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GOP picks Trump; Lucifer invoked in race"The president that we choose in November is not just a four-year decision but really a 40-year decision."CLEVELAND (BP) -- Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee Tuesday (July 19) on a day when the devil was invoked at the GOP convention as part of a reason not to vote for his Democratic opponent.
-- Mark Harris
The controversial billionaire easily passed the 1,237 votes needed to secure the nomination during a state-by-state roll call, ending a divisive, even bitter, campaign season among Republicans. Read More
Volunteer returns to site where husband diedEVANS, La. (BP) -- Two months had passed since Margie Fulkerson's husband unexpectedly died from a heart attack at the same Louisiana home site where she was now working as a member of an Illinois Baptist disaster relief team.
Holding a bottled water to quench her thirst in the 90-degree heat, Fulkerson fought back tears as she remembered when her husband Don passed away in late March while helping mud-out a home in Evans, La., damaged by several feet of flooding. Read More
Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violenceBATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- With Alton Sterling and three police officers dead amid racial tension in Baton Rouge, La., black pastor Vince Smith counts among his blessings his interracial marriage to Cassie and his pastorate of the multiethnic Circle Church.
Smith considers himself a peacemaker comforting those who mourn, whether they have lost loved ones at the hands of police or at the hands of civilians. Read More
Hospitals weigh Calif. assisted suicide law
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Some California hospitals are opting out of the state's new assisted suicide law allowing qualifying adults with a terminal illness to request a lethal drug from their doctor.
The End of Life Option Act, signed in October and effective since June 9, made California the fourth state -- along with Oregon (1997), Vermont (2013) and Washington (2008) -- to legalize some form of assisted suicide. Read More
Biblical studies prof Denny Burk elected CBMW pres.LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Biblical studies professor Denny Burk has been elected president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, an organization that helps believers understand and apply the Bible's teaching on sexuality and gender.
Burk, whose election was announced today (July 20), is a faculty member of Boyce College at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and director of the undergraduate school's Center for Gospel and Culture. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Political seasons & pastoral leadership
No pastor "can be silent and ignore the volatile trends or threatening winds of change and unrest in our culture today," David McKinley writes. The Georgia pastor relays guiding principles for answering such questions as "Pastor, where do you stand on ...?" Read More