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In Egypt, Christians praying, hoping for greater freedom
CAIRO (BP)--A thunderous roar went up from hundreds of thousands of Egyptians jammed into Cairo's Liberation (Tahrir) Square Feb. 1 as Hosni Mubarak announced he will not run for another term as Egypt's president.
Mubarak's pledge likely will do little, however, to calm the social revolution sparked by protests against his rule. And the euphoria in Liberation Square turned to rage and fear Feb. 2 as Mubarak supporters violently clashed with protesters who continue to demand his immediate departure.
Rival groups threw rocks and chunks of concrete at each other as injuries mounted. Mubarak loyalists wielding whips and clubs rode horses and camels into the crowd -- and were themselves attacked by angry demonstrators. Shots were heard in some areas of the square; members of several foreign news crews reportedly were beaten.
Soldiers circling the square didn't immediately attempt to stop the fighting. The army had appealed to protesters to go home the night before, but promised not to harm those who refused. It was unclear whether the hundreds of Mubarak supporters were acting on their own initiative or on orders from the government, but they reportedly were bused to the square and allowed to enter it by the army. Similar reports of organized pro-Mubarak groups instigating clashes came from the northern coastal city of Alexandria.
Elsewhere in Cairo -- and in other Egyptian cities -- living conditions continued to deteriorate as food shortages grew worse.... Read More
SUPER BOWL: Aaron Rodgers, other Packers, looking to 'follow Jesus' example'ARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--NFL experts and newspaper headline writers have been quick to label Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers the "Leader of the Pack." Read More
SUPER BOWL: Football fun, but isn't 'who we are,' Steelers coach Tomlin saysARLINGTON, Texas (BP)--The Christian conversion of Pittsburgh Steelers' third-year offensive lineman Tony Hills saw the team's practice facility used for something unusual this season -- a baptism. And that on a team that needed new life to begin this storied season. Read More
Did Billy Graham say people 'born Christian'?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Billy Graham isn't known to say that people are "born Christians," but a quote from President George W. Bush's book that quotes Graham as saying just that has some people scratching their head -- and Graham's spokesman asserting the phrase is not in "Graham's lexicon." Read More
Billy Graham in 'good' health, writing book
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Evangelist Billy Graham is in "good overall health," enjoys keeping up with current events and is working on a book on aging, according to a statement from Graham's spokesman.
Graham also enjoys weekly visits from his pastor, Don Wilton of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, S.C.
Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross provided the statement after Baptist Press asked about the evangelist's health.
"At age 92, Mr. Graham spends most of his time at his home in the mou... Read More
Oregon sets record for assisted suicides
WASHINGTON (BP)--Oregon established a record in 2010 for the number of physician-assisted suicides in a year with 65.
The total, which surpassed the previous high of 60 in 2008, means Oregon has recorded 525 deaths by assisted suicide since its Death With Dignity Act took effect in late 1997. That law permits terminally ill citizens of Oregon to take their own lives by using lethal doses of drugs prescribed by doctors.
The report came amid some setbacks in Europe for what proponents c... Read More
Ky. Baptist Convention reducing staff
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The Kentucky Baptist Convention's Mission Board will eliminate five full-time and 19 part-time positions in its next budget in order to send a larger percentage of church gifts to Southern Baptist Convention causes throughout the nation and around the world.
The reductions are being made in response to a KBC Great Commission Task Force report approved by KBC messengers at the 2010 annual meeting in November. The report recommended changing the formula for allocating Co... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: So you want to go deeper in your small group
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I once met a youth pastor who was so frustrated with accusations of "shallowness" and demands for "more depth" ... Read More