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WEEK OF PRAYER: From backslidden to Christ-drivenSAN DIEGO (BP) -- At age 16 Manny Sanchez tagged along with his family to an Amway Convention. They were independent business owners with the mega network marketing company that sells soap, vitamins, makeup and other products.
On that Saturday, someone announced there would be an optional Sunday morning session. Sanchez went to what turned out to be a worship service. He learned that life could be about more than making money.
"The guy preached an evangelistic message," Sanchez said. "I went forward and got saved. My heart really did change. I was the first in my family to get saved." Read More
Floyd decries murder of nuns, 12 others in Yemen
ADEN, Yemen (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd is among Christian leaders decrying the murder of four nuns and 12 others at a retirement home established by the late Mother Teresa in war-torn Yemen. Read More
Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyedNASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to finances, the new normal for many American churches seems to be "just getting by."
A third of Protestant senior pastors say their church's giving was under budget in 2015, according to LifeWay Research.
One in five saw their finances decline. Read More
Love God by loving others, NAAF symposium urgesMEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- A cross-cultural group of Southern Baptist pastors and denominational leaders received spiritual edification and practical knowledge about racial reconciliation, politics and personal holiness at the National African American Fellowship's Kingdom Symposium in Memphis, Tenn.
The March 2 meeting at Kingdom Center Ministries, the pastorate of Robert West, Sr., sought to encourage pastors and leaders in personal holiness and equip them to deal with contemporary issues from a Gospel perspective. Read More
Democrats debate SCOTUS, Cuba, Clinton's characterMIAMI (BP) -- The Supreme Court, immigration, human rights in Cuba and Hillary Clinton's character were among the topics discussed during a March 9 Democratic presidential debate in Miami featuring the former secretary of state and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Co-sponsored by Univision with some questions asked in Spanish, the debate saw no mention of same-sex marriage or abortion until the evening's final question drew a promise from Clinton to nominate Supreme Court judges who support abortion rights. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Cleansed & called
David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, underscores an "indescribably urgent mission": to tell of an "incomprehensibly glorious God" who has given sinfully lost people a merciful Savior. Read More
MOVIES: Hollywood & 'The Young Messiah'KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- "The Young Messiah," a new film based on an Ann Rice novel, presents a unique perspective concerning mankind's Savior. In this latest big-screen adaptation, Christ the child and his family are coming to terms with His divine nature as they journey home from the seven-year Egyptian exile.
I suspect theologians will now raise an eyebrow. When it comes right down to it, most films about Christ are somewhat speculative.
Even when these films adhere to Scripture, they still include incidents, dialogue and inference that incorporate dramatic license. With Scripture and historical documents vague about this time in Christ's life, a movie built entirely around Jesus as a 7-year-old will arouse suspicion in many. Read More
Bible Study: March 13, 2016
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More