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Popular video shares 'Cwismus' storyLONGVIEW, Texas (BP) -- A video of kids telling the Christmas story produced by a Texas church has apparently gone viral, reaching unlikely audiences globally in the few days since it was posted online.
"A Movie on Cwismus," produced at Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, has been viewed more than a million times and has logged more than 30,000 shares on Facebook. Read More
Ky. statehouse chaplain to pray & provide counselFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- When the Kentucky General Assembly directory was printed, it probably wasn't intended as a prayer guide.
But that is how Steve Weaver has been using the publication.
For weeks, Weaver has been studying the faces of Kentucky's politicians to know them by name -- and to pray for them as a minister to the state capitol. Read More
Christianity growing in N. India amid Hindu hostility
NORTHERN INDIA (BP) -- Missionaries in northern India say Hindu extremists are increasingly trying to entrap them with trumped-up accusations of forced conversions. But the rise in persecution isn't dissuading true converts, who are turning to Christ in larger numbers, according to new census data.
People have the freedom to change their religion in India, but forced conversions are illegal. Read More
Midwestern celebrates graduation, Hawkins CourtyardKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary launched the next generation of pastors, ministers and missionaries into service during its 58th commencement exercises on Dec. 18. The event was highlighted by the keynote address and the dedication of a commons area named after O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources.
Speaking to 88 graduates, their families and friends, Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen opened the service with a Gospel presentation, and then ... Read More
'Impossible situations' await grads, Patterson saysFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- "Welcome to the world of impossible situations," Paige Patterson said in congratulating 181 graduates during fall commencement Dec. 18 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
Impossible situations stem from following "the bidding of God to give your life to ministry," the seminary president told bachelor's, master's and doctoral graduates in preaching from Luke 1, wherein Zechariah is told that his wife Elizabeth will bear a child in their old age. Read More
FROM THE STATES: Ga., Ky., Fla. evangelism/missions news; 'Small churches can become game changers'
Today's From the States features items from: The Christian Index (Georgia); Western Recorder (Kentucky); Florida Baptist Witness. Read More
CHRISTMAS: It changes everything
"Christmas changes everything," Christian studies dean Michael Duduit writes. It changes "the way we see the world … the way we see God … the way we see ourselves." Read More
Lee: Go 'both feet in'
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: The love of Christ compels us to go "both feet in" to share the Gospel, writes Wanda Lee, executive director of national WMU. Read More
Estudio: La iglesia es el mejor lugar para pasar NavidadNASHVILLE (BP) -- La navidad es un excelente tiempo para invitar a alguien a la iglesia, según dice un nuevo estudio.
En una encuesta de 1,000 estadounidenses, LifeWay Research encontró que seis de cada 10 estadounidenses usualmente asisten a la iglesia en la época navideña.
Pero entre quienes no asisten a la iglesia en la temporada navideña, una mayoría (57 por ciento) dijo que les gustaría asistir si los invitara alguien que ellos conocen. Read More
Censura a la 'Navidad' intenta repetirse anualmenteNASHVILLE (BP) -- Por lo menos tres intentos públicos para censurar el uso del término "Navidad" y la exhibición de adornos como árboles de Navidad han sido reportados este año en Estados Unidos, específicamente en New Hampshire, Virginia y New York.
Tal censura intenta ocurrir anualmente en Navidad, le dijo la Alianza de Defensa de la Libertad (ADF por sus siglas en inglés) a Baptist Press. Read More