September 1, 2014


Obama marijuana comments challenged
NASHVILLE (BP) -- President Obama's comment that marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol has drawn objection from a Southern Baptist seminary president and stands in stark contrast to the arguments of many evangelicals about the personal and societal cost of legalizing the drug. For some, Obama's comment also provides an opportunity for ministry to marijuana users.

The president was asked about the movement to legalize marijuana amid a lengthy interview with The New Yorker. "As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid," Obama responded, "and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don't think it is more dangerous than alcohol." Read More

Marijuana legalization: Well-funded advocates soften voters; governments eye tax dollars
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Hundreds of marijuana smokers lined up outside new state-sanctioned "pot dispensaries" in Colorado Jan. 1, the first day citizens, as well as tourists, could legally buy the drug for recreational use. Read More
Housing allowance ruling appealed by DOJ
DALLAS (BP) -- A federal judge's ruling that the ministers' housing allowance is unconstitutional has been appealed by government lawyers who argue the allowance should be upheld. The appeal will be heard by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. Read More
Bankrupt Detroit draws those intent on 'the Lord's business'
DETROIT (BP) -- People say Detroit
is broken and bankrupt. Yet Southern Baptist church planter Daryl Gaddy has another word for his beleaguered city: home.

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Ukraine's religious freedom at risk, some warn
KIEV, Ukraine (BP) -- Amid months-long protests that recently turned violent in Ukraine, observers are warning that hastily-imposed anti-dissent laws inadvertently threaten religious liberty and the future of Christian ministries in the Eastern European nation.
      The unrest began in November when protestors began demanding the president's resignation over accusations of corruption and a decision to strengthen ties with neighboring Russia rather than agreeing to a modernizing trade deal with the European Union. Read More
Okla. relief effort provides shelter, hope
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Eight months after a tornado touched down west of Newcastle, Okla., and roared northeastward for 17 miles during a 39-minute reign of terror that ripped through Moore, Okla., Sam Porter is close to seeing his dream come to fruition. Read More

First Person
Kelly Boggs
FIRST-PERSON: I misjudged Richard Sherman
Kelly Boggs shares how a little research changed his initial perception of Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman, who made headlines for his postgame rant following the NFC championship game.
Elaine Helms
CALL TO PRAYER: 7 keys to effective prayer
Elaine Helms, prayer coordinator for My Hope America with Billy Graham and director of, gives us seven Scripture-based keys to effective prayer.
Gustavo Suárez
EDITORIAL: ¿Te sientes solo y abandonado?
¿Hasta cuándo, Señor, me seguirás olvidando?
      ¿Hasta cuándo esconderás de mi tu rostro? Salmos 13:1 (NVI)



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