“For the first time, we are facing amazing persecution in America,” said Lowery, who retired in 2004 after serving as pastor of First Bossier for more than 30 years.

Lowery tells E4 audience persecution is coming, be prepared

By Brian Blackwell, Message Staff Writer PINEVILLE – Fred Lowery believes persecution of Christians in the United States is coming and believers should be prepared. When those difficult times do come, Christians should find comfort that the Lord is right beside them as they try to stand strong in their … [Read More...]


David Melber (left), who will lead the North American Mission Board’s new Send Relief initiative, visits with NAMB vice president of marketing and ministry support Kim Robinson and NAMB executive vice president Carlos Ferrer (right) during the Oct. 7 meeting of NAMB’s trustees.

NAMB trustees approve Send Relief, IMB aid

By Mike Ebert, North American Mission Board SALT LAKE CITY (BP) - Trustees of the North American Mission Board have approved the establishment of Send Relief - a new compassion ministry to offer Southern Baptists opportunities to meet physical needs and serve underprivileged communities. Also during their … [Read More...]

HURRICANE RITA: The Forgotten Storm, Ten Years Later


LAKE CHARLES – Entire towns were wiped away. Numerous fishing villages were smashed beyond recognition. Roads were impassable. Livestock by the hundreds were left stranded. Cars and trucks floated down flooded streets and the only means of getting around was by boat. In an area known for its fabulous seafood industry and recreational fishing, the stench of dead shrimp and fish hung in the air.

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U.S. actions could benefit persecuted overseas

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press WASHINGTON (BP) - Oppressed Christians and other religious adherents around the world stand to benefit from recent actions by the United States government. The House of Representatives approved reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in … [Read More...]

Netanyahu demonstrates ‘deafening silence’ of world on Iran

By Gregory Tomlin, Christian Examiner NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood in front of the United Nations 70th General Assembly Oct. 1 and excoriated world leaders for their acceptance of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the United States and other western … [Read More...]

Naghmeh Abedini says faith ‘more real’ than before

By Morning Star News ISTANBUL, Turkey, (BP) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Monday (Sept. 30) declined to meet with the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini during his trip to the United Nations, days after the Christian's wife learned her husband had recently been tortured. Rouhani instead … [Read More...]