Disabled woman undergoes court-approved abortion

MIAMI (BP)–A mentally impaired south Florida rape victim underwent a court-authorized abortion May 29 after intervention efforts by pro-life advocates failed. Doctors aborted the nearly six-month-old unborn child at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital after a two-week legal battle over the baby’s fate, The Miami Herald reported. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Arthur Rothenberg considered ordering a live […]

Country artist’s song dropped from radio over mention of Jesus

  Daron Norwood NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Daron Norwood’s song, “In God We Trust,” made it to some mainstream country playlists and briefly enjoyed status as the most requested song before radio executives started dropping the song because it contains the name of Jesus. “WSM [in Nashville] played the song for two days when it first came […]

Graduation season provides first real test of fed prayer guidelines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–New federal guidelines on prayer at public school graduations haven’t stopped complaints from popping up nationwide, including a “bizarre” one in Wisconsin. Winneconne (Wis.) High School senior Rachel Honer was asked to speak at her high school graduation but chose instead to sing “He’s Always Been Faithful” by contemporary Christian music’s Sara Groves. […]

‘God on Sex’ focus of new book by Danny Akin

  God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas About Love, Intimacy and Marriage LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–God is so interested in the intimate, romantic and sexual aspects of marriage that He inspired a book of the Bible — the Song of Solomon — on the subject, the dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s school of theology notes […]

Gratitude for Glorieta voiced in church’s $45,000 contribution

ALBUQUERQUE (BP)–Wayne Barber grew up in the Southeast, where LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center helped nurture his faith. So when Barber moved to Albuquerque to pastor Hoffmantown Church, he decided to give something back to the LifeWay conference center in the Southwest. Hoffmantown Church committed a $45,000 donation to LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center during the fiscal […]

Boy Scouts facing challenge from Philadelphia branch on homosexuality

  PHILADELPHIA (BP)–One of the nation’s largest Boy Scouts councils is openly defying the national organization’s policy on homosexual troop leaders, and apparently could be booted if its policy remains unchanged. The board of the Philadelphia-based Cradle of Liberty Council, which claims it is the third-largest scouting council in America with 87,000 members, recently voted […]

‘God-sized’ Iraq medical project prompts church to seek partners

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)–One church in the Memphis area is working to meet medical needs in Iraq by assembling kits that will help improve the health of thousands of Iraqi families. First Baptist Church in Collierville has a goal of shipping 14,400 kits to Kuwait City in late June. The kits will include everyday items — […]

Missions volunteers getting home base in New York City, Canada, Puerto Rico

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)–Southern Baptists’ ambitious plans for sending thousands of volunteers to work with new and existing churches in New York next year once faced a harsh reality of life in the city. With hotel rooms running $200 or a more a night and local churches far too small to serve as overnight hosts, housing […]

Inspiration Through Exasperation

I was asked to design our church logo for the Relay for Life tee shirts. I have designed many tee shirts in the past, so I thought that it would be “a piece of cake.” But in reality, I felt dry as a bone with no inspiration, even when I looked at other logos. In […]

FIRST-PERSON: Homosexuality: a question of legitimacy

McMINNVILLE, Ore. (BP)–Don’t look now, but the most recent effort to portray homosexuality as normal, natural and healthy is underway courtesy of CBS. The network’s current installment of “The Amazing Race,” a reality program that features 12 couples/teams racing around the world in a quest for a million-dollar prize, touts one same-sex pair as “The […]