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Fight for sanctity of human life robust on 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON (BP) – On the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion rights ruling today (Jan. 22), Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore is committed to advancing the sanctity of human life despite the pro-choice agenda of newly inaugurated President Joe Biden.

Summit hires outside firm to review findings of internal investigation

DURHAM, N.C. (BP) – The Summit Church has retained the services of an outside firm to perform an independent review of specific actions taken by Pastor Bryan Loritts in his handling of 2010 sexual misconduct allegations against his then-brother-in-law at a Memphis church Loritts pastored.

Political insights into Black churches revealed in Barna study

VENTURA, Calif. (BP) – The sense of political powerlessness Black Christians expressed in a new Barna research study is a factor in how pastors steer their congregations toward political engagement, two pastors told Baptist Press.

Alabama church endures after pastor dies of COVID

HAMILTON, Ala. (BP) – Classmates called them M&M after their first date to the Phil Campbell (Ala.) High School prom. The Baptist Health Medical Center ICU in Little Rock, Ark., was the setting for their last moments together as COVID-19 completed Pastor Michael Stancil's 29-year marriage to Michelle.

2021 March for Life moves to virtual event

WASHINGTON (BP) – The March for Life originally scheduled Jan. 29 in Washington has been redesigned as a virtual event only, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini announced Friday (Jan. 15).

More than 3 million Uyghurs detained in forced labor camps in China

XINJIANG, China (BP) -- They reportedly number more than 3 million. Uyghur American human rights advocate Rushan Abbas describes them as university presidents, doctors, entrepreneurs and artists. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) calls them criminals.

World Watch List 2021: Extremists, governments leverage COVID-19 limitations to ramp religious persecution

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The COVID-19 pandemic, surveillance technology and nationalism converged in 2020 to enable more violence, discrimination and oppression against Christians and other religious minorities globally, persecution watchdog Open Doors USA said in its latest report.

‘Way Maker’ top 2020 worship song

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BP) – "Way Maker" was the top worship song in 2020 as churches sought comfort in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, based on Faithlife's report of more than 2.2 million uses of its Proclaim software.

Florida church proclaims transparency, safety after lay pastor charged with child porn

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BP) -- A Florida church said it is committed to transparency, safety and truth after removing from office a lay pastor who was arrested on 30 felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Gospel hymn DVD outreach takes church to dementia patients

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (BP) – Gospel singer Gerald Wolfe was visiting his father, who was suffering from Parkinson's disease dementia at a care facility, when a guitarist playing "In the Sweet By and By" struck a chord of memory among patients there.