• new - 3 hours ago

    Disney film true tale of Christian faith, triumph

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (3 hours ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A girl living in poverty in the Katwe slums of Kampala, Uganda, becomes a national chess champion and enriches her life with Christ in Disney's "Queen of Katwe," based on a true story of struggle and triumph.

    Disney maintains faith elements in telling the story of a young Phiona Mutesi who learned chess through the evangelistic Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) and became a national champion and subject of the "Queen of Katwe" book that precedes the film.

    Sal Ferlise, CEO of SOM based in Lynchburg, Va., with programs internationally, told Baptist Press he is pleased with Disney's treatment of the true story of faith, although the filmmaker does take creative license with Mutesi's journey. Read More

  • new - 4 hours ago

    Clinton, Trump spar over race, personal ethics

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (4 hours ago)

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    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (BP) -- Race relations, personal ethics and terrorism were among the topics discussed by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Sept. 26 in their first head-to-head presidential debate.

    The 90-minute event hosted by Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., included no mention of abortion, same-sex marriage, transgenderism or religious liberty by either candidate and no specific mention of radical Islam during the discussion of terrorism. Read More

  • Scholars unwrap ancient biblical text

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (8 hours ago)

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- When archeologists in the 1970s found a charred scroll in the Holy Ark in the Synagogue of Ein Gedi, an ancient Hebrew town burned in A.D. 600, they never imagined they might be able to read it.

    But recent advancements in non-invasive imaging and even newer processing software allowed an international team of experts to "unwrap" five damaged, but legible layers of the animal skin to reveal Leviticus 1:1-9 and Leviticus 2:1-11. Read More

  • Education consortium reaches 90 nations in 30 years

    by Trennis Henderson, posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 (8 hours ago)

    ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (BP) -- Entering the Consortium for Global Education's 30th year, participants from across the nation and around the world gathered at Ouachita Baptist University for the organization's annual meeting.

    The consortium, established in 1987 under the name Cooperative Services International Education Consortium, supports the development and programs of international education between member Baptist colleges and universities and partner institutions of higher education overseas, especially in restricted countries. Read More

  • Motherless, designer baby specter increases

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 26, 2016 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two developing reproductive technologies -- one that could facilitate motherless babies and another that could open the door to so-called designer babies -- have drawn warnings from Christian ethicists.

    In one experiment, researchers at the UK's University of Bath altered unfertilized mouse eggs so they took on properties like "ordinary" cells, such as skin cells, the BBC reported. Then they created mouse embryos by fertilizing the altered eggs with sperm cells, leading scientists to speculate that two human men, or even one man, may one day be able to conceive a child with similar technology using sperm and another donated body cell. Read More

  • Stop raunchy Kraft Heinz ads, moms' group urges

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 26, 2016 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Two television commercials using graphic and raunchy sexual innuendo to sell frozen food dinners are inappropriate for family viewing and should be discontinued, One Million Moms is urging the Kraft Heinz Company.

    In protesting the Devour microwave meal ads that have become more visible this football season, One Million Moms Director Monica Cole said Kraft Heinz has gone too far and likely will lose loyal, conservative customers. Read More