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Torrential Gulf Coast rains challenge DR effortsRUSTON, La. (BP) -- Damage from torrential Gulf Coast rains recently blanketed parts of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi leaving the region not only drenched, but also looking at possibly years of recovery.
Storm waters have damaged an estimated 5,000 homes in Louisiana alone in about 28 parishes, but that number will likely rise. As water recedes in one town and recovery begins, it's likely cresting in another. Some of the state's bigger rivers have yet to crest.
"This flood was not a respecter of any one place or people," said David Abernathy, the Louisiana Baptist Convention's disaster-relief incident commander. "This thing hit everybody. Rivers and lakes are cresting at records never seen before." Read More
Use of 'Creator' in article sparks controversy
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- A scientific journal has retracted an article about the complexity of the human hand after receiving backlash to the authors' use of the C-word, "Creator." Read More
Psalm 139 aids East Tenn. healthcare ministryKNOXVILLE (BP) -- An East Tennessee ministry has a new resource provided by Southern Baptists in its mission to serve the needy -- in this case, underprivileged, pregnant women.
Wallace Mobile Healthcare, based in Knoxville, Tenn., received an ultrasound machine March 6 from the Psalm 139 Project of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The gift -- the latest made by the ERLC to centers across the country -- occurred during the morning worship service of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville. Read More
In new book, Hawkins redefines 'VIP'DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins, a golfer since boyhood, says his favorite holes to play are the par threes. "It only takes one really good shot out of three to make par," Hawkins noted.
But while one good shot out of three can lead to success on a golf course par three, it doesn't lead to success for influential people, he acknowledged. It takes all three factors -- vision, integrity and purpose -- to be men and women of influence. That's the thesis behind Hawkins' newest book, "VIP: How to Influence with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose." Hawkins said influential people must possess a clear vision, high integrity and a God-given purpose that drives them each and every day. Read More
Fulani herdsmen kill 300 Nigerian Christians
BENUE, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen, believed to be buoyed by Boko Haram insurgents posing as the nomadic cattlemen, continue to occupy farmland in Benue state, Nigeria, two weeks after killing more than 300 Christian farmers there in a longstanding land dispute. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Racial unity, prayer, missions among June SBC emphases; WMU search committee prays, plans
ST. LOUIS (BP) -- "A National Conversation on Racial Unity in America" will be among the highlights of the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in St. Louis, as listed in SBC LIFE's spring edition.
The racial reconciliation emphasis will take place during the Tuesday morning session of the June 14-15 annual meeting, as announced by SBC President Ronnie Floyd in the Executive Committee journal. SBC LIFE is online at www.sbclife.net. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ala., N.C., La. evangelism/missions news; 'Jesus is desperate for those who are desperate for Him'
Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist; Biblical Recorder (North Carolina); Baptist Message (Louisiana) Read More