SBC not 'third way' on divorce
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
Former missionary pleads guilty to wire fraudRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Former Southern Baptist missionary Brady Nurse pleaded guilty Oct. 21 in a federal court to fraudulently obtaining approximately $300,000 in mission funds over a period of five years while working as a logistics and business coordinator for the International Mission Board in Portugal.
Nurse, 37, who resigned as a missionary in January, could face up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and an order to make full restitution of the money he took. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2015, by U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer. Read More
China: Fewer abortions? But more persecutionWASHINGTON (BP) -- China's newly announced switch to a two-child population control policy does not resolve the coercive nature of the program, pro-life leaders say.
The disclosure of the change came even as the communist government imposes the most severe oppression in four decades, according to a leading advocate for the Chinese church. Read More
North Korea releases American detaineeMIAMISBURG, Ohio (BP) -- An American citizen who was detained in North Korea for nearly six months for allegedly leaving a Bible in a night club has been reunited with his family in Ohio.Screen capture from CNN.com
Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of committing an anti-state crime before North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his release, the New York Times reported. Fowle met his wife and three children at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, Wednesday (Oct. 22) after flying from Pyongyang on a U.S. military plane. Read More