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  • FIRST-PERSON: Where to turn for solace & comfort

    by David Jeremiah, posted Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (4 days ago)

    "The sorrow that our nation feels now is palpable," David Jeremiah notes of hurricanes, flooding, mass killings and wildfires. "Where else should we go but to the Father who sees all and knows every emotion we feel?" he writes. Read More

  • Congress' prayer tradition upheld by federal judge

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 (9 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The constitutionality of legislative prayer gained reaffirmation Wednesday (Oct. 11) when a federal court dismissed an atheist's challenge of the U.S. House of Representatives' right to bar him from delivering an invocation.

    Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer of the District of Columbia said U.S. Supreme Court precedent undergirds the long tradition of prayer to open congressional sessions and the House's rules in carrying out the practice. Collyer's support for legislative prayer in Congress came three months after a federal appeals court invalidated the practice in a North Carolina county. Read More

  • 'Miracles really do happen,' Scalise says to House

    by Staff, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (23 days ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana described himself as "definitely a living example that miracles really do happen" in his first appearance in the U.S House of Representatives after suffering a life-threatening gunshot wound 15 weeks ago.

    Scalise, the House's majority whip and a leading conservative in the Republican Party, spoke today (Sept. 28) after walking into the packed chamber with the aid of crutches. He was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., park as GOP members practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Read More

  • Student-led prayer weathering the storms

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (24 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Catastrophic hurricanes in the U.S. and the Caribbean impeded planning for an annual student-led prayer event held this morning (Sept. 27), but likely did not daunt desires to pray, organizers told Baptist Press.

    In Texas, Hurricane Harvey killed an estimated 82 people or more and extensively flooded several communities just as training for the prayer event, See You at the Pole (SYATP), would have begun in late August, SYATP greater Houston metro coordinator John Butler said. Read More

  • Prayer vigils held after church shooting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 25, 2017 (26 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer services continued Monday (Sept. 25) as Nashville mourned Sunday's mass shooting at an area church that killed one and injured eight others including the pastor at the close of morning worship.

    Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, the site of the shooting, held a prayer vigil Monday at 7 p.m. on the outskirts of its front lawn in Antioch, the church said on its Facebook page. The church noted its sanctuary is still an active crime scene.

    "We are beyond grateful for the enormous outpouring of love and compassion we ... Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Prayer, DR giving top EC actions at 100 yrs.

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Intercessory prayer and special disaster recovery funding topped the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee agenda during its Nashville meeting Sept. 18–19, which marked the EC's centennial.

    The Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution calling Southern Baptists and other Christians to prevailing prayer in the midst of "racial unrest, cataclysmic storms, raging wildfires, political strife, daily shootings in cities across the land, and rampant disregard for the commands and teachings of God's Word." Read More

  • Gaines to EC: Do you see lostness?

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayer and evangelism will enable the Southern Baptist Convention to abide and continue its work in an increasingly eclectic society, SBC President Steve Gaines told the Executive Committee during its 2017 fall meeting in Nashville.

    SBC leaders and laity must see and love the lost so much that it creates a burden that the lost be saved, Gaines said in his address Sept. 18 at the SBC Building. He exhorted the Executive Committee, other Southern Baptist leaders and SBC employees gathered before him, to understand and love the disadvantaged, and to show them the love of Christ. Read More

  • LifeWay, Gaines partner to create prayer resource

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines to create a six-session Bible study, Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer, scheduled for release Oct. 1.

    This Bible study is designed to bring a deep understanding of the text, theology and application of the Lord's Prayer. It is a follow-up to the SBC's 2017 annual meeting, themed "Pray! For Such a Time as This."

    "Nothing is more vital to the advancement of the Gospel than rallying God's people to pray," said Gaines, who served as general editor of the study. "Prayer changes everything. ... Read More

  • Conflicting rulings on prayer may open door to SCOTUS

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (one month ago)

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    CINCINNATI, Ohio (BP) -- Two conflicting 2017 court rulings in cases challenging public prayer at government meetings increase the chance of a U.S. Supreme Court hearing on the issue, religious liberty advocate Ken Klukowski said today (Sept. 7).

    The Board of Commissioners in Jackson County, Mich., may legally open its meetings with sectarian prayers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Sept. 6. The decision is contrary to a July 14 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which said the Rowan County (North Carolina) Board of Commissioners' similar practice was "unconstitutionally coercive." Read More

  • 9/11 petition seeks annual prayer, fasting, repentance

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one month ago)

    PITTSBURGH (BP) -- The interdenominational Christian group "In God We Trust" has collected more than 97,000 signatures in petitioning President Donald Trump to declare Sept. 11 an annual day of prayer, fasting and repentance.

    Driven by II Chronicles 7:14, the initiative seeks to "redeem the day" of Sept. 11, 2001, from the evil that took nearly 3,000 lives, and to return it to a confidence in God, said Don Black, founder of the two-year-old "In God We Trust" ministry leading the initiative.

    "With the growing threat of terror at home and around the world, this is the time for ... Read More