Evangelicals for Life opens with Platt, Chapman

Obedience to the Great Commission leads Christians "inevitably to treasure the sanctity of human life," David Platt told the audience at Evangelicals for Life Wednesday night (Jan. 16) in an opening session that featured a benefit concert by Steven Curtis Chapman for the Psalm 139 Project.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: Beware the distractions

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, examines key questions involving the sanctity of life, such as, "If you're so pro-life, why do you only care about babies before they're born?"

Christian women targets for persecution: Open Doors

Targeted Christian persecution tailored to hurt women is trending globally, Open Doors reported in its 2019 World Watch List of 50 countries most dangerous for Christians to practice their faith.
  • James MacDonald takes 'indefinite sabbatical'

    by Mickey McLean/WORLD , posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (12 hours ago)

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    NAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- The elders of Harvest Bible Chapel announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) that pastor James MacDonald would take an "indefinite sabbatical" from preaching and leadership at the Chicago megachurch while it works to reconcile with past critics.

    The decision came after the church's Executive Committee of the Elders held a closed-door meeting on Monday and presented its recommendations to the entire Elder Board Tuesday night.

    The announcement follows recent reports of criticism of the church's financial and management practices. Read More

  • Open Doors: Christian persecution up 14% worldwide

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (yesterday)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The number of Christians suffering high to extremely high persecution is 14 percent more in 2019, Open Doors reported, counting 245 million individuals globally.

    Persecution driven by Islamic extremism and Communist authoritarianism in the world's two most populous countries, India and China, marked the increase, Open Doors said today (Jan. 16) in releasing its 2019 World Watch List of the 50 countries with the most extreme Christian persecution.

    "Islamic radicalism continues to dominate and influence all spheres of life for Christians, and we are watching China and India very closely," Open Doors USA President and CEO David Curry said in releasing the latest findings. "The distressing impact of billions of people living in an environment in which the government oppresses freedom of religion is unraveling day by day as millions of Christians are being attacked, imprisoned or killed." Read More

  • Prohibition & Baptists 100 years later

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 17, 2019 (10 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When the 18th Amendment was ratified 100 years ago and prohibition became law of the land, the Southern Baptist Convention called it "the greatest victory for moral reform in America since the Declaration of Independence."

    The convention's jubilance came in part because Southern Baptists had worked at least three decades to secure legal prohibition. They saw the 18th Amendment as a culmination of their labor. They also had come to view prohibition advocacy as a defining mark of Baptist identity.

    Still, Southern Baptists wondered whether the anti-alcohol effort that helped bring about prohibition would persist. Read More