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Friday, January 19, 2018

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  • Pro-life centers continue to meet challenges despite opposition

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Pregnancy resource centers continue to carry on the vital, pro-life work of serving vulnerable women and unborn children in the face of ongoing, adversarial campaigns by abortion rights advocates and the growing effort to regulate their work by state and local governments.

    Sanctity of Human Life Sunday will arrive Jan. 21 at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court will be preparing to consider a case that might determine the future of the pro-life pregnancy center movement in America. Abortion rights organizations will be hoping for a sweeping victory from the high court even as they maintain their attacks on what they call "fake clinics." Read More

  • Flu outbreak prompts churches to take precautions

    by Scott Barkley/Christian Index, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    DALLAS, Ga. (BP) -- Johnny Nix of Pickett's Mill Baptist Church has asked volunteers to consider staying away.

    Like so many other churches, Nix and the Dallas, Ga., church he leads are locked in a battle with the flu.

    "We've instructed our volunteers and workers to postpone coming by for a couple of weeks if they or someone in their family has had it," Nix told Georgia Baptists' Christian Index newsjournal. "That may seem a little extreme, but we're taking every precaution necessary." Read More

  • Senators, Trump address pro-life supporters

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Two United States senators urged those attending Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18) to practice honest, loving persuasion in the effort to defend human dignity.

    Sens. James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska delivered keynote speeches on the first day of the third annual conference in the country's capital. The three-day conference -- hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family -- coincides with the annual March for Life Friday (Jan. 20). Read More

  • Moore: Salvation, not just winning, pro-life goal

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The goal of evangelical pro-life efforts is greater than winning, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in the opening address of Evangelicals for Life Thursday (Jan. 18).

    "We want abortion doctors to stop doing abortions, but that's not enough. We want abortion doctors to find life in Jesus Christ," the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) told attendees at the third annual conference in the country's capital.

    "We want white supremacists to stop oppressing minorities with hatred and bigotry, but that's not all. We want to see Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ," he continued. "We want to see jihadists around the world and repressive regimes stop killing people, but that's not enough. We want to see jihadists and oppressors come to faith in Jesus Christ." Read More

  • 3rd Virgin Islands crusade to continue imparting hope

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    ST CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands (BP) -- Devastation and suffering among Hurricane Irma and Maria survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands were palpable to Florida Baptist Jeffery Singletary, who led a mission trip to the islands months before the storms.

    His heart's response was a series of "Feeding the Five Thousand" crusades that reaped 620 decisions for Christ and fed thousands both spiritually and physically, Singletary, a regional catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press. A crusade on St. Croix Jan. 28 -30 will be his third.

    "I knew they had four great needs -- food, clothing, shelter and hope," Singletary said. "Red Cross could help provide food and clothing. FEMA could help provide shelter. But only the church of Jesus Christ can provide real hope." Read More

  • MOVIES: Nature films & God's sovereignty

    by Phil Boatwright , posted Friday, January 19, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Phil Boatwright recaps three nature films, "Earth" "Winged Migration" and "March of the Penguins," noting how they reflect God's creative power and the sanctity He bestows on life. Read More