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4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana
4 Observations, 4 Questions on Mission Work in Ghana

By: Reggie Warren
The Baptist General Association of Virginia partners with the Ghana Baptist Convention to launch 500 churches and to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets in the African nation.

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EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored
EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of the Year Honored

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Bill and Audrey Cowley, retired Southern Baptist missionaries, were honored as EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year for 2016 at a recent dinner held in their honor.

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Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands
Food Drive Blossoms Into Ministry Feeding Thousands

By: Bill White
After hearing a missionary speak about food insecurity, four young girls at Christ Journey Church in Miami wanted to do something about it. Their passion led to one of the church's most vibrant ministries.

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How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water
How One Church Helped 200,000 Get Drinking Water

By: Bill Ross
Efforts by First Baptist of Marietta, Georgia, led to the creation of Pure Water Initiative Inc., a nonprofit that has so far provided drinking water to nearly 200,000 people in India, Indonesia and other nations.

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Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands
Church's Medical Mission Teams Save Lives, Treat Thousands

By: Kevin Head
Noah, a young man in Kenya, received a life-saving operation this year. He is one of many people who were treated by short-term mission teams from First Baptist Church of Roswell, Georgia.

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Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells
Teaching Ghana's Villages How to Repair Broken Wells

By: Debra Wint
Many wells in Ghana's frontier region were installed by outsiders and have broken down. Villagers can't repair them. Texas Baptist Men Water Ministry works with villagers to teach them how to repair these wells.

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Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions
Health Professionals Serve Through Short-Term Missions

By: Angela Sudermann
God has been using health professionals to advance the mission of Christ through American Baptist International Ministries since 1821. To this day, they continue to serve in health and wellness ministries worldwide.

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Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture
Teaching Missions to Kids in Our Self-Centered Culture

By: Sarah Stevens
In a culture that encourages and even demands self-centeredness, the church's role in teaching children to have a global and others-centered worldview is increasingly important. Here's how one church does it.

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Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala
Missouri Baptist Church Meets Medical Needs in Guatemala

By: Gary Snowden
For nearly a decade, First Baptist of Lee's Summit, Missouri, has held mission trips to western Guatemala, partnering with local churches to provide leadership training and provide medical care among other needs.

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Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View
Robert Parham: An Ethicist with a Worldwide View

By: Emmanuel McCall
At a time when it was unpopular for black and whites to travel together, Robert and I became "soul partners" as we crisscrossed the nation in numerous racial reconciliation initiatives.

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Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food
Cooks on a Mission Shares Love of Christ Through Food

By: Mary Splawn
A passion for food and hospitality combined at Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Alabama to make a global impact. Since 2010, women at the church have connected their love for cooking with the church's mission work.

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Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support
Sustaining Ministries Through Indigenous Missionary Support

By: David Emmanuel Goatley
During its history, the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention has sent out many missionaries to foreign countries. Today, however, all of Lott Carey's missionary personnel are indigenous.

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How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality
How Your Church Can Break the Fortress Mentality

By: Garrett Vickrey and Lance Mayes
Many churches have a fortress mentality, which leads them to lock their doors away from the big, bad world. Here's how one church works to break that stranglehold.

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Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.
Why Immigrants Flee Their Homes to Come to the U.S.

By: Sue Smith
It's easy for many Americans to look at immigrants and wonder why they are here. However, if more people had the opportunity to visit immigrants' countries of origin, they would have a better understanding.

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Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees
Kansas Baptist Church Shows Hospitality to Refugees

By: Ruth Rosell
After watching the mounting refugee crisis in Europe last year, members of Prairie Baptist Church in Kansas found ways in their own community to help Syrian refugee families.

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CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects
CBF of Georgia Connects Youth to Mission Projects

By: Martha Kate Hall
Since 1997, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia has held March Mission Madness, in which hundreds of middle and high school students spend an entire Saturday serving in a local community.

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Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too
Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too

By: Joe LaGuardia
Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, re-enacts the Jewish tradition of repenting with ashes and can provide rich meaning in one's journey of faith. Here's how.

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Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation
Sharing the Gospel, Saving Lives in West African Nation

By: Reggie Warren
Partnering with the Ghana Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Association of Virginia is working to start 500 Baptist churches and to distribute and install more than 100,000 malaria-protecting mosquito nets.

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Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.
Explorations in Baptist History: Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the great congregations to rise up and minister to the urban multitudes in the history of New York City churches. One of its most visionary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Sr.

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South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration
South Sudan Faith Leaders Address U.N. Famine Declaration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist and Catholic leaders have addressed the United Nations' Feb. 20 formal declaration of famine in South Sudan, noting government complicity in the crises plaguing the African nation.

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Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts
Texas Church's Ministry Extends Beyond Relief Efforts

By: Julio Guarneri
Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.

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Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict
Baptists Minister to Refugees Amid South Sudan Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid increasing violence in South Sudan, Baptists in this African nation are ministering to refugees and internally displaced persons. The country is the world's third largest refugee crisis but receives far less attention.

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Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines
Perceived Threat of Refugees to U.S. Security Declines

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The number of U.S. adults who perceive refugees as a threat to U.S. security declined by 9 percent over 10 months, the Pew Research Center said, to 46 percent in January 2017 from 55 percent in April 2016.

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Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees
Church's Countercultural Witness through Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
While many in the U.S. oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees here, churches have been at the forefront of resettling them.

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Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US
Haitians, Others Arrive in Tijuana Seeking Entrance into US

By: Tim Long
Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.

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Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency
Why We Must Reclaim Baptist Interdependency

By: Neville Callam
Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.

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How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings
How I Benefited from Attending BWA Meetings

By: Michael Okwakol
I first heard of the Baptist World Alliance when I joined the staff of the Baptist Union of Uganda in 1984. Since then, I have discovered many benefits from BWA involvement. Here are a few of them.

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How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View
How The BWA's Global Family Widened My View

By: Meredith Stone
My worldview was small until my seminary professors introduced me to the Baptist World Alliance's global family, where we teach each other that all folks are created in the divine image - not just Americans.

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Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking
Texas Lawmakers Unite on Human Trafficking

By: EthicsDaily Staff
In a nationwide polarized political climate, Texas lawmakers have found an issue around which they can unite: putting an end to human trafficking. An estimated 313,000 people in Texas are trafficking victims.

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How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships
How the BWA Enriches My Ministry, Mission Partnerships

By: Craig Sherouse
The beautiful diversity of the Baptist world family is always on display when the BWA meets. As a local church pastor for 41 years, my ministry and missional partnerships have been greatly enriched by the BWA.

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How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists
How the BWA Opened My Eyes to Global Baptists

By: Paul Msiza
Growing up during apartheid's reign in South Africa was difficult. Christianity was viewed with suspicion, and Baptists were marginalized. But then I was exposed to the Baptist World Alliance.

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Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries
Baptists Serving in Moldova Enjoy Fruitful Ministries

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Baptists have enjoyed freedom to preach the gospel, train leaders and carry out fruitful missionary activities in Moldova since the eastern European nation gained its freedom in 1991. Here are the stories of three of them.

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Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church
Like King, I Have a Dream - For the Church

By: Jim Hill
I have a dream that one day white Christians will have the courage to lead a nation to have an honest conversation about racism and white privilege. I have a dream that conversation will lead our nation to begin to heal.

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Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation
Stepping Into a Journey Toward Reconciliation

By: Charles Cheek
Not long ago, neighbors gathered on front porches to freely exchange ideas to bring about change. We've lost sight of that in our isolated society. But we can gather again on the "front porch" for justice.

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Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation
Connecting with Your Church's Missing Generation

By: Sarah Stone
Millennials are one of the biggest challenges facing the church, but also one of its greatest resources. We need to understand them, encourage them and, most of all, pray for them.

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King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches
King Distinguished Between Segregating, Segregated Churches

By: Zach Dawes
Many churches remain predominantly black or white, but Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us of the difference between segregated and segregating churches. MLK Jr. Day services offer an opportunity to integrate.

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Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks
Nigerian Christian Leaders Called for Day of Mourning; Islamic Leaders Condemn Attacks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.

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How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery
How Baptist Women Fight Against Modern-Day Slavery

By: Candice Lee
It's tempting to imagine that trafficking only happens in faraway countries, but that's not the reality. The Woman's Missionary Union provides grants to respond to human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.

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4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking
4 Steps You Can Take to Thwart Human Trafficking

By: Stacy Blackmon
Some folks may feel that human trafficking is too big of a problem for them to offer any help. But individuals, small groups, even churches can play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in its tracks.

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A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking
A Baptist Report Card on Human Trafficking

By: Robert Parham
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, a time to draw attention to the third leading worldwide criminal industry. While there's no doubt Baptists have taken a stand, let's use this day to become further engaged.

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Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches
Stopping Human Trafficking Begins in Our Churches

By: Pam Strickland
Many practicing Christians view pornography, which drives demand for prostitution and sex trafficking. To stop human trafficking, the church must end the demand for victims. And we must start with us.

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Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights
Helping More Churches Commit to Supporting Human Rights

By: Stuart Blythe
While Baptists are committed to human rights at an official level, that commitment doesn't seem to make it into many churches - even though clear theological grounds exist for the support of human rights.

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One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking
One Church's Role to Put Dent in Sex Trafficking

By: Duane Brooks and Jen Whittenberg
More than just football comes to town with the Super Bowl. In addition to the thousands of visitors in town for the game, there is an increased demand for commercial sex. Here's one church's response.

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Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 2
Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 2

By: Rupen Das
Although the Syrian crisis is a seminal moment in history, rays of hope exist amid what seems a very discouraging scenario. For the first time in a long while, local churches are serving as major humanitarian actors.

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The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking
The Thin Line Between Prostitution and Sex Trafficking

By: Valerie Carter
Unlike sex-trafficked victims, society, including the church, does not look favorably upon those in the business of prostitution. But there's a thin line between the two, and our thinking must change.

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Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year
Bill and Audrey Cowley: EthicsDaily.com's 2016 Baptists of Year

By: Robert Parham
Retired missionaries Bill and Audrey Cowley showed courage during a time of tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966 and built one of Africa's transformative educational institutions. They are EthicsDaily.com's Baptists of the Year.

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Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 1
Our Collective Humanitarian Failure in Syria - Part 1

By: Rupen Das
Certain horrific events force the international community to take stock. The Biafran crisis was one; the Rwandan genocide another. With Syria's crisis, we face another time when we must assess our collective failure.

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Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School
Cowleys Cultivated Nigerian Talent at Baptist School

By: Cliff Vaughn
Bill and Audrey Cowley not only saved lives during a tribal genocide in Nigeria in 1966, they also founded Baptist High School in 1961, which emerged as a pre-eminent educational institution and remains so to this day.

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Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016
Looking Back at BCE / EthicsDaily.com's Busy 2016

By: Zach Dawes
The Baptist Center for Ethics / EthicsDaily.com hit the ground running in 2016 and didn't slow down. As the year nears its close, we look forward to continuing our efforts to advance the common good in 2017.

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A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon
A Baptist Who Embodied the Spirit of Lottie Moon

By: Bader Mansour
Everyone who grew up Southern Baptist knows Lottie Moon. A missionary to China in the 1800s, she personified the missionary spirit of Southern Baptists. But do you know the story of George Laty?

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Questions as You Travel the Road to Bethlehem
Questions as You Travel the Road to Bethlehem

By: Yohanna Katanacho
In modern times just like at Jesus' birth, the road from Nazareth to Bethlehem came with consequences and questions - political, legal and theological. Which road will you take to Bethlehem?

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Name That Baptist
Name That Baptist

Play "Name That Baptist," a game created by EthicsDaily.com staff for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2016. The game offers a playful review of Baptist Center for Ethics' quarter century of work by highlighting global Baptist leaders who have collaborated to help advance the common good.

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Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day
Global Baptists Urged to Observe Human Rights Day

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Human Rights Day will be observed on Dec. 10. The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging its members to participate in the annual observance in their worship services over that weekend.

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British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now
British Faith Leaders to Gov't: Help Besieged Syrians Now

By: Paul Hobson
The leader of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined other faith leaders from that nation to urge government leaders to take immediate action to deliver aid to up to 250,000 civilians in Aleppo.

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Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian
Why Your Church Needs More Than One Theologian

By: Barry Howard
Your church will be healthier if members are equipped to be good theologians. There are two categories of theology: folk and academic theology. Both are extremely important to the health of the church.

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Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion
Protestants, Catholics Move Toward Closer Communion

By: Neville Callam
As part of their commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutherans in Germany held a joint ecumenical remembrance with Catholics, making a serious commitment to visible unity.

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3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm
3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm

By: Mike Kuhn
Mission funding is a powerful force flooding the Middle East like a sudden storm in an arid desert. It changes the entire environment - sometimes doing great good, but with the potential to do great harm.

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Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians
Why Differences Should Not Divide Christians

By: Frank Rees
While Christians are all one in Christ, that does not mean our Christian identity does away with our differences. Difference is part of who we are because difference is part of who God is.

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Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths
Building Relationships with People of Other Faiths

By: Paul Beasley-Murray
How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? Here are five points to consider when your congregation takes steps to reach out to your Muslim neighbors.

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Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People
Egypt's Baptists Serve Many Poor, Illiterate People

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Baptist Convention in Egypt comprises 19 local churches and many church plants. The small convention is active in seeking opportunities to plant new congregations.

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European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European, Middle East Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
Baptists in Europe and the Middle East who are involved in the response to the refugee crisis are seeing an "incredible spiritual harvest," says a member of the European Baptist Federation.

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Proposed Law Seeks Accountability for Genocide in Iraq, Syria
Proposed Law Seeks Accountability for Genocide in Iraq, Syria

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Legislation proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives would provide relief to victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria and to hold perpetrators, namely the Islamic State, accountable.

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Baptists as a Movement of People
Baptists as a Movement of People

By: Jim Kelsey
Baptist churches are well equipped to move with freedom and flexibility in a rapidly changing world, leaving behind those things that are not core to who we are and might slow us down on our journey.

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Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact
Baptist, Muslim Leaders Discuss 9/11's Ongoing Impact

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaches, Baptist and Muslim leaders believe interfaith engagement offers hope for a better future, even as negative rhetoric heightens tension for U.S. Muslims.

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How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?
How Has Society Grown Up After 9/11?

By: Mitch Randall
After 15 years, you would assume our society has grown up regarding the relationship between Christians and Muslims. At times, the opposite seems true. We must set aside our ignorance and biases.

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Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later
Uniting to Work Together - 15 Years Later

By: Danny Chisholm
As we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it's more vital than ever for Muslims and Christians in the U.S. to work together. We can unite to improve our communities without compromising our religious views.

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South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims
South Sudan Uses More Child Soldiers; Hope for Peace Dims

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 50,000 people have died in South Sudan's 3-year-old civil war as both sides increasingly rely on recruiting children to fight. An estimated 16,000 children have been recruited in the conflict.

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World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President
World Baptist Leaders Meet with Ukraine's President

By: EBF Staff
European Baptist leaders met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, during which the president signed a decree celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in the eastern European nation.

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Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views
Reaffirming Church Unity Amid Diverse Political Views

By: Danny Chisholm
Many churches are not uniform when it comes to political views. We are a tapestry of different political, social and theological positions. This political season, we must reaffirm what unifies us amid diverse views.

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Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission
Rejecting Muslim Stereotyping, Focusing on God's Mission

By: Martin Accad
Many people see the world as divided between Muslims and "the rest." How will the church repudiate this stereotyping driven by fear and return to God's hopeful mission?

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Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community
Global Baptist Gathering Expands Christian Community

By: Zach Dawes
Interacting with global Baptists during the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering offered two advantages: Your personal echo chamber is revealed, and you're able to expand your sense of community.

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Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips
Australian Baptist Leader's Long-Term, Healthy Ministry Tips

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How does a pastor 'stay fresh' after a 40-year ministry with the same church? Bill Brown, senior pastor of Syndal Baptist Church in Australia, shared his insights in a video interview with EthicsDaily.com.

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Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace
Churches Provide Sanctuary as South Sudan Struggles to Keep Peace

By: EthicsDaily Staff
South Sudan found itself on the brink of civil war July 7 when fighting broke out in its capital city. Thousands fled their homes.

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Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty
Baptists Advocate for Global Religious Liberty

By: Brian Kaylor
The Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering frequently focused on religious liberty, passing resolutions that address religious-liberty violations in Nigeria and that urge Baptists to minister to refugees.

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Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future
Canadian Baptists Reflect on History, Future

By: Brian Kaylor
Canadian Baptists at the 2016 Baptist World Alliance annual gathering welcomed global Baptists to Vancouver, reflecting on their unique ministry heritage and context as they introduced their country.

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Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change
Global Baptists Consider Paris Agreement, Climate Change

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists discussed the COP21 agreement, emphasized the reality of climate change, and urged a more robust creation care theology at a commission meeting during the 2016 BWA gathering.

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UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement
UN: Record Levels of Forced Global Displacement

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than 65 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict in 2015, a United Nations' report says, which is nearly 6 million more than 2014. Over half of those forcibly displaced were children.

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Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness
Baptists Gather for Global Collaboration and Witness

By: Brian Kaylor
More than 300 Baptists from more than 50 countries trekked to Vancouver for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, uniting for worship, ministry planning and dialogue.

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"Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future"

By: Neville Callam
Steve Harmon's new book, "Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future," calls for the kind of receptive ecumenism without which the church can hardly be fully the church.

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Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model
Global Baptists Grapple with Relief Model

By: Brian Kaylor
Global Baptists face a growing debate over how Baptist relief and development agencies could most effectively collaborate. The issue likely will be a focal point during the BWA annual gathering.

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Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary
Observations on CBF's 25th Anniversary

By: Robert Parham
The people at the 25th anniversary of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering were the event's highlight. Here are a few who shaped our past and lead our future.

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Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power
Georgia Baptist Pastors Tempted With Reach for Power

By: Michael Helms
Many Christians are threatened by U.S. pluralism pecking away at their majority status. To fight it, some Georgia Baptists are pushing for laws that benefit them, but that's liberty and justice for some.

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Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life
Balancing Two Visions in Baptist Life

By: Frank Broome
Two visions are at work in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship family. One vision cherishes the best of what it means to be Baptist; the other wants to change the world. Both visions have value.

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UN Commission: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis
UN Commission: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The United Nations' Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic has determined that the Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidi people.

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Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'
Southern Baptists Ding Obama, Discuss 'Elephant in the Room'

By: Brian Kaylor
President Barack Obama was criticized and presidential candidate Donald Trump was subtly promoted during the recent annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies
Baptist Church in South Sudan Helping IDPs With Limited Supplies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist Church in Kajo Keji, South Sudan, is struggling to find sufficient supplies to help the more than 200 internally displaced persons it is hosting.

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Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel
Southern Baptists Adopt Controversial Resolution on Israel

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists at their annual meeting adopted a pro-Israel resolution deemed by some Arab Baptist leaders as unbiblical and harmful to their peacemaking efforts.

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A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality
A Baptist Editor Lands on the Wrong Side of Equality

By: John Pierce
Christian fundamentalists have a record of landing on the wrong side of equal rights and social change. A Georgia Baptist editor has peddled a fear-based argument to limit Muslims' religious freedom.

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Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?
Europe's Refugees: Crisis or Blessing?

By: Tony Peck
At a European Baptist Federation conference, Baptists were challenged to change their language about the arrival of thousands of refugees to Europe, viewing it not as a crisis but a blessing.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 2

By: Wissam al-Saliby
Western collusion aids the increasing human rights violations in the Middle East and North Africa, ranging from political support at the U.N. Security Council to the provision of weapons and police equipment.

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Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1
Human Rights Under Siege in Middle East, North Africa: Part 1

By: Wissam al-Saliby
The Middle East and North Africa region is seeing increased oppression and human rights violations, even arresting activists and journalists over Facebook posts. How are Western governments involved?

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Financial Crisis Continues for Christian Schools in Israel
Financial Crisis Continues for Christian Schools in Israel

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian schools in Israel "are at risk of collapsing financially." After the schools ended a strike last September, the government agreed to pay $12.7 million to the schools but has not done so yet.

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Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue
Jesus, Muslims and the Quran: Building Fruitful Dialogue

By: Martin Accad
Beliefs about Jesus today are diverse among Muslims. When our conversation is rooted into a robust life in the footsteps of Jesus, theological dialogue with Muslims will be strengthened and more fruitful.

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European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis
European Baptists Respond to Refugee Crisis

By: Paul Hobson
As part of the Baptist Union of Great Britain's general assembly, British Baptists learned how they and other Baptists from Lebanon and Croatia are meeting the needs of refugees.

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Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties
Cuban Baptists Find Joy, Growth Amid Difficulties

By: Brian Kaylor
Despite the technological and financial limitations that Cubans have faced over the last 50 years, Baptist leaders there report dramatic growth among churches over the last two decades.

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Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'
Missouri Baptist Church to Host 'Provocative Conversations'

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A Baptist church in Kansas City, Missouri, will hold a series of 'provocative conversations' - human trafficking, racism, foster care and the future of education - and how they affect their community.

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Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly
Two Baptist Women to Be Honored during CBF Assembly

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Recognitions of two Baptist women, Molly T. Marshall and Barbara "Babs" Baugh, will bookend the Friday event lineup at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's general assembly in June.

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Why Women Matter in Church Leadership
Why Women Matter in Church Leadership

By: Jerrod Hugenot
While some Baptists claim that women should not be in church leadership, especially pastoral ministry, the truth is that without their leadership and commitment, churches would not have much left.

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The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me
The Jewish Rabbi Who Blessed Me

By: Bader Mansour
As a gentile who lived and worked among Jews for many years, many people were a light along my way. You can choose to be a blessing, lighting the path of others, or you can be a curse.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 2

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism often happens best when it happens obliquely. If evangelism is always the primary motivator for everything we are, do and say, we will end up making our evangelism inauthentic.

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Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1
Evangelism: Some Good News about the Good News - Part 1

By: Glen Marshall
Evangelism can so easily become intrusive, arrogant, pushy, manipulative, forced, artificial, dishonest - anything but good news. However, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics
Baptist World Aid Australia Grades Fashion Companies' Ethics

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Fashion companies have improved oversight of fabric producers but remain largely ignorant of raw materials sources and labor conditions, a Baptist World Aid Australia report says.

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Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine
Bethlehem Bible College: Beacon of Peace for Israel-Palestine

By: Hailey Brenden
Bethlehem Bible College in Jerusalem prepares Christian leaders to serve Arab churches and society despite difficult circumstances and a dwindling Christian population.

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Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus
Faith Leaders Play Key Role in Responding to Ebola Virus

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three nations - Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - were at the center of the Ebola epidemic, and faith leaders have been vital in responding effectively to the crises in the West African nations.

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God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans
God Works Through the Weak to Thwart the Powerful's Plans

By: Simon Jones
God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.

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After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue
After Ebola Crisis, Liberia's Struggles Continue

By: Faliku S. Dukuly
Liberia's Ebola crisis took nearly 5,000 lives even as groups like the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary stepped in to help. Now declared free of Ebola, the African nation's struggles continue.

