Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave 'bold' witness

American pastor Andrew Brunson's continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say.

LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21.

Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens.
  • LifeWay Global launches 'Bíblias Holman' website

    by LifeWay Communications Staff, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (6 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Bíblias Holman, the Spanish Bible publishing imprint of LifeWay Christian Resources, has launched a new Spanish-language website,

    The website features new resources, articles and products to promote daily spiritual growth.

    In addition to the website, Bíblias Holman is launching the "Holman Reference Bibles Program" to help Bible readers customize a Spanish Bible that best meets their needs. Read More

  • 'Word Matters' podcast celebrates 50th episode

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (8 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bible readers may be tempted to skip challenging passages like 1 Corinthians 15:29, which speaks of people being baptized for the dead, or Genesis 6:4, which references the Nephilim -- a mysterious people the King James Version calls giants.

    But puzzling passages like these are worth extra attention for Brandon Smith and Trevin Wax.

    The two pastors who serve on the Bible and reference team at LifeWay Christian Resources have spent the last three years examining difficult passages of the Bible through their "Word Matters" podcast -- which will mark its 50th episode on July 30. Read More

  • SBC seminaries: #MeToo is 'wakeup call for the church'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention seminaries long have sought to train ministers in personal integrity, but amid the #MeToo movement, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin said, they have "heightened the alert."

    From Southeastern in North Carolina to Gateway Seminary in Southern California, SBC seminaries are training students and faculty to recognize and deal with abuse, reemphasizing personal sexual morality and offering resources to those struggling with sexual sin.

    Southeastern has "raised the flag and heightened the alert," Akin told Baptist Press, "given the cultural trends that we're now encountering, given the technological world in which we live" where moral failings often are widely publicized. Read More

  • Federal court protects liberty, life in Texas case

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, July 18, 2018 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruling that protects a church's internal communications buttressed both religious freedom and defense of the unborn, according to the Southern Baptist Convention's church-state entity.

    The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed July 15 a federal judge's order requiring the Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of Texas to turn over their private deliberations on what they describe as doctrinal and moral issues.

    Though the case involved the Catholic Church, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) had said in a friend-of-the-court brief a failure to vacate the order would also endanger the religious freedom of Southern Baptist and other congregationally governed churches. Read More