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Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactionsJERUSALEM (BP) -- As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel's 70th anniversary.
Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed and 1,200 wounded by the Israeli military as they protested the Trump administration's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The protestors also objected to what they view as Israel's violation of their human rights. Jamal Bishara, an Arab Israeli Southern Baptist, urged American evangelicals to take a stronger stand for the freedom and humanitarian aid of Palestinians in Israel. Read More
Vulnerable children, foster care & what you can doALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Thirteen-year-old Mary wakes up early on a Monday morning. Entering the kitchen, she begins making lunches for her 10-year-old brother and her 5-year-old sister.
Peanut butter again. Stale bread. She brushes her sister's hair, grabs book bags and heads out the door. Mom didn't come home again last night. It's the third night in a row. "Keep moving forward," she says to herself.
Mary is doing the best she can. The opioid crisis is her reality. Read More
Mother's Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churchesEAST JAVA, Indonesia (BP) -- Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother's Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people.
East Java police told reporters today (May 14) that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post. The newspaper reported that 12 worshippers died in the church attacks. The bombings, the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, also wounded 40 people. Read More
Akin to SEBTS grads: Great Commission is their bannerWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Living out the Great Commission in life and ministry was the theme of spring graduation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"You all know that this was the banner under which you entered Southeastern Seminary," SEBTS President Danny Akin said, "and this will also be the banner under which you graduate."
On May 11, 244 graduates received their diplomas from SEBTS -- 195 from the seminary and 49 from The College at Southeastern. Read More
Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010DALLAS (BP) -- Dallas attendance is in line to be the highest at a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting since 2010, according to an event coordinator.
Advance hotel reservations which ended today (May 14) are about 25 percent ahead of reservations this time last year, said William Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance. Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: Bill Ellis to retire at Howard Payne; Boyce's 170 graduates largest in college's history
In today's From the Colleges: Bill Ellis to retire at Howard Payne; Boyce's 170 graduates largest in college's history Read More
FIRST-PERSON: We are having church on Sunday
In an era of polarization and confusion, the ministry of Baptist churches in their communities is cause for celebration, Joseph Bunce notes. "We are seeing food given to the hungry," he writes, "and the Bread of Life distributed among those who are far from God." Read More