22% of Americans have received assistance from church-based food pantries, according to a new study by LifeWay Research. The survey of 1,158 people found 26% of churchgoers have turned to church-run programs for help, along with 18% of people who never attend services.
As temperatures climb in upstate New York, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are on hand to deal with snowmelt that could result in a food of floodwater in the Buffalo area, Baptist Press reports.
The American Center for Law and Justice continues to campaign for the release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran, as that country negotiates a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other nations. “The American people were heard and Iran was not rewarded with a nuclear deal while it continues to imprison and torment a U.S. citizen. Yet Pastor Saeed is not free,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ, according to The Christian Post.
“Second, the reports indicate that there will be no lull in the negotiations; they will continue as soon as next month. That means now continues to be a critical time to pressure Iran to release Pastor Saeed.” Abedini, an American citizen, was arrested in 2012.
Two pastors arrested for “hurting religious sentiments” in Bangladesh could face sentences of two years in prison if convicted, Baptist Press reports. Police in the largely Muslim country also arrested 41 people who were listening to the pastors’ preaching, but they were released the next day.
“A distinctively Christian urgency” drives Christians to proclaim marriage as a life-long union of a man and a woman, Russell Moore said during the Vatican’s Human Colloquium last month. The president of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was part of the gathering of 300 religious leaders, including Pope Francis.
From The Christian Post: Dueling pro- and anti-Duggar petitions circulated in the wake of reality TV matriarch Michelle Duggar’s public objections to a Fayetteville, Ark., civil rights ordinance that opponents said would allow transgendered men to use women’s restrooms.