September 1, 2014


SOCHI, Russia (BP) -- As the 2014 Winter Olympics comes to a close in Sochi, Russia, medal-winning Christian athletes who gave witness for Jesus Christ say their lives are about much more than winning medals. Meanwhile, the Engage Sochi outreach kicks into its next phase -- church planting.

For 17 days, Sochi was marked by glitter and gold, pomp and ceremony, victory and defeat. Now the Olympic flag is lowered, the flame is extinguished and the baton is passed to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games.

"Athletes, you have inspired us over this last 17 days," International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said during the closing ceremonies on Sunday (Feb. 23). "By living together under one roof in the Olympic village you send a powerful message from Sochi to the world, that of a society of peace, tolerance and respect. I appeal to everybody implicated in confrontation, oppression and violence to act on this Olympic message of dialogue and peace." Read More

Moore responds: Christians not hypocrites to refuse gay marriage business
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Christian photographers, florists and bakers are not hypocrites to refuse their services for same-sex weddings, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell D. Moore has written in response to the charge from other evangelical Christians.
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Page, at NOBTS, cites SBC pressure points
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Frank Page, speaking at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, cited "seismic pressures" within the Southern Baptist Convention that must be overcome for the advancement of the Great Commission.
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Abedini's wife tells of unjust journey
BOISE, Idaho (BP) -- On a hot summer day in 2012, Naghmeh Abedini drove her husband Saeed to an Idaho airport. They shared a casual goodbye, assuming they would see one another in two or three weeks. Instead he was imprisoned in Iran, and they haven't seen or spoken to one another since.
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Bible translation is their shared ministry
SOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- The constant tick, tick, tick of computer keys provides the backdrop as Don Patrick* and Rith Jaya* compare notes on flickering laptop screens. The men also swish the pages of a dictionary as they work together. Read More

First Person
Penna Dexter
FIRST-PERSON: Privatizing marriage
Penna Dexter writes about how some believe privatizing marriage would help solve the debate over same-sex marriage and allow denominations to define this issue the way they deem correct. But she explains why privatization wouldn't work.



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