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'Beyond powerful,' woman says of black church conf.RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- When Dianne Gordon returned home from the 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, friends observed a difference in her appearance.
"Everybody was telling me this morning, 'Dianne you're shining, you're glowing,' and I really do feel like that," Gordon told Baptist Press July 18. "I feel like 'wow.' I'm good."
Baptized a year ago at Wake Eden Baptist Church in Bronx, N.Y., the 52-year-old Gordon works fulltime as a registered nurse. She lost her brother to murder two years ago in her native Jamaica and is in the middle of a divorce. She also is pursuing a doctorate in education and leadership at the University of Phoenix. Read More
Rescue of 18 from flood: 'doing what I had to do'RAINELLE, W.Va. (BP) -- Rob Bowen had a decision to make. Flee rising floodwaters or help others find safety. The night of the historic flooding in West Virginia, Bowen and his wife Terri decided they would aid their neighbors.
The couple quickly took action. Strapping a light to his forehead, Bowen, a former coal miner, said he found himself out in the darkness in his kayak with a friend searching for neighbors in his hometown of Rainelle, like 86-year-old Joan Burns."I had to go and check on my neighbor to see if she was okay," Bowen said.
Burns, who lives alone next to the Bowens' hardware store, Redstar Home Supply, pointed her flashlight through her window to signal the men, who then managed to move her to safety. Southern Baptists Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers are now helping Burns return to her home. Read More
GOP passes pro-life, conservative platformGOP platform takes party's pro-life stand "from good to great."CLEVELAND (BP) -- The Republican National Convention approved a strongly conservative platform -- including what was described as its most pro-life stance ever -- on an opening day marked by charges of plagiarism and a failed effort by delegates opposed to Donald Trump.
-- Marjorie Dannenfelser
Voting Monday (July 17) in Cleveland, GOP delegates endorsed a platform that supports biblical/traditional marriage and the right to life of unborn children while opposing the Obama administration's new transgender directive to public schools. Read More
LifeWay adds student events in urban ministryNASHVILLE (BP) -- Infusion, a new summer event from LifeWay Students, has been announced for 2017 to immerse participants in ministry within urban contexts.
The six-day Infusion events next summer -- joining World Changers, PowerPlant and LifeWay's other student opportunities -- will be educational and missions experiences, said Dave MacNeill of LifeWay Students. Read More
Transgender directive challenged by 10 more states
LINCOLN, Neb. (BP) -- Ten more states have signed on to sue the Obama administration over its transgender directive that forces schools to allow students to use restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity rather than their biological sex. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Do people's lives really matter?
Loving people of all ethnicities is the solution to racial tension surrounding the killing of police officers as well as black citizens, Terry Turner notes. "'Lives Matter,'" the Texas pastor writes, "should be the church's rallying cry." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ariz., Ky., Tenn. evangelism/missions news; 'We go where the pizza guy won't'
Today's From the States features items from: Portraits (Arizona); Western Recorder (Kentucky); Baptist and Reflector (Tennessee) Read More