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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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  • Remembering the martyrs at Jibla Baptist Hospital

    by Michael Logan, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    JIBLA, Yemen (BP) -- It's been 15 years since I walked the dry, stony grounds of Jibla Baptist Hospital in Yemen, where a lone gunman murdered three International Mission Board medical missionaries on a December morning in 2002.

    Southern Baptists had invested their lives in this medical center for more than 35 years as they cared for thousands of people in this struggling Middle Eastern nation.

    I arrived shortly after the Dec. 30 attack to cover the tragedy. Just days after the ... Read More

  • Ohio passes Down syndrome abortion ban

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) -- Pro-life advocates are applauding the Ohio legislature's passage of a bill to ban abortions of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. They expect a signature from Gov. John Kasich within the next week or so.

    Last month, the state House passed the bill 64-31, and the Senate passed it 20-12 last week. The legislation prohibits abortions "because an unborn child has or may have Down syndrome." Abortionists who violate the law would face a fourth-degree felony charge, but their patients would not face prosecution. Read More

  • Shirer's online Bible studies, global reach

    by Joy Allmond, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On the other side of the world, Lauri, from South Africa, went through a Bible study with a friend here in the United States.

    Candice, from Garland, Texas, gathered with friends from all over the country to study God's Word.

    Carole, from Coatesville, Pa., led a group of women from her church through a Bible study with streaming video content. Read More

  • Partnering churches embolden Boston-area planter

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    BOSTON (BP) -- "Where would Paul go today?"

    Chris Causey, pastor of Boston-area church plant Encounter Church, asked himself this as he read the accounts of Paul's missionary journeys in the book of Acts.

    What started off as a reflection during his personal study, Causey noted, would become the Holy Spirit drawing him in a new direction. Causey noticed that Paul often went to the major cities, cities with a global impact, and as he reflected and prayed on that fact, he started to sense a calling from God. Read More

  • NOBTS graduation: God's call gives confidence

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Drawing on a question once posed to former Southern Baptist Convention president Adrian Rogers, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley encouraged graduate candidates Dec. 16 to continue on with confidence in following God's call on their lives.

    "Someone once asked [Rogers] if he heard an audible voice when God spoke to him," Kelley explained. "Rogers answered, 'No, it's much louder than that.'"

    Kelley reminded listeners of the certainty they had of God's call to ministry when ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A real-life story of forgiveness

    by Rhonda Harrington Kelley, posted Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Rhonda Harrington Kelley recounts the forgiveness experienced by her father, the late Bob Harrington, after 17 years apart from God, his family and his calling. Read More