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Bicycle ministry steering lives toward recoveryHERRIN, Ill. (BP) -- "Pastor Hurricane! Pastor Hurricane! Me next!" a 9-year-old redhead shouted.
"That's not his name, Dominic! That's his church," the boy's mother chided. "He's Pastor Gee."
"Me, me, Pastor Gee!" Dominic chanted. He wanted his turn on the bicycle training path.
On a warm day behind the Herrin House of Hope soup kitchen and thrift shop, pastor Jeffrey Gee of Hurricane Memorial Baptist Church in Herrin, Ill., and several volunteers taught children bike safety, complete with helmets and a course lined with orange traffic cones. The bikes they rode were second-hand, but they had been completely repaired and spruced up in the church's bike shop. It's all part of Gee's plan to keep the kids out of trouble, and at the same time teach former convicts a trade to keep them from returning to prison. Read More
Racial tensions beg return to godliness, Page saysFAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The church must return to God's lordship to adequately serve communities struggling with such problems as racism, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page told North Carolina Baptists at an associational meeting.
"God is saying, 'I am calling you back to my lordship,'" Page told pastors at the New South River Baptist Association's messenger meeting at Sperring Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. Read More
IS group kills priest in Western church attackNORMANDY, France (BP) -- Islamic State jihadists slit the throat of an elderly Catholic priest who was celebrating Mass in Normandy, France, early July 26, marking the terrorist group's first known attack on a church in the West, the Associated Press reported.
In the knife attack just before 10 a.m. in the rural community of Saint-Etienne-Du-Rouvray, two men forced 85-year-old priest Jacques Hamel to his knees, murdered him and filmed themselves making comments in Arabic while dancing around the altar, a nun who witnessed the attack told AP. Read More
DNC features PPFA head, talk of 'glass ceiling'PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Talk of Hillary Clinton's Methodist roots, an address by Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards and discussion of Clinton's becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party were among the newsworthy events July 26 at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
On the day delegates officially nominated Clinton, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, delivered a keynote address chronicling their life together and her record of public service, including its religious influences. Read More
8 Nepalese Christians arrested for proselytizing
NEPAL(BP) -- Eight Nepali Christians arrested in June, including one pastor and two teachers, could soon be tried for trying to proselytize children.
The Christians were working in Dolahka District, in northern Nepal, a part of the nation hard hit by the 2015 earthquakes. Authorities arrested them June 8 for distributing religious literature to children in an attempt to convert, a violation of the anti-conversion statute in the 2015 constitution, according to Asia News. Officials tortured the Christians while they were in custody, according to Asia News' sources. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The journey(s) to faith
The journey to faith in Christ can take many paths, Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention, writes. "The better we know the people of our community, as individuals and as groups, the better we are able to share the real Jesus with them," he notes. Read More
Bible Study: July 31, 2016
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. Read More