Super Bowl 50 highlights Bay Area need for church planting boom

As the nation prepares for the first Super Bowl in the Bay Area in nearly three decades, Southern Baptists will turn their eyes to a changing mission field — one with a consistent need for new churches. One Redwood City church notes encouragement from evangelicals in Florida, Texas, Virginia, Ohio and beyond as they hope to turn the tide out west.

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REVIEW: 'The Choice' promotes muddled worldview

Moviegoers looking for a romantic drama have only one new option in theaters this weekend: "The Choice" (PG-13), which is based on a book by Nicholas Sparks, the same author who brought us "The Notebook" and "Dear John," and who has now seen 11 of his books turned into movies.

Super Bowl ads parents may want to censor

It's still early, but this year's Super Bowl ads are shaping up to be far less controversial than past years – which is great news for parents who are often caught "diving for the remote" when the game goes to a break. Here are the ones families should avoid.

Bonnie & Clyde standoff ends in Milton, Florida

The hunt for a Missouri couple suspected in a spree of robberies and kidnappings across the South ended on Friday with the man shot dead and the woman wounded after a chase, standoff and shooting involving law enforcement in Florida, police said.

Evangelicals propel Cruz toward upset win in Iowa

Evangelicals helped carry Ted Cruz to a surprising victory in the Iowa Republican caucuses Monday night, although they were far from unified in their preferred candidate. Meanwhile, voters who consider themselves conservative were split.

Chilling ISIS video shows politicians in the crosshairs

Videos shows Paris attackers in Syria, executing captives while talking up future Paris attack. Heads of state of two countries are featured as targets in the video. The song accompanying the video declares: "My Kalashnikov Is Loaded; The Civilians Are Unarmed; I Am Annihilating Frenchmen."

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SEX TRAFFICKING

Sex trafficking bust a reminder of ongoing ministry need

Officers busted a human trafficking operation in Southwest Florida's Collier County earlier this week, taking into custody two men they have been investigating since July. A victim who appeared to be "fading in and out of consciousness," according to Wink News, was rescued in the raid where authorities also discovered evidence of sex trafficking and drugs. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

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MISSIONARIES

30 missions media professionals jobless as IMB closes Richmond office

As the news begin to spread late Wednesday night that the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is eliminating its stateside office, Facebook pages of those affected – and those of their friends – lit up with indirect messages of encouragement and promises of prayer.