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‘Indefensible’: 150 ousted Baptists in Mexico face illegal fine to return home

HIDALGO, Mexico (BP) – More than 150 Baptists forced from their homes because of their faith are protesting a local government plan to let them return home if they pay their persecutors $9,026, CSW (formerly Christian Solidarity Worldwide) said May 16.

Gospel invitation given at Statuary Hall unveiling of Billy Graham statue

WASHINGTON (BP) – Salvation in Christ Jesus was offered in National Statuary Hall May 16 at the unveiling of a statue of the iconic late global evangelist Billy Graham, which has John 3:16 and John 14:6 carved in its base.

Georgia deacon charged with many counts of child sexual abuse

SYLVESTER, Ga. (BP) – Jerry Dan Heflin was arrested May 7 and charged with more than 60 felony counts, including child molestation, aggravated sodomy, sexual battery against a child and incest.

Survey finds 8,000 women a month got abortion pills despite their states’ bans or restrictions

Thousands of women in states with abortion bans and restrictions are receiving abortion pills in the mail from states that have laws protecting prescribers, a new report shows.

‘Fruitful’ Jewish crisis pregnancy outreach in Israel launches U.S. site

JERUSALEM (BP) – Nir Salomon, executive director of Efrat crisis pregnancy outreach in Israel, told Baptist Press of an unanticipated outcome of the Israel-Hamas War.

18 states challenge rule including gender identity harassment in Title VII

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – A coalition of 18 states filed suit May 13 against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for including gender identity in Title VII protections against sex discrimination.

Lausanne conference tackles antisemitism, affirms Gospel work and sanctity of life

DENVER, Colo. (BP) – Messianic Jews expressed outrage over rising antisemitism in the U.S. at a recent conference for Jewish evangelism, energizing their Gospel mission and affirming the value of all human life amid the Israel-Hamas War.

Billy Graham statue to be unveiled Thursday in U.S. Capitol

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of the late Billy Graham set to stand inside the U.S. Capitol to represent North Carolina will be unveiled this week in a ceremony.

Haitian aid workers worry American Christians donors could worsen crisis

(RNS) — As the security crisis in Haiti continues, the humanitarian aid group Haiti Family Care Network is urging U.S. Christian donors to refrain from worsening the situation by donating to orphanages and to redirect their efforts instead toward initiatives helping parents support their children.

30th anniversary of Rwandan genocide a reminder of sin’s power

NASHVILLE (BP) – The genocide that left more than 800,000 Rwandans dead and millions displaced during a 100-day period in 1994 demonstrated the depths of depravity found in hearts not redeemed by Jesus, former missionary Nik Ripken said.