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U.S. House Says ISIS Committing Genocide against Christians, State Department Still Investigating
U.S. House Says ISIS Committing Genocide against Christians, State Department Still Investigating

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The House of Representatives unanimously approved a resolution declaring actions by IS against religious minorities in the Mideast to be genocide.

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How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?
How Should Western Churches Respond to Syrian Refugees?

By: Martin Accad
As Syrian refugees migrate into Europe in massive numbers, Western churches want to know how to respond. The first issue to address is the fear that many have about this overwhelming phenomenon

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Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership
Why UK Should Continue its European Union Partnership

By: Tony Peck
This June, United Kingdom citizens will vote in a referendum on whether or not the government should continue to be part of the European Union. One Baptist leader calls on Britain to continue its partnership.

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IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction
IMB President Discusses Future Following Personnel Reduction

By: EthicsDaily Staff
After shedding more than 1,000 missionaries and staff, Southern Baptists' International Mission Board president discusses the agency's future and mobilizing ordinary Christians to the mission field.

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UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees
UK Baptists Urge Government to Protect Refugees

By: Baptist Union of Great Britain
As the French government demolishes homes in a makeshift refugee camp, where migrants hope to cross the English Channel into Britain, Baptists in the United Kingdom urge their government to ensure protection.

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How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture
How You Can Relate Scripture to Changing Culture

By: Neville Callam
As we seek to relate the teaching of Scripture to the vexed issues of contemporary life, we should not fail to recognize the complexity of the process by which we can hear the voice of God.

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Church Attendance, Religious Tradition Sway Israel-Palestine Views
Church Attendance, Religious Tradition Sway Israel-Palestine Views

By: EthicsDaily Staff
How often you attend church and your religious tradition influence whether you sympathize with Israelis or Palestinians in the Middle East conflict, a Gallup poll discovered.

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Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank
Two New Churches Get Off the Ground in West Bank

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
The Council of Local Evangelical Churches in the Holy Land, working with the European Baptist Federation, is involved in starting two new churches in the West Bank.

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Flagrant Human Rights Violations, Religious Persecution During Syrian Conflict
Flagrant Human Rights Violations, Religious Persecution During Syrian Conflict

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The war in Syria has resulted in "untold suffering," a U.N. report says. The ongoing conflict has destroyed towns and forced millions to flee their homes.

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7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church
7 Ways to Develop Leaders for Your Small Church

By: Dennis Bickers
Leaders, including pastors, are responsible for growing other leaders. This is especially true in smaller churches because many of them struggle to find pastors.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Criticize Blasphemy Bill

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc country of Georgia are speaking out against a proposed national bill that would criminalize insulting a religion or religious leaders.

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Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar
Baptists Save Poor Communities in Myanmar

By: Joe Nicholson
The Karen Baptist Convention, a network of Baptist churches in Myanmar, is reaching some of the nation's most vulnerable people and helping them to lift themselves out of poverty.

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Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label
Don't Let Extremists Hijack 'Evangelical' Label

By: Roger Olson
Some equate "American evangelicalism" with a far right-wing political movement, but many evangelicals don't identify with or participate in the Religious Right or fundamentalist theology.

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British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green
British Baptist Church Earns Award for Going Green

By: John Weaver
A Baptist church in England has received an award to recognize its ongoing efforts to care for the environment in all areas of church life. It's one of more than 300 churches from all denominations to earn the award.

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Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities
Goodwill Muslim Leaders Speak Up for Religious Freedom for Minorities

By: Robert Parham
The Marrakesh Declaration, a historic document by some 300 Muslim scholars, calls for religious minorities in Islamic countries to be treated with respect.

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ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio
ERLC's Moore Appears to Favor Presidential Hopeful Rubio

By: Brian Kaylor
As various conservative Christians issue public endorsements of presidential candidates ahead of Monday's Iowa caucus, a key Southern Baptist leader remains uncommitted - officially.

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Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration
Evangelical Leaders Call for Biblical Approach to Immigration

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Thirty-two Iowa pastors and a handful of national leaders have informed the 2016 presidential candidates that evangelical voters "are looking for a biblical approach regarding immigrants and immigration."

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Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip
Helping Others to Escape Poverty's Grip

By: Bob Newell
Born into poverty in 1935, Elvis Presley overcame the odds to become a music legend. Many others around the globe face similar disadvantages. How can we as Christians give them opportunities to prosper?

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Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies
Report: Global Migrant-Refugee Crisis Exacerbated by EU Policies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Restrictive European Union policies have exacerbated the global migrant-refugee crisis, making migration an increasingly perilous and dangerous endeavor, a Doctors Without Borders report says.

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Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness
Sudanese Baptist Reflects on Nation's History, Baptist Work and Witness

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The end of Sudan's two-decade civil war in 2005 brought hope, but not stability or lasting peace. Baptists in that nation are doing their part to help.

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Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case
Baptists Weigh High Court's Pending Immigration Case

By: Brian Kaylor
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a lawsuit challenging an executive action on immigration taken by President Obama. The decision could impact up to 4 million undocumented immigrants.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 2

By: Paul S. Fiddes
Some may find the covenantal approach of mutual trust between churches is hopelessly impracticable, but Baptists have learned over the years to live with the risks of trust and love.

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Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1
Baptists and Life in Covenant: Part 1

By: Paul S. Fiddes
From the beginning of their church life, Baptists thought that "walking together and watching over each other" was more than individual believers in a congregation; it involved churches watching over each other.

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Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Baptist Leader Reflects on King's Visit to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

By: Zach Dawes
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on April 19, 1961. A Baptist minister, then a second-year student, recalls the visit.

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Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity
Suffering from Too Much Ceremonial Christianity

By: John Pierce
The United States is plagued with 'ceremonial Christianity,' which baptizes national allegiance and political ideologies in the language of faith. And Jesus' teaching is lost in the process.

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To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights
To U.S. Politicians, Israeli Rights Trump Palestinian Rights

By: Alex Awad
U.S. politicians on both sides of the aisle keep decrying that Israel has the right to defend its citizens but neglect to mention the needs, rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.

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Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations
Free EthicsDaily.com Interfaith Resource Sheet for Congregations

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Amid divisive, anti-Muslim rhetoric, Baptist leaders have urged interfaith engagement with Muslim neighbors. To aid churches in those initiatives, EthicsDaily.com offers a free downloadable resource.

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SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign
SBC Leaders Lean Toward Cruz in Presidential Campaign

By: Brian Kaylor
With the first primary votes just three weeks away, many Southern Baptist leaders appear to lean toward backing Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric
Refugees' Reality Trumps Political Rhetoric

By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.

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Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road
Theological Tradition: A Long and Dangerous Road

By: Joe LaGuardia
We often exercise theological gerrymandering to support our ideological beliefs about the day's most pressing issues. We must avoid any declaration that God is taking one side over the other.

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EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2015 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
What did EthicsDaily.com accomplish in 2015? To start with, more than 500 columns and around 100 news articles were published, written by more than 150 unique contributors from 23 U.S. states and nine countries.

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European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts
European Baptists' Support Jordan's Peace Efforts

By: EBF News
In a letter to Jordan's King Abdullah II, European Baptist Federation's Tony Peck praised the Jordanian government and royal family for promoting religious tolerance in the Middle East.

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Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall
Baptist of the Year: Molly Marshall

By: Robert Parham
A Southern Baptist by heritage and academic training and president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Molly Marshall is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2015.

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4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East
4 Christmas Gifts for People in the Middle East

By: Nabil Costa
For people living in the Middle East and North Africa, life is incredibly hard. This Christmas season, here are four gifts that would help children and families escape their daily burdens.

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Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events
Baptist Pastors Stand in Solidarity With Muslims at Interfaith Events

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Baptist ministers across the U.S. have signed interfaith statements expressing solidarity with their Muslim neighbors and condemning anti-Islamic rhetoric.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 2

By: Martin Accad
With the church in the Middle East on life support, the solution is not to fan fears of Islam and Muslims and develop strategies of war against them. Rather, the transformation must start from within.

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Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1
Is the Church in the Middle East on Life Support? Part 1

By: Martin Accad
The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Under such circumstances, how do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church?

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The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees
The Tale of Two Baptist Responses on Syrian Refugees

By: Robert Parham
How should U.S. citizens in general and Baptists in particular respond to the U.S. accepting 12,000 Syrian refugees? We have two models. One serves those in great need; the other rejects them out of fear.

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The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity
The 'Evangelical Right's' Problem - and Its Opportunity

By: Colin Harris
The marriage between the evangelical and political right seems to have evolved into a relationship where the power it sought is now defining that faith and its responses to issues. But there may be hope.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Southern Baptists' International Mission Board says it sold $18 million in overseas properties to cover missionary expenses in 2014, but that number doesn't match the agency's own 2014 audit.

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IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1
IMB Spending Claims to Justify Layoffs Don't Match Audits: Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
The head of Southern Baptists' International Mission Board said the elimination of up to 800 missionary positions was necessary because of a $210 million spending deficit. But those numbers don't add up.

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Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016
Reflecting on 2015, Looking Forward to 2016

By: Zach Dawes
While many newspapers charge readers to access their online information, EthicsDaily.com provides free content for churches and people of faith. And we're able to do it with your financial support.

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Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis
Border Blocks in Nepal Could Trigger Humanitarian Crisis

By: Sarah Stone
Following two major earthquakes, Nepal is facing nationwide fuel shortages after more than two months of blockades along its border with India. The shortage is closing schools and affecting hospitals.

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Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians
Why Caring for Refugees Isn't Optional for Christians

By: Ferrell Foster
Others may turn away from the suffering of refugees, but followers of Jesus can't afford such apathy. By caring for those who suffer, we're caring for Him. Jesus is a refugee, and he needs us.

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On Being European, Human Rights and Grace
On Being European, Human Rights and Grace

By: Stuart Blythe
When it comes to human rights, many Christians can be ambivalent on the subject. The concept of grace, however, offers a different way to theologically reflect upon human rights.

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British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families
British Churches: Benefit Cuts Will Harm Poor Families

By: Paul Hobson
The British government's welfare reform bill is a dangerous shift that will harm poor families and their children, according to a report from churches representing several faith groups.

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IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast
IMB President Addresses Budget Shortfalls, Downsizing via Live Webcast

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The layoff of up to 800 Southern Baptist Convention mission personnel was addressed in a live webcast on Tuesday by the president of the convention's International Mission Board.

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When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 2
When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 2

By: Suzie Lahoud
The idolatry of shaping God in our own image has been the root of much evil in the world. Those who believe the church's hands are clean are guilty of one of the most dangerous sins - apathy.

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When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 1
When Religion Becomes Idolatry: Part 1

By: Suzie Lahoud
When we attempt to make sense of the world by ordering the mind of God, we are inevitably fashioning him in our own image because the human mind is never free of prejudice. This is idolatry.

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Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR
Healing for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Africa's CAR

By: Hailey Brenden
Research into gender-based violence during the Central African Republic conflict has led to the release of a powerful report with the potential to help survivors and inspire leaders to take action.

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Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'
Refugees in French Camp Endure 'Awful Conditions'

By: Paul Hobson
Some 4,000 people, many of them women and children, languish in a refugee camp on France's northern coast. The threat of violence is high, a British Baptist pastor said. "They need some form of justice."

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Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do
Why Leaving Dictators in Power Might Be Right Thing to Do

By: Mark Woods
As the policies of Western democracies have contributed to ruin and unintended consequences in foreign nations, it's a reminder that good intentions don't always result in good outcomes.

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6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People
6 Ways Your Church Should Invest in People

By: Ircel Harrison
Church programs come and go. Buildings often become a burden rather than a resource. Strategies rise and fall. But churches wanting the best return on investment should focus on people. People will endure.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Grapple with Unity, Minority Status - Part 2

By: Brian Kaylor
Amid a controversy over homosexuality, Baptist leaders in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia tell EthicsDaily.com that they're committed to unity.

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Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1
Baptists in Nation of Georgia Divide over Homosexuality - Part 1

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists in the former Soviet-bloc nation of Georgia have divided over issues of homosexuality during the past two years. Three leaders there recently explained the controversy to EthicsDaily.com.

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The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?
The Beginning of the End for Baptist Entities?

By: Bill Wilson
Declining receipts from churches and increasing pressure from the national Baptist body to forward a larger percentage of receipts upstream are squeezing state conventions and associations.

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Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike
Christian Schools in Israel Reopen After Month-Long Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Ending a strike by Christian schools that began on Sept. 1, leaders of the Israeli government and the nation's Christian schools reached an agreement enabling students to return to classes.

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 British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct
British Report: Christianity Far From Being Extinct

By: Paul Hobson
Fifty-seven percent of people in England call themselves Christians, and one in five of those who don't is open to finding out more about Jesus after hearing Christians talk to them about their faith, a British report says.

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Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Why Churches Should Support UN Sustainable Development Goals

By: Chris Hall
The United Nations will vote on its Sustainable Development Goals to tackle poverty, hunger and other issues over the next 15 years. Here's why your church should support these initiatives.

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Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030
Interfaith Leaders Commit to Help End Hunger by 2030

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders signed a statement calling for a broad commitment to end hunger by 2030. Bread for the World released the statement signed by 67 leaders.

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On Sweden Trip: Reflections on Church, Refugee Crisis
On Sweden Trip: Reflections on Church, Refugee Crisis

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
A trip to Sweden provides an opportunity to reflect on questions of faith and life. Two takeaways: The church in Sweden is not dead, and the Syrian refugee crisis is worse than you think.

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Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda
Nigerian Scholar Corrects Idea That Missionaries and Colonialists Had Shared Agenda

By: Robert Parham
The differing views of a British officer and a U.S. Baptist missionary illustrate the clash that would contribute to Nigeria's religiously related violence.

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Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis
Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis

By: Nabil Costa
One Lebanese Baptist knows the unease many European Christians feel as refugees cross their borders, but now's the time to cast off fear and reflect God's love.

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Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike
Israel Discriminates Against Christians in School Funding, Sparks Strike

By: EthicsDaily Staff
While the state of Israel fully funds state-run public and Orthodox Jewish schools, it provides only 29 percent for Christian schools, leading them to strike.

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German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis
German Baptist Thomas Klammt Discusses Migrant Crisis

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With nearly a half-million immigrants arriving in Germany so far this year, one German Baptist explains why the country and its Baptist churches are so open in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.

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Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria
Baptist Volunteers Help Welcome Refugees in Austria

By: David Bunce
Members of a Baptist church in Austria joined other volunteers to help thousands of refugees pouring their nation, many en route to Germany. And your church can help in three ways.

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The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon
The Christian Pacifism of Charles Spurgeon

By: David Swartz
Charles Spurgeon's commitment to evangelism and gospel-centered preaching makes him adored by today's evangelicals. Those same traits form the foundation for his staunch Christian pacifism.

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Will Christian Education in Israel Vanish?
Will Christian Education in Israel Vanish?

By: Yohanna Katanacho
Nearly 50 church schools in Arab towns and villages in Israel educate more than 30,000 Christian and Muslim Palestinian Israeli Arabs. Yet Israel has been imposing increasing pressure on these schools.

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British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect
British Churches Press Gov't on Migrant Respect

By: Paul Hobson
Following Britain's prime minister describing migrants as a "swarm of people," leaders from several British denominations called for "a more informed and higher level of debate on the issue."

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Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members
Baptists in Poland: 90 Churches, 5,000-Plus Members

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Poland is a nominally religious nation with 38.5 million residents. The Baptist movement is nearly 160 years old; they have more than 5,000 baptized members in 90 local congregations.

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UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence
UK's Black Majority Churches: From Rejection to Influence

By: Israel Olofinjana
What are black majority churches? The history of these churches in London is phenomenal because within 60 years they've grown from rejection to influence.

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Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress
Best, Worst, Most Unexpected Moments at Baptist World Congress

By: Robert Parham
The Baptist World Congress was a splendid overall success, despite lower than desired attendance due to fears of Ebola and xenophobia in South Africa toward other foreign workers. Here's an overview.

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Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions
Paternalism, Dependency Plague Christian Missions

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Many missionaries and their agencies fall into the trap of paternalism, creating a sense of dependency in the people of less-developed regions. Here are six ways to avoid this pitfall.

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EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists
EthicsDaily.com Videos Introduce Global Baptists

By: EthicsDaily Staff
As part of its extensive coverage of the Baptist World Alliance's 2015 World Congress, held in Durban, South Africa, EthicsDaily.com staff interviewed a number of Baptists on a variety of topics.

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West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola
West African Baptists Teach Congress about Ebola

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from around the world, meeting in Africa for the Baptist World Congress, heard updates from those in western African nations impacted by last year's Ebola epidemic, which claimed more than 11,000 lives.

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South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation
South Africans Teach Global Baptists about Truth, Reconciliation

By: Brian Kaylor
South African leaders spoke during the Baptist World Congress about the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped the transition from racial apartheid.

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Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Honored with Human Rights Award

By: Brian Kaylor
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda was honored during the Baptist World Congress for his human-rights efforts in the face of ethnic prejudice and genocide.

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Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress
Africans Welcome Global Baptists to BWA Congress

By: Brian Kaylor
South African musicians danced and sang as they welcomed Baptists from around 80 nations to the 21st Baptist World Congress in South Africa, held every five years by the Baptist World Alliance.

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Global Baptists Gather in South Africa
Global Baptists Gather in South Africa

By: Brian Kaylor
At the Baptist World Alliance's Congress, held every five years and for the first time in Africa, outgoing president John Upton reflects upon the "power of collectiveness" of global Baptists.

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4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too
4 Reasons I Now Admire the Pope - And You Should, Too

By: Roger Olson
When Catholic Church cardinals chose their replacement for retiring Pope Benedict, I didn't care. Today, I've come to admire and recognize Pope Francis as a Christian leader. Here's why.

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When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice
When People of Faith Connect Faith, Social Justice

By: Jerrod Hugenot
Catholics and Baptists have both had varying levels of embrace for connecting faith and social justice. It's ultimately gratifying to see people of faith share abundance where scarcity might reign.

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EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story
EthicsDaily.com Opens Global Door to Tell Baptist World Congress' Story

By: Robert Parham
EthicsDaily.com is taking four initiatives to provide extensive coverage of the Baptist World Congress meeting from July 22-26 in South Africa.

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First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn
First Job for Your Short-Term Mission Work: Learn

By: Brian Craig
Before ever undertaking a cross-cultural short-term mission experience, realize all that you don't know and do some intentional study about the people group or country where you're headed.

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Skype Interview: Joel Gregory
Skype Interview: Joel Gregory

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Joel Gregory, who will deliver the closing sermon at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa this month, discusses the global Baptist witness in the latest Skype video from EthicsDaily.com.

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Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists
Pope's Encyclical Deserves More Than Polite Silence from Baptists

By: Robert Parham
U.S. Baptists raised their voices following the Charleston shooting and the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. By contrast, few Baptist voices spoke up about the pope's encyclical on the environment.

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Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship
Don't Neglect to Exercise Your Freedom to Worship

By: Barry Howard
As you celebrate the unrivaled freedom we enjoy in the U.S., celebrate your religious liberty by exercising your freedom to worship. And respect the freedom of others to choose when or if they worship.

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The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike
The One Way Bodybuilders and Baptists Are Alike

By: Bill Wilson
The two groups meeting separately at the hotel couldn't have been more different. Sure, the bodybuilders didn't look anything like the Baptists, but in one key way they're both very much alike.

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4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs
4 Ways Churches Meet Syrian Refugees' Spiritual Needs

By: Kathryn Kraft
Not only are Lebanese churches providing Syrian refugees with food, blankets, clothing and education, they are also meeting their spiritual needs. Here are four ways they're doing it.

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Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon
Tweets Spread Word of Untold Story at Ethics Luncheon

By: Robert Parham
After a preview of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on the story of what missionaries did in Nigeria in 1966 amid several days of genocide that took 30,000 lives, the Twitter reaction was energizing.

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Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader
Ethics Luncheon Will Get Peek at Forthcoming Documentary, Recognize Baptist Leader

By: Robert Parham
Ethics luncheon attendees will get a peek at a new documentary - an untold story - about missionaries during a time of genocide in Nigeria in 1966.

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Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger
Grieving Over the Loss of Phil Lineberger

By: Ed Hogan
Phil Lineberger, who passed away May 31, led the Baptist General Convention of Texas through its darkest hours. First and foremost, however, he was a pastor who loved his congregation.

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Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War
Ukrainian Pastor Speaks of Hope Amid War

By: Brian Kaylor
A Baptist pastor from eastern Ukraine sees God at work in his country even after the destruction of his 300-member church by pro-Russian separatists when he refused to back their cause.

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Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest
Baptists Ready to Respond to East African Nation's Unrest

By: Paul Hobson
The Burundi president's announcement that he would seek a third term sparked unrest in the East African nation. More than 20 have died, 100 injured, 600 arrested and 100,000 fled the country.

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Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots
Why Colonial Baptists Were Reluctant Patriots

By: Thomas Kidd
While Baptists were reluctant supporters of the colonists' war for independence from Great Britain, they also saw an opportunity for attaining religious freedom for everyone.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries to Screen at Baptist World Congress in Durban

By: Robert Parham
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries will be shown at the Baptist World Congress in South Africa, where thousands of global Baptists will gather in July.

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Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches
Skype Interview: Michael Okwakol on African Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Michael Okwakol, senior pastor of a Baptist church in Uganda and president of the All Africa Baptist Fellowship, talks about challenges for African churches in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.

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Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired
Report: ISIS Architects Not Religiously Inspired

By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?

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Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics
Southern Baptists Need to Keep Away from Party Politics

By: Thomas Kidd
Southern Baptists rescinded presidential hopeful Ben Carson's invitation to speak at their annual Pastors' Conference. Evangelicals need to stop platforming political candidates at denominational functions.

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Religious Freedom Report Cites Countries of Particular Concern
Religious Freedom Report Cites Countries of Particular Concern

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Five nations - Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Central African Republic and Burma - have been recommended to be designated as "countries of particular concern" because of severe violations of religious freedom.

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Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict
Christian Delegates Grapple with Ukrainian Conflict

By: Chris Hall
About 60 delegates and observers grappled with how the global church should respond to the Ukrainian conflict at a special event in London organized by BMS World Mission.

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Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine
Baptists Respond to Crisis Rocking Ukraine

By: Tony Peck
European Baptist Federation leaders visited Baptist churches as part of a 1,000-mile journey through Ukraine, a nation rocked by fighting between separatists and government forces.

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African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize
African Diaspora's Descendants Returned to Evangelize

By: Neville Callam
Descendants of the African diaspora, including Jamaican Baptists and members of other denominations, played a significant role in returning to their homeland to spread the Gospel.

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"I Shall Not Hate"

By: James Gordon
In his book, "I Shall Not Hate," Palestinian doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish reflects on his experiences following the Israel's incursion into Gaza in 2009 that claimed the lives of his three daughters and a niece.

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Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?
Baptist Churches: Part of a Denomination or Confederation?

By: Greg Mamula
Are Baptist churches part of a denomination? Or is a confederation a more precise term? In a confederation, each church continues to remain themselves while uniting for a common purpose.

