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Opening Ceremony 'never gets old' for Olympic athletesPYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Rebekah Bradford-Plath hoped that she'd be participating in the Opening Ceremony this year at the Winter Olympics. The speed skater competed in Vancouver in 2010, and after an injury, was attempting a comeback this year.
But her Olympic bid fell short. With a permanent retirement from the sport looming after one final competition in March, Bradford looks back on the one Opening Ceremony in which she participated with fondness. Read More
Dinosaur party or evidence of the flood?GREENBELT, Md. (BP) -- Scientists recently found fossil evidence that dinosaurs and mammals once frolicked together across land at what's now the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The discovery, described in Nature's online journal Scientific Reports, excited researchers because it represents, by far, the highest concentration of mammal tracks, as well as the largest mammal prints, ever discovered from the dinosaur age.
Until now, scientists have only unearthed rodent-sized mammal prints from that period. Read More
Puerto Rico missionary anticipates NAMB initiativeALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Despite the devastation across Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath, Puerto Rican church planter Andres Laracuente has seen God at work.
Thanks in part to his participation in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief network's efforts, Laracuente has gained new opportunities "to get to know my community better, to get to know the surrounding neighborhoods."
"I've seen many kids that I didn't see before Maria. I'm preaching the Gospel with different people than I was before. My family has also grown more focused on the Gospel and the Word of God," Laracuente said. Read More
ANALYSIS: South Korea's missionary movementSEOUL, Korea (BP) -- The message of the Gospel first reached the Korean people in 1885 through the work of foreign missionaries. Less than 100 years later, 24 missionaries were officially sent out by the Korean churches in 1974. Their number grew exponentially, and 40 years after Korea sent out its first missionaries, 27,436 Korean missionaries from various denominations were serving in 170 countries.
This growth has caused Christians worldwide to marvel at how Korea so quickly went from a country void of the Gospel to one of the biggest exporters of it. Although my country's missions practice hasn't been perfect, I think certain factors, by God's grace, have helped Korean churches send so well. Read More
CBF nixes 'absolute' LGBT hiring ban, maintains it for leadersDECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Governing Board has voted to lift the Fellowship's "absolute prohibition" of hiring homosexual and transgender employees.
But CBF "leadership positions in ministry" and missionary roles still will be limited to individuals "who practice a traditional Christian sexual ethic of celibacy in singleness or faithfulness in marriage between a woman and man," according to a hiring "implementation procedure" also adopted by the Governing Board. Other positions will be open to "Christians who identify as LGBT." Read More
Gay marriage reversed in BermudaHAMILTON, Bermuda (BP) -- The Bermuda Legislature has outlawed same-sex marriage only months after the Bermuda Supreme Court approved such unions there, making the island the first nation to reverse gay marriage.
The Bermuda Legislature approved the Domestic Partnership Act after a public referendum in favor of traditional marriage, effectively reversing the Bermuda Supreme Court ruling of May, 2017. Bermuda Gov. John Rankin signed the act into law Feb. 7. Read More
FROM THE COLLEGES: Gardner-Webb's Frank Bonner sets retirement; HBU profs to lead 'Prepared to Answer' simulcast
Gardner-Webb University President Frank Bonner sets retirement; Houston Baptist University professors to lead 'Prepared to Answer' apologetics simulcast Feb. 17. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Heavenly view changes earthly life
Scripture teaches that heaven is "richer than our four-dimensional space, more vibrant, more colorful," Jared Wilson writes, noting that a grasp of heaven's glory can change everyday life. Read More