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On-campus H2O ministry lifts collegians' trajectoryBOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BP) -- Chad Frank said he grew up like many others -- he was born into a moral home and quickly learned there were advantages to being good. He worked hard and became an Eagle Scout, captain of the basketball team and valedictorian of his senior class.
Then he got to Bowling Green State University in Ohio and instantly felt like all those advantages disappeared. Read More
Ties bind local church to community schoolOKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- Crutcho School, located at the corner of Sooner Road and N.E. 23rd Street for more than 100 years, is a single-site, pre K-8th grade school in a low-income district. All of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches, and the district is primarily Section 8 housing.
Justin Ford, senior pastor at Oakdale Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., recognized a need in the nearby Oklahoma City-area community in 2008. The church began to partner with the school, and the relationship still flourishes today. Read More
Chicago church sues over stalled building purchaseCHICAGO (BP) -- Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago has filed a federal lawsuit over the city's enforcement of a zoning ordinance that won't allow the congregation to purchase its building near the University of Illinois-Chicago campus.
The church contends the ordinance is in conflict with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
"Agonizing" is how Nathan Carter, the church's pastor, described the decision to either seek other meeting space or file the lawsuit. Read More
Imprisoned Iranian believer in 'urgent' health crisisNASHVILLE (BP) -- Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an imprisoned Iranian convert to Christianity, is in "urgent need of special care."
An Iranian Christian media outlet, Mohabat News, reported March 24 that Zargaran's health condition "deteriorated last week," citing sources close to her family. Read More
200 killed in Christian areas of Nasarawa, NigeriaKEFFI, Nigeria (BP) -- Armed attacks by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on predominantly Christian communities in Nasarawa state this year have left more than 200 people dead and destroyed homes and farms, sources said.
One such attack on a worship service on March 19 in the central Nigerian state's Oshugu village killed two Christians and displaced hundreds from the Loko Development Area of the Nasarawa Local Government Area (LGA), a survivor told Morning Star News. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Not like that
While nonconformity may have its appeal, Barry Fields envisions "a kind of conformity that looks less like dictionary definitions and more like calloused hands of a carpenter King ... who found His identity not by rebelling against the status quo but by transcending it." Read More
FROM THE STATES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS -- N.M., Okla. and Va. pastors and denominational workers share strategies
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist New Mexican; The Baptist Messenger (Oklahoma); Proclaimer (Virginia) Read More