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Postcard placed Vietnamese couple on path to faithNORMAN, Okla. (BP) -- Tri Phan and his wife MyDung knew little about Christianity when he began his Ph.D. studies in 2004 in environmental engineering at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
They had just arrived from Vietnam, and only Tri spoke English.
After living in Norman for nearly a year, MyDung told her husband she wanted to find a class where she and their daughter Annie could learn English. A few days later, a postcard arrived from Bethel Baptist Church announcing an open house ... Read More
Bill Nye tours Ark Encounter, hears GospelWILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. (BP) -- When evolutionist Bill Nye "the science guy" visited a life-size replica of Noah's Ark in northern Kentucky, he wanted to learn how children were reacting to what he has called a danger to science education.
By the time he left the Ark Encounter theme park, he had also learned the story of Christ's atoning death on the cross for humanity's sins, Ark Encounter's chief executive Ken Ham told Baptist Press, underscoring the park's value as an evangelistic tool. Read More
Abortion, teen sex omitted as suicide risks
NASHVILLE (BP) -- An article on adolescent suicide in the medical journal Pediatrics reflects a trend in modern pediatric medicine by omitting mention of sexual activity and elective abortion as "significant risk factors" for teen suicide, according the American College of Pediatricians, a socially conservative medical association.
"There has been an unremitting trend across all of medicine, including pediatrics, in concert with the advance of the sexual revolution, particularly since the legalization of abortion in 1973," the College said in written comments to Baptist Press. Read More
Thom Tapp, 'Covered Dish' cartoonist, diesKINGSTON, Tenn. (BP) -- Thomas "Thom" Tapp, one of Baptist Press' featured cartoonists for 15 years, died June 11 in Kingston, Tenn.
Tapp, a pastor who drew and penned the "Church of the Covered Dish," died of liver cancer at age 65.
His Church of the Covered Dish led by pastor "Eli Chortlesnort" first appeared in 1997 in the Baptist and Reflector, Tennessee Baptists' newsjournal, and became part of Baptist Press' comics lineup in the early 2000s. Read More
Christian dating site open to same-sex relationships
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- ChristianMingle, a dating website targeting Christian singles, has agreed to open its matchmaking service to clients seeking same-sex relationships. The agreement came as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by two gay men who claimed the company's focus on heterosexual relationships discriminated against them.
Conservatives denounced the decision as a strike against religious liberty and an unnecessary interference in private business. "Early on in their quest to legalize homosexual marriage, advocates assured us that it would not infringe on the ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: You're a Christian? You're a missionary
"Missionary" isn't a word reserved for those who share the love of Jesus on foreign soil, Shane Pruitt writes. "The call to a relationship with the King is also a call to tell the world about this same King," Pruitt, director of missions for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, writes. Read More