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White House decries therapy for homosexuals"The White House selects what it wants to believe." -- Tim WilkinsWASHINGTON (BP) -- The White House's claim that so-called conversion therapy for homosexuals should be illegal has sparked replies from Christian ministers and counselors who say President Obama's position is based on biased research and threatens religious liberty. Read More
NAMB's Ezell nurtures church after pastor's deathALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The pastor's heart in Kevin Ezell would not let him say no when the Nashville-area Long Hollow Baptist Church asked him to serve as interim pastor.
The North American Mission Board president intentionally had not taken any interims after he joined NAMB's staff in September 2010 although he has filled the pulpit on occasion at First Baptist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., where he is a member. Read More
800,000 children displaced by Boko HaramNASHVILLE (BP) -- One year after Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, more than 800,000 children remain displaced by the Islamic militant group's onslaught in Nigeria and neighboring countries, UNICEF reported April 13.
The number of displaced children -- among 1.5 million people forced to flee their homes in the region -- has more than doubled within the past year in northeast Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, UNICEF stated in a report titled "Missing Childhoods: The impact of armed conflict on children in Nigeria and beyond." Read More
Miss. College garners table tennis championshipCLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- Mississippi College's coed table tennis team ended Texas Wesleyan's decade of dominance by capturing MC's first national championship in Wisconsin on Sunday (April 12).
With games split at two apiece, the fierce match with Texas Wesleyan was decided in doubles play. The MC duo of Cheng Li and Tong Zhang, both from China, overcame a 7-3 deficit to defeat Texas Wesleyan 12-10 to lift the Choctaws to the 2015 championship. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Calif., Tenn., Fla. evangelism/missions news; 'Our churches must reflect the communities they serve'
Today's From the States features items from: California Southern Baptist, Baptist & Reflector (Tennessee), Florida Baptist Witness Read More
WORLDVIEW: 2050's challenges –- from risk to friendship
Missions writer Erich Bridges notes that challenges stemming from population growth among the world's religions by 2050 range from "life-and-death risk" to simply "a willingness to be a friend" in other places, "notably America." Read More