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Court vacancy puts spotlight on abortion again

WASHINGTON (BP) – A sudden vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has thrust abortion even further into the spotlight for a deeply divided country facing a divisive election.

Moore, others decry reported hysterectomies on detainees

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and other evangelical Christian leaders have called for the federal government to make public its investigation into a report of hysterectomies performed on women without their consent at a Georgia immigrant detention center.

National Voter Registration Day stirs call for Christians to vote responsibly

NASHVILLE (BP) – In advance of the nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22, Southern Baptist leaders are urging Christians to vote responsibly in 2020 nationwide elections.

Hurricane Sally unleashes flooding along the Gulf Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105-mph winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

Fires ravage Pacific Northwest, churches respond

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (BP) – Len Arney has seen ash before, and he offers a little perspective.

California church ministers to wildfire evacuees

CLOVIS, Calif. – When Pastor Shawn Beaty and his congregation began helping evacuees of the Creek Fire near Fresno, he had no idea the ministry would “grow and spin bigger” than he could have ever imagined, serving as many as 2,000 families in one week.

9/11 spurred ‘unity of prayer,’ Ground Zero chaplain says

NEW YORK (BP) – Even months after the towers fell, the debris remained. Don Pierson saw it everywhere – in the city streets and the subways. And as the dust lingered, so did the hurt, anger and fear.

FIRST-PERSON: Why I’ll never forget 9/11

As I raised my right hand the morning of Sept. 7, 2001, and once again took the oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, I was hopeful that rejoining the military would help get my life straightened up.

California churches responding to needs during wildfires

OAKHURST, Calif. (BP) – The smoke surrounding Greg Kilgore's house is so thick he cannot even see the surrounding hills.

FIRST-PERSON: The election and beyond

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – In the course of my day, I have a list of the things that need to get done, divided into areas of urgency. They’re all important, but depending on deadlines and other factors, some get precedence. They’re just too important to ignore.