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Blind student teaches VBS to Lakota childrenEAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (BP) -- The Lakota children in South Dakota were rambunctious. School was out, and a team of teenagers and their leaders from Alabama had come to lead Vacation Bible School.
When Ahbee Orton positioned herself in front of the class at First Baptist Church in Eagle Butte, the children became quiet and attentive. The 15-year-old ethnic Chinese is hardly a master teacher or experienced in classroom discipline -- she had never taught a Bible study before. Read More
3rd video may build pro-life momentum
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Some 13,000 pro-life activists called on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood at more than 60 rallies across America on the same day the Center for Medical Progress released a third video showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion. Read More
Religious freedom addressed in surveyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans believe firmly in religious freedom but think atheists are more welcome than Muslims in the United States, Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds.
More than 90 percent say people should be free to choose and practice religious beliefs. Nearly 7 in 10 call America a nation of many religions.
Yet Americans acknowledge the nation embraces Christians and Jews more heartily than atheists or Muslims. While 92 percent agree America is a welcoming place for Christians and 87 percent agree for Jews, the number drops to 67 percent for atheists. LifeWay released the study Wednesday (July 29), based on a survey taken last fall. Read More
New rules protect military from predatory loans
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Obama administration has issued new rules strengthening protections for military service members against predatory lending, a problem Southern Baptists increasingly are addressing. Read More
Moore, others back law to protect religious liberty
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Ethicist Russell Moore has initiated an effort by Southern Baptist and other leaders calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect the religious freedom of those who object to same-sex marriage. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A Millennial's awakened hope for the SBC
Paul Dietzel II, after his first SBC annual meeting, reflects on "the heritage and hope of the denomination of my birth." Involvement of Millennials in the SBC requires "transparency, simplicity and a confidence driven by a real-world understanding that participation in the Cooperative Program as well as the SBC's annual mission offerings translates into direct engagement in mission work with real people." Read More