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Billy Graham documentary explores evangelist’s career, political involvement

NASHVILLE (BP) – Billy Graham is the subject of a new documentary premiering Monday (May 17) on PBS. The film chronicles the life, ministry and political involvement of one of the most influential figures in evangelical history.

Israel begins firing shells into Gaza as fighting escalates

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Hamas sent a heavy barrage of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday (May 13) as Israel pounded Gaza with more airstrikes and shells and called up 9,000 more reservists who could be used to stage a ground invasion. The hostilities intensified despite mediation efforts by Egyptian negotiators who held in-person talks with both sides.

State Department promises devotion to religious liberty

WASHINGTON (BP) – State Department officials sought to provide assurances the Biden administration will maintain the United States’ commitment to international religious freedom in commenting on the latest annual report on the issue.

FIRST-PERSON: ‘Thou shalt not kill’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Countless people are being killed. Daily, death’s onslaught looms.

55 percent of Americans believe in biblical inerrancy, study finds

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – More than half of Americans believe the Bible is "without error," the American Bible Society (ABS) said Tuesday (May 11) in its 2021 State of the Bible report.

HHS gender policy imperils conscience rights, critics say

WASHINGTON (BP) – The Biden administration’s reinterpretation of sex discrimination in health care to include sexual orientation and gender identity imperils the freedom of conscience of medical workers, religious liberty advocates said.

Most pastors oppose marijuana use, legalization

NASHVILLE (BP) – As more Americans have access to legal marijuana, most U.S. Protestant pastors remain opposed to its use and legalization.

FIRST-PERSON: Beshear administration discriminating against Kentucky Baptist adoption provider

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – In some major news on Thursday (May 6), headlines in the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the Commonwealth of Kentucky under Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration ended its contract with the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Sunrise Children’s Services.

Joint effort aims to get Bible in all languages

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – Mart Green has a vision that everyone in the world will have the Bible in their own heart language in the next 12 years.

Bush: ‘Loving eye’ offers help on immigration issue

NASHVILLE (BP) – Viewing human beings with “a loving eye” offers a helpful philosophy in addressing the United States’ “fractured” immigration system, former President George W. Bush said in an online conversation cosponsored Thursday (May 6) by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.