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Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible
Baptist Ethics Pioneer A.C. Miller Stayed Tethered to Bible

By: Robert Parham
To understand better white Baptists of the South on race, you need to remember a forgotten figure, A.C. Miller, and a slice of history, 1954's Southern Baptist Convention.

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Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2
Why Do Young People Join ISIS? Part 2

By: Arthur Brown
Rather than labeling young recruits of ISIS as crazy or evil, we should try to understand the conditions that made them willing to join. How can peace-loving churches and mosques work together to respond?

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Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide
Baptists Sporadically Issue Condemnations of Genocide

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist groups have sporadically raised their voices against genocide. When they do, they have strongly condemned killing and affirmed the value of all lives.

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British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable
British Charity Urges Churches to House Vulnerable

By: Fiona Spence
Ed Walker wanted to do something about Britain's homeless so he and his wife bought a house and rented it out to an ex-offender who had been living in a hostel. And Hope into Action was born.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 2

By: Azar Ajaj
While the church in Israel is doing a good job on the spiritual level by presenting the gospel, little has occurred on the social level and almost nothing on the political level. It's time to be a prophetic voice.

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Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1
Israeli Election is Wake-Up Call to Church: Part 1

By: Azar Ajaj
The events of the Israeli election are a wake-up call to the church in Israel, a challenge to become more effective in its mission. How can churches better serve Arab Israelis as well as the Israeli community?

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Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East
Busting 2 Perplexing Myths about Middle East

By: Jesse Wheeler
Misinformation abounds when it comes to the Middle East. Certain misperceptions have proven to have profound socio-cultural consequences and destructive policy ramifications.

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Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS
Baptists Send Cheese, Letter about Religious Liberty to POTUS

By: Zach Dawes
Religion can and should play a role in shaping society, but it should do so by offering a moral compass through public witness that retains a distinction and distance from politicians and parties.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Set for March TV Broadcasts

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Two EthicsDaily.com documentaries - "Through The Door," a look at the faith community's engagement with prisons, and "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," will air on TV networks in March.

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March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet
March Madness: Dean Smith Visits an RA Banquet

By: Bill Wilson
More than just a basketball coach, Dean Smith was an active layman at his Baptist church and took his faith very seriously. And years ago, he stopped by to encourage a group of boys at their RA banquet.

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Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'
Syria Called 'Worst Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time'

By: Paul Hobson
The Syrian conflict entered its fifth year last weekend. More than 200,000 people have been killed inside Syria; half of the population has been forced to leave their homes.

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Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania
Baptist Churches Advancing in Albania

By: Daniel Trusiewicz
Albania in southeastern Europe regained its independence and opened its doors to Christian missionaries in 1991. Today, about 160 evangelical churches exist, including eight Baptist congregations.

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Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent
Looking for a Warm Home in the Winter of Baptist Discontent

By: Robert Parham
Even though Baptists are in a winter of discontentment, they do manage to collaborate in some remarkable ways. One of the best examples of collaboration is the Baptist World Alliance.

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Rwandan Baptist Earns International Human Rights Award
Rwandan Baptist Earns International Human Rights Award

By: BWA Staff
The general secretary of the Association of Baptist Churches in Rwanda, is the recipient of the 2015 Baptist World Alliance's human rights award, which is given out every five years.

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Iraq's Religious, Ethnic Minorities Face Genocide
Iraq's Religious, Ethnic Minorities Face Genocide

By: Elijah Brown
Iraq's religious and ethnic minority communities - Christians, Yazidis, Shabak and Turkmen - are living at the edge of extinction and face virtual non-existence without immediate action.

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Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling
Faith Leaders Shrug at Critical Immigration Ruling

By: Brian Kaylor
When a federal judge halted President Obama's executive order on immigration, putting nearly 750,000 immigrants at risk for deportation, many faith leaders, including Southern Baptists, responded with silence.

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When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
When Ministers Ignore Ethical Boundaries
By: Ircel Harrison
Certain boundary issues – money, relationships, time management –are often overlooked in ministerial training. Why do good leaders ignore common sense and fail to observe boundaries?
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Why Christians Should Support ICC's Investigation
Why Christians Should Support ICC's Investigation
By: Wissam al-Saliby
The International Criminal Court is investigating alleged crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territories since last June. In the interest of international justice, Christians should support the ICC.
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When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway
When Choosing Churches, Brand Loyalty Has Little Sway

By: Michael Helms
Few people will join your church because they've been looking for a particular denomination. They don't care about your brand; they want a church that meets their needs.

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In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight
In West Africa, Doctor Says Ebola's End in Sight

By: Sarah Stone
Ebola has claimed more than 9,000 lives across West Africa since the outbreak began in December 2013. A BMS World Mission doctor, who serves in Guinea, says the end is in sight.

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Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It
Texas Legislators Condemn Human Trafficking, Vow to Eradicate It

By: EthicsDaily Staff
About 100 people attended an event in Texas focused on ending human trafficking. The state accounts for almost 14 percent of all calls received by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

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European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists
European Baptists Appeal to Russian, Ukrainian Baptists

By: Paul Hobson
The European Baptist Federation has challenged Russian and Ukrainian Baptist leaders to issue a joint statement calling for peace while acknowledging their differences.

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Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
Resolution Seeks Greater Religious Tolerance in Europe
By: Paul Hobson
Recognizing freedom of religion as a fundamental right, a European human rights group passed a resolution urging greater tolerance of other faiths, including Christian minorities.
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Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
Baptist Vision for Church Abolishes Secular Life
By: Stephen Holmes
In their beginnings, Baptists did away with traditional distinctions of Christian life. Rather than being seen as discarding the religious life, it was more accurately an abandonment of secular life.
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Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
Nigerian Baptists React to Kerry's Visit Ahead of Election
By: Brian Kaylor
As Nigeria prepares to vote in a presidential election, three prominent Nigerian Baptists share their thoughts about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the African nation.
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Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
Baptist Student Union's Dissent Against Vietnam
By: Nathan Finn
Although the Southern Baptist Convention generally supported U.S. military involvement in Vietnam, the Baptist Student Union, its official collegiate ministry, was an exception.
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Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
Guatemalan Ministry Brings Life and Hope: Part 2
By: Brian Kaylor
Standing in the city cemetery in Guatemala City, a contradictory mix of life and death covers the landscape. A nearby ministry started by a Guatemala Baptist leader seeks to tip the balance toward life.
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Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
Baptists Expand Their Mission Work in Netherlands
By: Eron Henry
About 80 churches with some 11,000 members make up the Union of Baptist Churches in the Netherlands. As Baptists migrate throughout the nation, church leaders seek to expand their missional focus.
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Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
Guatemalan Baptists Train for Transforming Ministry
By: Brian Kaylor
Protestants have grown in recent decades in the Central American nation of Guatemala, but one Baptist leader there sees the need for training to better prepare its leaders.
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Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
Nigerian Baptist: World Ignores Terrorist Massacres Here
By: Paul Hobson
Boko Haram, a jihadist group seeking to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, carried out a massacre in the west African nation's northeastern region. And a Baptist leader there says the world merely watches.
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How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism
How African Baptists Have Committed to Evangelism

By: Neville Callam
When Baptists from around the world gather is South Africa in July for the Baptist World Congress, they'll find a continent of Baptists already spreading the Good News among fellow Africans and beyond their shores.

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Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond
Reforming Islam: Dusting Off the Diamond

By: Martin Accad
Islam is like a diamond that has collected dust and needs to be cleaned up, said a spokesman for the American Muslim community. In what ways can Christians help? Or will we throw stones?

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Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations
Cuban Baptists Praise Shift in U.S.-Cuba Relations

By: Brian Kaylor
Leaders of a Cuban Baptist group praised the news that the U.S. and Cuban leaders have announced a historic shift in relations between the two nations after a strained 50-year relationship.

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Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies
Beloved Baptist Leader Carolyn Crumpler Dies

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Beloved Baptist leader Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler died on Jan. 2. Always loyal to her institution and a tireless advocate for missions, she challenged Southern Baptists to engage social issues.

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Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell
Baptist of the Year: Don Sewell

By: Robert Parham
Representing how a number of goodwill Baptists have responded to the swelling refugee crises and the devastating disease of Ebola, Don Sewell is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2014.

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What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
What Impact Will ISIS Have on Middle East Churches?
By: Martin Accad
Middle East churches can be part of the solution to ISIS. That solution will require working with many people of different faiths, who love God and value love and peace toward their neighbors.
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Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
Baptists' Differing Views on Senate Torture Report
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptist leaders offered a variety of responses to the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's long-awaited report on the U.S. use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.
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How Lebanon's Compassion Makes a Difference
How Lebanon's Compassion Makes a Difference

By: Helle Liht
Even as they recover from civil war followed by Syrian occupation, Lebanon's citizens are showing compassion as they reach out to their former oppressors who are fleeing war-torn Syria.

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Observe Human Rights Day in December;
Observe Human Rights Day in December; "It Is Our Baby"
By: Robert Parham
Baptists must reclaim our heritage as human rights advocates. We can help church members know that history by observing Human Rights Day in December and know how human rights is Jesus' agenda.
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How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis
How Lebanese Churches Help During Syrian Crisis

By: Rupen Das
Syria occupied Lebanon for 20 years. The memory still burns in many Lebanese families. But when Syrian refugees cascaded into Lebanon to flee their nation's civil unrest, Lebanese churches had to make a choice.

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Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
Standing Up to Hate Against Our Muslim Neighbors
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
We live in a Christian society and don't face the level of persecution that Paul faced. But we can stand up to hate against our Muslim neighbors, just like these Oklahoma University students did.
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The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
The Silent Majority in Middle East Seeks Peace
By: Jonathan Langley
Most religious people in the Middle East – Muslims, Jews, Christians and others – make up a "silent majority" who are tired of fanaticism, says Martin Accad, speaking at Catalyst Live 2014.
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Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness
Middle East Christians: Strength Through Powerlessness

By: Elie Haddad
Middle East Christians are facing terrible tragedies on many fronts, but they're discovering how to be agents of hope to those around them with no hope. They may be powerless, but they're not weak.

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Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
Cuban Baptists Advocate for Church-State Separation
By: Brian Kaylor
With one pastor referring to it as "one of the main principles of Baptists," Cuban Baptist leaders emphasized the importance of the separation of church and state.
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U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
U.S., Cuban Baptists Build Bridges During Celebration
By: Brian Kaylor
A 12-person Baptist delegation from the United States trekked to Cuba earlier this month for two days to learn more about Cuban Baptists and build bridges of understanding.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 2
By: Martin Accad
Conferences focusing on the plight of Christians in the Middle East are helpful, but what's needed is a summit that would provoke a paradigm shift. Here are three elements for that summit's success.
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Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
Christians at Heart of Middle East's Future: Part 1
By: Martin Accad
While U.S. conferences aimed at protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East, like the recent "In Defense of Christians" conference, can be helpful, they also pose problems. Here are four.
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What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?
What Kind of Leader Does Your Church Need?

By: Darren Blaney
The Bible isn't concerned about churches being led by charismatic leaders sharing the vision and achieving goals. Its focus is on godly men and women helping others become godly men and women.

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ISIS, Bombings and the Prince of Peace
ISIS, Bombings and the Prince of Peace
By: Matt Sapp
With bombs falling on Syria, how should followers of Christ respond? We have a responsibility to resist the temptation toward violence and vengeance, which draws us away from love of neighbor.
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Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
Why Your Church Can Disagree and Still Be United
By: Pat Took
For a church to achieve unity, or be of "one mind," it doesn't require seeing eye-to-eye on all issues. Rather, churches should be filled with dissident voices struggling to find God's way together.
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Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
Early Church Offers Important Evangelism Lessons
By: Zach Dawes
Faced with declining attendance and budgets, churches must seek a new way to live out evangelism that doesn't rely on the "if you build it, they will come" mindset. The early church can guide us.
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Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
Senator Shows Divide between U.S., Middle East Christians
By: Brian Kaylor
When GOP Sen. Ted Cruz left the stage amid a chorus of boos during a conference, it vividly demonstrated a religious and political divide between many Christians in the U.S. and the Middle East.
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How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
How Your Church Can Support Peace for Israel, Palestine
By: Leroy Seat
As part of the International Day of Prayer and Peace on Sept. 21, churches and people of faith are being encouraged to support a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Will your church join?
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Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares
Evangelical Community in Syria and Lebanon Declares "State of Emergency"
By: Robert Parham
Evangelical leaders in the Middle East have issued a "state of emergency," warning that the Christian presence there could be annihilated.
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Is Christianity Dead in Iraq? 4 Signs of Hope
Is Christianity Dead in Iraq? 4 Signs of Hope
By: Chris Hall
Thousands of Christians have fled and been displace in Iraq in the wake of IS. Is Christianity breathing its last breath in Iraq. A Baghdad pastor shares four signs of hope.
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Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
Baptists Offer Divergent Responses to Obama's ISIS Speech
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists and other Christians responded in varying ways to President Barack Obama's prime-time speech about proposals to confront a growing terrorist threat in the Middle East.
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Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
Mideast Conflict: Would Moderates Please Step Forward?
By: William L. Sachs, Imad Damaj and Joshua Ralston
The new divide between moderates and extremists raises familiar and nagging questions: What can the moderate majority in every religion do to combat extremism? When and how will moderates stand up?
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Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
Christians in the Middle East: We Don't Want Visas
By: Chris Hall
Instead of offering Christians in the Middle East visas to escape violence, European and Western governments should be lobbying for them to return to their homes in peace, a Baptist leader says.
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Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
Prathia Hall: An Extraordinary, Ordinary Saint
By: Courtney Pace Lyons
Prathia Hall faced many obstacles in her life but didn't let them discourager her. She was a civil rights activist, Baptist preacher and a mentor to more than 200 African-American clergywomen.
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Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?
Should You Be Free to Choose Your Own Religion?

By: Sam Chaise
Religious freedom, where individuals are free to choose their religion, is on the decline in North America and Western Europe, shifting from pluralism to secularism, which favors the lack of religion.

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Ministry Helps Syrian Children Continue Education
Ministry Helps Syrian Children Continue Education
By: Chris Hall
More than 30 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are able to continue their education because of the efforts of a BMS World Mission worker and a Baptist church in Beirut.
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Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
Churches Divest from Companies Feeding Violence
By: Vinoth Ramachandra
If the U.S. and its European allies can't be pressured to defend Palestinian civilians, to whom should we turn? Some churches have divested from Western businesses that supply Israel's military machine.
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How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
How to Hijack a Religious Tradition
By: Colin Harris
The priorities of the Religious Right and evangelicals have drifted far from their original roots. That's why it's always wise to be careful who you let tell you who you are.
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Islamic State Forces Christians Out of Iraqi City
Islamic State Forces Christians Out of Iraqi City
By: Paul Hobson
For the first time, Mosul, a city in northern Iraq, has no Christians living there. Islamic State, a jihadist group, told all remaining Christians to leave the city by July 19 or be executed.
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"Because Here It's Not Far From Hell"
By: Azar Ajaj
This carnage in the Middle East, is it anything but madness and evil? We must dare to pray courageously for a just settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, resulting in a durable peace.
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TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
TV Network Will Air EthicsDaily.com Documentary on Baptists and Racism
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Soul of the South Network will air EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism," on July 28, with multiple broadcasts after the initial airing.
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When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
When the Syrian Refugee Crisis Becomes Personal
By: Arthur Brown
Three Syrians become refugees every minute. Eight Syrian children flee their homes every two minutes. The cold statistics may not move us, but a smartphone alert changed all of that.
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Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
Partisanship, Prayers for Peace Offer Contrasting Responses to Gaza Conflict
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Even in the Israel-Palestine conflict, political and religious affiliations often define responses. The partisanship shows the need for the faithful to pray for peace.
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ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat?
ISIS: Storm in a Teacup or Real Threat?

By: Ayman Ibrahim
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, wants to restore the earliest days of Islam by re-establishing Islamic rule. Underestimating the Sunni Muslim extremist and militant group is not wise.

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Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration
Global Baptists Speak Out on Religious Liberty, Justice, Migration

By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from nearly 60 nations gathered in Turkey for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, electing new leaders for the global group and passing six resolutions.

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Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
Syrian Refugee Families Facing Brutal Winter
By: Suzie Schenkel
Syrian refugee families face another season of relentless rain and freezing temps. The Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development is providing blankets, mattresses and stoves to help.
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Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
Middle Eastern Baptists Share Fears, Hopes as Minority Faith
By: Brian Kaylor
Baptists from Israel, Syria and Iraq explained at a BWA forum how they live as a minority group in their nations and shared their efforts to build bridges with their non-Christian neighbors.
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As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open
As Christians Flee Iraq, Doors of Opportunity Remain Open
By: Terence Ascott
Many Christians have fled Iraq. Those who remain fear for their safety even as government officials vow to protect them. Despite the uncertainty, many hope their nation can return to normal.
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Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People
Speaker: Baptists Must Advocate for Displaced, Stateless People

By: Brian Kaylor
An American Baptist involved in refugee and immigration advocacy urged all Baptists to get involved in issues concerning displaced and stateless persons at the BWA's annual gathering.

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Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
Hard Times for Middle East Churches Only Half the Story
By: Chris Hall
Churches in the Middle East and North Africa may be facing hard times as they struggle with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war, but that's only half the story.
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Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament
Human Rights Trace Back to Start of Old Testament
By: Claude Mariotinni
Everyone has an obligation to treat other people with dignity because they bear God's image. Jihadists kill because they do not recognize God's image in those whose lives they take.
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Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
Patterson Apologizes, Defends Admitting Muslim Student
By: Brian Kaylor
The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary apologized to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday for admitting a Muslim doctoral student into the seminary.
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Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
Despite Naysayers, Women Served in Ministry for Centuries
By: Joe LaGuardia
Even though some haven't welcomed women in ministry in recent years, women have been included in leadership in Baptist life since the 1600s. And they'll continue to bless the church for years to come.
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Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
Muslim Student at Baptist Seminary Likely to Spark SBC Drama
By: Brian Kaylor
The admission of a Muslim student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will likely impact the agenda of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting this week.
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"Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's documentary Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism.

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William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia
William Tolbert Jr.'s Triple Legacy to Liberia

By: Richard Wilson
William Tolbert Jr., leader of Liberia and former Baptist World Alliance president, was assassinated in 1980, but his legacy lives on through the Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary's lecture series.

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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls – Part 2
By: Arthur Brown
Boko Haram, the militant Islamic group responsible for kidnapping 200 Nigerian girls, does not represent the Quran's teaching on education or marriage, three Muslim leaders said.
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Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
Muslim Leaders Condemn Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls
By: Arthur Brown
It's a Western myth that Muslims do not speak out against the violent actions of extremist adherents of their faith. Here are three Muslim leaders who condemn the abduction of 200 Nigerian girls.
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Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary
Affirmation Statement on Admission of Muslim Ph.D. Student to SBC Seminary

By: Robert Parham
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president took the right course of action in admitting a Muslim student to the Ph.D. program.

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Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
Islamic, Baptist Leaders Discussed Boko Haram Crisis Before Schoolgirl Abduction
By: Robert Parham
Before Boko Haram abducted 300 Nigerian girls, Baptist and Islamic colleagues met to explore a joint response to the Islamic terrorist group.
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Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills
Good Theology Brings Life; Bad Theology Kills
By: Jesse Wheeler
Theology encompasses our very core beliefs as to how the universe functions and how we function within it. While good theology brings life, bad theology kills. Here's how to tell the difference.
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Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
Peter Thomas Stanford: From Slave to Baptist Minister
By: Paul Hobson
Peter Thomas Stanford's life didn't have a promising beginning, but the freed slave earned an education and became the first black minister of a British church in the late 1800s.
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Skype Interview: Alia Abboud on Lebanese Churches and Syria's Civil War
Skype Interview: Alia Abboud on Lebanese Churches and Syria's Civil War

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Alia Abboud explains how Lebanese churches are meeting the needs of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in a new Skype interview.

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Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
By: Richard Wilson
Nearly 2,000 people have been traveling through Liberia in March, but they aren't migrants or refugees fleeing conflict. This movement of people is a pilgrimage of memory and hope.
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The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
The Place Where Racial Reconciliation Should Begin
By: Dennis Bickers
When people utter racial slurs, it reflects what's in their hearts. While laws prevent negative behaviors, they can't change a person's heart. That's why racial reconciliation must begin in church.
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Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism
Bethlehem Conference Challenges Narratives on Israel-Palestine, Christian Zionism

By: Brian Kaylor
The Christ at the Checkpoint conference examined biblical teachings in today's Israeli-Palestinian context.

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Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
Syrian Refugee Crisis Challenges Lebanese Government – and Churches
By: Robert Parham
Syrian refugees present humanitarian, economic challenges to Lebanon.  The challenge presented to Lebanese churches is unrecognized.
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Israel-Palestine: When Theology and Politics Mix
Israel-Palestine: When Theology and Politics Mix

By: David Kerrigan
The third Christ at the Checkpoint conference explores how the teachings of Jesus contribute to the task of achieving peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.

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Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
Baptists Offer Divided Response to Pope Francis
By: Brian Kaylor
Some Baptists have offered praise for Pope Francis, elected a year ago, despite key theological differences between Baptists and Catholics. Others dismissed him and his call for Christian unity.
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Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
Church Trends: Riding the Wave in The Garden State
By: Lee B. Spitzer
Like waves in the ocean, five trends are impacting the ministry of American Baptist churches in New Jersey. Whether positive or negative, they all have possibilities.
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Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
Baptist Church in Sri Lanka Celebrates 200 Years
By: Chris Hall
A Baptist Missionary Society missionary began a church in Sri Lanka, then known as Ceylon, in 1813. Two centuries later, Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church is thriving and sending its own missionaries.
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Local Baptist Church Recognized for
Local Baptist Church Recognized for "Going Green"
By: EthicsDaily Staff
First Baptist of Austin is one of the "greenest" churches in central Texas. The city of Austin awarded its Green Business Leaders Program platinum certification award to the church.
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Moldovan Pastor to Receive BWA's Human Rights Award
Moldovan Pastor to Receive BWA's Human Rights Award
By: BWA Staff
Ilie Coada, a Moldovan pastor, will receive the BWA's Denton and Janice Lotz Human Rights Award, recognizing his lifelong work to prevent young girls from becoming victims of human trafficking.
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Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People
Mission Group Meeting Needs of Nepal's People

By: Chris Hall
Marking 60 years of service, United Mission to Nepal improves the lives of Nepal's neediest by providing healthcare and helping to improve the education system among other initiatives.

