NEW YORK (ABP) – A New York City councilman was among seven people arrested Jan. 5 at a protest against a plan to evict churches that currently rent space for worship in the city’s public schools.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (ABP) – The last remaining evangelical church in Gaza is functioning but in danger of dying, famed Bible smuggler Brother Andrew said after a recent visit to Gaza Baptist Church.
CYPRESS, Texas (ABP) – A Texas youth minister already charged with statutory rape of a 16-year-old was arrested Dec. 14 for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages and videos to a 14-year-old girl he met while serving at a Southern Baptist mega-church.
The sanctuary of Grundy Baptist Church in southwest Virginia was destroyed Dec. 15 by a fire which also seriously damaged the church’s education building and parsonage. The structure, built by the 108-year-old church in the 1950s, is a total loss, fire officials said.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – A North Carolina pastor shares his decade-old story of getting rid of women deacons and instituting elder rule at his Southern Baptist congregation in an on-line journal issue devoted to “revitalize” and “reform” of declining churches.
WASHINGTON (ABP) – Americans United for Separation of Church and State said Dec. 14 that a proposed hospital merger in Louisville, Ky., is unconstitutional and urged Gov. Steve Beshear to block it.
ATLANTA (ABP) – The Lilly Endowment has awarded the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship a $750,000 grant to create a program for ministers serving in their first church after seminary.
By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor A Freewill Baptist church in a small Kentucky town made big news recently when it voted 9-6 against allowing interracial couples to become members or to participate in worship leadership. Gulnare Free Will Baptist Church
When Angel Food ministries ceased operations in September, leaving thousands of client families around the country without access to affordable food, Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio decided to launch its own Bountiful Blessings ministry to meet that need locally.
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (ABP) – A North Carolina Baptist association that expelled a church last summer for naming a woman as pastor lost another prominent member congregation Dec. 4.