Latest Articles by BP STAFF
Dec 10, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (BP)—American teacher Ronnie Smith, who was gunned down during his morning jog near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, served on staff at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, before moving to Libya.
The church is affiliated with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and Acts 29, an independent church planting network. Smith was director of equipping and resources at Austin Stone from 2009-11, and before that he served for two years as a pastoral intern.
Dec 10, 2013
NEW YORK (BP)—Eleven prominent Christian leaders, including Redeemer Presbyterian Church pastor Tim Keller, penned a letter expressing dismay over the New York-based American Bible Society’s decision to fire Douglas Birdsall just weeks before his inauguration as the ministry’s president.
“As Christian leaders who have known Doug over the entire course of his ministry, we are perplexed and grieved by this action,” they wrote.
Dec 7, 2013
PRETORIA, South Africa (BP)—Former South African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela's 'long walk to freedom' has ended. He died today (Dec. 5) at age 95 at home after months of declining health.
"All of us in the country must accept that Madiba [as Mandela was affectionately called] is now old," South African President Jacob Zuma had said when Mandela seemed near death this summer. "As he ages, his health will trouble him."
Dec 4, 2013
SAN PABLO TIJALTEPEC, Mexico (BP)—Renan, a 10-year-old boy in southern Mexico, isn’t an orphan. But in many ways, he might as well be.
It’s been more than three years since Renan’s parents, bound for the United States, left him in the care of his uncle in Mexico. It likely will be months or even years before he sees them again.
Dec 4, 2013
ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay (BP) -- Dentro de un pequeño templo budista en Shiojiri, Japón, el misionero de 23 años Steven Kunkel -- quien es de América del Sur -- se sienta frente a un piano de cola y toca una de sus composiciones originales llamada "Creación." Sentada cerca en el piso, una mujer budista escucha cautivada la música.
Dec 3, 2013
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (BP)—It’s like learning to swim by being pushed off the high dive—and Mason Barrett just got shoved. The 33-year-old real estate agent sits wide-eyed in a tiny, crowded living room in Madagascar’s capital city, trying desperately to understand what anyone around him is saying. Hands fly in a flurry of conversation, mostly get-to-know-you type questions: What’s your name? Are you married? Were you born deaf?
Dec 2, 2013
MANILA, Philippines (BP)—The stench of rotting dead bodies was overwhelming.
“I can’t breathe. It’s burning my eyes,” Makenzie Baker told three Filipino co-workers.
Nov 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court will decide if the federal government can enforce an abortion/contraception mandate against business owners who conscientiously object.
The justices announced Tuesday (Nov. 26) they would review lower court rulings in lawsuits against the Obama administration's requirement that employers provide contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, for their workers. The high court consolidated two cases and will hear oral arguments next year but not before March. A decision is expected by the time the court adjourns next summer.
Nov 29, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)—WorldCrafts’ focus on providing sustainable incomes for impoverished artisans and helping free women from human exploitation has expanded with seven new artisan groups and more than 60 new products this year.
Nov 28, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP)—Throughout November, customers at LifeWay Christian Stores can help send Bibles to individuals thousands of miles away.