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COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Sharing the love of the Christmas season came through individual gifts to every inmate in South Carolina this year, provided by churches and associations in the South Carolina Baptist Convention (SCBC).

BRUNSWICK, MAINE — Sometimes accepting God’s call to missions means being willing to pack up your family and head back home. At least that was the case for Katie Upton Wood.

The capacity of state environmental agencies to assess and enforce environmental protection policies is being diminished by funding and staff cuts, according to an Environmental Integrity Project report published Dec. 5.

(RNS) — Thomas Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and head of Founders Ministries, was hospitalized Sunday (Dec. 8) after collapsing during church.

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

(RNS) — For the first time, the name Muhammad has cracked the top 10 list of most popular baby names for newborn boys in the U.S., according to a parenting website that tracks the popularity of names among its users.

After 15 years as missionaries with the SBC International Mission Board in Argentina,, Gary and Annetta Marie Snowden expected to retire as missionaries as they moved to Mexico. Less than a year later they had “no ministry position lined up, no house, no car, and a lot of question marks about our future.”

(The Conversation) Harriet Tubman worked as a slave, spy and eventually as an abolitionist. A historian of American slavery notes how belief in God helped Tubman remain fearless, even when she came face to face with many challenges.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- As retail stores hope the holiday shopping season gives their bottom line a lift, American Protestant pastors are less sure the economy is helping their congregation this year.

Word&Way has started a partnership with Luminar Bautista, the media arm of Venezuelan Baptists. Luminar Bautista, which started in 1951, means “Baptist Light.”