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Missionary reaps harvest as 'refugee' in foreign landSOUTHEAST ASIA (BP) -- After years laboring in a restricted-access country, International Mission Board missionary Layla Murphy began reaping a harvest as people became more open to the Gospel and former Buddhists were baptized.
"Things were starting to progress," says Murphy, who serves in Southeast Asia. "We were starting to get chances to do evangelism in some new places we'd never gotten to go before. It was really getting exciting -- and then, the bottom sort of fell out of everything. That's when I got kicked out of the country." Read More
Coptic Christians in Egypt mourn after bombing
EGYPT (BP) -- As government investigators sifted through the scene of what has been called Egypt's worst bombing attack against Christians in the nation's history, Monday (Dec. 12) the families of those who were slain mourned and buried their dead.
On Dec. 11, at least 24 worshippers were killed and 49 wounded when an explosion ripped through the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, also known as Al Boutrosya Chapel, during Mass in a suburb of Cairo. The chapel is next to the St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, which is held by many as the spiritual center of the ... Read More
Study: Most churches open for worship on ChristmasNASHVILLE (BP) -- More than half of Americans plan to go to church at Christmastime. And most Protestant pastors will keep the doors open for them, a new study shows.
Nearly 9 out of 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day, as both fall on a Sunday, according to a recent survey from LifeWay Research.
More than 7 in 10 Protestant senior pastors say their churches plan to hold ... Read More
Reformers' disagreement on Christmas yields lessonsNASHVILLE (BP) -- When it came to celebrating Christmas, leaders of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation were divided on whether followers of Jesus should say "bah humbug" or "joy to the world."
While Martin Luther loved to celebrate Christmas with feasting and special church services, the so-called Reformed wing of the Reformation, led by Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin, raised objections to such festivities, arguing believers should worship God only in ways explicitly commanded by Scripture and that a festival in December commemorating Christ's birth was not commanded. Read More
Hawaii Baptists receive Russian-speaking churchKONA, Hawaii (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention annual meeting welcomed a Russian-speaking church into their fellowship and held steady the convention's percentage of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes.
Gathering around the theme "charting the course together," drawn from Acts 20:24, 214 messengers and 60 guests convened the HPBC's 74th annual meeting Nov. 17-18 at the Courtyard King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ala., Ky., Calif. evangelism/missions news; 'You feel like you're doing something for people who really need it'
Today's From the States features items from: The Alabama Baptist; Western Recorder (Kentucky); California Southern Baptist. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: 5 pastoral convictions about congregational singing
Pastor Daryl Cornett shares five pastoral convictions about congregational singing. "The music is not the main thing," he writes, "but it certainly will be a significant part of the whole that is offered up to God. It deserves careful consideration." Read More