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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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  • Humanitarian aid: Making sure it reaches needy souls

    by Pat Melancon, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- It was not how things were supposed to happen. We were responding to a disastrous earthquake that hit a remote area of Central Asia and killed thousands of men, women and children. Our three trucks loaded with provisions had just rounded a treacherous bend in the mountain road, skirting the precipice of a canyon.

    Suddenly, the two trucks in front of me began slowing down. As I slowed, I watched as a boulder rolled down the mountain toward the front of the first truck. The driver opened his door and ran from the still-moving vehicle. The driver of the second truck did the same. Both trucks puttered to a stop. Read More

  • New refugees welcomed by churches poised to help

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Refuge Ministry
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Ibrahim was clearly puzzled by the hospitality of the American Christians who had shown him such love and care during his short time in the United States.

    "Why do you treat us better than our own people?" Ibrahim asked during a Thanksgiving meal last year hosted by Refuge Louisville, a ministry that equips local churches to minister to refugees. Read More

  • Trump reverses Obama transgender military policy

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump suddenly reversed military policy on transgender individuals today (July 26), announcing on Twitter the United States would not "accept or allow" people who identify as a different gender than their biological sex to serve in the armed forces.

    "After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow [t]ransgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," Trump said in a series of three tweets this morning. "Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you." Read More

  • First a tornado, now theft strike New Orleans church

    by Louisiana Baptist Message Staff, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Jeffrey Friend
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Just a few months from completing a renovation of its buildings heavily damaged by a tornado in February, a New Orleans church has suffered yet another setback -- theft from its worship center.

    Multiple times over a six-day period, burglars have broken into the worship center of Suburban Baptist Church and stolen office and construction equipment, pastor Jeffery Friend reported in a story published July 25 by the Baptist Message. Read More

  • Hawaii pro-life centers sue over abortion notice

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    WAIPO, Hawaii (BP) -- Pro-life pregnancy resource centers in Hawaii have filed suit against a new law requiring them to point women toward abortion access.

    The law, signed by Gov. David Ige on July 11, requires pregnancy resource centers to post signs telling women about the state's "family planning services." Read More

  • Bible Study: July 30, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    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. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Spirit & truth in worship

    by Jason K. Allen, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Jason Allen underscores the balance between spirit and truth in a church's worship. If either is taken to an extreme, it can "tilt the worship service in an unhealthy direction, hindering the growth of God's people and leaving the worship service in want." Read More