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FIRST-PERSON: The problem of evil -- for atheists

In his book "The Cross of Christ," John Stott said that the "the fact of suffering undoubtedly constitutes the single greatest challenge to the Christian faith." The ages-old problem of evil is the apparent conflict or contradiction between the existence of evil and suffering and the existence an all-powerful, all-knowing and ever-present God who is also perfectly good.

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GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health plan

Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer. GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, will roll out its new GuideStone Secure Health plan during the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, with enrollment to begin July 1.

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2nd-gen cross-cultural pastors focus of Dallas panel

Second-generation Asian American pastors and others called to cross-cultural ministry are the focus of a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. June 12 in Dallas. The 2nd-Generation Pastors and Planters Fellowship is open not only to Asian Americans, but second-generation pastors of any ethnic origin called to ministry outside their personal cultural groups in the U.S., said event organizer Thomas Wong.

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Calif. bill already impacting religious expression

The California state legislature's latest effort to outlaw biblical views on sex, marriage and gender identity appears to have claimed its first casualty. Citing concerns over possible legal repercussions from a pending bill, Colorado-based Summit Ministries has canceled a summer conference at Biola University in the Los Angeles area.

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Evangelicalism needs to focus on cross, Moore says

PRINCETON, N.J. (BP) -- American evangelical Christianity needs to be born again to an embrace of the cross of Christ, Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said in a lecture on the Princeton University campus.

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