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Serve Day catches community's attentionTOPEKA, Kan. (BP) -- An outreach effort in Topeka, Kan., has utilized local media coverage to publicize the ministry of Kansas Baptists and to share the love of Christ in America's heartland.
The one-day ministry, called "Serve Day," is put on by the local Flint Hills Baptist Association. Each year churches that cooperate with the association join together to repair homes, install smoke alarms and meet other physical needs in the community. Laying a foundation for churches to share the Gospel is the ministry's first priority. Read More
CBF seeks direction amid diverse views on LGBT issuesATLANTA (BP) -- A committee charged with recommending how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship can "strengthen [its] unity" despite "differing beliefs and practices in matters of human sexuality" has said it hopes to propose in the next six months "a more faithful path forward" in the CBF's discussion of homosexuality.
The six-member Illumination Project Committee was appointed in June 2016 by then-CBF moderator Doug Dortch to, among other tasks, recommend whether the CBF Governing Board should amend the Fellowship's hiring policy. The policy currently "does not allow ... for the purposeful hiring of a staff person or the sending of a missionary who is a practicing homosexual." Read More
U.K. baby sparks end-of-life discussionLONDON (BP) -- The heart-wrenching case of a British infant with a genetic disease has triggered an international discussion about who should make end-of-life decisions for children.
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital announced today (July 7) it would reconsider its decision to turn off life support for 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Previously, the hospital had gone against the wishes of Gard's parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, by refusing to allow an experimental treatment and by obtaining permission from U.K. and European courts to remove Gard from a ventilator. Read More
Christian geologist wins fight over Grand Canyon rocksASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The National Park Service has agreed to let a Christian geologist collect rock samples from the Grand Canyon for research.
Andrew Snelling, who has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Sydney, tried for four years to get permission to collect the samples. The park service only agreed after lawyers with Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit. Read More
Humility: The remedy for mission team conflictNASHVILLE (BP) -- It's not normal for mission teams to fall apart, but it's certainly puzzling and troubling when they do.
Missionaries are usually highly motivated and well-trained followers of Jesus. They are focused on the most important task in the world -- sharing the good news of salvation in Christ. They spend their lives teaching the Bible, discipling leaders and planting churches. It sounds like it should be heaven on earth. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Those early years
Vickie Munton, reflecting on her early years of marriage, recounts the hard work, sacrifice and faith through which "God laid the foundation for our future." Read More