February 2012

Iranian pastor sentenced to death remains in prison

By Damaris Kremida, Compass Direct News ISTANBUL (BP) – A pastor in Iran sentenced to death for refusing to recant his faith may have to wait another year in prison for a ruling on whether the sentence will be upheld, according to sources. Yousef (also spelled Youcef) Nadarkhani, sentenced to death after a court of appeals in Rasht, Iran, found him guilty of leaving Islam, has been in prison since October 2009, yet his lawyers said they were told to not expect any movement on his case for another year.


Komen reverses course, says Planned Parenthood still eligible

By Tom Strode, Baptist Press WASHINGTON (BP) –Susan G. Komen for the Cure revised a policy Feb. 3 that it had recently used in deciding to stop funding for Planned Parenthood, leaving the impression it had reversed itself on future grants to the country’s No. 1 abortion provider. The statement issued by the world’s leading breast cancer organization did not guarantee Planned Parenthood affiliates would continue to receive funds, however; only that they would remain eligible for such grants.


Komen ‘fumbles the ball’ as it reverses decision

By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the well-known and respected breast cancer charity, has been the subject of a serious game of political football. In the end, abortion supporters applied intense pressure and scored a big victory for their cause and a small monetary win for Planned Parenthood. News broke Jan. 31 that Komen was ceasing grants to Planned Parenthood designated for breast-health related services. The grants totaled approximately $680,000.


Share with your pastor your love for him

By Argile Smith, Louisiana College The account of Paul’s journey to Thessalonica in Acts 17 warms and then breaks our hearts. A fountain of joy floods our hearts as we read about the church that Paul started there (17:1-5).  As soon as he arrived in Thessalonica, he visited the synagogue and shared the gospel with everyone who would listen to him. Taking them to the Scriptures, he argued that Jesus of Nazareth was the Son of God, the Messiah promised long ago.


Questions we've pondered

By Archie England, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at NOBTS Question: Should Christians give their wealth to others who are less fortunate, especially in light of the financial needs of churches and ministry organizations these days?


Aluminum tabs keep popping up for Emma

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor [img_assist|nid=7925|title=Emma Miller|desc=Emma Miller, 9 and a fourth-grader at Phoenix Magnet School in Pineville, packed 21 gallons of aluminum can tabs Jan. 18 to help the families of cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.|link=none|align=left|width=480|height=640]PINEVILLE/BALL – Emma Miller was 6 years old when she started a mission project to help a teenage friend with cancer.


Childrens Home develops Foster Care & Adoption Network

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor STATEWIDE – The Louisiana Baptist Childrens Home has found a new way to minister to hurting youngsters across the Pelican state, and also is in the initial stages of expanding globally. With at least 4,500 children in the foster care system in Louisiana, and with just a few more than 2,200 homes certified as foster care providers, there is an urgent need for additional foster parents.