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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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  • Woman released from life sentence a part of prison church plant

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

    ALICEVILLE, Ala. (BP) -- Sometimes help comes from unexpected places -- Gary Farley can attest to that.

    Six years ago, Farley knew he needed somebody to lend a hand in planting a church at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), the new women's prison in Aliceville, Ala., but he didn't know exactly who.

    He had thought he might recruit some volunteers from Pickens Baptist Association, where he served as director of missions at the time. He found a pianist, a worship leader and some other folks willing to go in and hold a regular church service. Read More

  • Pakistani voices his faith to fellow migrant workers

    by IMB Staff, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    GREECE (BP) -- Waseem* could never be accused of lacking passion.

    Having grown up in a Christian family in Pakistan, Waseem often defended his faith in heated religious debates with Muslims on the streets of Lahore. He brought his fervor with him to southern Europe where he sought work -- and more arguments about the Gospel with fellow Pakistani migrants.

    Over time, God used the counsel of other Christians, and even a stint in jail, to redirect Waseem's energies toward a biblical model for evangelism, discipleship and church planting. He began sharing the Gospel in love and has trained more than 40 Pakistani Christians in Greece to plant churches. Read More

  • Main Event examines what it means to 'be a man'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- "What does it mean to be a man?" asked James MacDonald to more than 2,900 men at this year's Main Event conference presented by LifeWay Christian Resources.

    "There's a ton of confusion on that point," said MacDonald, senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, as he read from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 where Paul essentially tells brothers in the Lord to "man up."

    MacDonald highlighted principles of biblical manhood from the text as he kicked off the Aug. 10-11 conference. The event was designed to equip husbands, fathers, brothers and sons to "act like men" in every area of their lives. Read More

  • Inside FDA's research with aborted baby body parts

    by Samantha Gobba/WORLD, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Taxpayers have been funding government research using tissue from aborted babies for years, according to a new report, and pro-life groups are calling for the practice to halt.

    CNS News broke the story last week that the Food and Drug Administration signed a contract with Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR) to provide "human fetal tissue" to make "chimeric animals that have a human immune system." FDA contracts with ABR date back to 2012.

    "It's horrifying news because we hope that our FDA and our federal government are going to be doing ethical research and not contributing to the trafficking of baby body parts and abortions," David Prentice, vice president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, a pro-life research group, said. "There are actually ethical alternatives to make these humanized mice. You don't have to use aborted fetal tissue to do this anymore." Read More

  • Calif. fires leave locals 'shocked,' DR active

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, August 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. (BP) -- California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state.

    The largest recorded fire in California history -- the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state -- has burned more than 340,000 acres, destroyed 147 homes and left a firefighter dead Aug. 13.

    Among those to suffer loss in the massive blaze is Gregory Holmes, director of missions for the Mendo-Lake Baptist Association in Lucerne, Calif., who lost all the structures on his 23-acre Lake County retirement property. Holmes, 72, had spent years preparing the property for his retirement, which he hoped to begin in four to five years. But he couldn't find a company willing to issue fire insurance because of the high risk. Read More