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Pastor's near-death experience intensifies Gospel focusBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he's a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the Gospel before it's too late.
"I was committed to evangelism before the accident," said Ayers, senior pastor of the 16,000-member Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green, which routinely baptizes more than 500 new believers a year. "I'm completely committed to evangelism now because truly, at your last breath, nothing else matters." Read More
Housing allowance defense joined by ERLC & GuideStoneNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's religious freedom entity will maintain its effort to preserve the ministerial housing allowance because pastors are crucial "for flourishing, vibrant communities," Russell Moore said Tuesday (Oct. 10).
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) stands alongside GuideStone Financial Resources -- the SBC's health and financial benefits entity -- in opposing an Oct. 6 federal court decision that invalidated the housing allowance, said Moore, the ERLC's president. In the opinion, Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled the allowance an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment clause that prohibits a government establishment of religion -- the second time she has done so in four years. Read More
ACLU sues to allow abortion pills in pharmaciesHAWAII (BP) -- Women should be able to get abortion-inducing drugs at their local pharmacies in addition to abortion facilities, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argues in a new lawsuit.
The group sued on behalf of a Hawaii abortionist and three medical entities against federal regulations of the drug RU-486, also known as mifepristone and the brand name Mifeprex.
The drug works with the drug misoprostol to cut off nutrients to babies during early pregnancy and send the mother into labor. Read More
In Las Vegas, churches aid post-shooting recovery
LAS VEGAS (BP) -- Southern Baptists remain an active part of Las Vegas' recovery as many are still hospitalized, blood-bank donation lines are long and first responders are overstretched 10 days after a gunman killed 58 and injured around 500 at an outdoor Las Vegas concert.
Jim Collins, founding pastor of Discovery Church in Las Vegas and a Nevada Baptist Convention mission strategist, has spoken with several pastors committed to helping the city recover, he told Baptist Press today (Oct. 11). Read More
Twitter suspends, reinstates pro-life campaign adNASHVILLE (BP) -- Twitter's day-long suspension of a campaign ad by U.S. Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn over its pro-life content has left social media users discussing the microblogging site's free speech policies.
Among evangelicals, some claimed calculated censorship of Blackburn's anti-abortion views while others wondered whether the move was merely an unintended consequence of ill-defined Twitter policies. Read More