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Jesus’ genealogy, they write, includes 5 ‘unlikely’ women

WASHINGTON (BP)--Quick -- what do Rahab, Tamar and Bathsheba have in common? All "bad girls" of the Bible, right? Actually, each is included in the Gospel of Matthew's genealogy of Christ, according to Beverly LaHaye and Janice Shaw Crouse.

Heather Mercer: Prison was both terrorizing & greatest privilege

VIENNA, Va. (BP)--It was supposed to be a night of intercession. Instead, some 800 people crowded into Vienna (Va.) Presbyterian Church Dec. 3 to praise the Lord for Heather Mercer's rescue from Afghanistan and to hear her gripping testimony.

Evangelism effort in Sudan hits concerns over Muslim extremists

WASHINGTON (BP)--They managed to gather once, yielding 5,000 decisions for Christ, before the Sudanese government pulled the plug. Members of the All Sudan Council of Churches had invited evangelist Sammy Tippit to Khartoum to hold a series of evangelistic meetings, as well as a pastors' conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 4. All the necessary permissions and visas had been received from the government.

Spiritual upswing in Israel focus of Baptist worker’s book

MACON, Ga. (BP)--Jewish people living in Israel today who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior have little difficulty in finding a Hebrew-speaking group with which to worship, Chandler Lanier said. But that hasn't always been the case.

International Justice Mission’s niche: police work, legal aid for the oppressed

WASHINGTON (BP)--"Jayanthi" was 14 when she set off for her home village with the money she had saved while working as a domestic servant in a distant town. While returning alone by train, four women befriended her, drugged her and had her transported to Bombay -- where, like thousands of other girls, she was sold into a brothel and locked away in a hidden room.

Homosexual ordination vote widens gap between Presbyterian factions

WASHINGTON (BP)--As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) took an initial step toward the ordination of homosexuals and lesbians June 15, other Presbyterian groups voiced strong opposition to the move, indicative of a deepening split between the church's conservative and liberal factions, Crosswalk.com reported June 20.

Christian broadcasters in Britain seek freedom from government’s grip

WASHINGTON (BP)--You could say radio was "born" Christian. The first transmission to hit the airwaves on Dec. 24, 1906, was a religious service that included the carol "O Holy Night," readings from the gospel of Luke and the singing of a sacred song (Handel's "Largo").

Hunger, disease haunt many in war-torn Congo

WASHINGTON (BP)--A sad-eyed father from Congo tenderly holds his malnourished 3-year-old son in his arms. Dejected and stripped of his manly role of providing his family's food, he slumps in the crumbling local hospital, waiting in silence while his wife is out, somewhere, looking for something for them all to eat. He has no idea how she is doing it.