Moore to Reid: Vote on relig. freedom postWASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist public policy leader Russell D. Moore has called for a U.S. Senate vote on a nominee for ambassador at large for international religious freedom at a time when people of faith are suffering greatly in many countries.
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, urged Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday (Sept. 18) to permit a Senate vote on the nomination of David Saperstein to the post, which has been vacant since October 2013. Saperstein is director and counsel of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. Read More
Syrian refugees pass 3 million markLONDON (BP) -- The Syrian crisis reached a new milestone as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees counted more than 3 million officially registered refugees driven out by the conflict tearing the Middle Eastern country apart.Photo by Jedediah Smith
As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts. Read More
Labor & witness mark summer student volunteersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Thousands of World Changers and P2 Missions volunteers tackled manual labor and served with local churches this summer, often with an impact that will last a lifetime and into eternity.
A woman was able to leave her home in Tennessee for the first time in months after volunteers built a wheelchair ramp. Teams in Cleveland, Ohio, were able to restore a home that was destroyed by fire. A church plant in Philadelphia, Pa., formed a relationship with an established church and was able to secure a place to meet because of painting done by the student volunteers. Read More
Worldwide prayer laments Abedini persecutionNASHVILLE (BP) -- As pastor Saeed Abedini nears the second anniversary of imprisonment in Iran, his wife Naghmeh is organizing a Sept. 26 worldwide prayer vigil for Abedini and other Christians persecuted for their faith.
"I'm doing a prayer vigil on this day to remember Pastor Saeed and others who are imprisoned for Christ, but also as a chance to come together as the Body of Christ and see the move of God as we pray together," she said in a video posted on the Be Heard Project's website, an initiative of the American Center for Law and Justice. "Please join me on this special day as we come together and pray." Read More
Baptist college gains Vermont accreditationBENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- Northeastern Baptist College has achieved Vermont accreditation and degree-granting authority in a unanimous vote Sept. 16 by the State Board of Education.
The college, which opened in the fall of 2013 in Bennington, Vt., now has more than three dozen students, at least 25 of whom are full-time. Read More
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.
FIRST-PERSON: 2 conversations
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- Meet Derek and Cynda, wealthy Chicago couple, pillars of Windy City society -- he, a successful senior VP of a thriving corporation; she, a dutiful wife; proud parents of one grown son, Jared, privileged and bred for business savvy.