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Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirementBIRMINGHAM, 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 McQueenKANSAS 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 notedNASHVILLE (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 TurkeyIZMIR, 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