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FIRST-PERSON: Don’t take the bait

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) – Paul Harvey spoke in a poignant, powerful and prophetic way in one of his 1965 broadcasts entitled “If I Were the Devil” – well worth re-listening to. It reminded me of our current state of affairs. If I were the devil, I would tempt Baptists to make mountains out of molehills and take atom bombs after anthills – lessons we should have learned by now. One things about the devil – he’s not very creative; just consistent.

Tennessee governor: Transgender athletes will ‘destroy women’s sports’

NASHVILLE (AP) – Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday (Feb. 10) that transgender girls should be banned from playing on middle and high school sports teams or they will "destroy women's sports."

FIRST-PERSON: Heard from the kids lately?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – The first time I recall feeling old I was only 34.

FIRST-PERSON: Out of many, one

NASHVILLE (BP) – When the thirteen colonies joined together, we became known as the United States of America. A new nation was born.

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.

Traditional Watch Night celebrations usher in 2021 on virtual platforms

NEW YORK (BP) – It was Dec. 31, 1862. Freed and enslaved Blacks prayed and sang through the night at churches and elsewhere in anticipation of the Emancipation Proclamation and thereby the right to join Union forces as the United States suffered division.

FIRST-PERSON: Learning from 1918’s quiet Christmas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – They called the holiday of December 1918 “the peace Christmas.” A truce had been declared. With the armistice announced, the shooting had stopped at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

Protests, pandemics and politics: The top 2020 searches for Bible passages online

(RNS) — In the midst of a strange and stressful year, people turned to the same place they have for decades in their search for answers.

ERLC’s Moore says legalizing marijuana would be disastrous

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. House of Representatives’ vote Dec. 4 to decriminalize marijuana could prove devastating for some families and communities, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore has warned.

Americans most thankful for and to family this Thanksgiving

NASHVILLE (BP) – Even though the pandemic may change Thanksgiving celebrations this year, Americans still express thankfulness for their family and friends.