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Olympians, volunteers to face Rio's challengesRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (BP) -- Sid Hopkins is an eye-catching sight when he visits the Olympics.
The retired director of missions for the Atlanta-area Gwinnett Metro Baptist Association dons a hat and vest decorated with hundreds of pins that people aren't bashful about inspecting. Hopkins trades pins with other Olympics fans while distributing pins made especially for the Olympics that tell the story of Jesus.
"There is an openness by people to talk with one another and to talk about spiritual things," Hopkins said. "So sharing the seeds of the Gospel through the 'storytelling' witnessing pin is well-received. Then the seeds of the Gospel go back all over the world as the people return home." Read More
Black police conf. draws call to love officersWASHINGTON (BP) -- Following attorney general Loretta Lynch's call at a gathering of black law enforcement executives for America to "foster trust between communities and law enforcement," a black Philadelphia police sergeant told Baptist Press Christians should be known for extending the love of Christ to police officers in their communities. Read More
Boko Haram fractured & weakened, analysis saysNORTHEAST NIGERIA (BP) -- A disputed report by the Islamic State group that it has appointed a new leader for Boko Haram in Nigeria indicates Boko Haram is fractured and weakened, BBC News said in an analysis today (Aug. 4).
Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader since 2009, released an audio message Aug. 3 saying he is still in charge of the terrorists, hours after IS proclaimed Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new leader of Boko Haram, identified as the IS West Africa Province, BBC News said. Read More
Expository preaching conf. trains pastorsTUMBLING SHOALS, Ark. (BP) -- In a quiet little town two miles north of Heber Springs, Ark., a church with a congregation of no more than 75 on an average Sunday morning has been providing training for pastors for the past 19 years.
Through the Expository Preaching Conference (EPC), Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church has helped train more than 1,500 pastors in biblical preaching and ministry. Read More
High court blocks transgender rulings for nowWASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked for now lower-court decisions requiring a Virginia school district to enable a female student who identifies as male to use the boys' restroom.
The justices announced Wednesday (Aug. 3) they had put on hold a June ruling by a federal court ordering the Gloucester County School Board to permit Gavin Grimm to use the male restroom while the case is settled in court. Grimm, 17, is a female biologically but considers herself a male. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Reasonable expectations for unbelievers
Ray Parascando addresses reasonable expectations for unbelievers.
"When you see the worst in people, pray for God's best," he
writes. Read More
Bible Study: August 7, 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