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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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  • U.S. needs 'interagency strategy' for global freedom

    by Art Toalston, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The "tragic, global crisis in religious persecution, violence, and terrorism" requires America to greatly strengthen its strategies, a letter to top congressional leaders declares, signed by a diverse group of religious, academic and public policy figures.

    The global crisis threatens "dire consequences for religious minorities worldwide as well as for U.S. national security," the signers of the letter warn. Read More

  • Baptisms sign of church's evangelism success

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) -- Trinity Baptist Church planned to baptize 24 people one Sunday, as a special celebration of how God has blessed the congregation's evangelism efforts this year.

    But by the time the last person came out of the baptismal waters, 46 had been baptized. They join 108 others who have been baptized this year at the church in Lake Charles, La.

    "When people started responding to that call to come, everyone stood up cheering and clapping," said Greg Bath, minister of evangelism at Trinity Baptist. "It was unbelievable. During our second service of the day, we were here way past 12 p.m. (when the service was scheduled to end) and no one had left. Read More

  • GuideStone appeals to SCOTUS over abortion mandate

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court against the government's contraceptive mandate that will require certain ministries served by GuideStone to provide abortion-causing drugs and devices in their employer health plans or risk crippling fines. Read More

  • Escape artist prepares others for ultimate escape

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jumping out of airplanes, breaking free from jail cells, and evading death. It's just another day of work for Anthony Martin.

    Martin, a member of Mapledale Baptist Church in Sheboygan, Wis., started Ambassador in Chains Ministries in 1998. Martin uses his talents as an escape artist to draw people into local churches. He specifically hopes to attract those who would not necessarily come to the church for a more traditional presentation of the Gospel. Read More

  • Planned Parenthood media coverage critiqued

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The mainstream media's coverage of two undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion has been criticized by some Christians as generally minimal and slanted. Read More

  • Presidential hopefuls to attend ERLC forums

    by Staff, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be the first two participants in a series of civil forums for 2016 presidential candidates hosted by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Chattanooga killings & radical Islamism

    by Ed Stetzer , posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    The killing of five servicemen in Chattanooga reflects the reality of a "multi-decadal war against radical Islamism," Ed Stetzer writes. Yet amid such conflict, Christians are called to "love our neighbors, including our Muslim ones," he notes. Read More

  • Bible Study: July 26, 2015

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum. Read More