West Africa have implemented strategies to provide basic education about the virus.

    The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has affected eight countries and caused more than 4,000 deaths, the World Health Organization estimates. Read More

  • SBC not 'third way' on divorce

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- It is not inconsistent for a church to accept divorced and remarried members with "mercy and grace" but require homosexuals to leave their gay lifestyle before joining the congregation, Southern Baptists' lead ethicist said in response to arguments posed by the pastor of a church that was disfellowshipped from the Southern Baptist Convention because of its stance on homosexuality. Read More