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Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
Baptist Leaders Urge Prayer for Ukraine, Russia
By: Paul Hobson
Baptist leaders, including a federation of Baptist unions that were part of the Soviet Union, called for a peaceful resolution to the tension between Ukraine and Russia.
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"Is the God of Mohammed the God of Christianity?"
By: Richard Wilson
When we focus on a doctrine of exclusion, Christians and Muslims miss the important opportunities to focus on common issues, such as attention to the poor and the quest for spiritual maturity.
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Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
Baptists Helping to Serve New Ukraine
By: Paul Hobson
A Baptist elder has been selected as the new interim president of Ukraine as the nation rebuilds after its political upheaval. He has vowed to step down after elections in May.
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George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions
George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions

By: Noel Erskine
Before Adoniram Judson sailed for Burma and William Carey left for India, George Liele began his mission work in Jamaica. He was the first ordained black Baptist pastor in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

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Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
Southern Baptist Church Plants People to Respond to Baptism
By: Brian Kaylor
Elevation Church, a Southern Baptist megachurch, has a guide on how to hold spontaneous baptism services with this instruction: Plant people to respond to the call. Is that ethical?
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African Baptists Condemn Wanton Destruction of Life, Property
African Baptists Condemn Wanton Destruction of Life, Property
By: BWA Staff
Baptists in Africa have expressed deep displeasure at ongoing conflicts on the continent that have led to "wanton destruction of life and property of defenseless and vulnerable citizens."
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Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life
Building Interfaith Relationships - A Theology of Life

By: Martin Accad
The Syrian conflict has provoked a growing fear of Islam and Muslims among Christians in Syria, the region and, to some extent, throughout the world. Interfaith relationships can turn that around.

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Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours?
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Three Years after the Arab Spring
Three Years after the Arab Spring
By: Terence Ascott
When the Arab Spring began three years ago, many in the Arab world had high expectations for new freedoms and prosperity. Fast forward to today, the disappointment and frustration are palpable. 
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Providing Aid as Christian Witness: Manipulation or Act of Mercy?
Providing Aid as Christian Witness: Manipulation or Act of Mercy?
By: Rupen Das
Too often we presume that the only method of Christian witness is verbal proclamation. In the Middle East, however, acts of unconditional love and compassion are powerful communicators. 
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How Syrian Crisis Transformed Lebanese Churches
How Syrian Crisis Transformed Lebanese Churches
By: Nabil Costa
The Lebanese Baptist Society is partnering with about 30 churches and community-based organizations to help vulnerable Syrian families both in Lebanon and Syria.
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Lebanese Baptists Reach Out to Syrian Neighbors
Lebanese Baptists Reach Out to Syrian Neighbors

By: Nabil Costa
An estimated 2 million Syrians have fled the war in their country by seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon. The response of Lebanese Baptists to their new neighbors has been amazing.

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Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent
Global Baptists Contribute to Global Church Observation - Lent

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Although few Baptists observe Lent, we can learn a great deal from this tradition. EthicsDaily.com has a Lenten Bible study with contributions from international Baptists.

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BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
BWA Appeals for Help for Central African Republic
By:  BWA Staff
With widespread suffering in the wake of rebels overthrowing the Central African Republic's government, the Baptist World Alliance is appealing for assistance.
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U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
U.S. Is Oddly Quiet about Religious Liberty Success
By: David Stratton
The U.S. reveres not merely religious toleration but religious liberty for all. Unlike other nations, violence in the name of religion is nearly nonexistent. So why are we so silent about our success?
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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Lebanon's Syrian Refugees Fighting Harsh Winter
Lebanon's Syrian Refugees Fighting Harsh Winter
Harsh winter weather is making life even more difficult for Syrian refugees who have fled into Lebanon. As 75,000 refugees cross the border each month, agencies struggle to keep up.
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Christian Converts Often Denied Asylum by Agency
Christian Converts Often Denied Asylum by Agency
Many Christian converts are seeking asylum in Lebanon, fearing for their lives and the lives of their children. A U.N. agency has downplayed many of their concerns and rejected their requests.
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Myanmar Baptists Celebrate 200th Anniversary
Myanmar Baptists Celebrate 200th Anniversary
As Baptists in Myanmar celebrate their bicentennial, a Baptist World Alliance leader challenged them to stay true to the historical Baptist commitment to religious liberty "as a God-given right."
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Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
Bapticostal Churches: Baptist Identity in the 21st Century
A distinctive element of Baptist churches is the congregational type of church governance, but that style of governance is being reshaped by many new Baptist churches.
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Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Philippine Baptists Report on Devastation in Country
Five Baptist World Alliance organizations in the Philippines reported on Typhoon Haiyan's widespread devastation that devastated the southeast Asian country on Nov. 8.
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Baptist Leader Appeals for Church Unity
Baptist Leader Appeals for Church Unity
Acknowledging that disunity is a stain on the church's life and witness, BWA General Secretary Neville Callam said church unity should be celebrated wherever and whenever it exists.
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Ahab: Weakling
So what came first, the chicken or the egg? Was Ahab weak because of Jezebel’s strong, overbearing personality, or did she have to take up the mantle of strength because he was so weak?
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Lebanese Baptists Help to Serve Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Baptists Help to Serve Syrian Refugees
As more than a million Syrian refugees flee to Lebanon, Lebanese Baptists are playing their part to show God's love to those in need, the leader of the Lebanese Baptist Society says.
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BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
BWA Leader: Baptists Should Take Strong Stance Against Racism
Churches have a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church. Churches that refuse to do so are guilty of a major failing, a Baptist leader said.
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Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel
Uncovering White Evangelical Obsession with Israel

Many evangelical Christians are politically obsessed with Israel, arguing that Israel is "the apple of God's eye" and, therefore, should be free to act in any way current leaders choose.

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Children Participating in Syria's Armed Conflict
Children Participating in Syria's Armed Conflict
As Syria's war rages on, extremist groups have enlisted children in both combat and support roles. Churches have a moral obligation to lobby their government to protect Syria's children.
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Syrian Refugee Women Forced into
Syrian Refugee Women Forced into "Survival Sex"
Desperate to survive, Syrian refugee women are entering prostitution to scrape together enough money to feed their children. How can churches play a role in rescuing them?
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Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
Europe's Baptists Urged to Embrace Baptist Relations Covenant
European Baptists would benefit by adopting the principles of the Covenant on Intra-Baptist Relations, says Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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European Baptist Federation Convenes in Slovakia
European Baptist Federation Convenes in Slovakia
The European Baptist Federation convened in Slovakia, where delegates were challenged to keep their focus on increasing freedom and human dignity.
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Lebanese Partnerships Provide Help to Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Partnerships Provide Help to Syrian Refugees
The Lebanese Baptist Society is working with Texas Baptist agencies to provide blankets, food, shelter and medicine to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Photo: Lebanese Baptist Society)
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Syria Reveals Ethical Burden of Global Citizenship
Syria Reveals Ethical Burden of Global Citizenship
Deliberations on the "right thing to do" are often difficult on a personal level, especially when the values involved conflict with each other. On a global scale, such as in Syria, they are even more so.
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BWA: Urgent Help Needed for Displaced Syrians
BWA: Urgent Help Needed for Displaced Syrians
The Baptist World Alliance is urging Baptist organizations, churches and individuals to make generous contributions to help displaced Syrians affected by the nation's civil war.
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Will Peace Without Justice Solve Israel-Palestine Conflict?
Will Peace Without Justice Solve Israel-Palestine Conflict?
During a gathering focused on the challenges facing Israel today, one speaker said the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be peace without justice. Is he right?
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Thousands View Kerry Discussing Syria on Google Hangout
Thousands View Kerry Discussing Syria on Google Hangout
Secretary of State John Kerry appeared in a Google Hangout on Tuesday to discuss the United States and Syria, drawing nearly 7,000 Google+ users to the online platform.
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Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
Obama Offers False Choice on Syria
President Obama has set forth a false choice: Do nothing about Syria's use of chemical weapons or bomb Syria. The either/or framing makes military action appear righteous.
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War of Words Precedes Real War
War of Words Precedes Real War
The "war of words" about Syria has hit a fever pitch. Before most conflicts begin on an international scale, we wage a "war of words" to alienate or emasculate those in opposition.
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Syrian Refugee Crisis Swells
Syrian Refugee Crisis Swells
With some 5,000 refugees fleeing Syria each day, the total number has swelled to more than 2 million. And Christian organizations are stepping in to help where they can.
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No Moral Justification for Limited Airstrikes in Syria
No Moral Justification for Limited Airstrikes in Syria

The Obama administration and others are making the case for a military intervention in Syria, but the U.S. simply has no moral justification for military strikes there.

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Christian Leaders Split from Pro-War Political Leaders over Syria
Christian Leaders Split from Pro-War Political Leaders over Syria
A growing number of Christian leaders are speaking out against military intervention in Syria while an increasing number of U.S. politicians are lining up in support of bombing the country.
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As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the
As Obama Lobbies for Syrian Strike, What Are the "Just War" Rules?

"Just War" is a time-honored, moral tool for critiquing government war-making arguments. As Obama lobbies for military action - war - against Syria, what are the "Just War" rules?

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Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
Do Any Good Moral Options Exist to End Civil War in Syria?
As a humanitarian agency reports thousands suffering from a chemical weapons attack in Syria, the international community ponders what to do, and the global Christian community remains mostly silent.
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Baptist World Alliance Sends Aid to Help Syrian Families
Baptist World Alliance Sends Aid to Help Syrian Families
The Baptist World Alliance has provided $20,000 for Syrian relief, which will help provide food and medical support to 150 Syrian families over four months in one of Syria's hardest hit areas.
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How Much Hospitality Can Lebanon Offer Syrian Refugees?
How Much Hospitality Can Lebanon Offer Syrian Refugees?
Syrian refugees in Lebanon are expected to reach 2 million by year's end. How much hospitality can Lebanon offer while the international community is unable to resolve the problem?
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British Baptists Train
British Baptists Train "Pioneers" to Rethink Church
Every church has them. People not content with the way things are. They're not critics; they're activists. And a British Baptist program trains them to start fresh expressions of church.
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BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
BWA Gathering Has High Points and a Belly Flop
The Baptist World Alliance ended its annual gathering of goodwill, global Baptists last week in Jamaica with a number of high points – and one major blooper.
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BWA Leader Outlines Problem with Prosperity Gospel
BWA Leader Outlines Problem with Prosperity Gospel
With its roots in the United States, the prosperity gospel has influenced a large number of Christians across a broad section of the Christian faith, a BWA leader says.
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BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
BWA Speakers Praise Jamaican Revolutionary Hero
Several Baptist World Alliance speakers praised a 19th-century Baptist deacon and preacher, Sam Sharpe, who played a role in ending slavery in Jamaica and other parts of the British Empire.
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Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
Speakers Urge Baptists to Engage with Muslims
During the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Jamaica, several speakers urged Baptists to understand and engage Muslims to advance the common good in the Middle East.
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Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptist Contribution to Understanding of Holy Spirit
Baptists have historically focused on the person and work of Christ and largely undervalued the work of the Spirit, a presenter at the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education says.
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BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
BWA to Focus on Baptist-Muslim Relationships Again in 2013
When global Baptist leaders gather this week in Jamaica for the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance, Baptist and Muslim relationships will again top the agenda.
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3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
3 Opportunities for Churches in Middle East, North Africa
As the dynamics shift in Syria, new priorities are being set in the politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. The emerging environment poses three opportunities for the church.
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What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
What a Baptist Pastor Learned from a Catholic Priest
When I hear someone decry Catholicism, I point to Father John Kieran as a model for Catholic integrity, vibrant missions and ecumenical ministry. Here is what he taught me.
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Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Why You May Not Be a Baptist and Not Know It
Some value a confessional statement over the Spirit-revealed truth of Scripture, even when those statements are contrary to historic Baptist principles. In their eyes, you may not be a Baptist.
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International Humanitarian Law and Syria
International Humanitarian Law and Syria
With International Humanitarian Law not followed in Syria, should Christians advocate for the law's respect? Does supporting the law lead us to compromise our faith?
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European Baptists Model Ecumenism, Community Engagement
European Baptists Model Ecumenism, Community Engagement
A Baptist church in Poland reflects how other local churches are building positive relationships with people of other faiths without losing sight of the purpose of the church.
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Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
Baptists, Muslims Seek Common Ground, Peace
By: Molly Marshall
A growing suspicion of Muslims has become part of our national discourse,
but a gathering of Muslim and Baptist leaders met to seek common
ground and mutual peace. 
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Opposing Prejudice and Intolerance Against All
Opposing Prejudice and Intolerance Against All
On his trip to Israel, President Obama spoke against anti-Semitism, prejudice and intolerance. He could have taken steps to speak against injustice toward everyone, but didn't.
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Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women in Ministry Must Pave Way for Next Generation
Women serving in the ministry know some ceilings won't be broken in their lifetimes. Yet they can join together and beat upon the glass ceiling to make a million cracks.
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Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford Musician Wary of Christian Baggage
Mumford and Sons' front man drew fire from evangelicals for telling Rolling Stone that the word "Christian" carries too much baggage. His hesitation is understandable.
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Humanitarian Aid as a Weapon of War in Syria
Humanitarian Aid as a Weapon of War in Syria
Humanitarian aid should be unconditional, without manipulation for religious or political purpose. That's not the case in Syria. And the global church has been silent and disengaged.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Middle East Conference
A Middle East conference in Lebanon will examine the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights and responsibilities, says Martin Accad in a new EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
Middle East Conference to Address Human Rights
This June's Middle East Conference in Lebanon will tackle religious freedom, freedom of speech and human trafficking. The lineup includes Christian and Muslim speakers.
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Palestinian Christian Struggles with Zionists' Support for Israel
Palestinian Christian Struggles with Zionists' Support for Israel
An evangelical Christian whose family has lived in Palestine for hundreds of years struggles to understand Christian Zionists who blindly support Israel at all costs.
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Lush Lebanon Valley is Nightmare for Syrian Refugees
Lush Lebanon Valley is Nightmare for Syrian Refugees
The Beqaa Valley in Lebanon is a picturesque setting. But at one point, you'll find hundreds of tumbledown tents filled with Syrian refugees trying to survive after a traumatic winter.
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Remembering Rachel: Fighting for Human Rights in Palestine
Remembering Rachel: Fighting for Human Rights in Palestine
As a girl, Rachel Corrie dreamed of helping people. Her dream ended when she was killed in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home.
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UK Charities Join Forces for Syria Crisis Appeal
UK Charities Join Forces for Syria Crisis Appeal
More than a dozen British charities are working together to provide humanitarian support for up to 5 million people living in or who have fled Syria because of the fighting.
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Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Goodwill Baptists Applaud Election of Pope Francis
Despite thundering silence from SBC leadership and one seminary president quick to criticize, Baptists would do well to applaud the election of Pope Francis.
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SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
SBC's Evangelistic Claims for Iraq War Fell Apart
Southern Baptist leaders who promoted the Iraq War thought it would open heavenly doors. Ten years later, those efforts never materialized, and Iraqi Christians have suffered.
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Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
Will Baptists Become Advocates for Climate Change?
With a few exceptions, churches and denominations have been silent about climate change. Since the issue isn't going away, what will it take to move them to action?
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Czech Baptists and Church-State Separation
Czech Baptists and Church-State Separation
What do you do if the government offers you a lot of money to make up for a past wrong? If you're Baptists in the Czech Republic, you turn down the generous offer.
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Syrian Christians Live Through Betrayal, Redemption
Syrian Christians Live Through Betrayal, Redemption
As the Syrian regime comes under increasing pressure and begins to collapse, Christians are among those who become targets of violence. Many feel betrayed by the West.
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Embracing Diversity Vital to Churches' Future
Embracing Diversity Vital to Churches' Future
The theme of diversity is a challenging one for churches to negotiate. For European Baptists, ethnic and cultural diversity is a fact of life – and leads to uncomfortable questions.
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BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
BWA Delegation Visits Nigeria Following Violence
In response to widespread violence in Nigeria, a Baptist World Alliance delegation visited the West African nation, urging the government to ensure the safety of all and to work toward peace.
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Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?
Lent, Ash Wednesday: Why All the Fuss?

Nothing is wrong in celebrating only Christmas, Palm Sunday and Easter, but we still miss a rich and rewarding worship journey when we don't observe Lent.

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Who's Your Hero? Reflections on Assad's Latest Speech
Who's Your Hero? Reflections on Assad's Latest Speech
The situation of Syria has become too complicated and too militarized on all sides for us sensibly to wish the victory of either side. No human or fictional hero will resolve this one.
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As Conflict Rages, Central African Baptist Seeks Prayer
As Conflict Rages, Central African Baptist Seeks Prayer
A conflict between rebels and the Central African Republic has displaced many people and damaged Baptist churches. A Baptist leader there asked for prayer.
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EthicsDaily.com, BWA Offer Lenten Bible Study
EthicsDaily.com, BWA Offer Lenten Bible Study
A Lenten Bible study series from EthicsDaily.com challenges Baptists to reflect on God's history of deliverance and to repent from self-centered and self-sufficient living.
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World Vision: Syrian Refugee Children Recount Fear
World Vision: Syrian Refugee Children Recount Fear
More than 75,000 Syrian refugee children are in Lebanon, with more expected. A World Vision report recounts the fear and uncertainty that grips their young lives.
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Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen
Baptist of the Year: Glen Stassen

Glen Stassen, who has maintained a remarkable concentration on peacemaking for more than 35 years, is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2012.

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Common Security: Path to Peace in Middle East
Common Security: Path to Peace in Middle East
Realities are changing so dramatically in the Mideast that we could see a surprising game-changing opportunity for achieving human rights and common security for both Palestine and Israel.
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BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
BWA, Nigerian Baptists Call for End to Nation's Violence
Violence in Nigeria has left two Baptist pastors dead and many Baptist properties destroyed. "We never faced this type of selective destruction before," a Baptist official said.
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War's Hypocrisy: When Civilian Deaths Don't Matter
War's Hypocrisy: When Civilian Deaths Don't Matter
When Western allies kill civilians during war, it's collateral damage. When our adversaries do it, we label it a war crime. Either way, innocent people are dead.
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Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
Why Western Christians Forget Palestinian Christians
When Western Christians support Israel without reserve, they run the risk of perpetuating the oppression of Palestinian Christians. They value real estate more than people.
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The Challenge Facing Christians in Gaza
The Challenge Facing Christians in Gaza
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems more intractable than ever. Both sides live in fear and will continue to do so until a peaceful resolution provides justice for all.
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Baptist Father of Five Among Fatalities in Gaza
Baptist Father of Five Among Fatalities in Gaza
A Baptist father of five was among the casualties when Israel bombed the Gaza Strip. A former Gaza Baptist Church pastor says "40 percent" of Gaza's casualties have been children.
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Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
Will Obama's '09 Cairo Speech Bear Fruit in 2nd Term?
In a 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama addressed seven thorny issues of U.S. relations with the Muslim world. Will those issues see progress in his second term?
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Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
Rebel Military Displaces Tens of Thousands in Congo
A rebel military group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has displaced thousands when it advanced on the city of Goma. Baptist families and churches are housing many.
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Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
Baptist Chaplain Supports Prisons Week on British TV
As many churches in Britain participated in Prisons Week, a Baptist minister appeared on a long-running religious program on British TV as it focused on prison ministry.
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Palestinian Christians: PLO Deserves UN Recognition
Palestinian Christians: PLO Deserves UN Recognition
Palestinian Christian leaders signed a letter urging the United Nations to grant observer-state status to the PLO, calling it a step in the right direction to peace.
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British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists Welcome New Archbishop of Canterbury
British Baptists are welcoming the selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
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Baptists Respond to Severe Flooding in Nigeria
Baptists Respond to Severe Flooding in Nigeria
After torrential rains killed more than 360 people, injured more than 18,000 others and displaced more than 2 million in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance gave $10,000 for relief efforts.
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Caribbean Suffers Destruction in Hurricane's Wake
Caribbean Suffers Destruction in Hurricane's Wake
Many in the Caribbean "are still in shelters and are in need of basic food items and clothing" following Hurricane Sandy, a Baptist official said. Baptist World Aid provided $20,000 in relief aid.
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Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
Why No Moral Outrage Over Torture
The U.S. has delivered prisoners to Syria, now engaged in a bloody civil war, for interrogation. Widespread abuse has been documented in Gitmo. Why no moral outrage to torture?
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No Matter What the Future Holds, God is Present
No Matter What the Future Holds, God is Present
When churches feel besieged and when they're anguished and uncertain about their future, they can find comfort in knowing that God is always present with them.
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Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
Lebanese Baptists Call for Prayer, Express Anger at Bomb Attack
In the wake of a bomb blast on Oct. 19 that killed a top security official and others, Lebanese Baptists are appealing to Baptists worldwide to pray for the country.
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Baptists Address Pakistan Blasphemy Laws at UN Meeting
Baptists Address Pakistan Blasphemy Laws at UN Meeting
Baptists will have a say on Pakistan's human rights record when the Baptist World Alliance reports on the nation's blasphemy laws at a United Nations' meeting.
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What's Wrong with Society? It's Those Other Guys
What's Wrong with Society? It's Those Other Guys
Whenever we seek an explanation for what's wrong with our society, we're very good at blaming those at the margins and not as good at examining our own faults.
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The Role of Theological Education in Social Engagement
The Role of Theological Education in Social Engagement
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary trains its students to serve in churches as effective leaders, who are able to respond to the pressing social issues of the day.
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Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists Help Syrians Displaced by Civil War
Baptists around the world are being encouraged to make donations to the Baptist World Alliance to help Syrians displaced by the Middle Eastern nation's civil war.
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Baptist Seminary in Europe to Begin New Chapter
Baptist Seminary in Europe to Begin New Chapter
International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague played a crucial part in the life of European Baptists, but its doors are closing there as it moves to Amsterdam.
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Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
Seven Things I've Learned about Faith in the Public Square
There's a lot one can learn after heading up the Baptist Center for Ethics for 21 years and EthicsDaily.com for a dozen. Here's a short list of seven lessons.
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Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
Muslims More Diverse Than Cable TV Images
The Muslim world has vast diversity and isn't limited to the images seen on cable TV news, says an American who lived in Egypt for the past two years.
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Are Baptists Protestants?
Are Baptists Protestants?
Many Baptists are learning to appreciate their Anabaptist heritage, including its commitments to peacemaking, freedom of religion for all and church-state separation.
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How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
How Christians Can Respond to Muslim Film Controversy
An amateurish film that offended many Muslims triggered violent reactions around the globe, revealing the deep gap between the Muslim and secular worlds. How do Christians help bridge the gap?
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In Hurricane's Wake, Baptists Provide Shelter, Aid
In Hurricane's Wake, Baptists Provide Shelter, Aid
Baptists working through the Baptist World Alliance provided shelter and aid to those caught in the wake of Hurricane Isaac as it moved through the Caribbean and the United States.
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Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
Lebanese Churches: From Actors to Advocates
As Lebanon's poor and marginalized are endangered by a fractured social safety net, will churches step up to be true advocates for those most at risk?
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What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
What Side Should We Take in the Arab Spring?
As the Arab Spring advances, which side should the Church take? Our moral stance should be driven by a concern for human life and should support those who seek peace.
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Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
Skype Interview: Martin Accad on Syria's Chaos
As Syria deteriorates, faithfulness to the Gospel requires caring for the thousands of displaced refugees rather than taking a political side, one Baptist tells EthicsDaily.com.
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Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
Baptist Leader: Humanitarian Crisis Worsens in Syria
The humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria is "very difficult" and "very painful," a Lebanese Baptist leader said. Baptist groups are offering humanitarian aid and helping refugees.
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U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
U.S. Should Sell Bradley Tomatoes, Not Bradley Tanks
A warehouse in Jordan was the site for a U.S.-funded "weapons fair." Imagine the differences if we had offered agriculture resources instead of shilling weapons of war.
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Where Does the American Empire Go from Here?
Where Does the American Empire Go from Here?
With the uprising in Syria, the Arab Spring phenomenon shows no sign of dying out. Will the U.S. send troops to Syria or break the chain of our empire failures?
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British Baptists Engage in Olympic Mission Outreach
British Baptists Engage in Olympic Mission Outreach
With the Olympics set to begin this Friday in London, followed by the Paralympic Games next month, British Baptists are taking in athletes' families, volunteering and hosting events.
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European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
European Baptists Hold Meeting on Mideast Christians
How do Christians in the Middle East relate to Muslims? It's crucial to establish loving relationships without marginalizing problems created by a radical Islamic authority, European Baptists said.
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Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Norway Marks First Anniversary of Massacre
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of 77 people in Norway. The tragedy is "second only to World War II" in terms of national grief, a Baptist minister there says.
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BWA Appoints Two New Personnel
BWA Appoints Two New Personnel

The general council of the Baptist World Alliance confirmed two personnel appointments, including a former pastor of two Philadelphia churches who will lead Baptist World Aid.

