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U.S. official latest to comment on NBA owner’s dismissal of Uyghur genocide

RNS) — Comments from NBA part-owner Chamath Palihapitiya that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs” have generated controversy and drawn reactions from U.S. government officials and a media outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Nury Turkel, an official with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, is the latest public figure […]

Russia-Ukraine tension sparks call to prayer

A buildup of Russian troops on the Russia-Ukraine border has drawn all eyes to the two nations and a call for prayer from a former International Mission Board missionary in the region.

Nigeria remains deadliest nation for Christians

NORTHEAST NIGERIA(BP) – Watching Boko Haram behead her Christian father and leave her brother for dead in their Nigerian village has strengthened the faith of Manga, who practices Christianity in the deadliest nation for believers.

Proposed conversion therapy ban really isn’t about conversion therapy, critics say

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (BP) – Evangelical leaders say the ambiguous terminology in a city council proposal to ban so-called conversion therapy will implicate counseling centers, churches and even parents wanting to operate and live according to Scripture.

‘Living inside the cage’: Afghanistan tops Christian persecution list

SANTA ANA, Calif. (BP) – The Christian refugee hopped on one of the last flights out of Afghanistan to save his life and family. Since the Taliban regained rule there, Christians are hunted down and killed.

Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday (Jan. 14) it will hear the case of a former Seattle-area football coach who was removed from his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.

Texas six-week abortion ban remains active after appeals court toss

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – A Texas law banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, around six weeks of pregnancy, remains in effect after a New Orleans appeals court tossed it back to the state.

FIRST-PERSON: We gotta talk to each other

Sam pointed across the road to the spot about 50 yards away where he first heard the distinctive “pop” of tear gas canisters fired at the long line of marchers descending from the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The group of 600 stretched from downtown Selma and over the Alabama River. It was the beginning of the 51-mile journey to the state capital in Montgomery to demand long-denied voting rights. Sam was 11 years old and trailing some distance behind his older brother when he saw him running from the consuming mist.

Black Church influence gauged decades after King’s death

WASHINGTON (BP) – The late Martin Luther King Jr. called the church the “conscience of the state” during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

What you should know about Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

This weekend will mark the 38th observance of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. On that Sunday, churches across the country lament what former Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear called the “greatest moral tragedy of our day” – the evil of abortion.