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Cookie ministry provides comfortFRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The simplicity of a single homemade cookie. Could it be a source of sustenance for those mourning the death of a loved one?
Six and a half years and more than 50,000 cookies later, the answer is most definitely yes.
When Evelyn Pearson first asked herself that question she was a longtime member of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, Tenn. She had experienced the deaths of her father-in-law and then her mother. Coping with the pain of loss led Pearson to attend a non-denominational ministry held at Oak Valley called GriefShare. Read More
Ala. elects Jones to Senate amid faith appealsMONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) -- Democrat Doug Jones' election to the U.S. Senate in Alabama last night (Dec. 12) over controversial social conservative Roy Moore capped a campaign in which both sides appealed to faith and values.
On Election Night, Moore's supporters prayed at his headquarters and sang hymns, including "How Great Thou Art" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," according to NPR. Meanwhile, Jones supporter and African American activist Dejuana Thompson told attendees at a victory party, "To God be the glory for the great thing that He has done, for the victory that He has won." Read More
Pro-lifers applaud DOJ's probe into Planned ParenthoodWASHINGTON (BP) -- Pro-life advocates hope a new U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Planned Parenthood marks a turning point for the nation's largest abortion provider.
On Thursday (Dec. 17), the Justice Department requested unredacted documents from the Senate Judiciary Committee, indicating it has launched a formal investigation into Planned Parenthood. In 2016, both the Judiciary Committee and The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives did their own investigations into the abortion industry and fetal procurement businesses. Both panels referred Planned Parenthood to the FBI at the end of 2016 for illegally profiting from fetal tissue sales. Read More
Gospel's power underscored by Allen to MBTS gradsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- With the spirit of the Christmas season as a backdrop, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated the culmination of 135 students' hard work and dedication in its 62nd commencement exercises Dec. 9.
President Jason Allen delivered the keynote address as the graduates joined a new generation of pastors, missionaries and ministry leaders in Kingdom service.
Allen challenged the graduates from Romans 1:16-17 to never take the Gospel for granted. After all, he said, the Gospel had been the focus of their studies for an extended period of time, and they would now employ it in their various ministry contexts. Read More
Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religiousWASHINGTON (BP) -- Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend.
Only 32 percent of Americans find the trend troubling, Pew found in the study released Dec. 12. While 56 percent of U.S. adults identified such a trend, a quarter of that group said the trend doesn't bother them.
Concurrently, Pew said a religious appreciation of the season is declining among individuals themselves. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Charles Stanley succession plan at First Baptist Atlanta; SBC This Week's #MyLottieStory videos; Kay Coles James to address Rose Day pro-life rallyATLANTA (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Atlanta approved a succession plan presented by senior pastor Charles Stanley in both morning services on Dec. 10, formally naming the church's senior associate pastor, Anthony George, as Stanley's future successor.
Although the succession plan does not include a fixed date, it does officially provide for the transition to George "at such time in the future, known only to God," when Stanley, 85, ceases to be First Baptist's senior pastor, according to a report in The Christian Index, newsjournal of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What would Jesus do about harassment?
Eric Reed writes that Jesus' life reflects key principles relating to the issue of sexual harassment: Jesus was respectful of women and honest with them. He stood up for women and did not exclude them in the face of controversy. Read More