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Child finds victory physically, spirituallySHREVEPORT, La. (BP) -- Just two years ago, little Hayden Heaberlin was facing the fight of his life, one that no 4-year-old should have to face -- a battle with cancer.
But family and friends affirm those days of darkness were pierced by the light of God's mercy and provision.
There was the time when 50 people from his church surrounded his home in a prayer circle while his family was with him in Memphis, Tenn., where he was receiving treatments; and there were countless times when his family relayed to him text messages, phone calls and letters of encouragement. Read More
Repent & be saved, 'Emanuel 9' families urge RoofCHARLESTON, S.C. (BP) -- Convicted murderer Dylann Roof should repent of the massacre of nine people he killed at Mother Emanuel church, the victims' survivors said after a jury recommended the death penalty Jan. 10.
"Judgment day is coming sooner for him than what he expected," Denise Quarles, daughter of massacre victim Myra Thompson, said on ABC News after the jury's decision was announced. "He definitely needs to [repent]." Her father and Thompson's widow Anthony Thompson said "yes" in agreement. Read More
Stanley's expansive In Touch Ministries reaching globeATLANTA (BP) -- When pastor Charles Stanley launched "The Chapel Hour" in 1972 on Atlanta-area television stations, he probably never dreamed that 45 years later his ministry would become so expansive that it would cover most of the earth.
Many may contend that few people have had the impact upon the world for good and for God like the pastor of Atlanta's First Baptist Church and the founder and president of In Touch Ministries. Read More
Old Testament scholar, theologian dies at 70ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- John Herbert Sailhamer, an evangelical Old Testament scholar who taught at two Southern Baptist seminaries, died Jan. 9, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body Dementia. He was 70.
Sailhamer also was president of the Evangelical Theological Society in 2000. Read More
Obama farewell draws mixed response from BaptistsCHICAGO (BP) -- Following President Obama's farewell address Jan. 11 in Chicago, Southern Baptists who have met with him personally reflected on his "liberal" social policies, apparent commitment to family, and status as America's first black president.
Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page said he "watched the presidential speech with great interest" and has appreciated Obama's example as a husband and father despite deep disagreements with the president on some issues. Read More
MOVIES: Ben Hur & 'Hollywood's golden age'
Movie critic Phil Boatwright is saddened that the newest generation of youth is unfamiliar with movies from the past. "But why should they be?" Boatwright asks. "They are bombarded by entertainment venues that neglect Hollywood's golden age" that gave us such classics as "Ben Hur." Read More