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U.S. needs 'interagency strategy' for global freedomWASHINGTON (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 successLAKE 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 mandateDALLAS (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 escapeNASHVILLE (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 critiquedNASHVILLE (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
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
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
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