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Friday
May152015

In Nepal, 4 Colo. pastors aid quake survivors

DENVER (BP) – Four Colorado pastors were seven hours into a rugged road trip across rural Nepal April 25 when they got word that an earthquake had struck near Kathmandu.

More reports trickled in to the missionary with whom the pastors were traveling, and an hour later their 15-passenger van turned around in the rutted road and headed back to what became the Americans' "home" for the next eight days.

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Friday
May152015

House OKs ban on late abortions

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives approved a ban on late abortions May 13 in a vote that was postponed nearly four months to the dismay of pro-life Americans.

The House voted 242-184 for the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which will prohibit abortions on babies 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on scientific evidence that a child in the womb experiences pain by that point in gestation. The House leadership canceled a Jan. 22 roll call on the proposal after about two dozen Republicans, led by female members, expressed concerns about the legislation.

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Friday
May012015

2015 SBC Annual Meeting schedule announced

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) - The Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Order of Business has released this year's schedule for the annual meeting in Columbus.

This year's annual meeting theme is "Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer," based on Romans 13:11. In addition to following the schedule, messengers can stay updated on this year's annual meeting with the 2015 SBC mobile app that is now available. The app can be downloaded on your mobile device by accessing the App Store or Google Play or selecting one of the options at sbcannualmeeting.net. This year's preferred Twitter hashtag will be #sbc15.

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Friday
May012015

Report: Global religious liberty still languishes

WASHINGTON (BP) - Religious liberty conditions failed to improve on the world stage in a year marked by barbarous campaigns of extremist groups in some regions, a United States watchdog panel said April 30 in its annual report.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) urged the State Department to add eight more countries to its list of the world's worst violators of religious liberty. That list -- consisting of what is known as "countries of particular concern" (CPCs) -- already has nine members.

In the 16th annual report since its establishment, the bipartisan commission did not have good news for religious liberty advocates.

"Across the world, we see little evidence that religious freedom conditions have improved in any serious or tangible way," USCIRF Chair Katrina Lantos Swett told reporters in an April 30 telephone news conference.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Huckabee, Floyd named to 'Top 100 Christian Leaders in America' list  

Floyd speaks at a meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Executive Board in 2014.FORMER ARKANSAS governor Mike Huckabee and current Southern Baptist Convention President and Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd have been named to the Newsmax "Top 100 Christian Leaders in America" list.

Those named to the list are judged to have "made a real impact on modern lives in 2015."

A article announcing the list reads, "Christianity's challenges in today's world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the '60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits – not traditional physical pulpits, anyway."

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