August 27, 2014


PYONGYANG, North Korea (BP) -- The American citizen held in North Korea whose profile was raised by a televised outburst from Dennis Rodman is a devout Christian, according to a family-run website advocating for his release.

Kenneth Bae, 44, of Lynnwood, Wash., has been sentenced to 15 years in a North Korean labor camp for a "crime against the state." He has been imprisoned for more than 14 months, longer than any American has been detained in North Korea.

"Several years ago, Kenneth saw an opportunity that combined his entrepreneurial spirit with his personal convictions as a Christian," the website,, states. "He believed in showing compassion to the North Korean people by contributing to their economy in the form of tourism." Read More

Judge strikes Oklahoma marriage amendment; 2004 ballot garnered 76% voter approval
WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge has again overturned the definition of marriage affirmed by voters in one of the country's most conservative states.
Oklahoma is the latest state to see its voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to a man and a
"This demonstrates again the weight of the challenge before us."
-- Russell D. Moore
woman suffer a legal setback. Ruling Tuesday (Jan. 14) from the United States District Court in Tulsa, Terence Kern struck down the state's constitutional amendment, which citizens passed in 2004 with a 76 percent majority.
If Kern's ruling stands, Oklahoma will be the 19th state in the country to have legal same-sex marriage. Read More
Reaching St. Louis from Hokes Bluff
HOKES BLUFF, Ala. (BP) -- A church planter's new work in St. Louis is birthed in Hokes Bluff, Ala., where the pastor and members of First Baptist Church took steps to connect with one of North America's challenging mission fields. Read More
Bumgarner named Fla. Baptist Witness editor
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Kevin Bumgarner, editor in chief of Pacific Business News in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been named executive editor of the Florida Baptist Witness, the newspaper of the Florida Baptist State Convention now in its 130th year. Read More
Grants to help seminarians with key issues
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two seminaries have received grants to train students in real-world issues that pastors face, such as applying theology to the workplace and the economy and reducing student debt. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Public square forum at SBTS; UMobile founder dies; missions prof dies; WMU consultant
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Three nationally renowned commentators with differing theological beliefs but common views on American culture will share a stage at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

First Person
Daniel Darling
FIRST-PERSON: Christians can't duck controversy
The flap over "Duck Dynasty" late last year evidences "the continuing shift in American culture toward a post-Christian age when true followers of Jesus no longer will be affirmed for their beliefs," writes Daniel Darling of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Larry Doyle
FIRST-PERSON: Our ultimate 'Undercover Boss'
As "Undercover Boss" begins its fifth season Friday, Larry Doyle invokes the show in reminding Christians that they work for the "ultimate undercover boss." Doyle is director of missions of the Piedmont Baptist Association in North Carolina.



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