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It's 'never too late': 94-year-old gains new lifeRUSTON, La. (BP) -- Wearing a shower cap only moments from entering the baptismal waters, Ophelia White was beaming with excitement.
With the encouragement of friends gathered in the Cook Baptist Church worship center, the 94-year-old new believer was baptized, answering the prayers of those closest to her.
"I want people to know it's never too late," White said. "Get with it." Read More
Protestant, Catholic dividing lines examined in new bookLOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- With the approaching 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the need for clarity on the commonalities and differences between Catholics and Protestants grows ever more urgent, according to the authors of "The Unfinished Reformation."
Gregg R. Allison, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Chris Castaldo, lead pastor of New Covenant Church, Naperville, Ill., provide a thorough and careful examination of the issues at stake. Both authors have experience with Catholicism: Allison served with CRU, formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ, at Notre Dame and was a missionary to Italy, and Castaldo was raised Roman Catholic and later converted to evangelicalism. Read More
Reformation differences persist, statement claimsROME (BP) -- While Protestant-Catholic cooperation on social issues is laudable, according to a statement released today (Nov. 1) by an international coalition of evangelicals, persistent doctrinal divides should give evangelicals pause about cooperating with Catholics in missions and evangelism.
"Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions" was published by the Italy-based Reformanda Initiative, which seeks to educate evangelicals about Roman Catholicism. The statement has been signed by some 70 pastors, scholars, missionaries and apologists. Read More
'A great ride.' Colo. Exec Mark Edlund retiringCENTENNIAL, Colo. (BP) -- A restructured executive board, a western state office and a renewed emphasis on prayer are among the improvements Mark Edlund has spearheaded during his 15 years as executive director and treasurer of the Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC).
Edlund is retiring in July 2017 from the post he has held since 2001, he announced at the CBGC October annual meeting. Read More
Federal judge: Iowa churches safe from anti-bias law
DES MOINES, IOWA (BP) -- An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting the church's religious liberty. The District Court judge has ruled that churches do not count as "public accommodations" under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and are not subject to censorship of their views on marriage and sexuality. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ill., Ark., Mo./Kan. evangelism/missions news; '[O]ur community gets to see the capital 'C' church ...'
Today's From the States features items from: Illinois Baptist; Arkansas Baptist News; The Pathway (Missouri -- story from Kansas) Read More