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Emanuel massacre prompting change a year laterCHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Labor pains of change are noted in Charleston, S.C., a former slave-trading port where the government flew the Confederate flag until a white supremacist killed nine black church worshippers a year ago.
Southern Baptist leaders in Charleston and the widower of a victim told Baptist Press they are seeing the early fruit of improved race relations after the June 17, 2015, massacre at historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Emanuel AME) in the heart of the city.
Anthony Thompson, whose 59-year-old wife Myra was killed in the shooting just after she finished teaching Bible study, expressed optimism to BP upon the tragedy's first anniversary. Read More
Russian law would restrict evangelismMOSCOW (BP) -- A Russian law that would place significant limits on Christian evangelism has drawn opposition from the International Mission Board, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse and a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor among others.
Passed by both houses of Russia's parliament within the past week and awaiting President Vladimir Putin's signature, the bill has been called "a step toward an Iron Curtain" by an opposition leader, the Los Angeles Times reported. Read More
Korean fellowship vote echoes SBC annual meetingTACOMA, Wash. (BP) -- An uncontested third-ballot election for president of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America was among 35th annual meeting highlights in Tacoma, Wash.
The four-day gathering, attended by 600 messengers and 100 children, was held at Tacoma First Baptist Church, a Korean congregation that is the largest church in the Northwest Baptist Convention of Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho. About 2,000 people gather for Sunday worship at Tacoma First.
"Our pastor wants to serve our Korean Southern Baptist pastors," said Paul Yoo, associate pastor for seniors. "All church members, same mind, same heart." Read More
Korean Council discusses bridging the generations
TACOMA, Wash. (BP) -- Ministry in second-generation/English-language settings became a key topic of discussion during the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America's annual meeting in Tacoma, Wash. Read More
Ramadan attacks reflect need for Christians to prayISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- Two terror attacks in Turkey during Ramadan have marked the Islamic holy month with violence and chaos.
Terrorists opened fire at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul late Tuesday (June 28) before detonating explosives, killing 43 people and injuring more than 200.
Three weeks earlier, a car bomb tore through a crowded area of Istanbul during the height of morning rush hour, killing 11 people and wounding dozens more. Read More
Bible Study: July 3, 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
MOVIES: Good days vs. bad days
Phil Boatwright recalls one of Andy Griffith's bad days from the set of the "Matlock" TV series that caused a fellow extra's dismay between Griffith and the sheriff he played on his earlier TV series "The Andy Griffith Show." If, that day, Griffith didn't live up to that standard, Boatwright notes, "it didn't invalidate the lessons his character had taught us." Read More