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Remnant of one of the oldest Black churches in U.S. unveiled in Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (RNS) – Archaeologists believe they have discovered the foundation of the original building of the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Va., one of the nation's oldest Black churches.

Texas school shooting suspect in custody, churches comfort students and families

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — An 18-year-old student who opened fire during a fight at his Dallas-area high school and injured four people on Wednesday has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Boy Scouts’ bankruptcy creates rift with religious partners

NEW YORK (AP) – Amid the Boy Scouts of America's complex bankruptcy case, there is worsening friction between the BSA and the major religious groups that help it run thousands of scout units. At issue: the churches' fears that an eventual settlement – while protecting the BSA from future sex-abuse lawsuits – could leave many churches unprotected.

House OKs $1 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome defense system

WASHINGTON (AP) – The House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday (Sept. 23) to provide $1 billion for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system as Democrats moved to quash criticism from Republicans that their party is wavering in support of Israel.

Christian author Josh McDowell steps away from ministry after comments about Black, minority families

ORLANDO, Fla. (RNS) – Best-selling Christian author and speaker Josh McDowell has stepped back from ministry after comments he made at a meeting of the American Association of Christian Counselors Sept. 18.

Todd Beamer’s actions on 9/11 grounded in faith

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was observed last week, the name Todd Beamer was referenced repeatedly. Beamer is the 32-year-old Christ-follower who led the charge on the cockpit of Flight 93 with a rallying cry of “Let’s roll!”

9/11 drives two Manhattan Southern Baptists closer to ministry, God

NEW YORK (BP) – Trina Craft is habitually 50 minutes early for most anything. But with a 9:45 a.m. job interview on the 86th floor of the World Trade Center 20 years ago, she was delayed in the rush of getting her daughter Florence Marie to school.

9/11: Reflections from 3 SBC leaders

NASHVILE (BP) – As we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11, three Southern Baptists leaders who held significant leadership roles on Sept. 11, 2001, help us remember that infamous day and consider its impact on the Southern Baptist Convention and our world.

High Court blocks execution of Texas inmate who seeks pastor’s touch

WASHINGTON (BP) – The U.S. Supreme Court halted Wednesday night (Sept. 8) the execution of a Texas inmate who has brought suit to have a Southern Baptist pastor lay hands on and pray for him when he receives a lethal injection.

Flash flooding activates N.Y., N.J. pastors to help others, themselves

NEW YORK (BP) – Pastor Daniel McGhee had just driven his daughter Emma Kate to college in Jersey City, N.J., and picked up daughter Ella from her downtown Manhattan job Wednesday night when the rain began to pour.