Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.

Young adults and newcomers were prevalent among the nearly 950 attendees at the 2017 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 in Ridgecrest, N.C.

Trump admin. cuts target contraceptive-based sex ed.

Teen pregnancy prevention programs that advocate the use of contraceptives have been notified by the Trump administration their federal funding will be cut by more than $200 million annually.

Africa missionaries embrace children's home ministry

Kim and Jay Smith, after spending 26 years as missionaries in West Africa, continue to share Christ's love as cottage parents with the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina where they care for as many as 12 girls at BCH's Mills Home.
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    Humanitarian aid: Making sure it reaches needy souls

    by Pat Melancon, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (an hour ago)

    CENTRAL ASIA (BP) -- It was not how things were supposed to happen. We were responding to a disastrous earthquake that hit a remote area of Central Asia and killed thousands of men, women and children. Our three trucks loaded with provisions had just rounded a treacherous bend in the mountain road, skirting the precipice of a canyon.

    Suddenly, the two trucks in front of me began slowing down. As I slowed, I watched as a boulder rolled down the mountain toward the front of the first truck. The driver opened his door and ran from the still-moving vehicle. The driver of the second truck did the same. Both trucks puttered to a stop. Read More

  • Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children's home

    by Hannah Hanzel, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (21 hours ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- "When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, 'This is your home.' It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be," Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.

    Lieschen and her husband David left their ministry and home in New Mexico nearly 14 years ago to begin a new season of life with Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children in Oklahoma City. Read More

  • Millennial & bivocational: church's intentional DNA

    by Alex Sibley, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (yesterday)

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    BATON ROUGE, La. (BP) -- As both a crew member at Trader Joe's and a minister at Progression Church in Baton Rouge, La., Joe Handy essentially gets to pastor two locations -- his "Trader Joe's campus" and his "Progression Church campus."

    At Trader Joe's, a grocery store chain, Handy rubs shoulders with nearly 85 coworkers from a wide range of social, cultural, political and spiritual backgrounds, most of whom have little to no interest in visiting a church. Read More

  • Ole Miss coach resigns amid scandal, requests prayer

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (yesterday)

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    OXFORD, Miss. (BP) -- The forced resignation of Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze -- an outspoken follower of Jesus -- amid what the university described as "moral turpitude" has left believers disappointed and expressing hope for repentance.

    "I truly believe that [Freeze] is a good man," said Mississippi pastor Clarence Cooper, a friend of Freeze's for two decades. "And he has been overtaken with a fault. In his text to me was, 'I love you. Please pray for me. Please stand by me and pray for my family.'" Read More