September 15, 2014


RANONG, Thailand (BP) -- It rains eight months out of the year in the Thai province Scott and Alyssa Branding* call home.
      For many of the country's 2.5 million Burmese living in the southern part of Thailand, monsoon rain is their only dependable water source. But drinking the rainwater can make them sick. Read More

WEEK OF PRAYER: Prayer intertwines Ark. church & South Asia
CENTERTON, Ark. (BP) -- Shanti* was the only believer in her village. The Bedia woman prayed in secret every day for one year. Read More
WEEK OF PRAYER: Our journey to the Bedia
CENTERTON, Ark. (BP) -- He was so small, so quiet and so humble. He didn't even come up to my shoulder. And yet to me, Sahaji* was larger than life.
      "Here he is!" IMB representative Clifton Melek* exclaimed, patting Sahaji on the back. "Here is the first baptized believer since you began praying for the Bedia five years ago." Read More
Mandela's grace prevailed in 'tireless struggle'
This Johannesburg, South Africa, monument to Mandela is among 1,340 tributes to him worldwide.
PRETORIA, South Africa (BP) -- "Our nation has lost its greatest son," South African President Jacob Zuma said in announcing the loss of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the nation's former president who died at home Thursday (Dec. 5) at age 95 after months of declining health. Read More
Will South Africa keep Mandela's ideals?
LONDON (BP) -- Former African missionary Toni Braddix reflects on the life of Nelson Mandela and shares her hopes for South Africa's future. Read More
The HHS mandate: What's at stake?
"Not even Jesus' ministry would qualify for this [abortion mandate] exemption, because He fed, healed, served and taught non-Christians."
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases that challenge the HHS mandate requiring most private companies' insurance to provide coverage for contraceptives and abortifacients. ... Read More
Nettles: Spurgeon fully embraced Scripture
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) –- Charles Haddon Spurgeon's commitment to live and minister in full accord with Scripture provides a model for all Christians, Baptist historian Tom Nettles says as the author of a new biography on the 19th-century British Baptist preacher. Read More

First Person
Roger S. Oldham
CALL TO PRAYER: Love, the more excellent way
Roger S. Oldham of the SBC Executive Committee sets forth a framework for prayer to call Christians to deepen their love for one another. "Let us pray that we will believe in one another, expect the best of one another, and stand our ground in defending one another," he writes.
Kelly Boggs
FIRST-PERSON: The erosion of trust
Baptist Press columnist Kelly Boggs sees deficiencies in pundits' efforts to explain why an increased number of Americans have lost trust in their fellow citizens.
Gerardo A. Alfaro
EDITORIAL: El mayor mal
Existe un mal cual no otro. Nada se le puede comparar pues todo lo demás depende de ello. Si tan solo nos pudiéramos librar de él, nada más importaría. ...



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