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Iran attacks ‘a sober moment’ for America
Jan08

Iran attacks ‘a sober moment’ for America

WASHINGTON (BP)—Evangelicals may differ about the best response to Iran’s Jan. 8 missile attack against military bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops, but they seem united in acknowledging the gravity of the situation and calling for prayer. America confronts “a sober moment in history as we face possible armed conflict against Iran,” said Douglas Carver, former chief of chaplains for the U.S. Army, noting that a...

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Stetzer: ‘We could all learn from’ proposed UMC split
Jan06

Stetzer: ‘We could all learn from’ proposed UMC split

WASHINGTON (BP)—An anticipated split within the United Methodist Church (UMC) could prove educational for other religious denominations if conducted as proposed, noted Southern Baptist researcher Ed Stetzer at Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center told Baptist Press (BP) Monday (Jan. 6). A coalition including worldwide UMC bishops and diverging advocacy groups has unanimously paved the way for the church to split into a new...

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U.S., E.U. urge release of jailed Chinese pastor
Jan03

U.S., E.U. urge release of jailed Chinese pastor

SICHUAN, China (BP)—The United States and the European Union are urging China to free pastor Wang Yi, sentenced to nine years in prison in what religious liberty advocates call Christian persecution. China pronounced Wang guilty Dec. 30 of “illegal business operations” and “inciting subversion of state power,” convictions religious liberty advocates say stem solely from his leadership as founding pastor of...

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ERLC: U.S. takes ‘critical’ steps on religious liberty
Jan02

ERLC: U.S. takes ‘critical’ steps on religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP)—Two federal government actions shortly before Christmas are vital to protecting international religious liberty, a Southern Baptist public-policy leader said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Dec. 20 the re-designation of Burma (Myanmar), China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as “countries of particular concern” (CPCs), a category reserved under...

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IMB selects Langley for church relations role
Dec26

IMB selects Langley for church relations role

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (BP)—A Kentucky Baptist pastor is leaving the pastorate to work with the International Mission Board (IMB) in late January. Bill Langley, senior pastor of Elizabethtown, Ky., Severns Valley, made the announcement to the congregation on Sunday. In a statement on Facebook, Langley says he will be working with the IMB to help Southern Baptist churches that have no recent connection to the mission agency. He’ll be...

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Court to review ‘ministerial exception’ rulings
Dec21

Court to review ‘ministerial exception’ rulings

WASHINGTON (BP)—The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to rule once again on the freedom of churches and other religious organizations to make employment decisions without government interference. The justices announced Dec. 18 they would review opinions by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that found two Roman Catholic schools in California do not have the right to fire teachers for the purpose of the “ministerial...

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