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    Pastor: School incident defused by God's intervention

    by Nicole Kalil/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (2 hours ago)

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    OCALA, Fla. (BP) -- First Baptist Church was on the frontline ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla.

    One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes.

    But the church's connection to the shooting goes beyond providing crisis ministry to students and their families -- their pastor's eldest daughter came face-to-face with the alleged gunman, Sky Bouche. Read More

  • Late pastor's widow found murdered in Ky. church

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    SOMERSET, Ky. (BP) -- The funeral service for a 70-year-old widow reportedly murdered in the fellowship hall of Denham Street Baptist Church in Somerset, Ky., was held at 11 a.m. today (Aug. 28) at the church founded by her late husband.

    Carolyn Elliott New, identified in news reports as Ruthie Carolyn New, had been discovered dead in the church fellowship hall four days earlier, 30 minutes after family members reported her missing.

    Current Pastor Jeffrey Griffith, who discovered the body, officiated the funeral. Read More

  • Church police dept. would be U.S. first under Ala. bill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (one year ago)

    A church could be the first congregation in the nation to open its own police force under a bill progressing through the Alabama legislature, despite disagreement whether it would violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Read More

  • Church response to domestic violence focus of study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to domestic violence, Protestant pastors want to be helpful but often don't know where to start, a new study shows.

    Most say their church would be a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. But many don't know if anyone in their church has been a victim of domestic violence. And only half say they have a plan in place to help if a victim comes forward, according to a new report on churches and domestic abuse from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study, conducted Aug. 22–Sept. 16, is based on a phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. Read More

  • Domestic violence: imparting empathy & hope

    by Carrie Olander, posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- I left my medical practice in the States and moved to Central Asia 16 years ago, where I now serve in medical ministry for women. I live in a beautiful country full of towering mountains and pristine lakes. Its hospitable people are beautiful as well. But underneath many smiling faces, there are often deep hurts. Read More

  • From gang members to followers of Christ

    by Lisa Falknor/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Last year, numerous gang-related shootings rocked a Springdale, Ark., community.

    Following the death of two young men killed in gang-related shootings, stunned residents responded with a peace march to stand against gang violence. As the crowd paused for a moment of silence, a former gang member had time to thank God for rescuing him -- and 14 members of his family -- out of that culture. Read More

  • BOATWRIGHT: Not watching the news?

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    Despite a preponderance of bad news that tempts many to just forgo the evening broadcasts, Phil Boatwright urges vigilance in watching and assessing news broadcasts with guidance from the Holy Spirit. Read More

  • 'Until He comes': Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    HOUSTON (BP) -- Months before related shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men in July, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting clergy and intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer.

    The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters in downtown Houston, where continuous prayers are planned around the clock for the city beginning in August, Union Baptist Association church consultant Rickie Bradshaw told Baptist Press. Read More

  • God's 'rules of engagement' urged amid turmoil

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (one year ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Appeals for pertinent action amid turmoil following the killings of two black men and five white policemen were issued July 12 during a conference designed to strengthen black churches and families.

    As more than 800 gathered at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C., leaders peppered sermons and seminars with advice drawn from Scripture.

    Using the conference theme of LEAD, an acronym for launch, engage and advance into destiny, speakers used the biblical story of Nehemiah as a framework to encourage constructive action approved and empowered by God and not defined by individual and personal agendas, nor limited by human strength. Read More

  • Violence in the city of peace

    by Mike Edens, posted Thursday, December 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Arab-on-Jewish violence has re-erupted in and around Jerusalem in recent weeks. Is this something new? No; but then again, yes.

    There is something different in these acts. Many of the attacks are inspired by viral social media images rather than calls from religious or political groups. The weapon of choice for these daytime acts has generally been a knife rather than a gun. Read More