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Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Skype Interview: Austin Baptists Support Peacemaking in Israel
Two girls – one Jewish, the other Muslim – from a school in Israel set off a chain of events that led to a Texas Baptist church's involvement in peacekeeping in the Holy Land.
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Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
Nigerian Crisis Captures Concern at BWA Meeting, Calls for Constructive Engagement
As fighting continues between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, the Baptist World Alliance passed a resolution urging constructive engagement. But what can you do? Read on.
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Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
Christians Face Mounting Pressure in the Middle East
With numerous hot spots in the Middle East, Baptists should continue to pray for the region, according to an official with the Baptist World Alliance and the European Baptist Federation.
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El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
El Salvadoran Pastor Accepts Baptist Human Rights Award
A pastor received a human rights award from the Baptist World Alliance for his role in helping to negotiate peace in El Salvador and for his work with the marginalized.
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Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Global Baptists Step Forward to Reduce Their Carbon Footprint
Leaders at the Baptist World Alliance's annual gathering approved a resolution to direct two of its agencies to develop a plan to offset the carbon footprint of BWA meetings.
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Baptist Forum Shows Response to Chile's Quake
Baptist Forum Shows Response to Chile's Quake
The earthquake that struck Chile in 2010 was one of the largest ever recorded. A forum during the Baptist World Alliance's Annual Gathering showed how Baptists responded.
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What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
What Baptists Need to Know about Their Human-Rights Heritage: Part 2
Baptists have a centuries-long history of supporting human rights. Will we continue to support that tradition or allow a fend-for-themselves mindset to take over?
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Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Baptist Panel: Church Must Embrace Technology
Churches will have to learn to embrace modern technology and social media, according to panelists at a Baptist World Alliance forum during the group's annual gathering.
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Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
As more people are becoming victims of environmental degradation, can Christians stop the exploitation and injustice? Perhaps looking at the Trinity holds the answer.
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Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists Honor Helwys' Freedom Letter 400 Years Ago to English King
Baptists honored an Englishman, who wrote 400 years ago to the King England, appealing for religious freedom at a time when kings believed they had the divine right to determine their subjects' faith.
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Preparations in High Gear for 2015 Baptist World Congress
Preparations in High Gear for 2015 Baptist World Congress
Plans are moving forward for the Baptist World Congress in July 2015 in South Africa, including the signing of two major contracts by the Baptist World Alliance.
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Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptists Will Address Environment, Religious Freedom, Technology in Chile
Baptist-Muslim relationships. Sustainable development. Religious freedom. All are on the agenda when global Baptists meet for the Baptist World Alliance gathering in Chile.
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Faith-Filled Divestment of U.S. Businesses in Israel
Faith-Filled Divestment of U.S. Businesses in Israel
To participate in an investment campaign in and for Palestine without standing against Israel's subjection of the Palestinians sides with the oppressors and opposes the oppressed.
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Baptists Prepare for Global Meeting in Chile
Baptists Prepare for Global Meeting in Chile
Hundreds of Baptists from around the world will attend the Baptist World Alliance Annual Gathering next week in Chile for worship, fellowship and theological reflection.
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Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Building Interfaith Dialogue Through Relationships
Interfaith dialogue typically involves an organized program in which both sides share their views before an audience. Instead of a stuffy meeting, what if we held a picnic?
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BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
The Baptist World Alliance will co-sponsor an event during a U.N. conference that will examine the role of religious and educational groups in addressing environmental sustainability.
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Skype Interview: Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Christian Zionism
Skype Interview: Documentary Filmmaker Tackles Christian Zionism
Raised as a Christian Zionist, Porter Speakman Jr., producer and director of a documentary, "With God on Our Side," had his eyes opened after living in the Middle East.
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Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
Film Celebrates 400 Years of Baptists in Britain
A 15-minute YouTube film celebrates 400 years of Baptists in the United Kingdom, weaving together Baptist history with interviews on topics from women's ministry to worship.
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Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
Technology Is Risky but Helpful, Pastors Say
While technology and social media are not the means to solve the churches' problems, it can help ministers connect with members and enhance worship, pastors said.
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Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
Legacy Continues of Baptist Who Helped End Slave Trade
A Jamaican Baptist who spoke out against the injustice of slavery will have his legacy extended in a project that will deepen the understanding of black and ethnic minority Baptist Christians.
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Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
Western Nations Practice Selective Justice
The United States and Western Europe are strong advocates of human rights in Africa and the Middle East – as long as it doesn't block their economic and political interests.
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Israel and Palestine: Is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?
Israel and Palestine: Is Peaceful Coexistence Possible?
As the nation of Israel celebrates its 64th anniversary, it's hard not to sympathize with its citizens' desire for a homeland and with Palestinian Arabs. Will they ever coexist peacefully?
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Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?
Coincidence or Providence on Way to New Baptist Covenant III Meeting?

The hand of God is a mysterious reality. Whether you tilt toward coincidence or providence probably depends on your presupposition about the divine.

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EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
EBF Leaders Call for Solidarity with Christians in Middle East
In the wake of the Arab Spring, European Baptist Federation leaders said Baptist churches in the Middle East face great uncertainty, but there were open doors to spread the Christian message.
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600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
600+ Attend Conference to Counter Christian Zionism
Seeking to counter the militaristic approach of Christian Zionism, a conference to raise awareness about injustices to Palestinian people drew more than 600 participants.
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Seeking Justice for Palestinian Christians
Seeking Justice for Palestinian Christians
Palestinian Christians live in constant fear in a tense and perplexing situation. Building intentional relationships with Jewish and Orthodox Christian faith leaders is a first step to negotiate for justice.
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Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
Putting Human Rights Before National Sovereignty
While some nations invoke sovereignty to deflect criticism of their brutality, a civil society must stand for human rights to protect the poor and oppressed.
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Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
Hear a Word about Baptist Day at the White House
The opportunity for 60 Baptist leaders to dialogue with White House officials fostered a network of goodwill Baptists who are concerned about social justice.
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When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
When Faith, Government Intersect for Common Good
Our Constitution certainly mandates a separation of church and state – even if it doesn't use that language. However, no mandate separates faith from public life.
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Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House
Goodwill Baptists to Meet, Discuss Issues with White House

Roughly 60 Baptists from across the country will meet with White House officials in the nation's capital on March 7 for a candid discussion of faith and social issues.

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Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
Escalating Fear of Iran Over Middle-East Peace
The saber-rattling in this presidential election year has replaced Iraq with Iran as the global villain. As politicians in the U.S. and Israel escalate fear of Iran, will they create a self-fulfilling prophecy?
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Southern Baptists Mull Whether ‘Southern’ Still Fits
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (RNS) For the Rev. Jerry Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church of Fairhope, being Southern Baptist is a defining aspect of life.
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Company Touts Medical Tourism to Israel for Sick pilgrims
JERUSALEM (RNS) Every year, thousands of Americans travel abroad for less-expensive fertility treatments, hip replacements and other medical procedures.
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Peace Activists Encouraged in Oklahoma
Peace Activists Encouraged in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, peace activists on a street corner spoke out against U.S. involvement in a possible war between Israel and Iran. And motorists continually honked their approval.
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Amid Israel-Iran Tension, Will U.S. Seek Peace?
Amid Israel-Iran Tension, Will U.S. Seek Peace?
Some sort of military strike by Israel to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon seems to be growing. Will a peaceful solution be a priority for our leaders?
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U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
U.S. Apathetic to Middle East Injustices
Turning a blind eye to injustices in the Middle East, much of the U.S. public, including many of its church leaders, are profoundly ignorant of Middle East history.
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No Pews, No Suits, No Problem
(RNS) Ron Williams is the pastor of Church at the GYM in Sanford, Fla. As the Baptist church's name implies, Williams' congregation meets, well, in a gym.
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Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Jerusalem School Targeted by Extremist Vandals
Vandals spray-painted threats to Arabs and Christians on a school and a monastery in Jerusalem. For the school, which has Arab and Jewish students, it was an opportunity to draw closer together.
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Christians Report Lowest Growth Rate in Israel
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Christians have the lowest growth rate among the Israeli population, according to a recent report.
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Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
Remember Why the SBC Left the BWA
When Southern Baptists withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance eight years ago, SBC leaders issued a series of false accusations. Any reconciliation must begin with the SBC's confession of wrongdoing.
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British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
British Mural Gives Modern Twist to Prodigal Son
Featuring a variety of everyday people, a mural commissioned by a British Baptist church communicates a contemporary interpretation of the story of the Prodigal Son.
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Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt
Baptist of the Year: Wayne Flynt

Known as "the conscience of Alabama," Wayne Flynt has spoken with moral clarity and prophetic passion for decades. He's EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2011.

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A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
A Reflection on Christmas' Bells and Bombs
The Christmas bells may ring "peace on earth," but the ringing has been drowned out by Christmas bombs signaling "no peace on earth." Perhaps we can echo the Christmas Day prayer of Pope Benedict XVI.
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Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Pastor: God Awakened Church – To Plant Trees
Deforestation has a big environmental and economic impact. Doing its part to sow seeds of justice and hope, one church has planted nearly 100,000 trees in two years.
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German Jews Ride Renaissance Against Tide of Assimilation
LUEBECK, Germany (RNS) After years of celebrating behind drawn curtains, Paliy went to Luebeck’s historic synagogue and lit the candles in freedom for the first time.
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Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
Baptist Church in Gaza Under Pressure to Close
The only evangelical church in one of the most fiercely Muslim areas of the world is under severe pressure and may close its doors without support from Western Christians, the founder of Open Doors said.
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Obama Defends His Israel Policy at Jewish Conference
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (RNS) President Obama told a crowd of Reform Jews that no other administration “has done more in support of Israel’s security.”
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New Reform Jewish Leader Promises Revitalization
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rabbi Richard Jacobs understands why so many Jews avoid synagogues.
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Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Bill of Rights: Protecting Minorities from Majority Abuse
Baptists in the late 1700s supported the Bill of Rights, which were intended to protect the minority from the majority. Sadly, some Baptists have abandoned this noble heritage.
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Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support
Shifting Gears Toward the Third Decade; Seeking Reader Support

After 20 years of service, we know the Baptist Center for Ethics didn't get to where we are without a lot of goodwill Baptists trusting our direction and underwriting our mission.

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GOP Candidates Make Pitch to Jewish Voters
WASHINGTON (RNS) Newt Gingrich ignited an audience of Republican Jewish activists by promising to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Israelis, Resentful of Orthodox Grip on Society, Fight Back
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Kolben Dance Company’s studio faces a busy downtown plaza, but few passers-by have ever glimpsed one of the troupe’s rehearsals inside.
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Israel Inaugurates Gospel Trail to Follow Jesus’ Steps
GALILEE, Israel (RNS) Perched on Tel Kinrot, a hill above the Sea of Galilee, Winston Mah turned his face toward the warm sun.
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Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
Baptist Journal Releases Volume on Racism
A Baptist theological journal examines the issue of racism among Baptists but with a twist, showing examples of racial and cultural progress that can serve as role models for others.
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Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
Baptist Prophet Squares Off Against Baptist Governor in Alabama
On an NBC news program, Baptist prophet Wayne Flynt said Alabama's anti-immigration law was racist while the state's Baptist governor, who signed the law, denies he's a racist.
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Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
Baptist Center to Be Built in Iraq
A multipurpose Baptist center will be built in northern Iraq and will include a church, seminary, school and medical clinic. The clinic for women and children will be completed in 2012.
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U.S. Aid Withdrawal Hits Arab Children
U.S. Aid Withdrawal Hits Arab Children
The United States has cut funding to several Palestinian Christian groups, apparently as a response to Palestine's recent bid for statehood, says a British charity organization.
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One Torah, Two Tales
METAIRIE, La. (RNS) Until recently, two remarkable stories surrounded the beautiful hand-lettered Torah scroll at Congregation Beth Israel
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What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
What's a Baptist? Anything and Everything
Baptists took form seeking to reform the church in models of simplicity, but are so complex today that many observers despair of finding a model term for them.
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New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
New Baptist Covenant Uses Technology to Connect Cross-Country Gatherings
Connected by seven satellite feeds across the nation, potentially thousands of goodwill Baptists will come together in unity at next month's New Baptist Covenant.
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Chief Rabbis Show Support for Burned Israeli Mosque
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
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Chosen People, Chosen Ways
I guess, when it comes to the commandments of God, it all depends on how great you want to be in the kingdom. Or, perhaps we should think of how chosen we would like to be. Either way, it sounds like grace to me.
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Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
Focus on Peace Still Key among Iraqi Faith Leaders
A cross-section of influential faith leaders in Iraq have come together to call for peace through dialogue rather than military strength. One leader said they have a duty to initiate a "moral generation."
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Presbyterians Target Caterpillar for Divestment
(RNS) A Presbyterian Church (USA) committee will recommend that the church add heavy equipment giant Caterpillar to its divestment list.
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U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
U.S. Evangelical Zionists Misuse Bible, Harm Palestinian Christians
Following their end-of-the-world beliefs, Christian Zionists in the U.S. misuse the Bible to theologically justify displacing and oppressing Palestinians, thwarting efforts for Middle East peace.
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Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Christian Women Take on Leadership in Arab World
Times are changing in the Arab world as more Christian women assume positions of leadership. But, as two women point out, more women need the courage to step out of their comfort zones.
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Muslim Lawmakers Appeal for Israeli Soldier’s Release
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two Muslim congressmen and other prominent Muslims have urged Hamas to release Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
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Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees
Lebanese Baptists Aid Syrian Refugees

A Baptist church in Lebanon is supporting hundreds of families, mostly women and children, who have fled Syria following the nation's harsh crackdown on demonstrators calling for freedom and democracy.

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Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Keeping the Peace – Between Nations or Within Church
Whether between nations or within a church, steps to resolve conflicts are similar. A BWA-supported initiative and former Prime Minister Tony Blair both offer ways to achieve peace.
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Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama
WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama.
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Many Praying for Norway Following Its Darkest Hour
Many Praying for Norway Following Its Darkest Hour
Following the murder of 77 people in Norway, church leaders in the nation and around the globe offered their prayers and condolences as the nation struggled to come to terms with the tragedy.
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Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies
(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died at the age of 57.
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Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Exactly Which God Does Alabama’s Governor Serve?
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a leader at his Baptist church, signed one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigration law. With the Bible’s call to protect the stranger, one might wonder what god the governor serves.
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Israeli Ambassador Praises Wartime Pope
(RNS) Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his “actions to save the Jews” during the Holocaust.
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Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Conservative Christian Group Plots Political Revival
Plotting their strategy to defeat President Obama, about 80 pastors and other conservative Christian leaders held a closed-door meeting this week to discuss the need for spiritual and political change in the nation.
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British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
British Baptists Urged to Make Starting Churches a Priority
Baptist churches in Britain need to be more creative in efforts to start new churches, says a church-planting consultant, or they will face a decline in membership within a decade.
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Jerusalem Should Be City of Peace for All Faiths
Jerusalem Should Be City of Peace for All Faiths
Nothing continues to threaten the prospect of peace in the Middle East like religious extremism, but what is an authentic Christian response to the Middle East question?
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Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Lying About History Doesn't Help Palestinians' Cause
Palestinians who seek a safe homeland in the Mideast have been lied to and mistreated repeatedly, but that doesn't mean they can rewrite history by denying that there was ever a Hebrew nation in Palestine.
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Israel Sees Slow but Growing Acceptance for Gay Orthodox
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) This year’s annual gay pride festival included a parade float representing the country’s religious gay and lesbian communities.
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Revising Pledge of Allegiance for U.S. Politicians
Revising Pledge of Allegiance for U.S. Politicians
After giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 24 standing ovations during his 50-minute speech before Congress, maybe it's time for our national politicians to revise their pledge of allegiance.
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Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
Spanish Quake's Damage Includes Baptist Churches
An earthquake that killed nine people and left thousands sleeping in emergency tents in southeastern Spain also damaged Baptist churches and left many of its members homeless.
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Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel: A Hundred-Year Journey
Baptists in Israel are mainly Arab, an evangelical minority within a Christian minority. That they have survived 100 years in good heart is a cause for deep gratitude and rejoicing.
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Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists Celebrate 100 Years in Region
Israeli Baptists celebrated their 100-year anniversary in the Middle East, which began with the return on Shukri Musa to his homeland from Illinois, where he was baptized and commissioned as a pastor.
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Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Faith Leaders Affirm Obama's Push for Middle East Peace
Jewish, Christian and Muslim American religious organizations affirmed President Barack Obama's speech last week aimed at pushing Israelis and Palestinians to pursue peace. Other faith leaders were more critical.
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Israel Removes Land Mines from Site of Jesus’ Baptism
West Bank (RNS/ENInews) Pilgrims are flowing back to the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism on the Jordan River.
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Mormons, Baptists Assist in Tornado Clean-up
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Mormon missionaries are often unwelcome guests when they knock at local front doors wearing white dress shirts and holding a Book of Mormon.
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Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
Climate Change: How Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Differ
More than two-thirds of evangelical pastors doubt global warming is real and manmade while Catholic leaders issued a call to action to address the problem. Why are evangelical leaders in denial?
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Yad Vashem: A Visit to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial
Yad Vashem: A Visit to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial
A visit to Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust memorial, is at times strangely peaceful – not the peace of beauty or harmony, but the peace that says this horror is now over, but please don't ever forget it.
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Asking Questions – The Task of a Christian Peacemaker
Asking Questions – The Task of a Christian Peacemaker
If we refuse to examine issues from our enemy's point of view, we limit our ability to create the conditions for peaceful coexistence. Jesus told us to love our enemy. Will we listen?
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British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists Gather for Annual Assembly
British Baptists met for their annual assembly, kicking off a weekend of thoughtful sermons and prayers for mission personnel. They also commissioned the army's chaplain-general, the first Baptist to hold the post.
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Supreme Court to Weigh `Israel’ on U.S. Passports
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether American passports issued to children born in Jerusalem should include the word “Israel.”
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Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
Baptist Leaders Reflect Morally on Killing of Osama bin Laden
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
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Jews, Evangelicals Search for Ways to Discuss Israel
WASHINGTON (RNS) American Jews and evangelicals need a formal mechanism to discuss their differences and similarities on support for Israel.
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Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Shiloh Baptist Church Gets Threats After Fox News Stories
Since President Obama and his family visited a Baptist church on Easter and Fox News later aired a tape of the church's pastor, the church has received more than 100 threatening e-mails, faxes and phone calls.
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Jewish Group Gives Passover Cheer for Beck’s Exit
(RNS) A Jewish organization is celebrating Passover two weeks early, proclaiming freedom from Glenn Beck’s television show.
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Jews Pressure Facebook over Palestinian Page
(RNS) Facebook shut down a “Third Palestinian Intifada” page and similar groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups.
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Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on
Southern Baptist State Lawmakers on "Dirty Dozen" List for Extremist Views
Of the dozen state lawmakers identified in a Southern Poverty Law Center report for their radical-right beliefs on immigration, conspiratorial attitudes and involvement with hate groups, four were Southern Baptists.
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Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
Breaking the Pattern of Demonization and Rebuttal
U.S. Rep. Peter King's hearings on the "radicalization of American Muslims" are only the latest Christian-Muslim flare-ups. To break this pattern of demonization, goodwill faith leaders must choose to be proactive.
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British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
British Baptist Team Helped Feed Libyan Refugees
Members of a British Baptist church faced 10-hour days in primitive conditions as they helped cook for tens of thousands of refugees, who have been pouring across Libya's border to escape the fighting.
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Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Baptists Respond to Japanese Disaster, Met Needs after Four Other Quakes
Global Baptists have provided financial aid and are assisting with relief and rescue efforts after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami. They have responded to earthquakes in four other nations over the last 14 months.
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Churches Press Obama to Reengage on Middle East
(RNS/ENInews) Christian leaders are calling on the Obama administration to renew diplomatic efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
London Baptists Fund Olympics Position
In the months leading up to next year's Olympics in London, Baptist churches will have help finding ways to engage in ministry during the games thanks to a new position funded by London Baptists.
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Protest Movements Could Open Doors for Christians
Protest Movements Could Open Doors for Christians
The success of protest movements in the Middle East and North Africa could provide "incredible opportunities" for the regions' Christians, who are in the minority and often face persecution.
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Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings
NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry sang the national anthem she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag.
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Israel Won’t Renew Permit for Jerusalem Bishop
JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Israel has declined to renew a residency permit for Anglican Bishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem.
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Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
Making Sense of Unrest in Middle East, Libya
How do we understand the extraordinary events of the Middle East, including the tottering regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya? God does not care very much about political calculations, but he does care about justice.
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Israeli Ambassador Prompts Debate over Campus Free Speech
IRVINE, Calif. (RNS) “Michael Oren, propagating murder is not an expression of free speech!”
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Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
Cuban Pastor Resigns Under Government Pressure
A Baptist pastor in Cuba said he is stepping down from his church position because of prolonged government pressure and threats made against the church. Other Baptist pastors face similar situations, he warned.
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Toppling Tyrants with Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Toppling Tyrants with Nonviolent Civil Disobedience
Tyrants hang on to power for as long as possible. If the Arab world adheres to Gandhi-style civil disobedience, then this historic movement, which began in Tunisia, will depose the tyrants of the Arab world.
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U.S. Rabbis Blast Israel over New Conversion Rules
JERUSALEM (RNS) American rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they perform outside Israel be recognized.
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New Pipe in Israel Aims to Halt Worship Water Shortage
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays.
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Consequences of the Middle East's Arab Uprising
Consequences of the Middle East's Arab Uprising
Deep uncertainty has enveloped the Middle East. Tunisia and Egypt have been transformed. Yemen and Jordan are experiencing discontent. Even Lebanon is asking fresh questions about democratic freedoms.
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British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
British Baptists Have Greatest Share of Websites
The number of churches in Great Britain with websites has increased markedly in the last two years; Baptists have the highest percentage among the main United Kingdom denominations.
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Israel Trips for Jewish Youths Expand
(RNS) Jewish organizations are aiming to send more North American teens and young adults than ever to Israel this year.
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Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
Arab Christians Don't Curse the Darkness, But Light Candles
With the population of Arab countries growing, Arab Christians have the opportunity to influence the communities in which God has called them to serve.
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Pastor Who Prayed for Obama’s Death Turns to Westboro Baptist Church
(RNS) A Southern Baptist pastor who called for prayers for the death of Obama is now planning prayers against Westboro Baptist Church.
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Attending A Baptism
“Baptist” is not necessarily a name our spiritual forefathers chose for themselves. It was given to them by those who observed their behavior, didn’t like it very much, and chose the name as a form of ridicule.
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Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh
Baptist of the Year: Babs Baugh

Babs Baugh makes things happen. She acutely senses where goodwill Baptists are and recognizes the need for us to get our act together. She's EthicsDaily.com's pick for Baptist of the Year.

