5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago. But five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported today (March 22).

Tenn. may require schools to post 'In God We Trust'

Public schools in Tennessee soon could be required to post "In God We Trust" in a "prominent location" if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state legislature this week.

'Our Faithful God' is NOBTS centennial's musical

God's enduring faithfulness throughout New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's 100-year history is the inspiration for a musical, "Our Faithful God," commissioned for its centennial celebration.
  • Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirement

    by Alabama Baptist staff, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (12 hours ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers -- 43 of those years in the lead editor role -- Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31.

    Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist (TAB) in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers.

    He also has won numerous personal awards for his editorials and news writing. Read More

  • MOVIES: A persecutor, a widowed mom & Steve McQueen

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (12 hours ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- The apostle Paul once referred to himself as the "chief of sinners." In a way, each of the films listed here –--"Paul, Apostle of Christ," "My Daddy Is in Heaven" and "Steve McQueen: American Icon" -- give evidence of God's grace to all of us who, like Paul, fall short of the glory of the Lord.

    Paul, Apostle of Christ

    In theaters March 28, Paul, Apostle of Christ offers an intimate look at the man who once persecuted members of the early church, only to have a life-altering experience on the road to Damascus. From then on, the inspired author of much of the New Testament would be a joyous slave of Christ.

    During the first scenes we see Paul (played by James Faulkner) suffering alone in a Roman prison, awaiting his execution under Emperor Nero. Once known as Saul of Tarsus, Paul had been a brutal and determined persecutor of the new sect known as Christians. ... Read More

  • Women & the SBC: 100 yrs. of 'extraordinary' input noted

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (14 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In 1917, the Southern Baptist Convention received what Georgia's Christian Index newsjournal called "quite a shock" when a Texas church music leader made a motion at the SBC annual meeting concerning "the eternal question": Should women be allowed to serve as SBC messengers?

    Following a protracted -- and feisty -- debate that ended with a contested parliamentary maneuver, the convention answered that question in the negative. But the following year, Robert Coleman of First Baptist Church in Dallas made his motion again and prevailed. Read More

  • American pastor charged with 'terrorism' in Turkey

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 (yesterday)

    IZMIR, Turkey (BP) -- American pastor Andrew Brunson has been indicted in Turkey on charges of terrorism. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) claims the charges amount to an admission "that Turkey considers sharing the Gospel an 'act of terrorism.'"

    "The 62-page indictment, wholly lacking merit, provides no evidence regarding criminal action by Pastor Andrew, which comes as no surprise," the ACLJ stated in a March 20 news release. "Pastor Andrew, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, serving as Pastor of the Izmir Resurrection Church, has maintained his innocence and has reiterated that he has been in Turkey for only one reason, to tell about Jesus Christ. Incredibly, the indictment now admits that Turkey considers sharing the Gospel an 'act of terrorism.'" Read More