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Fatal shooting & murder charge turned him to ChristNORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- When John Eric Schmidt was charged with second-degree murder, no one could have known that within a year, not only would the charge be dropped but Schmidt would be celebrating his salvation in Christ.
Schmidt, 53, of North Little Rock, Ark., was charged after shooting 32-year-old Chad Johnson during what Pulaski County sheriff's deputies said was a property dispute, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Read More
Platt asks state papers to encourage unityPONCE, Puerto Rico (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt has asked Baptist state papers to encourage unity among Southern Baptists following the announcement next week of how many IMB personnel have left the board through a series of voluntary resignation programs.
Addressing a gathering of Baptist state paper leaders Feb. 16 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Platt also detailed what he deemed some of the most exciting work God is doing through IMB missionaries across the globe. Read More
Trafficking hotline calls up 24% in 2015NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- Human trafficking victims are reaching out for help in increasing numbers, according to an advocacy group that operates a national text and phone call center.
More than 1,600 survivors of human trafficking reached out for help in 2015 -- a 24 percent increase over 2014, according to the nonprofit anti-trafficking organization Polaris. The hotline also takes calls from concerned friends, family and bystanders who witness suspected human trafficking incidents. Read More
Freed Boko Haram captives shunned, study shows
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Women and girls kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram jihadists are often rejected and ostracized in refugee camps and upon return to their communities and families, a new report released by UNICEF and International Alert reveals. Read More
Study Bible scholar Charles Ryrie diesDALLAS (BP) -- Charles C. Ryrie, a scholar whose name abounds on Ryrie Study Bible editions with more than 2.6 million in print in multiple languages, died Feb. 16 in Dallas at age 90.
Known for his end-times theology of dispensationalism, Ryrie was a longtime systematic theology professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Dallas. Read More
MOVIES: The Holy Spirit at work
Of the many elements movies with a spiritual punch share, there is one inescapable component of a successful faith-based film: subtlety or, if you will, that gentle suggestion. Movie critic Phil Boatwright's gives his take on what makes or breaks a faith-based film. Read More