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How one pastor, church serve those who serve, protectLAKESIDE, Ariz. (BP) -- Facing shootings, domestic violence, car accidents, drownings and more, police officers and first responders experience gruesome things on a daily basis. It can be difficult for first responders to process what they experience in healthy ways.
As a chaplain, Jim Stansberry, pastor of Porter Mountain Fellowship in Lakeside, Ariz., ministers to police officers, firefighters and other public servants. But he's quick to point out he couldn't do it without his church's help.
When asked how he can both effectively pastor a church and minister to the law enforcement community, Stansberry said, "There's no way I could do this on my own. The church family at Porter Mountain supports me fully." Read More
Cold temps open doors to minister to homelessDALLAS (BP) -- A homeless man lay frozen to death within eyesight of Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas as record-breaking cold temperatures befell much of the U.S.
Just like a wheelchair-bound homeless woman who froze the same Jan. 16 night half a mile away at a bus station, the man refused to abandon familiar surroundings to accept the warm bed that could have saved his life, Cornerstone pastor Chris Simmons told Baptist Press a week after the deaths. Read More
Varied reactions greet White House immigration planWASHINGTON (BP) -- The White House's immigration reform plan -- which would provide a pathway to citizenship for about 1.8 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children -- garnered a wide range of reactions after its main planks were unveiled Thursday (Jan. 25).
The proposal includes not only a solution for the immigrant category known as Dreamers but $25 billion for a wall on the country's southern border and other border security measures, as well as an end to extended-family chain migration. Read More
Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in VancouverVANCOUVER (BP) -- Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family's home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha's wife and four children hostage.
A few weeks earlier, Gavaha had led Christian mission teams into areas in Pakistan that had been severely impacted by floods in 2010 and 2011. He and his team brought both flood relief and the Gospel message of Jesus. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The pastors, they were there
As anxious parents of students at Marshall County High School waited to learn who may have been killed or wounded when a student opened fire on his classmates, pastors were in their midst to convey God's compassion. Read More
LGBT acceptance decreasing, GLAAD poll claimsNASHVILLE (BP) -- A survey claiming a decrease in Americans' comfort level with homosexual acts and individuals has met skepticism from two Christians who study sexuality and culture. But if the survey accurately reflects public sentiment, they say, it could indicate the Bible's lingering influence on society.
The pro-homosexual advocacy group GLAAD released data Thursday (Jan. 25) indicating Americans' comfort level with a variety of situations involving lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals -- including learning a family member is homosexual and having a child placed in a class with an LGBT teacher. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Are you OK with Jesus but not the Bible?
Shane Pruitt cautions against creating "a Play-Doh Jesus" to "shape and mold" to one's imagination. "If you truly love the Jesus of the Bible," Pruitt writes, "you will also love the Bible that tells us all about Him." Read More