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Pray for Aleppo, Southern Baptist leaders urgeALEPPO, Syria (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders are exhorting Christians to pray for Aleppo, Syria, a city being destroyed in civil war between the Syrian government and rebels including the Islamic State.
The latest call for prayer follows the desperate pleas of residents who believed their death was imminent as the Syrian government reportedly made significant progress in overtaking and evacuating rebel-held areas in eastern Aleppo. The United Nations received multiple reports of execution-style killings -- although it was not clear whether the perpetrators were government or rebel forces -- and as many as 6,000 men who had tried to evacuate eastern Aleppo have been forced to fight for the Syrian government, the New York Times reported Dec. 13. Read More
New bill boosts global religious liberty"This is an urgent human rights crisis, and global religious liberty is too important to become a partisan wedge issue."WASHINGTON (BP) -- Congress has approved legislation promoted by religious freedom advocates that should strengthen the United States' effort to combat persecution of Christians and other faith minorities. Read More
-- Russell Moore
Okla. mandates pro-life signs in public facilitiesOKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Within a year, restrooms in Oklahoma's motels, medical facilities, and restaurants may contain signs encouraging pregnant women to carry their babies to term.
On Tuesday (Dec. 13), by an 8-1 vote, the Oklahoma State Department of Health approved regulations requiring all department-licensed facilities to place specially worded signs in their public restrooms.
The new rules would even apply to Oklahoma's abortion centers. Read More
Trump's EPA pick called 'magnificent Christian leader'WASHINGTON (BP) -- Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has drawn praise from Southern Baptists despite charges by secular media outlets, environmentalists and theologically liberal clergy that his leadership could harm the environment.
"Scott Pruitt is one of the finest, a committed follower of Christ and Oklahoma Baptist," Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, told the BGCO's Baptist Messenger newsjournal. "He has been a great [attorney general] and will be terrific at the EPA." Read More
Pa./S. Jersey honors retiring exec. Stan SmithBOLIVAR, Pa. (BP) -- The Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey (BRN) at its annual meeting celebrated the upcoming retirement of interim Executive Director/Treasurer Stanley K. Smith.
Smith will retire in March, 2017, after 32 years with the BRN, most recently as interim executive director following the March 2016 retirement of longtime executive director David Waltz. Previously, Smith served as associate executive director and director of the missions division. Read More
Fed rate hike: long-term view advised by analystsDALLAS (BP) -- The Federal Open Market Committee's decision on Wednesday (Dec. 14) to raise the Federal Reserve's target Fed Funds rate will mean little for long-term investors, according to analysts for GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Accepting & affirming the repentant
"If we ignore the call to repentance because we want to attract the unrepentant," Mike Goeke, associate pastor of First Baptist Church San Francisco, writes. "We will have nothing real to offer the unrepentant when they show up." Read More
Bible Study: Dec. 18, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More