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UPDATE: Billy Graham statue move rescheduledNASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is moving a larger-than-life statue of Southern Baptist evangelist Billy Graham from its downtown Nashville location to a LifeWay retreat center in the North Carolina mountains, a few miles from Graham’s home. The move is prompted by last year’s sale of LifeWay’s 15-acre Nashville campus.
The iconic bronze sculpture will be dismantled and placed in storage until a new site is ready this fall at the entrance to LifeWay’s 1,300-acre Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center, near Asheville, N.C. Read More
Muhammad Ali heard Gospel from Graham, RogersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Billy Graham, Adrian Rogers and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator Dan Dumas are among the Christians who have told of Gospel conversations with the late heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
Ali, who died June 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 74, grew up in a Christian family but converted to Islam in the late 1960s. Initially, he was a member of the black nationalist group the Nation of Islam, but in the mid-1970s he, along with the Nation of Islam, converted to more orthodox Sunni Muslim beliefs, NPR reported. Read More
Golden Gate Seminary closes Mill Valley campusMILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary closed its main campus in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 3 to prepare for its 400-mile move to Southern California.
After a ceremonial locking of the doors at 4 p.m., President Jeff Iorg sent out a campus-wide email that read, “The Mill Valley campus of Golden Gate Seminary is now closed. We press on!”
The Southern Baptist seminary had been located in the Bay Area since its founding in 1944. Read More
Nigeria pastor’s wife killed by Muslim mob
KANO, Nigeria (BP) --- Nigerian officials scrambled to calm religious tensions after Muslims in Kano state killed a Christian pastor’s wife on a baseless “blasphemy” charge, according to reports.
Bridget Agbahime, a kitchen utensil vendor at Kano city’s Kofar Wambai Market, was killed June 2 after she asked a Muslim engaged in ritual Islamic cleansing, identified as Alhaji Dauda, to move his ritual from her shopfront. She had had similar conflicts with the suspect.
On this occasion she politely asked him to move the ritual to a corner as she still had customers at the end of the work day, according to online reports. Dauda became upset but left after a crowd began to gather. Read More
Lawmakers to HHS: investigate StemExpress, Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to investigate StemExpress and Planned Parenthood affiliates for potentially illegal activity that generated profit from selling baby body parts.
In April, the congressional panel found evidence linking StemExpress to illegal profits from the sale of aborted baby body parts. Panel investigators uncovered StemExpress documentation of fetal tissue technicians stationed inside abortion centers to round up tiny livers, kidneys, hearts and lungs for buyers -- selling them for pure profit. Read More
FLOYD: The SBC and our future
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, considers what the future of the SBC will look like. "This should be a concern for all of us," Floyd writes, "and we should never minimize this issue: Who do we want to be in the future?" Read More