TRUSTEES: Moore notes ERLC's Gospel focusNASHVILLE (BP) -- The mission of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in the last year has been to help churches be Gospel-focused, Russell D. Moore told trustees during their Sept. 16-17 annual meeting in Nashville.
The ERLC has sought "to equip churches to be able to think in terms of the Gospel and to think in terms of a Gospel that does not simply believe but a Gospel that works itself out, as the apostle Paul says, in love," Moore said. Read More
Three years later, hearts still healing in JapanKAMAISHI, Japan (BP) -- After Japan's triple disaster -- the 2011 tsunami, earthquake and nuclear plant meltdown -- building new buildings was easy compared to the haunting issues that still simmer in many people's hearts and minds three years later.BGR photo
Lingering remnants of the disaster are the images of the dead and dying, guilt over not stopping to help those in need, isolation and loneliness from the loss of community and trauma. Read More
Healing in Egypt begins with forgivenessCAIRO (BP) -- A year after more than 85 churches and Christian institutions across Egypt were destroyed and burned, and three years after the country's longest serving president stepped down in the wake of nationwide protests, Christian workers there are finding an openness rarely experienced before.Photo by Hossam el-Hamalawy/Flickr. Used with permission.
Some workers noted that forgiveness -- and persistence in sharing the Gospel -- shown by local Christians toward Muslims have played a large role in the change. Read More
CALL TO PRAYER: Restraining the darkness
NASHVILLE (BP) -- "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice rise like a fountain for me day and night." These lines from English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson's epic "Idylls of the King: The Passing of Arthur" have been a stirring challenge to me since I first read them many years ago. They seem especially apropos given the chaotic darkness we see each day in the news.
FIRST-PERSON: Count your blessings
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- You can count your burdens or you can count your blessings. It is your choice. But take care; your decision will have consequences.
FIRST-PERSON: When Boomer pastors retire
NASHVILLE (BP) -- On Jan. 1, 2011, the first Baby Boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every Boomer is 65 or older.
EDITORIAL: Las misericordias de Dios
BRENTOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Esta mañana una amiga publicó en su página de Facebook una historia del conocido comediante Steve Harvey en el día de su cumpleaños. Este famoso personaje, al recibir una llamada telefónica en ese día, en su programa que tiene un gran número de televidentes, al reconocer la voz no pudo contener las lágrimas. ...