• Judge sends Kentucky county clerk to jail

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (13 hours ago)

    Screen capture from WCPO
    ASHLAND, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge jailed Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis Thursday (Sept. 3) for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    In finding her in contempt of court, Judge David Bunning rejected the option of fining Davis, instead ordering federal marshals to take her into custody until she agrees to abide by his earlier order to provide licenses to gay couples, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal. ... Read More

  • Student team befriends Bangkok 'ladyboys'

    by Paige Turner, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (16 hours ago)

    THAILAND (BP) -- They walked a couple of blocks to escape the crowds and loud music, gathered in a quaint coffee shop while local musicians practiced below and took turns telling about conversations with friends during the past hour of outreach.

    The five college students retold conversations with excitement because they'd met with friends, yet their words were also marked by heartache at the weightiness of their friends' struggles: low self-esteem, loneliness, family problems, unhappiness at work and financial issues. Read More

  • Heroes honored for service; 53 profess faith

    by Alex Sibley, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (15 hours ago)

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (BP) -- First Baptist Church of Bossier City, La., hosted "Honor our Heroes Sunday," a special day devoted to doing just that: honoring the first responders and military service personnel in and around the city.

    The church formally invited all police officers, fire fighters and paramedics from the city, as well as individuals in active military service, particularly those stationed at nearby Barksdale Air Force Base. Read More

  • Video highlights market volatility

    by Timothy E. Head , posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (13 hours ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has produced a video outlining the nation's current market volatility and responses that long-term investors should consider, including remaining calm in the face of daily news, keeping a long-term focus on investments and maintaining diversification in age- and risk-appropriate investments.

    David S. Spika, CFA, global investment strategist for GuideStone Capital Management, LLC, narrates the ... Read More

  • Students in Vt. get Calif. music resources

    by Sarah Carr, posted Thursday, September 03, 2015 (15 hours ago)

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    BENNINGTON, Vt. (BP) -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary worked with Northeastern Baptist College during the first half of August to pack up a 2,200-volume collection of music references, antique hymnals and books on music from the seminary's Mill Valley campus in California and deliver it safely to Vermont at NEBC's Hogue Library in Bennington.

    "At creation God gave us the gift of music," said James Mancuso, NEBC vice president of library services. "Through this donation, He's given us the gift of music ... Read More

  • National CP YTD 1.13% over projection

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $174,276,734.99, or 1.13 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 1.42 percent ahead of contributions received during the same time frame last year, a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page reported. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution, according to the 2014-15 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • New book showcases Baptist history

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, September 02, 2015 (yesterday)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Three Baptist history scholars were not completely satisfied with the textbook options in their field, so they decided to write their own.

    In "The Baptist Story," Michael Haykin, Nathan Finn and Anthony Chute sought to produce a more narrative story that spans four centuries of Baptist history of this diverse group, but is approachable for students and laypeople. Read More