'Pop-up church' aims to reach millennials

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (16 minutes ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- At Fair Trade Cafe in downtown Phoenix, where Super Bowl excitement continues to build, the big game seemed to be the last thing on Jim Helman's mind.

    Customers sipped their espressos and chatted at the popular coffee shop earlier this week while Helman and a few fellow Christians had something else brewing just outside in the open courtyard. ... Read More

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    'Deflate-gate' grips, faith lifts Patriots

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 (3 hours ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- The New England Patriots looked all business as they stepped off the airplane in Phoenix for this weekend's Super Bowl.

    Sports commentators noted there weren't many smiles coming from a team dogged in recent days by allegations involving under-inflated footballs in their AFC title victory Jan. 18 against the Indianapolis Colts. Read More

  • Despite Boko Haram, Gospel impacts Nigeria

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (yesterday)

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    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (BP) –- As Boko Haram militants continue to attack Nigeria and threaten neighboring countries, Christian workers there say the Gospel is going forth and impacting receptive hearts.

    Greg Dorsey*, a Christian worker in West Africa, said Nigerian Christians are effectively engaging many areas of the country. Read More

  • Crime scenes provide ministry opportunity

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (yesterday)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Gun violence in New Orleans' quiet Gentilly neighborhood once was rare, but after four shootings rocked Gentilly Baptist Church in a year's time, pastor Ken Taylor decided something had to change. Read More

  • Mormons on LGBT rights called naive, unhelpful

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will support civil rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people if religious freedom protections also are ensured, its leaders announced Tuesday (Jan. 27).

    Southern Baptist leaders, however, said the Mormons' approach to the conflict between sexual rights and religious liberty is naive and unhelpful, as well as unacceptable to proponents of LGBT rights.

    In a Salt Lake City news conference, Mormon leaders described their stance as "fairness for all" -- or a "balanced approach between religious and gay rights" that endorses protections in housing, employment and public transportation for LGBT people and, at the same time, safeguards the rights of religious institutions and people. Read More

  • Korean churches see Cooperative Program's value

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (yesterday)

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    TORRANCE, Calif. (BP) -- The more time Paul Kim spent with his fellow Southern Baptist pastors, the more he saw the discrepancy between the way they did missions and the way he led Good Community Church to do missions. The California church doubled in size after he refocused his congregation to join together with other Southern Baptist churches for cooperative missions. Read More

  • ABS to move headquarters to Philadelphia

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (22 hours ago)

    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- After nearly 200 years in New York City, the American Bible Society has announced a relocation of its headquarters to Philadelphia. Read More