Baptist Press Archive

Monday, February 19, 2018

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  • Refugee women persevere amid peril, harsh conditions

    by Dave Arden & Pat Centner, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- For more than 7 million Africans forced to flee their warfare-stricken homelands, "home" has become a refugee camp where many wait year after year in hopes of a better life.

    Bamurange and Esther are two such women who survived the Great African War, one of numerous conflicts that have plagued the continent. Braving nearly two decades in separate refugee camps, they now have settled in Arizona, safe from the conflict that claimed an estimated 2 million lives and displaced 2 million from their homes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: God speaks. Will we?

    by Frank S. Page, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    When a profound conviction is felt in the heart, Frank Page writes, it must be spoken of and reflected in a person's life. That's especially vital, he notes, when it comes to expressing one's faith in Christ. Read More

  • Sister's tragedy fuels Wise's passion for amputees

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- David Wise remembers getting the text message from his sister Jessica in 2015 telling him that his other sister, Jessica's twin Christy, had been in an accident while paddle boarding.

    Christy was going to live, but she was likely going to lose her leg.

    For Wise, a freestyle skier who won a gold medal in the halfpipe event in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, the whole ordeal led him to a newfound gratitude for the ability ... Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. announces 2018 speakers, theme

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- "Fulfill Your Ministry!" will be the theme addressed by a diverse lineup of speakers at this year's Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference June 10-11 in Dallas.

    Pastors' Conference President H.B. Charles Jr. announced the theme, drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, and speakers, half of whom are non-Anglo, late last week in a blog post. Five African American preachers will join one Hispanic preacher and six Anglos. Read More

  • Trump's faith focus of book, advisors' reflections

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Three Southern Baptist members of an informal evangelical advisory council for President Trump have echoed the assessment of a new book on the president's faith: he seems to possess a growing eagerness for spiritual knowledge.

    Those advisors -- Ronnie Floyd, Jack Graham and Richard Land -- also say they have witnessed believers share the Gospel with Trump on multiple occasions. They noted that most of the president's evangelical advisors have not hesitated to speak bold truth to him on issues ranging from the sanctity of life and religious liberty to ... Read More

  • Gerber baby spotlights Down syndrome abortion fight

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    CLEVELAND, Ohio (BP) -- A smiling baby with Down syndrome is making history as the Gerber "spokesbaby" just as a growing list of states are trying to criminalize the abortion of babies diagnosed with the genetic disorder in utero.

    A federal appeals court heard arguments Friday (Feb. 16) in Indiana's two-year battle with Planned Parenthood over a law criminalizing the abortion of babies with disabilities such as Down syndrome, the Indianapolis Star reported at IndyStar.com. The 2016 measure, which Vice President Mike Pence signed into law during his gubernatorial term, has been blocked by a permanent injunction since September ... Read More