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Dec 12, 2013
CENTERTON, Ark. (BP)—Shanti* was the only believer in her village. The Bedia woman prayed in secret every day for one year.
The persecution from her friends and family was unbearable. Day after day, she cried out to God in a private prayer room built by her nonbelieving husband, Ashish.* He wanted to keep her safe.
Dec 11, 2013
RANONG, Thailand (BP)—It rains eight months out of the year in the Thai province Scott and Alyssa Branding* call home.
For many of the country’s 2.5 million Burmese living in the southern part of Thailand, monsoon rain is their only dependable water source. But drinking the rainwater can make them sick.
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 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 9, 2013
New reality show features ‘Church Hoppers,’ a trio of Southern Baptists who are using financial and public relations savvy to help spread the Gospel
Dec 8, 2013
I remember in times past in which we used what was called the Roman Road of Salvation. We began in Romans 3:23, that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, then pointed to 5:8. We then focused on Romans 10:9-10, that all who believe in Jesus and confess their sins are saved by the grace of God. Later, we refined the beginning point, not with sin, but with the affirmation that God loves them. We could not always make the parallel between the love of our earthly fathers because so many families had never had a human father in the home. Further, some fathers were abusive and therefore poor role models. Fortunately, even people deprived of stable family relationships can identify with the assertion that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives. In that love lies hope for them.
Dec 8, 2013
Jesus identified Himself as the one way of salvation. Many professing Christians, including some Baptists, deny Jesus’ teaching of being the one way of reconciliation between sinful humanity and a holy God. A disavowal of Jesus’ claim results in a profession of Jesus as one of many paths to God—thereby denying His Lordship. The view of the possibility of salvation through many paths functions as one of the key teachings of Hinduism. The Baptist Faith and Message succinctly summarizes the biblical teachings: “There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.”
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 6, 2013
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Reclaiming the Gospel mission will bring revival to Florida Baptist pastors and the churches they serve, speakers said during the annual Florida Baptist Pastors’ Conference at North Jacksonville Baptist Church Nov. 10-11.
Speakers at the conference, with the theme of “Taking Ground,” included Ken Whitten, Herb Reavis, Mac Brunson, David Hughes, Tom Messer, Rick Blackwood, Bernie Cueto, and Tim Maynard—all Florida pastors. Pastors’ Conference President Brad White, who led the conference’s business session, also spoke to attendees.
Dec 6, 2013
WASHINGTON (BP)—A federal judge Nov. 22 ruled that an Internal Revenue Service exemption that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances is unconstitutional. In her ruling U.S. District Court Judge Crabb claims, “Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility.”