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'In All Things Pray' opens 2018 for Southern BaptistsNASHVILLE (BP) -- The month-long prayer emphasis "In All Things Pray" opens 2018 on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, encouraging churches to pray corporately for 60 minutes at least weekly in January.
Standing on Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14, In All Things Pray encourages 10 minutes of Scripture reading, public leadership and worship; 20 minutes of vocalized prayer requests, and 30 minutes of guided prayer in each hour-long service, event organizers said. Read More
New HHS abortion/contraception mandate rules blockedWASHINGTON (BP) -- A crucial win for objectors to the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate is now on hold.
In a Dec. 15 ruling, a federal court in Philadelphia blocked enforcement of the Trump administration's new rules that exempt from the controversial requirement those employers that object based on their religious beliefs or moral convictions. The new regulations issued Oct. 6 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided relief from a rule that requires employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives, including those with mechanisms that can ... Read More
Nazareth mayor: Christmas events not canceledNAZARETH, Israel (BP) -- Israeli Arab officials in Nazareth, Jesus' hometown where an angel announced His incarnation to the virgin Mary, have walked back statements that Christmas celebrations there would be canceled to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Meanwhile, when the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, Jesus' birthplace, learned of Trump's Dec. 6 announcement regarding Jerusalem, it briefly switched off the area's Christmas lights in protest, Reuters reported, as did Ramallah in the West Bank. Read More
Pakistan: ISIS claims attack on churchLAHORE, Pakistan (BP) -- Terror struck Christians in Pakistan's Balochistan Province Sunday (Dec. 17) as four terrorists allegedly linked with the Islamic State group (ISIS) attacked a church, killing at least nine worshipers and injuring more than 50 others.
Police and church officials told Morning Star News that four suicide attackers stormed the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church in the provincial capital, Quetta, in the southwestern part of the country. Read More
Gateway celebrates 69 winter graduatesRIVERSIDE, Calif. (BP) -- President Jeff Iorg charged Gateway Seminary graduates Dec. 17 to "walk out of this commencement with the knowledge that God loves everyone -- every single person in the world."
Sixty-nine students received diplomas and degrees, including 38 diplomas, 15 master's degrees and 16 doctorates. The seminary's winter commencement was held at Magnolia Church in Riverside, Calif.
As part of his message, Iorg shared personal encounters from early in his ministry ... Read More
Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likelyDALLAS (BP) -- A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the minister's housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days after all appeals are exhausted, meaning it currently does not have any impact.
Observers expect the government to appeal the order by Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin, who issued her ruling on Oct. 6 following a 2013 ruling she issued that was overturned. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: How long can you run?
Trying to fly a kite without wind, Randy Bennett writes, is like trying to engage in ministry without the Holy Spirit. Whether in the U.S. heartland or overseas, he notes, "we can only be victorious when the wind of God's Spirit blows across our land and our work." Read More