Baptist Press Archive

Monday, July 17, 2017

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  • Oregon to make abortion coverage free for all

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD News Service, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    SALEM, Ore. (BP) -- Oregon health insurers and taxpayers will soon be paying for abortion, contraceptives and sterilization under a new law Gov. Kate Brown has vowed to sign.

    The newly-passed Reproductive Health Equity Act forbids health insurance plans from imposing "a deductible, coinsurance, copayment, or any other cost-sharing requirement" for abortion, STD screening, prenatal care, post-natal care and all forms of contraception. Read More

  • Fight against trafficking gains broad House support

    by Tom Strode, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A deeply divided U.S. House of Representatives has found at least one issue it can agree on across the board -- combating human trafficking.

    The House has approved more than a dozen anti-trafficking bills in recent weeks, with only three votes total against the proposals. Leading a trio of three measures passed July 12 was the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act, comprehensive legislation authorizing more than $500 million for four years to combat sex and labor trafficking. Read More

  • Landscaping & maintenance show his joy & servanthood

    by Hannah Hanzel, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- As a 16-year-old, Larry Goodman never found himself thinking of God, let alone attending church. But one certain Sunday was different. One of Goodman's high school friends invited him to come to church with him.

    It was that Sunday that Goodman felt the Lord's presence during the sermon. Down the aisle with his buddy in tow, he gave his life to the Lord.

    "It was the best day of my life," Goodman said. "From then on, I just wanted to get Read More

  • Verse-by-verse nurture marks Andy Davis' preaching

    by S. Craig Sanders, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – To preach verse-by-verse through Isaiah -- from 2008 until February of this year -- Andy Davis memorized all of the book's 1,292 verses.

    It's a discipline he developed while working as a mechanical engineer in 1986, several years after becoming a Christian. To this day, fellow students from his doctoral studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recall seeing Davis walk the streets near the campus as he committed entire books of the Bible to memory.

    When Davis finished his Ph.D. in church history in 1998, he accepted the call as ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Seat belts for your soul

    by David Jeremiah, posted Monday, July 17, 2017 (5 months ago)

    Just as a car's seat belts provide physical protection, David Jeremiah notes that the Bible conveys commands, exhortations, warnings and instructions for spiritual protection. Read More