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Razor wire & steel door give way to layman's heartDANDRIDGE, Tenn. (BP) -- It is a familiar routine. First there is the sound of an obnoxious buzzer, then the sudden firing of a heavy deadbolt that unlocks the gray steel door separating freedom from incarceration. The closing slam reverberates down the gray cinderblock hall sending an authoritative reminder that freedom is not an option. Read More
'Horse whisperer' proclaims Gospel at state fairSEDALIA, Mo. (BP) -- David Frazier doesn't really like the term "horse whisperer."
"That's kind of Hollywood. I haven't even seen the movie," Frazier said of a 1998 film starring Robert Redford who played the role of a horse trainer with a gift for understanding horses.
"But we use the term here because people understand what it means, and it communicates to the audience that we are going to train a horse in front of them." Read More
Kaine cites Genesis 1, pope to support gay marriageWASHINGTON (BP) -- In a speech to America's largest pro-gay lobbying group, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said the Bible buttresses his support of same-sex marriage. And he predicted the Roman Catholic Church eventually will change its mind on the issue, like he has.
Evangelical theologians, however, said Kaine appeared to distort biblical teaching and Catholic doctrine in service of a political agenda. Read More
'Insanity of God' ticket sales top $1 millionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Ticket sales for an encore showing of "The Insanity of God" in theaters Tuesday, Sept. 13, pushed box office receipts to $1.1 million.
"Due to the success of the film's two one-night theater showings," Trey Reynolds, manager of LifeWay Films, said, "we are planning a church simulcast for the film the first or second week of November, with a consumer DVD and church license DVD to be released Nov. 21." Read More
Study: Radical Islam looming across African SahelSAHEL, Africa (BP) -- The poverty- and drought-stricken Sahel region spanning northern Africa is becoming a breeding ground for radical Islamic groups intent on persecuting Christians, according to a study conducted by World Watch Research.
The Sahel, a horizontal swath spanning parts of Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, has become attractive to extremist groups that offer financial security to attract impoverished adherents facing uncertainties in the semi-arid land, reported World Watch Research, a division of the Open Doors International advocacy organization for persecuted Christians. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: January is coming
Gary Ledbetter laments the tone of division among Baptists displayed in social media over two unlikeable candidates vying for the White House. "It's time to talk less," Ledbetter, editor in chief of the Southern Baptist TEXAN, writes. "It's time to pray more" yet making sure of "your own core beliefs." Read More
Bible Study: Sept. 18, 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