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NASHVILLE (BP) -- What began as midweek prayer meetings in the 18th century have become an accepted part of congregational life, a a study released Tuesday (Sept. 10) shows: Nine in 10 Protestant pastors say they have some type of activity on Wednesday night.

PORTALES, N.M. (The Christian Chronicle) — For up to four years while single parents go to college or develop careers, a faith-based duplex community built by New Mexico Christian Children’s Home offers free rent, utilities, and internet. One of the expectations: the entire family must attend church services.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (BP) -- Longtime pastor Jack Stallings determined years ago to empathetically view life from the eyes of a black Christian, a feat he says he hasn't quite achieved, being he's white.

(BP) -- Hundreds or more new believers who made professions of faith at Southern Baptist churches on Baptism Day (Sept. 8). Baptisms ranged from 1 to more than 100 among several Southern Baptist congregations, according to reports to BP and on social media.

(RNS) — Based on 76% of constituent churches that contributed information, Southern Baptists reported their lowest number of baptisms since 1950. “Baptism Sunday,” a newly-designated day on the Southern Baptist Convention's calendar, is in response to falling numbers.

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (RNS) — Demonstrators have flocked to this mountain to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope for reasons that are partly environmental and partly religious.

Hkalam Samson, president of the Kachin Baptist Convention of Myanmar, has been accused of “knowingly giving false information” during his trip to the United States for the 2019 Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in mid-July.

HONG KONG (BP) -- The withdrawal of an extradition bill that threatened religious freedom in Hong Kong is not enough to satisfy Christians and others amid protests there, a Christian advocate told Baptist Press Wednesday (Sept. 4).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s, announced a $1 million gift to Simmons College of Kentucky today (Sept. 4), declaring, “Supporting Simmons College is a better investment to build a better community.”

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- "After the assessments we will know what kind of help we need [in the Bahamas]," Baptist Global Response Executive Director Jeff Palmer said. "It might involve medical help, food, water, shelter -- you can imagine what the needs might be based on a storm like this."