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5 dead in airport shooting; Hawkins had just leftFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BP) -- At least five people are dead and eight wounded after a gunman allegedly opened fire today (Jan. 6) in a baggage claim area of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Among air travelers to narrowly miss the shooting were GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins and his wife Susie.
The shooting occurred in the baggage claim area of Terminal 2, according to media reports. Read More
Teenage refugee finds family through adoptionIRVING, Texas (BP) -- Many parents approach their children's teenage years with some trepidation, but Kelly and Shellie Carson began parenting at age 28 by adopting 17-year-old Kiir just before he aged out of the Texas foster care system.
Kiir says that if the Carsons had not adopted him, he might have ended up homeless and hopeless, Shellie Carson told the TEXAN. Read More
Refugee children finding sense of normalcyFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- An international ensemble of eight guitarists enthusiastically played and sang during a December rehearsal. The musicians, like the other refugee children attending weekly classes at the Ethnic Group Academy, reveled in the experience, happy that for at least a couple of hours that Saturday afternoon they could just be kids.
EGA is a ministry of Hanmaum International Baptist Church, a predominantly South Korean congregation. When Pastor Jong Su Heo learned six years ago about the influx of refugees into Tarrant County, he asked God how his congregation could help. The answer? A reconsideration of the term "foreign missions." Read More
Judge in mosque case: Bapt. church treated 'better'BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, N.J. (BP) -- A federal judge's ruling that a New Jersey Islamic society faced unlawful religious discrimination has noted local Baptists were treated "differently and better" under similar circumstances.
The ruling came in a case that stirred discussion among Southern Baptists last year when the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the International Mission Board joined a friend of the court brief advocating religious liberty for the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, N.J. (ISBR). Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page clarified amid controversy at the time and again today (Jan. 6) that Cooperative Program funds have not been, and will not be, used to fund construction of mosques. Read More
Ky. bills to protect unborn babies progressFRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky House Republicans managed to do Thursday (Jan. 6) what they'd been trying accomplish for years: pass legislation that would require women to undergo ultrasounds before having abortions.
Frustrated Kentucky voters elected a super majority of pro-life Republicans in the November election, paving the way for passage of the ultrasound bill and a litany of others that had languished while the House was under Democratic control. Read More
40 years, 4 continents: IMB's Harthcock dies at 97CHIANG MAI, Thailand (BP) -- "I'll retire when the devil retires." Gary Harthcock faithfully lived out his famous words on four continents and in multiple avenues of service.
Friends recalled Harthcock's watchword upon his death Jan. 5 at age 97 of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
"That quote was taped to his desk, and he told me he read it every day. He has truly lived that out," Kathryn Monroe said. "Retirement was not in his vocabulary." She and her husband Philip were friends of Harthcock. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Resolve to confront greed
Would you like to improve your life, improve the lives of others and make our world a better place? Seminary president Jeff Iorg has a suggestion: confront the greed that afflicts our lives and churches. Read More