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Pray for Police campaign launchedHOUSTON (BP) -- Dozens of law enforcement officers, clergy, and local and state representatives gathered this week at the Houston Police Officers Union headquarters to launch Pray for Police. It's a campaign they hope will heal the city and unite the nation in support of those sworn to protect and serve.
The Pray for Police campaign ran 6 a.m. Sept. 9 through 6 a.m. Sept. 10 at the HPOU offices in downtown Houston. Police chaplains and volunteer clergy were available for prayer during those hours while others distributed 30,000 blue ... Read More
Bible Study: Sept. 13, 2015
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.
This week's Bible study is adapted from Explore the Bible curriculum.
Bible Passages: Genesis 2:4-9,15-18 Read More
Ga. Baptist paper to end printed editions Jan. 1DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The Christian Index will transition primarily to an online presence Jan. 1, the Georgia Baptist Convention's newsjournal has announced.
"Bowing to the pressures of an increasingly difficult economic climate with rising production and distribution costs -- coupled with declining revenue from circulation and advertising -- The Index will produce its final biweekly print edition on Dec. 24," the paper reported in its Sept. 3 print edition. Read More
Angola prison ministry celebrates 20 yrs., new facilityANGOLA, La. (BP) -- Celebrating a 20-year partnership that has changed lives and deployed "missionaries," New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary/Leavell College has dedicated a new facility with expanded classroom and library space at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, La.
The Aug. 27 dedication followed a graduation ceremony marking the program's 278th graduate. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Clerk's jailing signals 'sad era'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, sees the jailing of county clerk Kim Davis as signaling "a sad era for the American judicial system and Kentucky state government." Read More
Vance Pitman joins NAMB as national mobilizerLAS VEGAS (BP) -- Pastor Vance Pitman plans to utilize his church planting experience as he begins working with the North American Mission Board to engage and mobilize pastors to plant more churches.
Fifteen years ago, Pitman and his family were sent out by First Baptist Woodstock in Georgia as church planting missionaries with NAMB. They moved to Las Vegas, and they never left. In his new role as NAMB's national mobilizer, Pitman will continue to pastor the church he planted a decade and a half ago -- Hope Church. Read More
IMB announces voluntary retirement incentive detailsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In the first phase of the International Mission Board's plan to address revenue shortfalls, leadership announced details of a voluntary retirement incentive during town hall meetings with personnel Thursday (Sept. 10).
The goal of the plan, IMB leaders shared, is to offer as generous a voluntary retirement incentive as possible, while honoring the years of service of those eligible and providing a smooth transition from personnel's current role. Read More
Planned Parenthood videos divide House panel
WASHINGTON (BP) -- Republicans and Democrats remained far apart not only on the abortion issue but on the evidence for the grisly, maybe illegal trafficking practices of the country's largest abortion provider during the first of a two-part House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday (Sept. 9).
Republican leaders scheduled the hearing on whether Planned Parenthood clinics are violating federal laws in providing fetal tissue for research after the release of nine undercover videos since mid-July that have included discussions by Planned ... Read More