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Olympics: U.S. volleyball player seeks God amid trialsRIO DE JANEIRO (BP) -- Micah Christenson spent the past year playing professional volleyball in Italy. Sound like fun?
He thought so, too, until he got there. He couldn't speak the language and was living alone for the first time in a foreign country. He didn't have any friends on the team. And then he got sick the first week.
"I'm throwing up, and I'm sitting in my apartment alone," he told Baptist Press. "I'm like, man, this is a lot harder than I thought. I can't talk to anybody because there's a language barrier. I can't ask somebody where the eggs are in the grocery store." Read More
Marijuana: DEA underscores lack of medical useWASHINGTON (BP) -- Despite medical marijuana's legality in most states and the District of Columbia, the Obama administration announced today (Aug. 11) the drug will continue to be classified by the federal government as having "no currently approved medical use" and "a high potential for abuse."
Kim Jones, a pharmacy professor at Union University, told Baptist Press the decision may appear "somewhat surprising" in light of American culture's increasing acceptance of marijuana use, but it is "not surprising" from a scientific standpoint. Read More
Change in Calif. bill results in religious liberty winWASHINGTON (BP) -- Advocates of religious freedom in higher education gained an important victory Wednesday (Aug. 10) on a controversial California bill that retains some troubling provisions for Christian and other schools.
The proposal's sponsor announced he would remove language at the heart of protests only a day after a Southern Baptist-led coalition issued a statement urging California legislators to withdraw their support. The multi-faith statement -- initiated by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) -- said the measure, SB 1146, would harm low-income, minority students who seek to attend religious universities and colleges and would seriously restrict the freedom of such schools to establish standards consistent with their beliefs. Read More
College freshman leads tobacco fightCLINTON, Miss. (BP) -- Growing up in a state with high smoking rates and seeing his grandfather battle cancer for years, Bryce Moore felt compelled to take action.
An 18-year-old Mississippi College freshman, Moore became actively involved in fighting tobacco use among young people.
Starting as a 9th grader at Gulfport High School, his hard work in the cause caught the attention of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. ... Read More
Daigle tops list of Dove nomineesNASHVILLE (BP) -- Lauren Daigle, named New Artist of the Year at last year's Dove Awards, tops the list of this year's artist nominees with six nominations. Worship artists Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin each received five.
The Dove Awards are sponsored by the Gospel Music Association to honor the best in all genres of Christian music, and winners are determined by the votes of GMA members. This year's awards show will be Oct. 11 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: MBTS teams with Moody; SWBTS returns to Madagascar; NOBTS readies interactive Ph.D.
Today's From the Seminaries: Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary partners with Moody Publishers; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary returns to Madagascar for fifth year; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary launches interactive online Ph.D. program. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Watch your speed
The idea of speed extends beyond the automotive realm, David Jeremiah writes in examining "the speed of our lives relative to our spiritual needs." A proper speed, the California pastor notes, yields contentment; knowledge of Scripture; service for Christ and healthy relationships. Read More
Bible Study: Aug. 14, 2016
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