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2016: Hatmaker, SBC election, wildfires among BP’s most-read stories

NASHVILLE (BP) -- It was a year of unexpected election outcomes, race-related violence, ongoing global terrorism and natural disasters. It also was another year of controversial comments and consequences. In 2016, the most-read Baptist Press story was one about a popular author and speaker who sparked a firestorm for statements she made in an interview about gay marriage. This year's list of stories, compiled by the web-traffic tracker Google Analytics, also includes coverage of a tragic highway crash that took the lives of a young missionary ...

Bible Study: Dec. 25, 2016; Jan. 1, 2017

NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

GuideStone reflects on year, gives thanks

DALLAS (BP) -- O.S. Hawkins declared 2016 as the "Year of Influence," for GuideStone Financial Resources. He noted 2 Corinthians 10:13, which says, "But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you." Each year, the entity's president chooses a passage and theme to guide the ministry's work.

Transgender child on Nat. Geographic cover

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 9-year-old boy who considers himself female is featured on the cover of the January 2017 National Geographic. The entire issue is dedicated to subjective gender identity primarily through the eyes of children while excluding biblical authority. But the idea of transgenderism or gender fluidity is itself a fallacy void not only of Scripture but also of science, Christian commentators told Baptist Press.

5 ways IMB has seen faithfulness, vision in 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- During 2016, Southern Baptists, in partnership with thousands of International Mission Board personnel around the world, have shared reports of how they've seen the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread through faithfulness to the task of completing the Great Commission. The IMB reflected on the past year:

N.C. refusal to repeal restroom law draws support

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders welcomed the North Carolina legislature's refusal to repeal its hotly debated restroom privacy law. The state Senate defeated in a 32-16 vote Wednesday night (Dec. 21) a proposal to rescind the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, the controversial bill known as H.B. 2 that requires individuals in government buildings to use the restrooms of the sex on their birth certificates rather than of their gender identity. The House of Representatives took no action during a day-long special session.

ERLC promotes 6 pro-life priorities for Trump, Congress

WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has called on President Trump and Congress to act quickly in the new year to protect unborn children. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission recommended six pro-life priorities to the new administration and legislators in a Dec. 20 post at the entity's website. The items offered by Russell Moore, the ERLC's president, and Travis Wussow, the recently named vice president for public policy, included: Making the Hyde Amendment ban on federal funding of abortion permanent; nominating a pro-life ...

EDITORIAL: El regalo imposible

La Navidad es una época especial para regalos. Algunos aprovechan esta oportunidad para disfrutar de la creatividad e ingeniosidad humana al preparar regalos difíciles de abrir, tan envueltos que los hacen casi imposible disfrutar. ...

EDITORIAL: El regalo imposible

La Navidad es una época especial para regalos. Algunos aprovechan esta oportunidad para disfrutar de la creatividad e ingeniosidad humana al preparar regalos difíciles de abrir, tan envueltos que los hacen casi imposible disfrutar. Queriendo hacer una broma, algunos envuelven regalos en múltiples cajas de diferentes tamaños. Los cubren con ...

CHRISTMAS: Mary — a picture of commitment

The extraordinary commitment of Mary is worth emulating, Rudy Gray writes: "I will be what you want me to be" and "I will do what you want me to do," she replied when the Angel Gabriel said she would give birth to the Son of God.