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Mentor windfall sparks discussion of fatherlessnessDALLAS (BP) -- An unexpected deluge of volunteers in response to a Dallas middle school's call for male mentors has sparked media attention. It also has generated discussion of the need for discipleship of African American boys, robbed of fathers by the lingering effects of slavery.
When Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas scheduled a "Breakfast With Dads" event for the boys in its student body, a local Baptist pastor attempted to help, issuing a call via Facebook for volunteers to stand in with students whose fathers were absent from their lives or unable to attend. Though the school -- which is predominantly African American -- hoped for 50-100 volunteers, some 600 men showed up at the breakfast. Read More
Baptist 'Dreamer' wants people to know 'who we are'CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Many Americans are "unaware of who we are and what we're going through," Jose Ocampo, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipient and a youth minister at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.
Jose Ocampo, a junior at Wingate University near Charlotte, shared about his life during a trip to Capitol Hill in November to urge lawmakers to protect DACA program recipients like him, often called "Dreamers," once the policy expires in early March.
Ocampo, part-time youth director for Hickory Grove's Latin American campus, joined a group of fellow Southern Baptists in Washington, D.C., to lobby for a permanent solution by sharing his experiences as an undocumented immigrant growing up in North Carolina. Read More
Deadly mudslides follow wildfire threat at CA churchVENTURA, Calif. (BP) -- Deadly mudslides driven by intense rain evacuated Springs of Life Church Jan. 9, just a month after it served as a staging area for firefighters battling the massive Thomas wildfire.
The Southern Baptist church sits just inside a mandatory evacuation area, according to the Santa Barbara County Joint Information Center, where walls of mud rushed parched, barren land unable to absorb sudden torrential rains before daybreak Jan. 9. The mudslides killed at least 15 people and injured 25 others, the Associated Press reported today (Jan. 10), as rescue workers continued to search for bodies and survivors. Emergency responders had rescued about 50 by midday. Read More
Tenn. abortion measure upheld in appeals courtNASHVILLE (BP) -- A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday (Jan. 9) to uphold the results of a 2014 statewide vote in Tennessee that provided for stricter abortion regulations in the state.
The vote will enable state legislators to enact restrictions on abortions that are already in place in neighboring states. A 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions was enacted by state legislators and signed into law by the governor in 2015.
A number of churches and religious organizations, including the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), supported Amendment 1 through an effort called "Yes On 1." Read More
High court permits conscience law to stand in Miss.WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has left in effect a Mississippi law that protects the religious freedom of those who object to participating in a gay marriage or sex-reassignment surgery.
The justices announced Jan. 8 without comment they would not review a lower court decision that permitted the law to go into effect. In June, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled those who sued did not have a legal basis -- known as "standing" -- to challenge the law. As a result, the appeals court lifted a federal judge's injunction that had prevented the law from taking effect.
Religious freedom advocates applauded the high court's action. Read More
Bible Study: Jan. 14, 2018
This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Extraterrestrials & our search for God
Fascination -- or obsession -- with extraterrestrials, Amy Hebert writes, falls far short of a faith in which God "came down to us, lived among us and sacrificed Himself in order to pave the way for an eternal relationship." Read More