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Puerto Rican evacuees aided by Fla. BaptistsORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- More than 200,000 hurricane survivors from Puerto Rico have trekked to Florida for refuge, with several Baptist churches in central Florida at the forefront of ministering to their needs.
"The Florida Baptist Convention is excited to partner with the churches in the central Florida region as they respond to the needs of the Puerto Rican community moving into the area," said Tommy Green, the convention's executive director.
Another 100,000 Puerto Ricans are projected to arrive in Florida in the coming months as a result of catastrophic damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma last September across the U.S. territory. Read More
Scientists' gender findings said to confirm BibleNASHVILLE (BP) -- Scientists' claim that a researcher's sex can affect the outcome of experiments has been cited as corroboration of biblical teaching on gender.
According to a Jan. 10 article in the journal Science Advances, volunteers for experiments as diverse as intelligence tests and pain sensitivity studies have been found to respond differently when they are dealing with a researcher of the opposite gender. At times, those gender-based differences have skewed the outcome of experiments, wrote a team of neuroscientists led by Colin Chapman. Read More
Floyd voices call for racial unity at Ark. capitolLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, who also serves as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, issued "A Call to Racial Unity" Jan. 15 at the inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Exclusive on the steps of the Arkansas capitol.
Floyd, the event's keynote speaker, told pastors and other leaders that "racism is Satan's tool" for dividing the church.
"Pastors and churches must be the prophetic voice of not just doom and gloom, but the voice for hope and future," Floyd, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, noted. Read More
Hawaii missile alert spurred witness, goodbyes to familyHONOLULU (BP) -- Praying, sharing the Gospel and contacting loved ones were among Hawaii Baptists' reactions when a mistaken alert message Jan. 13 said a ballistic missile could strike them within minutes.
Shortly after 8 a.m. local time, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sent an alert to cell phones on the islands stating, "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill." A television banner added, "A missile may impact on land or sea within minutes."
State government officials revoked the alert after 38 minutes, according to media reports, and later said the message went out because of human error. But amid heightened tension with North Korea, some Hawaiians and tourists thought their lives could end within the hour. Read More
Continued work for immigration remedy urgedWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and some other evangelical Christian leaders are urging the federal government to continue to work toward a long-term solution for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children in the wake of reported comments by President Trump that have embroiled the effort.
Trump made critical comments -- allegedly marked by obscene language -- about African countries in a White House meeting Jan. 11 with legislators. The controversial remarks came two days after Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), and the other evangelicals had called for Congress to prioritize a remedy for Dreamers, a label that stems from the name of a bill introduced to protect this category of immigrants. Read More
China bombs megachurch in drive to silence ChristianitySHANXI, China (BP) -- The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid.
The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church Jan. 9, according to news reports.
Religious persecution is at its harshest in communist China in perhaps 50 years, ChinaAid President Bob Fu told BBC News Jan. 11. Read More
FROM THE STATES: S.C., Okla. and La. evangelism/missions news; '... [A]ll deserve to know someone loves them'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist Courier (South Carolina); Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); Baptist Message (Louisiana) Read More
FIRST-PERSON: My inner strife
Shea Hicks chronicles her journey from supporting female pastors to accepting God's design of complementary roles for men and women. "My inner strife ... was not so much about the plight of women generally," she writes. "It was more about my lack of trust in a faithful God." Read More