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Life on mission celebrated at Send Conf.NASHVILLE (BP) -- A sold-out crowd of more than 13,000 from all 50 states and four Canadian provinces flooded into Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the call of Jesus and the response of life on mission at the 2015 Send North America Conference Monday.
North American Mission Board President Kevin Ezell and International Mission Board President David Platt welcomed the assembly and challenged attendees to serve wherever God calls them. Read More
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Once-dying church renews missions through CPIONE, Wash. (BP) -- Ione Baptist Church, in a rural village within minutes of both Canada and Idaho, dwindled to perhaps 20 members during the two years it was without a pastor.
Though the church had been organized by Southern Baptists in 1961, there was no Sunday School, no hands-on missions activity and no connection with the Inland Empire Baptist Association that serves the area when he accepted the church's call, said Mike Smith, pastor at Ione since July 2013 and incoming moderator for the association. Read More
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LifeWay offers free sanctity of human life studies
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Undercover videos from Planned Parenthood unleashed a national discussion on human life and its value. To help churches navigate those issues, LifeWay Christian Resources has free sanctity of human life Bible studies for download. Read More
Pro-life Dems see path to defund Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON (BP) -- To win enough Democratic support to become law, proposals to defund Planned Parenthood must emphasize the transfer of funds to other women's health care providers rather than the mere removal of money from America's largest abortion provider, according to a pro-life group within the Democratic Party.
Democrats for Life of America, a Washington-based group that works to elect pro-life Democrats to public office, also said a push to transfer Planned Parenthood's funding should follow a congressional investigation of the abortion giant and target .... Read More
Send Conf. attendees share missions focusNASHVILLE (BP) -- Less than 24 hours before the start of the sold out 2015 Send North America Conference, Esther Fasolino had one word for why she was attending, "Missions!"
"We've come to learn," said Fasolino, a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Toronto. "The breakout topics are fantastic." Fellow Toronto resident Ivonne Anlar said their group of 12 would spread out among the diverse breakout session offerings to maximize their coverage. Read More
Bombs at 2 New Mexico churches halt services
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (BP) -- Small bombs exploded within minutes of each other Aug. 2 at two Las Cruces, N.M., churches -- including a Southern Baptist congregation -- cancelling Sunday morning services and necessitating evacuations at other churches across the city.
No one was hurt in the explosions that caused minimal damage at Calvary Baptist Church, 1800 S. Locust St., and Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda St., the Associated Press reported. Read More
Lion's death occasions defense of legal huntingHARARE, Zimbabwe (BP) -- With mainstream and social media in an uproar over the apparently illegal killing of Cecil the lion, Baptist leaders have underscored the legitimacy of legal hunting and condemned the hypocrisy of valuing wildlife over unborn children.
"The Bible says much about hunting and without one derogatory word," said Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More
Refugees seeking hope in EuropePATRAS, Greece (BP) -- Insulation and paper clung to the rafters of the former factory like clothes drying on a line. On the concrete floor, shards of glass were mixed with piles of trash. Old desks held overused pots and gritty pans while filing cabinets stored clothes. Long-forgotten cisterns, a plastic bucket and a rope provided somewhat fresh water.
Here, just feet from a lively port, more than one hundred Sudanese refugees live in abject poverty. Next door, another abandoned facility is home to Afghan migrants. Read More
Satanist statue prompts Michigan Bapt. response
DETROIT, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists will not waver in their efforts to spread the Gospel throughout their state, even after The Satanic Temple (TST) has unveiled a bronze, 9-foot-tall statue of Baphomet in Detroit, says Tim Patterson, a Baptist leader in the state.
"People have been worshipping Satan since Satan fell from heaven," Patterson, executive director for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, said. "That is nothing new at all. I think what is new about it is the public way it is being portrayed in the media. Read More