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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

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  • Survey: Evangelical label, beliefs often at odds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (7 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- About one in four Americans say they are evangelical Christians. Most of them are white, live in the South and identify as Republican. Many go to church every week.

    But they're not always sure what they believe.

    Fewer than half of those who identify as evangelicals (45 percent) strongly agree with core evangelical beliefs, according to a survey by LifeWay Research released Dec. 5. Read More

  • Wedding cake arguments build religious liberty case

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Religious liberty advocates left the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday (Dec. 5) with some hope that the justices would rule in favor of a Colorado cake artist who refused to design a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding celebration.

    The high court heard oral arguments in a major free-speech and free-exercise-of-religion case at the center of the contentious debate between religious liberty and sexual liberty. Multiple cases involving wedding vendors who oppose using their talents in support of gay marriage are being contested in the courts, but it was an appeal by Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop that gained the justices' consideration first. Read More

  • So. Calif. churches in wildfire path; DR on standby

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    VENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- With five wildfires burning in California, the latest in Los Angeles, Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers are on standby and several church facilities are unreachable, ministry leaders there told Baptist Press.

    The Thomas fire in Ventura, the largest, is threatening churches in the Gold Coast Baptist Association that are included in mandatory evacuation zones, Director of Missions Vern Hancock said. Springs of Life Church in the Casitas Springs community of Ventura was in imminent danger, but Hancock had been unable to contact its pastor Douglas Jones by BP's deadline today (Dec. 6). Read More

  • Church imparts a heart for missions to its young

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (6 days ago)

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    UNION, S.C. (BP) -- After Myra Middlebrook's mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away -- and she knew exactly what it was.

    "I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year," Middlebrook said. "She put money away all year for missions. She always had."

    For the years that her mother worked, she squirrelled away a portion of her income in a jar each month. Then after she retired, she began a quilting business and gave a 10th of the profits to the annual offering, which goes to fund the work of International Mission Board missionaries overseas. Read More

  • WEEK OF PRAYER: Gospel vision anchors Mexico City team

    by IMB staff, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (7 days ago)

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    MEXICO CITY (BP) -- From Todd Beel's house in Mexico City, he can spot planes coming in every five minutes or so. "Each time, that's another couple hundred people coming in from Europe, multiple cities across Europe, cities across South America, many cities in the United States and Canada," he points out.

    Each time one lands, the city of more than 28 million opens its arms to a little more diversity, and each time, for Todd's team of 12 International Mission Board missionaries, the task gets a little bigger. But that's exactly why they're compelled to be there. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: 'That's the Book for me'

    by Brian Hobbs, posted Wednesday, December 06, 2017 (7 days ago)

    Brian Hobbs envisions the idea in the children's song, "The B-I-B—L-E, that's the book for me," becoming a deeper reality in America with the advent of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Read More