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Monday, April 23, 2018

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  • Waffle House shooting suspect arrested following 'scary' Sunday

    by David Roach, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With the lone suspect in a Nashville mass shooting still on the loose Sunday morning, area churches tightened security and heightened their focus on prayer.

    "It was a scary thing to a lot of our people," said Cathey Williams, the ministry assistant at Hickory Hollow Baptist Church, which is less than two miles from a Waffle House where Travis Reinking is accused of killing four people and injuring four others shortly after 3 a.m. April 22. Read More

  • Chitwoods appeal for orphan care at Ky. WMU meeting

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    Photo by David Buie/WMU
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Each Sunday, Michelle Chitwood leaves her husband and children (an adopted daughter, a foster daughter and their older brother and sister, the Chitwoods' biological children), picks up an order of Chicken McNuggets and fries, and spends the afternoon at the Maryhurst residential facility in Louisville for children in crisis.

    Her mission: to visit D*, the sister of the Chitwoods' foster daughter L* -- part of the foster care/adoption journey she and her husband Paul, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, began years ago. Read More

  • Scott & Gowdy voice hope via 'unlikely friendship'

    by Michael E. Young, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

    There had been a shooting in Charleston, S.C. A white gunman entered a Wednesday evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated. Read More

  • Q&A: Steve Gaines reflects on SBC

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- Leading up to this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, SBC president Steve Gaines answered questions from Baptist Press regarding this year's gathering and lessons and rewarding moments he's encountered during the past two years.

    Nearing the end of his second and final one-year term as SBC president, the pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addressed this year's SBC election and some of the challenges the convention faces in the months ahead. ... Read More

  • ISIS bomber reportedly eyeing Shiites kills 57 Afghans

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (BP) -- A suicide bomber who killed 57 Afghans and injured at least 100 more in Kabul April 22 was targeting Shiite "apostates," the Islamic State said in claiming responsibility for the bombing via its Aamaq news agency.

    While the attack occurred outside a voter registration center leading up to October parliamentary elections, according to World News, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has targeted Shiites shrines increasingly in an effort to divide the country along sectarian lines, according to news reports. Read More

  • Yeats to be re-nominated as SBC recording secretary

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Missouri Baptist Convention executive director John L. Yeats will be nominated for a 22nd term as the Southern Baptist Convention's recording secretary, Texas pastor Bart Barber announced today (April 23).

    Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, said in a news release, "Our annual meetings are the largest exercise of inter-congregational polity in the world. The experience spans the gamut from boilerplate actions of formality to moments of breathtaking near-chaos. For it all to matter, we need someone to whom we can entrust the task of recording and publishing the ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Lessons from Flight 1380

    by Adam Covington, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

    From the desperate Wi-Fi messages of passengers on Southwest Flight 1308 to loved ones, Adam Covington suggests lessons about relationships, wisely using our time and facing life's final moments. Read More