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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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  • Olympics: Diving duo wins silver, gives credit to Christ

    by Tim Ellsworth, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Tim Ellsworth
    RIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- U.S. divers David Boudia and Steele Johnson have known each other for 10 years, since a teenaged Boudia drove the 10-year-old Johnson to practice every day.

    On Monday (Aug. 9), Boudia teamed up with that "little giggly kid in the back seat," as he remembered Johnson, to win a silver medal in the men's synchronized 10-meter platform event.

    "It was a successful day for both of us," Boudia said. "Going into it and throughout the competition, I've never felt so content and so calm, and you're at the Olympic Games with millions of people watching you. So it's a pretty good feeling, and we know … that peace comes from God." Read More

  • 9/11 prayer outreach spotlights 'critical' year

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    CLEVELAND, Tenn. (BP) -- On the 15th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history, Southern Baptists are being urged to join hundreds of thousands of Christians from many denominations and ethnicities in praying for a Christian awakening in the nation.

    The Sept. 11 Cry Out America prayer outreach of the Awakening America Alliance and Center for Spiritual Renewal, an 8-year-old cooperative initiative encompassing more than 150,000 churches, ministries and parachurches in North America, is increasingly popular this year as more Christians recognize the nation's deep spiritual need, Awakening America executive director Kay Horner told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Widow's trust in the Lord shown in Mission:Dignity

    by John Ambra, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Sandra McGill never dreamed she'd be a pastor's wife. When she and Joe married in 1954, he hadn't told her about his call to preach while operating a plow on his family's farm. His revelation several years later would be the beginning of more than three decades cultivating fields of a different kind.

    Joe and Sandra's journey took them from their native South Carolina to New Orleans where Joe enrolled in seminary. While there, he pastored a small church on the west bank of the Mississippi River. It was a very poor section of town and primarily Roman Catholic. The local people called him "Father Joe" or "The Baptist Priest." Read More

  • Roy Moore to stand trial for gay marriage order

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Mary Pope
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- With Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore set to stand trial next month on charges he defied federal court rulings on same-sex marriage, a legal adviser to Alabama Baptists' public policy auxiliary has called the allegations against him unmerited.

    At issue in Moore's case is a Jan. 6 administrative order in which he stated Alabama's 68 probate judges had "a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses contrary to" the state's ban on same-sex marriage until the Alabama Supreme Court clarified the relationship between state law and the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Read More

  • ERLC-led coalition urges defeat of Calif. bill

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A Southern Baptist-led, multi-faith coalition has urged California legislators to abandon a bill it says would violate religious freedom in higher education. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Scoffers -- then & now

    by David Crosby, posted Tuesday, August 09, 2016 (7 months ago)

    Scoffers have ridiculed believers for ages; among their taunts, David Crosby notes, is the second coming of Christ. Yet: "It remains a fundamental teaching of Jesus and His church. It is not a throw-away doctrine," Crosby, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, writes. Read More