Baptist Press Archive

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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  • On-campus H2O ministry lifts collegians' trajectory

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BP) -- Chad Frank said he grew up like many others -- he was born into a moral home and quickly learned there were advantages to being good. He worked hard and became an Eagle Scout, captain of the basketball team and valedictorian of his senior class.

    Then he got to Bowling Green State University in Ohio and instantly felt like all those advantages disappeared. Read More

  • Ties bind local church to community school

    by Stephanie Boone , posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Crutcho School, located at the corner of Sooner Road and N.E. 23rd Street for more than 100 years, is a single-site, pre K-8th grade school in a low-income district. All of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches, and the district is primarily Section 8 housing.

    Justin Ford, senior pastor at Oakdale Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., recognized a need in the nearby Oklahoma City-area community in 2008. The church began to partner with the school, and the relationship still flourishes today. Read More

  • Chicago church sues over stalled building purchase

    by Meredith Flynn, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    CHICAGO (BP) -- Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit over the city's enforcement of a zoning ordinance that won't allow the congregation to purchase its building near the University of Illinois-Chicago campus.

    The church contends the ordinance is in conflict with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

    "Agonizing" is how Nathan Carter, the church's pastor, described the decision to either seek other meeting space or file the lawsuit. Read More

  • Imprisoned Iranian believer in 'urgent' health crisis

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in "urgent need of special care."

    An Iranian Christian media outlet, Mohabat News, reported March 24 that Zargaran's health condition "deteriorated last week," citing sources close to her family. Read More

  • 200 killed in Christian areas of Nasarawa, Nigeria

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    KEFFI, Nigeria (BP) -- Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said.

    One such attack on a worship service on March 19 in the central Nigerian state's Oshugu village killed two Christians and displaced hundreds from the Loko Development Area of the Nasarawa Local Government Area (LGA), a survivor told Morning Star News. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Not like that

    by Barry E. Fields, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (11 months ago)

    While nonconformity may have its appeal, Barry Fields envisions "a kind of conformity that looks less like dictionary definitions and more like calloused hands of a carpenter King ... who found His identity not by rebelling against the status quo but by transcending it." Read More