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Christmas Trees Banned in Israel, Lit in Lebanon, Sold in Egypt
Christmas Trees Banned in Israel, Lit in Lebanon, Sold in Egypt
Christmas trees are in the news all over the world. They were banned in a Nazareth suburb. Another one was lit by a Sunni Muslim official in Beirut. And Egyptians purchased a half-million Christmas trees.
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Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
Coalition: Israel Neglects Vow to Ease Blockade
An international coalition of development, human rights and peace-building organizations says conditions in Gaza grow dire and that Israel has not followed through on its commitment to ease the blockade.
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Palestinians Await Angels Herald of 'Peace on Earth'
Palestinians Await Angels Herald of 'Peace on Earth'
The angels' celestial anthem over the skies of Bethlehem reminds us that God yearns for peace on earth, but he also longs for the peace of Palestine and of Israel – for serenity in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
American Baptist Delegation Visits Middle East
A delegation of American Baptist leaders spent almost two weeks in the Middle East, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and encouraging Arab Christians.
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Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Fragmentary Notes from a Mission Trip to Tanzania
Following a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to Tanzania, it appears Tanzanians share common religious ground in a way superior to U.S. Christians who are struggling to interface with U.S. Muslims.
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U.S. Jews, Evangelicals Help Israel Rebuild After Fires
JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking a central role in rebuilding the Carmel region in northern Israel.
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HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
HISNets Gives Its 100,000th Mosquito Net to Muslim Mother in Tanzania
During a Muslim-Baptist mission trip to provide mosquito-repellent nets in one of the world's poorer nations, a young Muslim mother received the 100,000th net distributed by a Baptist-led organization.
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Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Muslims and Baptists Join Hands in Mosquito Net Distribution in Tanzania
Two Baptists and a Muslim left behind Oklahoma's infectious fear of Islam to combat the infectious disease of malaria in Tanzania, demonstrating that different faiths can work together to meet human needs.
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Palestinians Remove Claim to Western Wall after U.S. Objects
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection to the Western Wall.
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Princeton Students Divided on Israeli Ties to Campus Hummus
PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) Princeton University’s great hummus war is going to the polls this week.
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Palestinians Claim Ownership of Western Wall
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall is actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report.
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Middle East Clergy Pray for Drought Relief
JERUSALEM (RNS) Experiencing the warmest, driest November on record, residents of the Holy Land are calling on a higher power to bring rain.
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Will Iraqi Christians Find Asylum in Britain?
Will Iraqi Christians Find Asylum in Britain?
An archbishop's call for Iraqi Christians to seek asylum in Britain may give the green light to many who had been wavering. But Britain's treatment of asylum seekers has been shabby at best.
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Cardinal Says U.S. Morally Obliged to Protect Iraqis
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading Catholic bishop said the U.S. has failed to help Iraqis to protect its citizens.
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Standing Firm in Difficult Times
Standing Firm in Difficult Times
We lived in a blessed time and place in the relative safety of the United States, but our brothers and sisters in Christ in war-torn corners of the globe aren't faring as well. When fear and anxiety grip us, we must stand firm.
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Netanyahu Tells U.S. Jews He Won’t Allow Nukes for Iran
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.
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Hold On To Faith
It takes character and backbone to stand firm when under pressure. When push comes to shove, and one has no place to hide, one stands. When one must know who they are, they can stand. When one holds a truth deep in their hearts and believing means standing, one can muster the strength to endure.
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Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
Violence's Toll on Christians in Iraq, Middle East
The attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad, resulting in the loss of dozens of innocent lives, has focused attention once more on the plight of the Christian population in Iraq as well as the Middle East.
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Israel to Allow Civil Marriages
JERUSALEM (RNS) For the first time in its 62-year history, Israel will soon allow a limited number of couples to marry in civil ceremonies.
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Middle East Needs More Peacemakers, Fewer Ideologues
Middle East Needs More Peacemakers, Fewer Ideologues
Followers of Christian Zionism, which sees the nation of Israel as the fulfillment of biblical prophecy, objected to a Baptist magazine's guest editorial. What the Middle East needs is less ideologues and more peacemakers.
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Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Global Baptists Mourn Attack on Baghdad Church, Islamic Clerics Criticize Assault
Following an attack on a Roman Catholic Church in Baghdad that left more than 50 Christians dead, Baptists and other Christians in the Iraqi capital say they are living in fear.
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In Middle East, Religion Has Added to the Conflict
In Middle East, Religion Has Added to the Conflict
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political issue and should be worked out using political and diplomatic resources, not theological debate. Religion, in this case, has contributed more to the problem rather than the solution.
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Vatican Appeals for Former Iraqi Leader’s Life
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican called for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz to be spared the death penalty.
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U.S. Bishop Says Jews Have No Exclusive Right to Israel
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special Vatican meeting on the Middle East ended with a flare-up in Catholic-Jewish tensions.
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Israel A Model on Gays in the Military
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel has allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for 17 years.
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Bloom Where You’re Planted
If you have the courage to look back and trace the journey of your life, I think that for the most part your testimony would be that your life is not only good but it is better for the way you’ve done it. In fact, had your life turned out the way you planned it, chances are it wouldn’t be nearly as good as it really is.
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Survey: Jewish Disapproval of Obama Rising
(RNS) President Obama’s approval rating among U.S. Jews has dropped in the past year.
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British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
British Baptists Urged to Learn About Palestinian Christians
The director of a Christian organization in the Middle East urged British Baptists to learn more about the plight of Christians in Palestine. While they try to live peacefully amid the conflict, many constantly feel weak.
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Zacchaeus’ Tree Now a Top Tourist Destination
JERUSALEM (RNS) A huge sycamore tree that some believe was climbed by Zacchaeus is the centerpiece of a new tourism campaign.
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Interfaith Group Urges U.S. to Press for Middle East Agreement
(RNS) A broad coalition of U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders has backed the administration’s efforts to broker peace.
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Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Documentary Screening Draws Crowd in Memphis, Creates Good Will
Taking a "step toward peace," some 300 people, including about one third of them coming from Memphis' Muslim community, attended a screening of "Different Books, Common Word" at First Baptist of Memphis.
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Israeli Court Rules Against Segregated Sidewalks
JERUSALEM (RNS) Ultra-Orthodox leaders removed barriers separating men and women after Israel’s High Court ruled that the tall screens were illegal.
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FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
FBC Memphis Invites City to Screening of Baptist-Muslim Documentary
First Baptist Church of Memphis is breaking new cultural ground with its sponsorship of a citywide screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary about how U.S. Baptists and Muslims are engaged in interfaith dialogue and action.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
EthicsDaily.com Documentary at Memphis Church, Festival
A documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships will take a higher profile in the coming weeks, first at First Baptist Church of Memphis then at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville.
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U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
U.S. Christian Leaders Pray for Just Peace Where Walls and Weapons Prevail
In the midst of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, 29 U.S. Christian leaders believe that religion can be a force for peace. It is a moral imperative too often rejected by other U.S. Christian leaders.
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Early End to Daylight Saving Time Frustrates Israelis
JERUSALEM (RNS) The government’s decision to end daylight saving time early has set off an angry debate.
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Pope Meets with Israeli President, Calls for Peace and Clarity
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met with Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday (Sept. 2).
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The Note Read,
The Note Read, "BHO is a Marxist"
Many Baptists have watered down Jesus, severing his agenda for social justice from Christian faith. How do we counteract the ideological gloss on the biblical witness used to justify a laissez-faire economic system?
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Western Wall to Feature New One-way Partition Between Men, Women
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jewish authorities hope to replace the existing partition that separates the men’s and women’s prayer areas.
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Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty Years of Baptist Religious-Political Attacks
Thirty years ago, Baliey Smith, then Southern Baptist Convention president, stood in the Oval Office and attacked Jimmy Carter's religious beliefs because of political differences. Today, Baptists continue to follow that model.
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Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Baptist World Congress Focused on Luke 4; Will Others Do Likewise?
Some 4,000 Baptists studied two verses in Luke 4 during the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu. Will the seeming insignificance of a few leaders in Bible study bring significant change for millions of others?
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On Mission Trips, Remember the Ethic of
On Mission Trips, Remember the Ethic of "Stranger"
Ministering to strangers can be easy for many of us. What do we do when we're the strangers, serving on a mission trip? We would be wise to follow the example of Jesus on the Emmaus Road.
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Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Ghanaian Pastor Tells BWA Workshop That Muslims Protect Baptists
Challenge the prevailing narrative of the Western world that Islam and Christianity are at war, people from both faiths support and respect each other in Yendi, a city in Ghana where at least 80 percent of the population is Muslim.
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Orthodox Jews Issue Statement in Support of Gays
JERUSALEM (RNS) More than 100 modern-Orthodox rabbis and others have signed a document that urges respect for homosexuals.
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1,000 Global Baptists Denied Visas to Attend Congress
1,000 Global Baptists Denied Visas to Attend Congress
An estimated 1,000 Baptists were unable to attend this year's Baptist World Congress in Hawaii because the United States denied their visas. Nations in Africa and Asia were the hardest hit by visa denials.
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BWA's Coffey: Service Futile Without Holy Spirit
BWA's Coffey: Service Futile Without Holy Spirit
When Baptists choose to follow their own methods and timing rather than God's, they fail to follow the path of their forebears, said David Coffey, who completed his five-year term as president of the Baptist World Alliance.
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European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
European Baptist Leader Connects Lord’s Supper with Earth Care
Paying attention to nature was not part of the faith tradition or secular education of Helle Liht, who grew up Baptist and in a country under Soviet Union domination. It wasn't until she was an adult that she saw the connection.
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Catholic Patriarch Blasts Israel for Allowing Gay Parade
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Catholic Church’s highest official in the Holy Land sharply criticized Israeli authorities for permitting a gay pride parade.
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First Steps
If we will indeed walk with the one true God, without our usual excuses, our steps will take us there. And when our journey is complete, and our final steps taken, we will know that the stumbling and the wobbling and the falling – not to mention the getting back up – is all worth it.
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County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
County Pays Price for Ten Commandments Monument
Oklahoma's Haskell County erected a monument in 2004 on their courthouse lawn that included the Ten Commandments. That misguided decision will cost the county's taxpayers $199,000 plus interest.
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Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
Ten Suggestions to Guide Baptists in Their Future
While Baptists have a rich 400-year history, it's important to reflect on our future – as individuals and as communities. To paraphrase Yogi Berra, if we don't know where we're going, we might not get there.
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BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
BWA Leaders Lament Christian Vilification of Muslims, Offer Constructive Way Forward
Sharing their concerns about the vilification of Muslims by Christians, two Baptists mapped out ways for constructive engagement between the world's two largest faith groups during a Baptist World Alliance focus group.
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South Africa to Host Baptist World Congress in 2015
South Africa to Host Baptist World Congress in 2015
The next meeting of the Baptist World Congress will be held in South Africa in 2015, according to an announcement made by Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.
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Baptist World Alliance Begins Congress Today
Baptist World Alliance Begins Congress Today
The Baptist World Alliance kicks off its Congress today, an event held every five years, featuring great celebration, poignancy and even heartbreak as participants hear from the world church all that is happening in their nations.
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Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 2): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey reflects on his BWA presidency as his term draws to a close. In the second part of an interview with EthicsDaily.com, he discusses his part in fostering interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
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A Scandalous Relationship
Hosea and Gomer were to be object lessons to Israel about the moral and spiritual condition of that society's relationship to God. Just as Gomer was scandalously unfaithful to Hosea, Israel was scandalously unfaithful to God.
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 Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
Interview (Part 1): David Coffey on His Five-Year Term as BWA President
David Coffey showed courage and demonstrated wisdom during his presidential tenure of the Baptist World Alliance. As his term draws to a close, he reflected on his service in an EthicsDaily.com interview.
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Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
Young Ministers Speak to the Baptist Future
What do the younger generation of Baptists think about where we are headed? While no Baptist speaks for another, these voices of influence will be among those who will one day define what it means to be Baptist.
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BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
BWA Meets, Seasoned Leaders Speak to 21st Century Future of Baptists
With Baptists celebrating 400 years of history and with global Baptists meeting for the BWA Congress, several seasoned Baptists share their views on the direction Baptists should take in their future.
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Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
Last Call: British Baptist Holds Funeral in Pub
With the church under a major renovation, a British Baptist minister decided to hold a funeral in a local pub. More than 200 people crammed into the pub and listened intently to the Gospel.
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Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Goodwill Baptists Can Hang Together or Separately
Some 300 people attended the Baptist Center for Ethics luncheon in Charlotte, N.C., the latest indicator that BCE's record of being on the cutting edge of moral engagement is on a successful track.
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Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Making Big Strides in Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During an EthicsDaily.com luncheon, two North Carolina pastors shared stories about how their congregations took some small steps that turned into significant strides in Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
British Baptists Receive Honor from Queen
Baptists in Great Britain were among those honored recently in the Queen's Birthday Honors list. They include a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain as well as a teacher retiring after 29 years of service.
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Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
Building Bridges to Strengthen Christian-Muslim Relations
At EthicsDaily.com's luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Assembly, three individuals described how they built relational bridges over the cultural minefield of Christian-Muslim tensions.
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Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
Can Reconciliation Begin in the Gaza Strip?
The situation in the Gaza Strip polarizes opinions. One extreme believes the blockade should be unconditionally lifted; the other believes Gaza deserves all it gets. What will it take to begin reconciliation?
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Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
Baptists Offer Moral Critique of Israel's Deadly Attack on Freedom Flotilla
The Israeli commando attack on a pro-Palestinian flotilla 80 miles from Israel's coast that resulted in at least nine civilian deaths and 30 wounded has drawn a moral critique from global Baptists.
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Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Part 1: Jimmy Carter Melded Religion, Politics
Jimmy Carter made being "born again" a campaign issue in 1976, vowing that his faith would help him govern. In the aftermath of Watergate, the American people were looking for someone they could trust.
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Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Baptist Historians Stick Their Necks Out for the Common Good
Good Baptist historians stick their necks out for the common good and offer a relevant moral witness when it counts. They're more interested in strengthening the prophetic voice than offering soothing sermons.
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CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
CBF's Future: Walls Or Windmills
The greatest challenge facing goodwill Baptists is to move decisively away from the tradition, temptation and timidity of wall-building. It's time to build windmills.
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Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Denzel Washington Talks a Second Time about EthicsDaily.com's TV Documentary
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, seen here in The Book of Eli, has spoken publicly again about EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word." (Photo: Warner Bros.)
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Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Catholics and Baptists Have Different Sacraments but Similar Child Abuse Scandals
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
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After Quake, Long Rebuilding Awaits Haiti
After Quake, Long Rebuilding Awaits Haiti
Following January's earthquake in Haiti, the nation's needs still remain great, according to Haitian Baptist leaders. It's also an opportunity for churches to encourage people and to join others to rebuild a solid infrastructure.
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Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Baptists Condemn Nigeria's Religious Violence
Violence between Muslims and Christians continues in Nigeria with heavy clashes occurring in Plateau State, a region in the center of the country with a long history of religious conflict.
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Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Save Green, Go Green at June Luncheon in Charlotte
Our annual luncheon during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering will give you the chance to "Save Green, Go Green." Order your tickets today to this limited-seating event.
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Neo-Conservatives Attack Islamic Moderate
Neo-Conservatives Attack Islamic Moderate
A neo-conservative think tank has labeled a Turkish Islamic scholar as an "ultraconservative," but the label is a gross distortion. In the eyes of intolerant secularists, all religious people appear to be ultraconservative.
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Quake Destroys 250 Baptist Churches in Chile
Quake Destroys 250 Baptist Churches in Chile
When an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile, an estimated 250 Baptist churches were part of the devastation, which included more than 500,000 homes damaged and more than 700 lives lost.
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Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Going It Alone? Why We Need Community
Baptists have too often emphasized individualism – an it's-me-and-Jesus attitude – over community. But there are good reasons to be connected to others as part of our Christian life. Here are five of them.
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Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
Baylor Regents, Others Devalue Authentic Churchmanship with Words about Ken Starr
With their introduction of Ken Starr as Baylor University's next president, the school's regents and advisory committee members cheapened Baptist church membership.
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Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
Baptist-Muslim Panelists Stress Interfaith Action at Documentary Screening in Houston
"Different Books, Common Word" can be an important vehicle for social change on the local level where Islamic centers and Baptist congregations can get together to screen the documentary and discuss it.
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Politician: Bible Verse Guides Foreign Policy
Politician: Bible Verse Guides Foreign Policy
Rep. Michele Bachmann argues that the United States should base its foreign policy in the Middle East on one particular way of reading a verse from Genesis. Her rationale has several flaws.
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Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
Needs Throughout Haiti Remain Critical
While most of the attention of the earthquake in Haiti has focused on Port-au-Prince, many throughout the country are suffering. One church network has been providing assistance to help with the ongoing crisis.
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500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
500 Dead After Religious Violence in Nigeria
Nigerian Baptists have asked for prayer following violence between Christians and Muslims that has left an estimated 500 people dead and displaced around 18,000 others.
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Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
Baptist Church Damaged in Iraq Explosion
First Baptist Church of Baghdad suffered serious damage when a bomb exploded only a third-mile away from the building. The adults and children inside the building were not physically harmed.
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 Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
Debating Suffering's Easy; Alleviating Suffering's Harder
When disaster strikes anywhere in the world, armchair debaters of all varieties speculate what it says about the existence and compassion of God. For those of faith, there is a better way forward.
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NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
NBC-TV Station Looks at EthicsDaily.com Documentary Airing on ABC-TV Stations
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word," airing on ABC-TV stations across the country, is generating positive dialogue about the relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims.
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Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Bible References on Rifle Sights in Iraq and Afghanistan Reflect Badly on Christianity
Reinforcing a perception that American Christianity has a crusade against Muslims, a corporation inscribes biblical references on the sights of its rifles and has a contract to provide 800,000 sights to the Marines.
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Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Denzel Washington Talks about EthicsDaily.com Documentary on BET
Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington called EthicsDaily.com’s hour-long documentary "an interesting show” on Thursday.
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Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Supporting Haiti in Aftermath of Earthquake
Haiti, one of the most impoverished countries in the world, was rocked by a magnitude-7 earthquake, on Jan. 12. The time to live out the words of Jesus has come upon us again. Will we respond?
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EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily Documentary Airs This Weekend on ABC-TV Stations in Chicago, Richmond, Kansas City, Waco
EthicsDaily.com's documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," continues to air on ABC-TV stations to glowing reviews. And it's not too late to ask your local station to air it.
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Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
Right-Wing Columnist Criticizes EthicsDaily.com Documentary Without Viewing It
The founder of WorldNetDaily misled his readers about "Different Books, Common Word," EthicsDaily.com's documentary about Baptist-Muslim relationships. But facts bear little value for ideologues.
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Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
Documentary Airs on ABC-TV Stations with Glowing Reviews, Airs Again Sunday
The first of many broadcasts of EthicsDaily.com's "Different Books, Common Word" aired Sunday. The response has been exceedingly positive to the documentary on Baptist-Muslim relationships.
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Military Pregnancy Ban Includes Married Couples
Military Pregnancy Ban Includes Married Couples
Seven soldiers were reprimanded for violating the pregnancy ban in northern Iraq, Stars and Stripes reported. The ban reprimands any who become pregnant or impregnate personnel, even if they're married.
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Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
Sadly, Many Surprised by Baptist-Muslim Relationships
During filming of "Different Books, Common Word," many couldn't believe Baptists and Muslims could have any sort of relationship. Their disbelief didn't grow in a vacuum. It was cultivated by extremism of word and deed.
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What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
What Is the Most Important Religion Story for 2009?
The Baptist-Muslim engagement was the most unanticipated and underreported religion story of 2009. And EthicsDaily.com's new documentary examines five stories that will shed light on that relationship.
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Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
Baptist College: Faculty Must Affirm Faith Statement
A small Baptist college in Georgia will require faculty to express public allegiance to the Southern Baptist doctrinal statement, reinforcing how Southern Baptist education has changed to be more about isolation and indoctrination.
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Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Ignoring Critics, Some Baptists and Muslims Cooperate
Some Christians want us to distance ourselves from Muslims, falsely claiming the actions of extremists define Islam. Yet these same critics consider Christian extremists to be the exceptions of their own faith.
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Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
Baptist of the Year: Emmanuel McCall
With gritty determination and undeniable dignity, Emmanuel McCall has worked constructively in the white Baptist power structure to advance racial reconciliation. He's EthicsDaily.com's Baptist of the Year for 2009.
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The Contemporary Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part Two
The Contemporary Cries in Palestine at Christmas: Part Two
Amid all the cries of joy and jubilation at the Christmas season, will we finally hear the cries of those in the Middle East who await the coming of the God of justice and peace?
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EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's Baptist-Muslim Documentary to Air on ABC Stations
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims," has been picked up by more than 60 ABC stations across the country for broadcast beginning in January. And more will follow.
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Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
Church Criticized for Hosting Palestine Service
A London Baptist church was the focus of protests after hosting a carol concert organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. A minister at the church stood by the program, but one critic said it politicized Christmas.
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Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Climate Change Talks Begin Months after Evangelical Christians Confessed Sin
Through the Micah Network, global Baptists have offered sound theological reflection about earth care and a clarion call for action to protect the poor. If only U.S. Baptists would follow suit.
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Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
Will Baptists Decry Hatred Against Muslims?
The first of three men who firebombed a Tennessee mosque received a 14-year prison sentence in November. Are we willing to take a stand, in words and actions, against such hatred and ignorance?
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Sweden: Seminaries Must Soften Theological Education
Sweden: Seminaries Must Soften Theological Education
The Swedish government is advising state-supported seminaries they must lessen their emphasis on theological education and focus more on general religious studies.
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Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
Baptist Church Maintains Interfaith Ties with School
A Baptist church in England has exemplified interfaith work in its eight-year partnership with a multifaith school. Most of the independent school's 200 boys are from Muslim, Hindu and Sikh families.
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False End-Times Prophecy Shifts Focus Off Gospel
False End-Times Prophecy Shifts Focus Off Gospel
The message that the false prophets of end-times theology have is that the world is ending, so let's hurry things along. Let's forget about seeking good in the world, making peace in the world and improving our world.
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Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Muslim Leaders Can Help Goodwill Baptists Think about Interfaith Dialogue
Interfaith dialogue is difficult for many Baptists, but dismissing or avoiding it is not an option in the 21st century. Two Muslim leaders offer insights that can engage goodwill Baptists.
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Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
Baptists Model Better Alternative to Allure of Gambling
With a huge lottery jackpot of more than $151 million awaiting two winners, it's a reminder why many Baptists do not participate in this or other forms of gambling. We bear witness to a better way.
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Hurricane Devastates El Salvador, Destroys Baptist Church
Hurricane Devastates El Salvador, Destroys Baptist Church
Eight persons, including seven children, are missing after First Baptist Church in San Vicente was destroyed after Hurricane Ida hit El Salvador. They were among more than 120 who perished.
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Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Uzbekistan Court Convicts Three Baptist Union Leaders
Three leaders of a Baptist organization in Uzbekistan, including its president, were convicted and fined for evading taxes and involving children in religious activity without their parents' consent.
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What Baptists Believe
So the next time you’re at a party and you’re asked what Baptists believe, don’t be calling me on your cell phone for a review!  Just remember the four fragile freedoms—Bible freedom, Soul freedom, Church freedom, and Religious freedom—and you’ll be fine.
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What's the Big Deal about Being Baptist?
No, Baptists aren’t the only freedom-loving people in the world.  But thanks to their efforts, millions of people here and abroad enjoy freedom of conscience when it comes to religion.  No elected official, no ordained minister controls what we believe, or what we do about church, if anything.  And that, my friends, is a very big deal!
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Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
Baptists and Muslims Work Together for Health-Care Reform
The possibility of advancing the common good, such as health-care reform, improves when goodwill Muslims and Baptists work together. A recent press conference illustrates this point.
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EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com Produces TV Documentary
EthicsDaily.com has produced an hour-long documentary on Baptist-Muslim relations that will begin airing on ABC-TV stations in January 2010.
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"Different Books, Common Word"

The Web site for EthicsDaily.com's hour-long documentary "Different Books, Common Word: Baptists and Muslims."

