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FIRST-PERSON: Start somewhere
"You can't take the Gospel everywhere amid the overwhelming lostness in our world," Keith Shorter writes, "but you can take the Gospel somewhere, so start there." Read More
Marijuana's 'human toll' anticipated in Calif.ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- As legal recreational marijuana sales began in California Jan. 1, Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg bemoaned the increased "human toll" the drug is likely to have on America's most populous state.
"Whatever economic gains the legalization of marijuana will supposedly produce will be offset by the human toll on damaged relationships, loss of productivity in the workforce and the cost of expanded social programs to deal with the fallout of this bad social experiment," Iorg, leader of Southern Baptists' Ontario, Calif.-based seminary, told Baptist Press in written comments. "It's another step in the wrong ... Read More
Next Gen Pastors' Network: Leaders share challengesDALLAS (BP) -- "Only 38 percent of evangelical pastors are under the age of 40, the lowest percentage in history," Shane Pruitt, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention director of evangelism, told the Texan before the start of the SBTC's Next Gen Pastors' Network Roundtable at Criswell College.
More than 100 young pastors assembled in Criswell's Horner Hall and library for breakout sessions, dinner and a panel discussion before the 2017 SBTC Annual Meeting convened. The Nov. 13 gathering marked the merger of Next Gen with another young pastors' group, Forge, said Tony Wolfe, SBTC director of ... Read More
Christian bakers lose in Oregon appeals courtWASHINGTON (BP) -- Christian wedding vendors who decline to provide services for same-sex ceremonies have suffered another legal setback.
The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 28 that the state did not violate the First Amendment rights of Aaron and Melissa Klein in a 2015 order that included a $135,000 fine. The three-judge panel upheld a decision by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) that found the Kleins' refusal to design and bake a cake for a lesbian couple's commitment ceremony was based on unlawful discrimination against homosexuals. Read More
9 killed, several wounded leaving Egypt Coptic churchCAIRO (BP) -- Gunmen killed at least nine people and wounded several others leaving a Christmas season worship service south of Cairo, the Egyptian Interior Ministry told Morning Star News.
Two gunmen on a motorbike attacked St. Menas "Mar Mina" Coptic Orthodox church in Helwan at about 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Eight of those killed were Christians, officials said, and some of the wounded were in critical condition. Coptic Orthodox Christians fear more attacks as they approach Christmas, which they celebrate Jan. 7. Read More
CALL TO PRAYER: Worth heedingFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The people of God need to pray, we ought to pray, we must pray.
Great movements of God are normally preceded by great movements of prayer by God's people. We see this pattern throughout Scripture and throughout the history of the church. God does not need us to pray in order to move but in His sovereignty He has chosen to work in power, time and time again, in response to the concerted cries of His people. Read More