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Missions-focused church donates reserve funds to IMBSULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- A small church in east Texas has made a sizeable gift to the International Mission Board, even though doing so meant sacrificing funds that could have been used for a permanent building.
Two years ago, Journey Baptist Church sold its building, a facility that was poorly located, with little parking and no room for growth. A purchase of 10 acres as a future building site followed, but constructing a new structure proved cost prohibitive, so church leaders were content to meet in temporary facilities until they ... Read More
Falwell's concealed-permit comments enter gun debateLYNCHBURG, Va. (BP) -- It was a volatile spark for the nation's gun control debate: Jerry Falwell Jr. reveals he carries a concealed weapon, urging students (age 21 and up) to do the same at Liberty University, where he is president. Falwell references "Muslims" and the terrorist attack that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino, Calif.
"Let's teach 'em a lesson if they ever show up here," Falwell said during convocation at the Virginia university Friday, two days after the horrific shooting Dec. 2 at a San Bernardo center for developmentally disabled people. Read More
Obama's claims on Islam evaluatedWASHINGTON (BP) -- In an address on a "new phase" in America's war on terror, President Obama said committing acts of violence in the name of Allah represents a perversion of Islam.
Presenting a televised speech from the Oval Office for just the second time in his presidency, according to the Associated Press, Obama called Muslims "to speak out against ... those interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity." He called all Americans "to ... Read More
SBC leaders appeal to Kerry on genocide"Acknowledging the targeting and slaughtering of Christians in this region is a first step toward achieving peace and justice there." -- Russell MooreWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders Russell Moore and R. Albert Mohler Jr. have joined a coalition calling on the U.S. State Department to heed evidence Christians are targets of genocide in the Middle East.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, signed onto a Dec. 4 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting a meeting before the department issues a ruling on genocide by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). They have learned ... Read More
Texas convention commends vision of property sale
FRISCO, Texas (BP) -- For the second consecutive year, Texas Baptists messengers have a diverse officer panel, with René Maciel, president of the Baptist University of the Americás, elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Also elected during the convention's 130th annual meeting were Bedilu Yirga, pastor of Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church of Dallas, as first vice president after previously serving as second vice president, and Danny Reeves, pastor of First ... Read More
Syrian refugees finding help from WMU Foundation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The Woman's Missionary Union Foundation is working with Arab Woman Today Ministries to help Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan. The number of refugees fleeing to Jordan has significantly increased in recent weeks.
The Jordanian government reports there are 1.5 million Syrian refugees currently living in Jordan, but only a small percentage resides in official refugee camps. Those who live outside of the camps are not eligible to receive food or other assistance from the Jordanian government. Read More
Business as missions taught in Asia mission trip
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An entrepreneur with a fruitful career using business as a platform for the Gospel played a key role in a mission trip to Central Asia by nine students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary this fall.
Although Business as Missions had previously been offered at the Southwestern, the course included a mission trip to Central Asia for the first time. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Deliver us from the evil in America
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, addresses how the continual shootings in America are evidence of a desperate need for a spiritual awakening in the U.S. "This lawlessness cannot be solved by legislation, but by the power of the love of Jesus Christ to destroy the evil in our hearts," he writes. Read More