Missionary kids experience a 3rd-culture worldABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (BP) -- Mike McAfee took his daughter Karis to work with him on a Tuesday morning in the Ivory Coast capital of Abidjan.IMB Photo
His work that day happened to be visiting a Muslim friend, Seidou, to talk more about Jesus. Karis, 11 at the time, was going to play with Seidou's niece Sadia. Her hopes were dashed, however, when they arrived and Sadia wasn't there. Her uncle told Karis that she was now an apprentice in a tailor's shop. Read More
NAMB, IMB to partner on Send North America Conf.ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- The Send North America Conference has gained a major partner for the Aug. 3-4 sessions at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell has announced that the International Mission Board is partnering with NAMB to make the Send North America Conference fully comprehensive in missions scope. Read More
Film places biblical creation in college settingLAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) -- Biblical creation gets a college-themed airing as the origin of humanity in a film scheduled to open on select dates through March.
Longtime Christian filmmaker Rich Christiano directs "A Matter of Faith," which features a fictional debate between the Christian father of a college freshman daughter and her professor who teaches evolution. Read More
Adrian Rogers' library donated to SouthwesternFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The library of the late Adrian Rogers, one of Southern Baptists' most admired preachers, has been given by his widow Joyce and the Rogers family to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.Southwestern Seminary photo
The donation includes 3,500 books, sermon notes, photographs, letters and desks of Rogers, a three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church from 1972-2005. Read More
Ala. judges: no marriage licenses for gay couples
MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- A federal judge has declared Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but a key state judicial organization contends probate judges are not bound by the decision.
U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade ruled Jan. 23 that the "Sanctity of Marriage Amendment" to Alabama's constitution -- which defines marriage as "inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman" -- violates the federal constitution. She also ruled that the state's attorney general is prohibited from enforcing the marriage amendment. Read More
Tony Evans, Trip Lee, 6 others added to summit
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Megachurch pastor Tony Evans and hip-hop artist Trip Lee are among additional speakers for a racial reconciliation summit sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity.
"The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation" will be the theme of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's second Leadership Summit, March 26-27 in Nashville. Read More
Ex-IMB missionary gets 2-year sentence
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Former Southern Baptist missionary Brady Nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison for obtaining nearly $300,000 in mission funds by submitting fraudulent expense reports to the International Mission Board.
Three years of supervised release will follow the sentence, handed down Jan. 21 by U.S. Eastern District Judge James R. Spencer. Read More