• Gift of ultrasounds reaps life-saving benefits

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

    Photo from Arizona Baptist Children's Services
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An Arizona woman's unambiguous response to the first view of her baby offers only one of many life-saving reasons for the existence of the Psalm 139 Project.

    The client of New Life Pregnancy Center in Tempe, Ariz., was non-committal at best when she received a positive pregnancy test, Debbie Gillmore, the center's director, told Baptist Press. The woman declined the center's gift of a baby hat, saying, "No. I'm not so sure I want to go through with this," Gillmore recalled.

    Though she scheduled an ultrasound appointment, the center's attempts to contact her with a reminder failed. Yet, the woman, acknowledging her anxiety, arrived on time for her appointment. Read More

  • Race relations panelists: Learn 'each other's story'

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Four decades after Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, a diverse group of pastors gathered at the historic Lorraine Hotel -- now the site of the National Civil Rights Museum -- to discuss the state of race relations in America.

    Called "A Time to Speak," the Dec. 15 discussion was inspired by the national debate over race relations, sparked by the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. Read More

  • Missionary kid shares about 'the girl in the story'

    by Bethani Thomas, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- People say everyone has a story, but I think every person is a story: a living, breathing, walking, heart-beating book. Some people create their own stories, while others are forced into them. My story falls into the latter category.

    Some of you reading this may recognize me as "the girl from the article" or "the girl who was kidnapped." See related story. Read More

  • Missionary remembered for going the extra mile

    by Tess Rivers, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Known by friends and colleagues for her willingness to "go the extra mile," missionary Shelley Foster died Dec. 13 in Garland, Texas, from complications with a bone marrow transplant. She was 62.

    Foster, who had served with the International Mission Board since 2001, provided member care to IMB personnel serving throughout Asia. Based in Seoul, South Korea, she and her husband Bill had returned to the U.S. earlier this year after Foster was diagnosed with leukemia. Read More

  • Iorg to GGBTS grads: 'Difficult world' awaits

    by Tyler Sanders , posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

    Photo by Kate Weatherly
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (BP) -- "God is sending you into a difficult world," Jeff Iorg explained to the 75 graduates at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's winter commencement ceremony. He continued, "But don't be dismayed, because He did the same thing to Jesus."

    During his charge, Iorg preached from the second chapter of Luke. "When the president of the country arrives in a city, the airport is closed, the roads are shut down, and the hotels are secured and prepared," Iorg said during the Dec. 12 ceremony held at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. "Jesus did not enter our world with a reception like that." Read More

  • 'Bring them home,' Kelley tells NOBTS grads

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Leavell College, the school's undergraduate program, celebrated as 250 students earned degrees.

    Seven of the graduates were recipients of a full scholarship from the Caskey Center for Church Excellence, launched by NOBTS earlier in 2014. Read More

  • Year-end charitable gifts: 'Time of the essence'

    by Staff, posted Friday, December 19, 2014 (yesterday)

    WINCHESTER, Va. (BP) -- The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (www.ecfa.org) is encouraging donors to churches and other faith-based nonprofits to utilize two special opportunities to give to charities this December while also lowering their 2014 taxes.

    The first opportunity involves securities that have appreciated over the course of at least a year and a day; the second relates to the so-called "charitable IRA rollover." Read More