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Deflated: Why Don't These Top News About Balloon Boy?
Deflated: Why Don't These Top News About Balloon Boy?
Many are angry about the cost to rescue a boy who turned out not to be in a runaway balloon. Do they know the daily cost of the war in Iraq? Or how many Third World children starve to death in an afternoon?
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 Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
Invention of Lying? SBC Head's Nazi Analogy Offensive
A Southern Baptist leader evoked images of Hitler and the Holocaust to thwart health-care reform. It is a brutal insult both to the victims and survivors of that Holocaust. His handlers should silence him.
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CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
CBS Reporter Gives a Christian Witness
A common prejudice among many people of faith is that the national media is hostile or indifferent toward faith. Perhaps that bias will change when they hear CBS correspondent Byron Pitts.
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Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Baptists Respond to Asia and Pacific Disasters
Washington, DC (BWA) --Baptist World Aid (BWAid), the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), is coordinating relief efforts to the Philippines and Indonesia after these countries were badly affected by a typhoon and earthquakes, respectively.
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Calvin at 500
And if you are not already thoroughly confused, followers of Dutch theologian Joseph Arminius muddy the water still more. Arminians whole-heartedly agree with Calvin that we are incapable of saving ourselves. We don’t choose God. God chooses us. However, say Arminians, for God’s choice to finally make a difference, we must respond to God’s grace. In other words, God makes the first move (prevenient grace) but he can’t save us by himself.   At some point, we have to cooperate (cooperative grace) with God by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Even though God chooses us to be his own, we have the freedom to resist his grace and say, “No. I’d rather be in Hell.”
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Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
Four Years Later, Katrina Assistance Still Needed
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina took its toll on Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. The Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention is working to help people rebuild.
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Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
Former Baptist Pastor Goes to Trial Charged with Genocide in Rwanda
A former Baptist pastor goes on trial for allegedly organizing the murder of 5,000 Rwandans in the 1994 rampage of Hutu-led genocide. Sadly, most Baptists said little during that time.
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Baptists Aid Typhoon Victims in Taiwan
Baptists Aid Typhoon Victims in Taiwan
Baptists are assisting victims of the typhoon that struck southern Taiwan. A total of 126 were confirmed dead by Aug. 18, and the death toll was expected to rise to more than 500.
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Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
Class Act: CBF, Church Provide School Supplies
For the fourth consecutive year, Second Baptist Church of Little Rock, Ark., partnered with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to ensure more than 300 students received much-needed school supplies.
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Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
Can Baptists Learn to Perpetually Adore Jesus?
While Baptists don't hold to the idea that the bread in the Eucharist transforms into Christ, we might be a little envious of the revival of the practice of perpetual adoration.
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Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Baptists Pray for Nigeria after Hundreds Killed
Members of the Baptist World Alliance paused to pray for Nigeria, where more than 800 people were reportedly killed during the latest round of religious sectarian violence.
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BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
BWA: UN’s Climate Change Meeting in Copenhagen Is Landmark Event
Global Baptist leaders see the harmful realities of global warming and pin their hopes for governmental action on the United Nation’s upcoming conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
BWA Leader Calls Free-Market System 'Flawed'
The unfettered global economic system destroys the planet, sustains global poverty and undermines human life, the Baptist World Alliance president said.
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BWA Nominates Two
BWA Nominates Two "Virginians" as President-Elect, First Vice President-Elect
Two Baptists with connections to Virginia have been nominated to serve as the top leaders of the Baptist World Alliance – the largest organization of global Baptists.
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Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
Baptists' Rallying Cry: Let Freedom Ring for All
If individuals and groups truly have freedom, the public square will become a battle ground of conflicting views. Christians need to learn to live with being in a land of many voices.
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Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
Activist and Academician Show Baptists Are Transformers
A professor presented a history of Baptists as transformers during the BWA gathering, and a woman from India provided a modern-day example of that legacy.
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Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Professor Addresses Stem Cell Research at BWA Gathering in Netherlands
Whether in a test tube or a woman's womb, a human embryo is a human being with moral status and should not be destroyed for its stem cells, a Samford University prof says.
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Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Global Baptists Hear Reports of Religious Discrimination, Interfaith Engagement
Baptists still face state-sponsored religious discrimination. Serbian Baptists, for example, are granted "considerably less rights than the privileged religious community," one pastor said.
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Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Global Baptists Celebrate 400th Anniversary in Amsterdam, Remain Champions for Religious Freedom
Gathering in Amsterdam to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement, global Baptists reflect on how they can remain champions of religious freedom.
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Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Attend Immigration Luncheon at New Baptist Covenant Meeting
Immigration may not be in the headlines, but it is at the doorstep of the local church. The biblical witness' unavoidable imperative to care for the stranger makes it a top priority.
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Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
Saving the Environment – A Resolution at a Time
If Baptists desire to speak with credibility on environmental stewardship, they must move beyond passing resolutions and pursue concrete actions.
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Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors
Baptists and Muslims: Being Good Neighbors

Fomenting fear of Muslims by making stereotypical observations and false accusations will not encourage peace. We need to build bridges, not walls.

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Speak Anyway
This time, they did. But God does not guarantee Ezekiel or Frank or anyone else that people will listen. That’s not our worry. God says, speak anyway. 
So, a little humility, weak and wobbly ones of God. It’s not all up to you. Speak anyway. Whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house), they shall know that there has been a prophet among them.
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Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Upcoming Oklahoma Gathering Models Baptist Inclusiveness
Building Bridges, the New Baptist Covenant gathering in Oklahoma, is a must-attend event for goodwill Baptists, transcending racial, ethnic, theological, political and cultural boundaries.
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Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Warren Addresses American Muslims; American Muslim Speaks to ABC-USA
Distance is shrinking between Baptist and Muslim leaders in America — faster than rank-and-file members realize.
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BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
BWA Gathering to Deliberate on Baptists' 400th Anniversary
When member of the Baptist World Alliance come together in the Netherlands in late July, the 400th anniversary of the founding of the first Baptist church will take center stage.
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Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
Baptists Sign Letter to Obama Urging Middle East Peace
More than 50 religious leaders, including Baptists from the United States, signed a letter sent to President Obama, calling for a just and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Haiti Must Work Together to Rebuild, University President Says
Haiti Must Work Together to Rebuild, University President Says
Haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. If the nation wants a future, it will require the united work of the Haitian people, not foreigners, according to the president of the Christian University of Northern Haiti.
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Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
Rabbi Advocates Killing Civilians, Destroying Holy Sites in War
When a well-respected rabbi advocates the killing of civilians and the destruction of holy sites in time of war, one must ask what makes him different from Muslim extremists. Further, what do we say in response to this?
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South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
South Carolina Minister Nominated to Serve as CBF Moderator-Elect
Christy McMillin-Goodwin, associate minister for education and missions at Oakland Baptist Church in Rock Hill, S.C., has been nominated as moderator-elect for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
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Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
Obama's Visit to Muslim Countries Sows Seeds for Peace
President Obama's trip to predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East holds historic promise. Every Christian can only pray that Obama's trip sows seeds that will bear fruit of a hundred-fold for peace.
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 Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Would a Baptist Church by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Some churches have removed Baptist from their names, but others seek to reclaim the meaning of the name. Many principles of historical Baptist theology and polity offer a solid basis for citizenship in a free and diverse society.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
SBC Program Is Virtually All White, All Male; ABC Program Is Multi-Cultural
If the Southern Baptist Convention believes that actions speak louder than words, then its action of having a program of virtually all whites and all males places a big question mark over the convention's 2009 meeting logo.
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Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
Survey: U.K. Christians Optimistic About Their Churches' Growth
The majority of Christians in the United Kingdom think attendance in their own churches will increase over the next 20 years, a survey revealed. They're less optimistic about growth of other churches in the U.K.
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Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
Church's 'Beneath the Skin' Sessions Spark Candid Dialogue
When Churchland Baptist Church in Virginia used the "Beneath the Skin" DVD and study guide for a recent group session, it encouraged open and honest discussion that will hopefully trickle into further conversations in other settings.
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Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Will Baptists Answer the Call to Long-Term Mission Service?
Few are answering the call to a vocation of full-time mission service overseas, a mission worker told Baptists at the annual Baptist Assembly in Great Britain. With the needs so great, why are the laborers so scarce?
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Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Disclaiming Gore Is Weak-Kneed Start to Baptist Creation Care Conference
Some current Baptists are making the same mistake with the environment that their spiritual ancestors did with race relations.
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Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
Teen to British Baptists: Oppose Discrimination against Young
After a passionate speech from an 18-year-old, British Baptists passed a resolution condemning the use of 'mosquito' alarms, which emit a high-pitched sound that's intolerable to many young adults, to force them away from businesses.
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New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
New Baptist President Issues Challenge to Expect Revival
The new president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, Kingsley Appiagyei, challenged Baptists "to expect great things from God, and also to attempt great things for God," at the Baptist Assembly's opening celebration.
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Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
Baptists Seek Safety from Flu Virus, Remain Silent About Hate-Speech Virus
We are witnessing a pandemic in conservative America of hate-speech against Mexicans.
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Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Missouri Baptist Board OKs Mission Funds for Lawsuits
Despite the Missouri Baptist Convention executive director's assertion that money given by churches to sustain ministries and missions efforts has not been tapped to fund lawsuits, the convention's executive committee is proposing exactly that.
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BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
BWA Donates Funds to Drug Rehabilitation Clinic in Peru
A Baptist World Alliance donation of almost $4,900 to a drug rehabilitation program in Arequipa, Peru, will be used to establish a chicken farm, helping the clinic become self-sufficient.
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Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
Baptists' Witness in Israel Approaches a Century
With their roots stretching back to 1911, the Baptist community in Israel numbers 3,000 people making up 20 churches in Galilee and central Israel. They are a minority group in a multifaith, multicultural society.
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Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Pastor: Baptists in Gaza Caught Between 'Two Fires'
Baptists and other Christians in Gaza lived side by side with their Muslim neighbors in love and respect until six years ago. Today, they are caught between the Israeli attacks on Gaza and attacks from militant Muslims.
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In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
In the Minority, Lebanese Baptists Take Message to Arab World
The Baptist movement in Lebanon began more than a century ago when a Lebanese photographer visited a Baptist church in St. Louis. Today, its ministries include a seminary, publishing house, school and a community-relief organization.
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The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
The Disappearing Christians of the Middle East
Sixty years ago, Christians constituted more than 25 percent of the overall Palestinian population in the Holy Land. Today, those numbers have dwindled alarmingly, due largely to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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BWA Sends Condolences to Italians Hit by Earthquake
BWA Sends Condolences to Italians Hit by Earthquake
Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam offered condolences and prayerful support to the people of Italy following a devastating earthquake that hit Abruzzo, in the central region of the country on April 6.
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Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Campolo to Baptists: 'Carry Out the Great Commandment'
Popular author and preacher Tony Campolo urged Baptists to help care for the needs of others by making systemic changes to American society and churches, during the final session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
Coffey Encourages New Baptist Covenant Movement
David Coffey, president of the Baptist World Alliance, told an estimated 900 participants at the Baptist Border Crossing that their network will be successful as they trust the Lord to help them overcome barriers.
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Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Carter Urges Baptists to Unite Despite Differences
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter encouraged Baptists to put aside disagreements, urging them instead to unite behind "the gospel's simple message," during a session of the Baptist Border Crossing.
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Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Women Ministers Form Support Group in Arkansas
Carolyn Staley, minister of education at Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark., has organized an Arkansas Chapter of Baptist Women in Ministry. Some of her members can't be named publicly.
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Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Police Raid Baptist Home in Azerbaijan, Detain Three Women
Three Baptist women were detained and fined for "illegally spreading Christianity and other faiths" in the South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan on March 25.
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Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Trip Inspires Students to Develop Missions Projects
Thirteen students toured six countries as part of a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission program last summer. Now they're helping others understand how the United Nations' goal to eradicate poverty intersects with their faith.
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Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
Egyptian-Israeli Treaty’s Legacy Lives On After 30 Years
The lasting effect of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, signed 30 years ago, makes it the most successful modern effort toward Middle East peace.
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North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
North Carolina’s CBF Challenged to ‘Talk the Talk’
Too many Christians buy into the idea that a vocal witness is not important and “words don’t mean anything,” Fred Craddock says.
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More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
More than 120 Persons Baptized in Jordan
The baptisms were the culmination of an afternoon of celebration in which the Baptism Center at Bethany beyond Jordan was dedicated.
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Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
Baptists and Muslim Scholars Meet in Jordan
The Baptist World Alliance convened a number of Christian and religious groups in Amman, Jordan, to discuss common interests and to review plans surrounding the official opening and dedication of the Baptism Center in Bethany beyond Jordan.
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Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
Firebombing of Mosque in Rural Tennessee Sparks Baptist-Muslim Interface
The popular perception is that there is no constructive relationship between Baptists and Muslims in the United States. Why is that? Why is there so little recognized relationship between goodwill Baptists and Muslims?
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This Friendship Is No Joke
I chuckled when I read, "A rabbi, a priest and a minister walked into a bar. The bartender said, 'Is this a joke?'" Well, it was no joke for me on May 29, 2005. The setting was not a bar, but the home of Rabbi Stephen Chaim Listfield in Montgomery, Ala.
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Resolving Middle East Conflict Requires More Than Prayers
Resolving Middle East Conflict Requires More Than Prayers
While prayer and financial support are important keys to resolving the conflict in the Middle East, they are not the only keys. Our own silence and complacency must end if justice and peace are to prevail.
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Still Praying for Gaza
Still Praying for Gaza
News that even in these straitened times international donors have responded so generously to the needs of Gaza is very welcome.
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Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Baptists Bet Casinos, not Taxes, Are Moral Issue
Religious groups are more than eager to love their neighbors when it comes to regulating personal behavior. But when it comes time to take on the big issues of social and economic injustice, conservative Christians begin to sound more like a certain character in one of Jesus' parables.
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Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
Baptist Woman Who Works with Prostitutes Honored with BWA Award
No Baptist woman is more deserving of the Baptist World Alliance’s human rights award than Leena Lavanya, who runs homes in India for lepers, female sex workers and children living with HIV/AIDS.
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BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
BWA to Appoint New Director for Freedom and Justice
Raimundo César Barreto Jr. of Brazil is being recommended as the BWA’s first director of its Division of Freedom and Justice.
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When God Steps In
Daniel Subba left school in Nepal determined to pursue the communist agenda. But God had other plans for him.
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Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Baptists Gather in a Commitment to Peace
Listening to the voices of the marginalised, opposing discrimination of women and noting the impact of climate change were among the commitments made by Baptists around the world in Rome as part of the 'urgent Gospel task of being justice seekers and peacemakers'.
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A Time for Not Talking About Race
A Time for Not Talking About Race
We like to talk—and act as if our latest opinion is the right one for everyone else to embrace. But our past actions do not afford us such a position on the subject of race. It is a time to shut up, reflect deeply and listen to others.
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Orgs Must Refocus as CBF Reduces Partner Funding
This past week, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship announced in a press release that income is running at seven percent below 2008 and at just 79 percent of its current budget. As a result, the organization is cutting internal spending by 20 percent, and reducing funding for partner organizations by 30 percent.
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Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
Black, White Congregations Renew Relationships
I’m very grateful for “Beneath the Skin” as it proved to be an excellent resource to bring our two very different congregations together for meaningful discussion and planning.
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Westboro Baptist: Fires Prove God Hates Australians
Westboro Baptist: Fires Prove God Hates Australians
The National Director of the Baptist Union of Australia, the Rev. Brian Winslade, has denounced the latest hate speech from Westboro Baptist Church, which yesterday claimed that God hated Australians and was directly responsible for the tragic Victorian bushfires.
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I Want to Go to Iraq
I want to go to Iraq. Not today, or tomorrow. Probably not for several years, and certainly not as a soldier -- but I want to go to Iraq. I want to go as a tourist, a student, a pilgrim of sorts.
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Baptists in Australia Offer Bushfire Assistance
Baptists in Australia Offer Bushfire Assistance
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptists in Australia have established an emergency relief fund to aid persons affected by the worst natural disaster in the history of the southeastern state of Victoria.
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N.C. Gathering Marks Four Centuries of Baptist Movement
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- How can Baptists maintain an effective witness into their fifth century of existence? More than 400 participants gathered at First Baptist Church Feb. 9 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement and to anticipate what the fifth century of Baptist life might hold.
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Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Confessions of an Interfaith Baptist Preacher
Why would a Baptist be heavily involved in an interfaith organization? Aren’t we known for our unreserved advocacy and commitment to Christian conversion? Shouldn’t our energies be focused on the advancement of gospel sharing? Is cooperation with other faiths a form of endorsement to their claims of spiritual legitimacy?
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Baptists and Racism
Baptists have a long and storied history on the issue of race and racism.
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Global Poverty
Too many American Christians have myopia about the malnourished and their moral obligations.
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The Israeli-Palestinian Debate
One of the most disturbing wars in history began with British protectorate rule over Palestine. Begun in the 1920s, the "Holy Land" war continues between Arabs and Jews to this day. With such tremendous hatred for one another, will a solution ever be found?
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Baptist Monitoring Group Cites Problems in Azerbaijan
Representatives from the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) recently issued a report citing human rights and religious liberty shortcomings in Azerbaijan.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part Two
In January 2008 I received an e-mail from a distraught former student informing me that Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, not Apartheid, a Christmas gift she had given her grandfather, was dismissed as a misguided treatise and unfair criticism of Israel.
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Sweep Away Palestinian Stereotypes: Part One
The purpose of this essay is not to air a laundry list of serious errors in judgment infracted by some over the years. Rather, it is intended to help shed light on and perhaps assist in sweeping away some of the cobwebs and pre-conceived notions most Americans have about Palestinians.
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EthicsDaily.com Documentary Accepted at Two More Festivals
An educational documentary on racism from EthicsDaily.com has been accepted at two more U.S. film festivals.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part Two
Raouf Halaby sometimes asks his students, as he’s breaking the ice about his background, how big they think the Jordan River is.
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Relief Pours in for Victims of Gaza War
Baptists around the world have been showing support for the beleaguered civilians caught in the crossfire between Israel and Hamas.
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Baptist-Jewish Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Jewish relations.
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Baptist-Muslim Relations
A collection of resources on Baptist-Muslim relations.
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Palestinian Christian Considers Gaza Turmoil: Part One
The recent events in Gaza are a horrific example of democracy at work, according to Raouf Halaby. But the implementation of democracy in this case grates against the American ideal like fingernails on a chalkboard.
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Baptists and Muslims Pledge to Continue Dialogue
Baptist and Muslim participants at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue left with a desire to continue efforts to learn more about those of the other faith and find areas of common ground.
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Baptists and Muslims Must Know Each Other, Panelists Say
Baptists and Muslims must get to know each other and overcome ignorance and misinformation. That was the dominant message from both Baptist and Muslim presenters at the first national Muslim-Baptist dialogue held Jan. 9-11 at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass.
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Hope for Change in the Middle East
More than anything else, it appears the American populace may simply be too disinterested or too distracted to engage in believable change on this issue, despite its obvious far-reaching importance not just in the region but across the globe.
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Inflammatory Comments About Gaza Fuel the Fire
With family living in Israel and two cousins in the Israeli army, I have been watching the Gaza situation carefully. It is heartbreaking. It is tragic. Innocent people on both sides are suffering. But now is not the time for inflammatory remarks. Now is not the time to callously throw around words like "genocide." Now is not the time to point fingers at only one side, without taking a critical look at what both sides are doing.
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Deep in the Heart of … Gaza
American politicians have been arguing that if America were hit by Katyushas from Mexico or Canada, we would attack these countries just as Israel has been hitting Gaza. The question is, if Americans had been squeezed into a hermetically sealed Florida and denied food, medicine, fuel and freedom of movement, would we not hit the perpetrator with missiles?
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Muslim Leader Asks for Help from Baptists
Muslim leader Sayyid Syeed told Baptists and Muslims on Friday night at the opening session of the first national dialogue between two faiths in the Abrahamic tradition that his religion needed the help of Baptists in America.
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American Muslim, Baptist Leaders Hold Groundbreaking Meeting
Around 80 Baptist and Muslim leaders from across the nation gathered in Boston for a first-of-its-kind dialogue Jan. 9-11 in hopes of furthering mutual understanding and discovering areas of common ground. Held at the Islamic Center of Boston and Andover Newton Theological School, the meeting included presentations, breakout discussion sessions, worship services and fellowship times.
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Making Sense of the Gaza Strip
Like me you’ve no doubt been following the current hostilities between Israel and Hamas. How much do you know about the situation? I’d like to offer a few bits of information as you seek to make sense of what’s happening there.
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New Leadership and Theological Transformation Might Reverse SBC Decline
Reversing the Southern Baptist Convention’s decline and loss of influence will demand new leadership and theological transformation, two very unlikely possibilities in the next decade. The SBC’s numerical slide and besmirched image took some 30 years to achieve and cannot be undone by a quick makeover.
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Clarity Is Needed in a Time of Uncertainty
Serious times call for serious people, and it's hard to imagine more serious times than these. War in Afghanistan is going badly (read the history books, and you will realise that the only non-Afghan who could not have written that sentence was Alexander the Great).
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Factually Inaccurate Gaza Story Spreads on Religious News Sites
A Jan. 5 Baptist Press article on the conflict in Gaza included several misleading claims and untrustworthy sources. The BP story quickly spread and was picked up by other news sites, including the Baptist Standard, Florida Baptist Witness, Townhall, Crosswalk.
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Gaza: 100 Eyes for One
Like many in this part of the world and around the globe my heart aches when I read and see pictures of the Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip, and likewise when I see Israelis killed or injured by Qassam rockets.
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Baptism Center in Jordan to Open in March
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) will lead a service of dedication for the new Baptism Center in Jordan at its official opening on March 20, 2009.
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BWA Responds to Letter from Muslim Leaders
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) has issued a formal response to "A Common Word Between Us and You," a letter written by 138 Muslim leaders and scholars that appealed for Christians and Muslims to cooperate in engendering peace and religious freedom.
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Gaza’s Only Baptist Pastor Comments on Attacks
A Baptist pastor—the pastor of the only Protestant church in the Gaza Strip—has spoken about the plight of Palestinian Christians and others in the wake of the recent attacks.
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Baptist of the Year: David Coffey

David Coffey is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2008.

