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Clinton, Trump clash in 2nd heated debateST. LOUIS (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court -- the defining issue for many evangelical Christians in the 2016 presidential election -- finally received attention just before the close of the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sunday night (Oct. 9).
The debate -- only two days after the release of a 2005 video in which Trump lewdly describes his efforts to have sex with women other than his wife -- lacked discussion of such issues as abortion and marriage until about 10 minutes before its end. Then an audience member asked the candidates about their priorities in ... Read More
DR volunteers serving Matthew survivors in 5 statesALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- While Matthew was still churning up the U.S. eastern seaboard as a Category 4 hurricane, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were already preparing hot meals for storm evacuees in Florida. Meal preparation will soon number in the thousands as multiple teams and kitchens from other states begin operations Oct. 10.
Meanwhile, SBDR assessors are working in coastal communities from Florida to Virginia coordinating first responses for cleanup, mud out and recovery. North American Mission Board (NAMB) SBDR executive director Mickey Caison said ... Read More
Hurricane-hit Haiti & Cuba draw Baptist reliefPORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (BP) -- Florida Baptists are already onsite providing aid in Haiti, where nearly 1,000 people have died from Hurricane Matthew and scores more are sickened by cholera in the storm's aftermath.
Craig Culbreth, the Florida Baptist Convention's lead catalyst for missions and ministries, said the state's Disaster Relief volunteers are already on the ground assessing need and strategizing response.
"We are hoping we can have a response and help those people in the south end" ... Read More
Gateway Seminary dedicates building, celebrates blessingsONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Gateway Seminary wrapped up two years of transition Oct. 5-8, with a series of dedication events that praised God for His blessings on the institution's recent move.
"Today we celebrate our heritage and stand in awe of God's miraculous activity through us over the past few years," President Jeff Iorg said during the Oct. 6 dedication service. "These memories are important to us. But for us, our dreams exceed our memories. Our vision supersedes our heritage. Our longing to experience God's future is more important than celebrating our legacy in our past." Read More
Engage 24 workshop champions evangelismALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- An Engage 24 workshop was exactly what pastor Bruce Smith Sr. apparently needed. Some could say it is what he was searching for.
"I'm just so excited I came," Smith said of the evangelism forum hosted at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) building in Alpharetta, Ga., Oct. 4-5. "The speakers were funny, on point and validated what I am already doing in my church when it comes to evangelism. I needed that encouragement because church planting can be hard. And yes, there are many things I haven't started doing when it comes to evangelizing that I plan on doing when I get back." Read More
InterVarsity fellowship reaffirms sex theologyMADISON, Wisc. (BP) -- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA has reaffirmed its longstanding theology limiting sexual relations to heterosexual married couples, and said gay employees and others who disagree theologically will likely feel compelled to leave the ministry.
But Greg Jao, the interdenominational college student ministry's vice president and director of campus engagement, said a Time report of people being "fired" for disagreeing with the policy was misleading. Read More