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Chris Adams retires as 'true champion for women'NASHVILLE (BP) -- Although she was a young mother of twin girls with a fear of public speaking, Chris Adams became a women's ministry pioneer in the Southern Baptist Convention.
After 22 years of training leaders as the women's ministry specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, Adams retired in February from a role that God began leading her toward 30-plus years ago at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. Read More
'Bubbling' strategy sees five Christians grow to 10,000ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Dan serves in an area of Southeast Asia where "nobody had been and nobody wanted to go."
And the mission group he worked with didn't want him to go there, either.
"During appointment week, I learned I was not allowed to go to that location," the Gateway Seminary alumnus said, "so I went to language school in a different location and was eventually able to demonstrate all the reasons for denying me were not valid." Read More
Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating'WASHINGTON (BP) -- The persecution of Christians in China has increased, and is expected to continue to do so, as a result of a dramatic policy change by the communist government, according to the human rights organization China Aid.
In its annual report released March 2, China Aid said Beijing's shift in how it seeks to manage religion and the adoption of that new policy by government agencies resulted in expanded persecution of individual Christians and greater oppression of unregistered house churches in 2016. Conditions for Christians in the world's most populous country are expected to deteriorate further this year, the non-profit organization reported. Read More
BGR releases spring catalogNASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptists will find Vacation Bible School ideas and more in the 2017 Baptist Global Response Spring Gift Catalog.
BGR is a Southern Baptist humanitarian relief agency that focuses on disaster relief and community development in some of the world's poorest areas. Its spring and Christmas gift catalogs offer donors new avenues for connecting with people in need. Supporters can purchase items like cows, water filters and wells and donate them in honor of friends and family. Many people buy catalog items for special occasions such as holiday and birthday presents. Read More
Disney's 'gay moment' sours many ChristiansNASHVILLE (BP) -- A gay plot twist in Disney's upcoming live-action "Beauty and the Beast" continues to stir discontent among Christians, with an online poll at Faith Driven Consumer (FDC) among the latest to voice displeasure.
The poll reports 95 percent of 6,700 consumers said they are less likely to see the film because of an intimate attraction the bumbling LeFou character expresses toward the villainous Gaston. And 94 percent of those polled said they will likely spend less money on all Disney offerings as a whole, the online forum of 41 million Americans reported March 14. Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS hosts Christian/atheist dialogue; MBTS college adds 6 new degrees
A Christian/atheist dialogue sparks Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's apologetics conference; Midwestern College adds degrees in student ministry, worship ministry, theology, philosophy, counseling and business leadership. Read More