High court's order raises question on abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on cases involving government funding of Planned Parenthood has raised the question of whether pro-life advocates can count on a majority of justices in abortion-related cases.

Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

Two-thirds of Americans say Christmas should be "more about Jesus," down from nearly 80 percent in 2014, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.

Refugee stories stretch volunteer's 'narrow view'

Even though there are reportedly more refugees today than ever before in recorded history, for some of them, their story has led them to a freedom they never knew possible. And God is working through churches and International Mission Board workers to help make that possible.
  • Mohler underscores 'something glorious' to SBTS grads

    by SBTS Communications, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (15 hours ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Seminary graduates bear witness to the glory of God's reign promised by the birth of the Messiah, said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school's 222nd commencement exercises.

    During the Dec. 6 ceremony in Louisville, Ky., 156 master's and doctoral students were present to receive their degrees on Friday as members of an overall 208-person graduating class.

    In his address, titled "For the Earth Shall Be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord as the Waters Cover the Sea," Mohler said the graduates of Southern Seminary are part of a global movement that began in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. And that movement will not stop until God's glory spreads to the entire world, he said. Read More

  • Former Houston's First minister admits embezzlement

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    HOUSTON (BP) -- A former pastoral staff member at Houston's First Baptist Church has admitted to embezzling more than $800,000 from the congregation, according to media reports.

    Jerrell Altic, 40, was indicted Dec. 10 for first degree felony theft of more than $800,000 from 2011-17, Houston's First said in a statement by pastor Gregg Matte and deacon chairman Craig Bloodworth. Altic surrendered to law enforcement today (Dec. 11) and has "admitted fully to the offense," his attorney James Alston said according to The Houston Chronicle.

    Altic is "working with the church, he's trying to make amends for everything that he possibly can," Alston said, adding, "He feels horrible for what has happened and the pain that it's caused everyone at the church, and his family members and friends. He would want me to tell everyone that he's sorry." Read More

  • Chinese Christians: We will 'stand strong'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (16 hours ago)

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    SICHAUN PROVINCE, China (BP) -- As China continues to hunt down and arrest members of a house church in Sichuan Province, many of the 100 or more Christians arrested reportedly pledged in advance to persevere even until death.

    Gina Goh, Southeast Asia regional manager for International Christian Concern, said many leaders of Autumn Rain Covenant Church counted the cost and pledged faithfulness in advance of arrests at homes, workplaces and on the streets that have continued since Dec. 9.

    "I think a lesson we can learn from them is they continue to say that, 'No matter what may come, we will continue to serve the Lord. We will continue to stand strong in our faith,'" Goh told Baptist Press today (Dec. 11). "As was demonstrated in this church, ... their pastor, a lot of elders, actually wrote letters to their congregation saying that, 'We will not bend, even if it means jail, even if it means death. We will continue to preserve our faith.'" Read More