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Pokémon Go party draws 6 gamers to ChristFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- When viewed through the otherworldly lens of "Pokémon Go," Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is home to three "gyms," or virtual meeting places, and nearly three dozen "Pokéstops," or landmarks.
Thus, numerous Pokémon "trainers," or participants -- enthusiasts who wouldn't otherwise trek to a seminary campus -- have made their way to Southwestern as they play the game.
Realizing the unique opportunity for outreach, seminary students and faculty hosted a "lure party" at the Fort Worth, Texas, campus July 19. Read More
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LGBT history lessons planned for Calif. students
CALIFORNIA (BP) -- California revamped its social-science education guidelines in July to incorporate lessons on historic lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals and social movements in the approved curriculum. The decision garnered almost unanimous support at a public meeting and across the state, but some Californians are concerned about its long-term impact on their children. Read More
Hell defended amid National Geographic's challengeNASHVILLE (BP) -- The doctrine of Hell, claims an article in National Geographic, "isn't as popular as it used to be."
But evangelist David Stockwell apparently hasn't received the memo. He has preached on Hell at every single one of his evangelistic meetings through 45 years of fulltime evangelism and told Baptist Press he sees people respond "with conviction and a great desire to get right with God."
Stockwell, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, is among ... Read More
'Left Behind' author Tim LaHaye dies at 90SAN DIEGO (BP) -- Tim LaHaye, author of the bestselling Left Behind novels who helped stir a national interest in end-times prophecy, died today (July 25) of a stroke. He was 90.
In addition to his end-times novels, LaHaye was a pastor, evangelical leader and author of more than 60 other books with 14 million copies in print on topics ranging from family life and sexuality to secular humanism and God's will, according to an obituary from Tim LaHaye Ministries. Read More
United Methodists elect first openly gay bishop
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- The United Methodist Church's (UMC) Western Jurisdiction unanimously elected the denomination's first openly lesbian bishop on July 15, going against the UMC"s official stance on homosexuality.
The Rev. Karen Oliveto's election follows long-term disputes within the 12.7 million-member UMC about homosexuality, furthering concerns of an impending church division.
"This election raises significant concerns and questions of church polity and ... Read More
Severe injuries teach what's 'really important'MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- Watching Laura Spradlin drain 3-pointers and block shots, it's hard believe a car crash nearly took her life.
"I love that basketball is a game for tall people," said Spradlin, who has played since she was 5. At almost 6-foot-2, not being able to play basketball was torture. "I couldn't run for months because of my injuries," she said.
"But I knew I needed to try my hardest because I really wanted to play again." Read More
Kaine, a social 'moderate,' is Clinton VP choiceNASHVILLE (BP) -- Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, whose pro-life stands in state-level offices stand in stark contrast to a socially liberal voting record since being elected to the U.S. Senate, has been selected as the running mate of presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The former secretary of state and first lady announced her selection July 22 via text message to her supporters, The New York Times reported.
Elected to the Senate in 2012, Kaine served as Virginia's governor from 2006-2010 and as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009-2011. Previously, he served as Virginia lieutenant governor and mayor of Richmond. Read More
Opioid abuse gets congressional, Christian responsesNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the wake of an opioid abuse prevention measure passed by Congress, Christians are finding new ways to combat the crisis alongside the new bill.
Gary Robbins, pastor of East Williamson Baptist in West Virginia, described opioid abuse as a widespread problem that needs to be addressed.
"Just about everywhere I have been it has been a problem. It has hit everywhere," Robbins said. Read More
Much ventured, much gained by Ariz. church planterKINGMAN, Ariz. (BP) -- The idea of starting over is ominous: driving off, developing new friends and breaking the barriers of the unknown, all with risk.
Meet Tommy Thomas, North American Mission Board church planting catalyst in northern Arizona. He has turned starting over into an art form.
Thomas repeatedly risks everything: reputation, safety, finances and the future. In remote rural life, there's another risk -- a stint in irrelevance if he fails. Read More