Baptist Press Archive

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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  • Ga. church's DACA ministry offering help, hope

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    MOULTRIE, Ga. (BP) -- The clock is ticking.

    At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, undocumented residents who were brought to the United States as children will no longer be able to apply for deportation deferral. For the last five-and-a-half years, Georgia Baptists in Colquitt County have been working to help as many as possible -- in a state that reportedly has some 24,000 who are undocumented -- complete the paperwork which would temporarily delay them possibly being removed from their families and returned to their countries of birth. Read More

  • House OKs ban on late-term abortions in 237-189 vote

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. House of Representatives continued its efforts to protect unborn children Tuesday (Oct. 3), passing a ban on the lethal procedure in the last half of pregnancy.

    The House voted 237-189 -- with only three Democrats in support -- for the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36. The legislation would prohibit abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation. Read More

  • TBN's 'Huckabee' seeks civil discourse amid division

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Civil discourse enabling understanding and nonpartisan solutions will be a main goal of a new talk show featuring Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist pastor and political figure told Baptist Press at his Nashville-area studio Oct. 2.

    People with divergent political opinions may learn from the show to understand one another's perspectives, Huckabee noted in one of several interviews he conducted with media outlets in advance of his new show, "Huckabee," launching Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on TBN. Read More

  • Vegas shooting leaves W. Tenn. church, community heartbroken

    by Chris Turner/Baptist and Reflector, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- A small West Tennessee Baptist church continues to feel the blow of Sunday night's mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert after it learned one of the victims was a native son.

    Sonny Melton, 29, who grew up in Big Sandy and attended Ramble Creek Baptist Church, was killed when he was struck by gun fire while shielding his wife, Heather Melton. See related story. Read More

  • 'Bring Your Bible to School' Oct. 5, FOTF urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- An event encouraging students to take their Bibles to school Thursday (Oct. 5) is increasingly pertinent as the nation deals with natural disasters and man-made atrocities, event founder Candi Cushman told Baptist Press.

    Cushman, a Focus on the Family (FOTF) education advocate, founded the national "Bring Your Bible to School Day" in 2014 to advocate and preserve students' rights to share their faith at school. But the comfort the Bible offers is especially pertinent this year, she said, pointing to a flurry ... Read More

  • N.Y. Baptists add marriage, gender to constitution

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    RANDOLPH, N.J. (BP) -- Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York increased giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries for the third year in a row and amended the convention's constitution to affirm the biblical definitions of marriage and gender.

    Messengers also heard addresses from Woman's Missionary Union executive director-treasurer Sandra Wisdom-Martin and Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware executive director Kevin Smith during their Sept. 24-26 sessions at Bible Church International in Randolph, ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Remember that Jesus wept

    by Michael Kelley, posted Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (18 days ago)

    Be careful in the midst of a tragedy, Michael Kelley writes, in how theological insights are placed before those who are hurting. Read More