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Hopes and Prayers for the New Year
I am praying and hoping that we find a way to get our troops out of Iraq. I know I already said that, but we really need to get our folks home.
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BWA General Secretary Comforts Indian Baptists
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam has sent a letter of comfort to Baptists in India in the wake of the attacks in Mumbai, the country's financial capital and largest city, in late November.
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What I Heard at Baptist-Jewish DVD Screenings in Greensboro and Mobile
When we now listen to the religious minority's stories of injury and insult, we take the first step toward religious reformation. Awareness births empathy--empathy births a passion for righteousness. At least, that's the way goodwill Baptists ought to respond morally.
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The Challenge of Conscience in an Age of Confusion
Can Baptist congregations still be courageous enough to respect, honor and validate the personal and moral choice of members who challenge the Christian mainstream by exercising a renewal of our commitment to the liberty of conscience?
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Anti-Christian Violence Spreads in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist leaders in the southern state of Karnataka in India have informed the Baptist World Alliance that persecution is on the rise in that state.
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Church Leaders Urge U.S. President to Take Action on Anti-Christian Violence in India
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Several church leaders in the United States have written to U.S. President George W. Bush to protest the outbreak of violence against Christians in India, urging him "to hold the Indian government accountable to its own constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion and religious expression for all its citizens."
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Baptists in Vietnam Gain Government Recognition
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist Churches in Vietnam (BCV), one of several Baptist conventions and unions in the Southeast Asian country, gained official recognition from the Vietnamese government in early October.
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Virginia Baptists Play Key Role in Rejecting Rezoning for Mosque
The southern cradle of Baptist religious liberty voted last week against religious liberty for Muslims, and thereby, for the prevailing cultural establishment of Christianity.
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Bwaid Assists Displaced Persons in Congo
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Baptist World Aid, the relief and development arm of the Baptist World Alliance, has provided $30,000 for relief in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
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Regional New Baptist Covenant Meetings Planned
Inspired by the vision and success of the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant held earlier this year, several Baptist groups are planning similar regional gatherings for 2009. Next year will also mark the 400th anniversary of the Baptist movement.
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N.C. Baptist Convention Eliminates CBF Giving Option
Messengers to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina on Nov. 12 voted 431-354 to eliminate any possibility of contributions to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through the convention's new single giving plan. The recommendation before the convention would have allowed congregations to continue a 10 percent contribution to CBF in Atlanta, but now that option will cease permanently beginning January 2010.
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Congo in Crisis, BWAid Appeals for Help
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Recent conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have displaced 250,000 people.
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Baptists: Governments Must Keep Promise to Poor
Two Oklahoma Baptist leaders are calling for Baptists to take action to assure that governments keep their financial commitments to poorer countries even in the midst of a global financial downturn.
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African-American Baptists Reflect on Obama's Historic Victory
In light of Barack Obama's victory in Tuesday's presidential election, many people are considering what his election might mean for race relations in America. Reflections from several African-American Baptist ministers suggest that although they see Obama's election as an important moment, it must be just one step on a longer road toward racial reconciliation.
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Baptist Democrats Face Mixed Election Results (Updated)
Two Baptist Democrats faced mixed results yesterday in congressional races for seats that have been long held by Republicans.
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Mo. Baptist Climate Resolution Attacks Global Warming
Messengers at the 2008 annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention adopted a resolution on "environmental stewardship." However, the resolution barely promoted environmental stewardship but instead mainly attacked those who warn of the dangers of global warming.
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Azerbaijan Pastor to Be Tried Today
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Hamid Shabanov, a Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan who was arrested on June 20, faces trial today. He is charged for the illegal possession of a weapon.
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21st-Century Churches Adjust Missions Giving
Many churches have taken control of missions rather than delegating this task to someone else.
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'Congo Week' Draws Global Baptist Support
A British Baptist organization and students around the world are promoting efforts this week to raise awareness of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where more than five million people have died since 1996.
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Christians Concerned About Bangladesh Elections
Washington, D.C. (BWA) -- Christians in the Muslim-majority country of Bangladesh are concerned about general elections in the South Asian country set for Dec. 18 and sub-district elections on Dec. 24 and 28.
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CBF Coordinating Council Adopts New Strategic Priorities
ATLANTA (CBF) -- A year-long spiritual discernment process culminated Oct. 10 in the unanimous approval by its governing Coordinating Council of the re-prioritizing of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's work.
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Former BWA Women's Leader Dies
(BWA) Edna Lee de Gutiérrez from Mexico, president of the Baptist World Alliance Women's Department (BWAWD) from 1985-1990 and vice president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) from 1990-1995, died on Sunday, October 5.
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Oh What a Baptist Web We Weave
It is extraordinarily important that Baptists and those curious about Baptists should be directed to sites that are more than misinformed Web-filler.
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BWA Condemns Violence Against Christians in Orissa
Washington, D.C. (BWA) --The Baptist World Alliance has expressed grave concerns about the persecution of Christians in the Indian eastern state of Orissa.
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Baptist Official Offers Contradictory Positions on Muslim Engagement
A Southern Baptist Convention official who usually attacks Muslims and makes derogatory remarks about Islam recently offered his support for a report urging greater dialogue with the adherents of the world's second largest religion. The following day, however, he returned to his approach of rejecting dialogue as he attacked Christians attempting to increase understanding between the faiths.
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Baptist Relief Agency Labels World Hunger Crisis a 'Daily Disaster'
While Baptist World Aid observes World Hunger Month during October, the world's hunger crisis is a daily disaster. This year's awareness campaign seeks to drive home that point with the worldwide Baptist community under the theme, "Hunger Crisis: A Daily Disaster."
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SBC Leadership Not Interested in Rejoining Baptist World Alliance
The Southern Baptist Convention, which four years ago withdrew from the Baptist World Alliance over theological and relational differences, isn't likely to return to the fold any time soon, the denomination's leaders indicated Tuesday.
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Jail Term Prolonged for Baptist Pastor in Azerbaijan
A Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan must remain in jail for at least two more months while a criminal investigation against him continues, a court ruled Aug. 22.
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Report: LifeWay Pulls Magazine Featuring Women Preachers
LifeWay Christian Stores reportedly pulled a Christian magazine from its racks because five smiling women on its cover are pastors.
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Must-Watch Thriller Weaves Together Muslim-Baptist Narratives
An action thriller ripping across three continents has a storyline about the son of an Islamic cleric, who displays admirable piety and wrestles with moral ambiguity, and the son of a Baptist preacher, who discloses a minimalist faith. One seeks God's will; the other says he believes in God without letting faith trouble his actions. One is black; the other is white. Both are Americans.
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Living a Life of Significance
Rev. Olu Menjay could have lived a comfortable life in America. As a refugee from the Liberian civil war, he was granted a green card. After graduating from Mercer and Duke Divinity School, he was in pursuit of a doctorate at Boston University when Rev. Emile Sam-Peal, general secretary of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Education Convention, invited him to return to Liberia to become principal of Ricks Institute, a K-12 grade school about 12 miles outside Monrovia.
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Beneath Black, White--and Brown--Skin
Laura Cadena, a fifth-generation Tejana, recalls a story about when her grandmother moved from Laredo to Dallas, Texas: "She remembers getting on a bus and the sign saying 'Whites Only' or 'Blacks Only,' and she didn't know where she was supposed to sit."
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Moderate and Conservative Southern Baptists Differ on Race at Three Points
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary doctoral student David Roach is writing his dissertation under the working title of "The Southern Baptist Convention and Civil Rights, 1954-1995." These bookend dates begin with the Supreme Court's ruling against the segregation of public schools and conclude with the SBC's resolution apologizing for current individual and systemic acts of racism. When he asked if he could interview me, he said that he knew my response would be cordial and candid.
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American Baptist Pastor in Palin's Hometown Says Her Election Would Be a 'Disaster'
Sarah Palin is a front-line culture warrior whose election as vice president would be a "disaster" for the country, says an American Baptist pastor and longtime nemesis in local politics in the governor's hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
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Baptist Ethicist in New DVD Was FBI Target
Much has been written about Baptist ethicist Henlee H. Barnette, including the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was interested in some of his activities. But so far as we know, Barnette's FBI file hasn't seen the light of day—until now.
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'Beneath the Skin' DVD Examines Baptists and Race
Aidsand Wright-Riggins expected some sort of emotional response years ago as a religious-studies major in college when he illustrated a presentation on race and religion by tearing up an Ebony magazine portrayal of Jesus as an African-American.
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Russian Baptists Deliver Aid to South Ossetia
Russian Baptists are responding to human needs in the desperately poor and war-ravaged enclave of South Ossetia.
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Fellow Church Members, Deacons, Vie for Alabama Congressional Seat
Tip O'Neill's famous quote that "all politics is local" is nowhere truer this year than in Alabama's second congressional district, where both the Democratic and Republican candidates are deacons at the same Southern Baptist church.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Says Southern Baptists Shouldn't Rejoin Baptist World Alliance
A Baptist state newspaper editor hopes leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention won't take steps to rejoin the Baptist World Alliance.
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Georgia/Russia Conflict Divides Baptists in the Region
Armed military conflict between Russia and Georgia has spilled over into a war of words between the two nations' Baptists.
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City Councilman Faults 'Sorry Churches' for Not Fighting Social Ills
Taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for social programs because there are too many "sorry churches" that aren't doing what they're supposed to do, according to a city official in Jacksonville, Fla.
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SBC Leader Promotes Demonization of Muslims
A Southern Baptist leader credited with rejecting the demonization of Islam has a track record of promoting and offering derogatory statements about Muslims. Although Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been praised for avoiding hateful attacks on Muslims that other Southern Baptists have offered, he has at times refused to repudiate such remarks and has offered his own problematic comments about Islam.
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Omitted Titles in New Baptist Hymnal Reflect Theological Shift (Corrected)
Songs sung in church are more than words and music. They are teaching tools and a record of a congregation's values and beliefs. A new hymnal, just released by LifeWay Christian Resources, aims to set those standards in Southern Baptist churches for a generation--a generation that follows a seismic theological shift often called the "conservative resurgence."
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Minister-Led Chicago School Boycott Protests Funding Inequity
An Illinois state senator and Baptist minister organized a Tuesday boycott of Chicago public schools to protest inequities in state education funding.
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Baptist Preacher Terms Palin VP Pick 'Anti-Family'
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, aimed in part to ease doubts about his candidacy among the Religious Right, isn't winning over all conservative evangelicals.
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Former Coach, Now College President, Fights Racial Disparity in College Sports
On the football field a "crackback" is an unexpected blind-side block that takes a would-be tackler out of the play. When it comes to hiring black coaches, it's a standard part of the playbook, says Fitz Hill, former head coach at San Jose State University.
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BWA Leaders Request Prayer for Georgia
WASHINGTON (BWA) Baptist World Alliance President David Coffey and General Secretary Neville Callam are appealing for prayer for those affected by the conflict between Georgian and Russian forces over the Georgian breakaway provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Estimates are that more than 158,000 persons are displaced as a result of the fighting.
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Christians Attacked In Orissa
WASHINGTON (BWA) A global Baptist leader decried attacks targeting Christians in the state of Orissa in eastern India. More than 600 churches have reportedly been demolished, 4,000 Christians forced to flee from their villages and at least 25 killed as a result of religious violence.
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Islamic Society of North America Invites Baptist Speakers to National Meeting
The Islamic Society of North American has taken a proactive initiative to invite two Baptists to speak this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, at its annual meeting, which will draw an estimated 30,000 Muslim participants, have some 600 display booths and offer a plethora of sessions ranging from the "Thinking Outside the Mosque" to "Medical Aspects of Fasting."
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Wiley Drake Takes Up Prayer Call for Rainout of Obama Event
A Focus on the Family Action broadcaster has apologized for a tongue-in-cheek video asking people to pray for rain during Barack Obama's outdoor speech at next week's Democratic National Convention, but a former Southern Baptist Convention officer quickly took up the cause.
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Christian Leaders as Power Brokers
It sounds like the beginning of a corny joke: Two Christian guys walk into a Baptist church and tell the pastor they want him to help one of them become president of the United States.
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Some Baptists Must Build Trust with Muslims When Other Baptists Speak Ill of Islam
Roy Medley is one Baptist leader who thinks that when some Baptists make disparaging remarks about the Muslim faith then other Baptists have to step forward to build trust with the Islamic community.
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Understanding the Times, and What We Should Do
On Saturday I met with the Coordinating Council of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for the last time. Here are the challenges I presented.
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Baptist Theologians Reflect on Mosque-Building Boom in Germany
Muslims plan to construct over 180 mosques in Germany. The birthplace of the Protestant Reformation, Neo-Orthodoxy, Dietrich Bonheoffer's Confessing Church and Pope Benedict XVI, it is also the location of almost 1,000 Baptist churches and the Baptist World Alliance's 2008 youth conference.
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McCain Wins Points With Religious Right in Saddleback Forum
Saturday's Saddleback Civil Forum helped Republican presidential candidate John McCain shore up support among the Religious Right, according to several conservative commentators.
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Is Rick Warren Still Reading from a Small Bible?
Mega-church pastor Rick Warren has flipped from being a cheerleader for President Bush in the fall of 2004 to claiming neutrality in the 2008 presidential election. His twist is accompanied by a widespread claim that he now has a broader moral agenda. But discerning Christians ought to ask what purpose drove his shift and did he really pivot toward a more comprehensive set of moral issues?
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Baptists Seek Aid for Victims of Georgia-Russia Conflict
The Baptist World Alliance on Wednesday gave an initial grant of $10,000 to help people affected by violence between Russia and Georgia.
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Pastor Accused in Church-Starting Scandal Sues Texas Baptists for Libel
A pastor named in a 2006 church-starting scandal has sued the Baptist General Convention of Texas for libel, slander and defamation over allegations that he misappropriated church funds.
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Australian Baptists Join Other Religious Leaders in Calling for Action on Global Warming
In a rare interfaith effort, Australian Baptists joined other faith leaders in a letter calling for action by the federal government on climate change.
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Moral Amnesia about SBC's Withdrawal from the BWA Is No Virtue
When the Southern Baptist Convention began the process of defunding the Baptist World Alliance and bore false witness against it, some Southern Baptists, who claimed to support the BWA, were publicly silent. They dared not challenge openly, if at all, the fundamentalist leadership. They engaged in collusion with wrongdoing, and that helped the SBC's abandonment of the Baptist global commons.
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Christ the Living Water
Many younger emerging Baptist leaders around the world long to attend an international conference and often hear of their leaders traveling to places they can only dream about. These younger leaders are usually not chosen to attend and do not have the resources themselves to pay the fare.
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Baptist Leader Decries Georgia-Russia Conflict
A Baptist leader in the eastern European state of Georgia says last week's invasion by Russia is the most serious threat to the former Soviet republic in recent history.
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Congressional Candidate Featured in 'Golden Rule Politics' Wins Primary
A moderate Baptist pastor's wife who appears in a Baptist Center for Ethics DVD about faith and politics won Tuesday's Democratic primary for a seat in Congress.
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Review the Cancer Chronicles of CBF
Cecil Sherman, founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, has acute leukemia, specifically acute myeloid leukemia. At 80 years old, he received his first round of chemotherapy early last week at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He knew going in that his protocol would require hospitalization for 30 days. Sadly his wife, Dot, died on Friday, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
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Azerbaijani Baptist Pastor Avoids Prison, For Now
A jailed Baptist pastor in Azerbaijan won a partial victory July 29 when a judge decided not to convict him of criminal charges and referred the case back to the prosecutor for further investigation.
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Global Baptists Seek to Transcend 'Worship Wars'
Worship and the so-called "worship wars" were on the agenda during the Baptist International Conference on Theological Education, held in Prague July 27-29.
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Accuser Recants Sex Abuse Charge Against Baptist Youth Minister
A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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BWA Hears Reports of Injustice in the West Bank, Plight of Baptists in Darfur
Baptist World Alliance's Freedom and Justice Commission participants spoke candidly about what they had experience in visits to the West Bank, voiced deep concern about the treatment of Palestinians and discussed the need to address the problem of Christian Zionism during the BWA's annual meeting held this year in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Professor's Views on Spouse Abuse Don't Square With SBC Statements
Recent comments by a Southern Baptist seminary professor that abused women are at least in part to blame if they refuse to submit to their husband's God-given authority don't square with official teachings of his denomination.
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Goodwill Baptists Share Common Future with Goodwill Muslims
When Indonesian Muslims were making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school guarded the wife of a Baptist pastor when her husband was out of the country advocating for human rights in Washington.
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SBC Leader Misstates Environmental Impact of Oil Wells
While promoting more domestic drilling for oil, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has repeatedly offered false claims about the environmental devastation of oil wells in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Support for FDA Regulation of Tobacco
The House of Representatives could vote as early as this week on legislation that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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BWA Leaders Pledge to Tackle Climate Change, Address Zimbabwe
Baptist World Alliance leaders repeatedly addressed the issue of climate change last week at their annual gathering in Prague, Czech Republic, even extending deliberations in the final session to strengthen a resolution on the issue.
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Global Baptists Voice Fear, Call for Positive Dialogue with Muslims Religious Leaders
When some Indonesian Muslims were looting, demonstrating, making intimidating phone calls and threatening churches in 1998, Muslim women at an Islamic boarding school protected the wife of a Baptist pastor when he was out of the country, showing him the positive side of Islam.
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Baptist World Aid Seeks to Become Baptist Hub for Disaster and Develop Initiatives
Baptist World Aid wants to become the "network hub" for the relief and development efforts for global Baptists, according to a document presented in Prague, Czech Republic, at the annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance.
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BWA to Discuss Open Letter from Muslim Leaders to Christian Leaders
Global Baptists are scheduled today to discuss an open letter from 138 Muslim religious leaders to 32 Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders. Issued Oct. 13, 2007, the letter calls for finding common ground based on a shared understanding of each tradition's foundational principles of love for God and neighbor and warns that world peace depends on Christians and Muslims.
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Academic Credentials of Conservative Canadian Leaders Questioned
Top leaders of a conservative activist group often quoted in Canadian media as representing Judeo-Christian moral values pad their resumes with degrees from unaccredited schools.
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Bangladeshi Baptist Leader Receives Human Rights Award
Dennis Datta stood at the cutting edge of Baptist moral leadership in 2002, criticizing worldwide Baptists and calling them to support a bold plan to halve global poverty by 2015.
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Report: State Official Upholds Nomination of Wiley Drake for Vice President
Former Southern Baptist Convention officer Wiley Drake is reportedly officially a candidate for vice president of the United States in California--at least for now.
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Mohler, Dobson Bash Obama
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler warned that electing Sen. Barack Obama as president would send America on a trajectory toward "normalization" of homosexuality and gay marriage.
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Baptist Leader Raises 10 Questions About Ordination
Nearly 400 years after the founding of the first Baptist church in Amsterdam by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys, Baptists are still debating the meaning of ordination, a topic that will be considered during six hours of formal presentations and discussions at the Baptist World Alliance meeting this week in Prague, Czech Republic.
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Baptist World Alliance Aims for Greater Global Representation
Baptist World Alliance leaders this week will consider a proposed restructuring aimed at what one leader described as building "a truly global organization."
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European Seminary Prioritizes Creation Care, Sustainable Development
How many Baptist seminaries celebrate their diamond jubilee with a gift wish list that includes funding for solar panels to produce hot water and photo voltaic panels for electricity production for street lights?
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Global Baptists Gather Next Week in Prague with Record of Growth, Organizational Change
When the Southern Baptist Convention voted in June 2004 to withdraw from and defund the Baptist World Alliance, a tiny body stepped up a month later at the BWA's annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea, with a commitment to help rebuild the world's largest organization of Baptist conventions and fellowships.
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An Open Letter to Dr. Bruce Ware
It saddened me to read excerpts in EthicsDaily.com from your sermon from a series on "Biblical Manhood and Womanhood" delivered at Denton Bible Church. Therefore, my husband and I went on line and listened to the entire sermon to understand the context.
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Bid to Lead Alabama's Public Service Commission Falls Short for Favorite of Religious Right
Support from conservative Christians and endorsement by Judge Roy Moore weren't enough for political outsider Matt Chancey to win Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for president of Alabama's Public Service Commission.
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British Baptists Meet to Tackle Knife, Gun Violence
Churches should send a strong message to youth that carrying a gun or knife is "totally unacceptable," a speaker told about 100 Christians packed into a British Baptist church last weekend.
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Global Baptists Must Voice Opposition to Italy's Fingerprinting of Roma People
Denial of human rights anywhere is a threat to human rights everywhere. Silence to injustice any time furthers injustice every time. Indifference to the suffering of any group increases indifference to the suffering of all groups.
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Thinking Biblically About the Racial Profiling of the Roma People
The Italian government's plan to fingerprint the Roma people, commonly known as Gypsies, must be condemned by Baptists everywhere.
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More Aid Needed in Myanmar, Baptist Leader Says
Conditions in Myanmar remain desperate two months after Cyclone Nargis, according to the relief-and-development arm of the Baptist World Alliance.
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SBC President Gives Blessing to Ties With Tennessee Temple
Southern Baptist leaders including the convention's new president Johnny Hunt are involved in a quiet move to bring the Tennessee Temple University into the fold of Southern Baptist schools.
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Second Baptist Pastor Jailed in Small Town in Azerbaijan
Three months after Azerbaijan, under international pressure, released a Baptist pastor imprisoned on questionable grounds, a second Baptist church leader in the same small village has been jailed on what family members claim are trumped-up charges of illegal possession of a firearm.
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American Baptist Leader Advocates 'Respect' for Minorities
An American Baptist leader encouraged the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to become "more Baptist" by standing alongside the "resistance and resolve" of minorities.
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Holocaust Is Wrong Analogy for SBC Takeover
The Holocaust is a singular event of 20th-century social evil that should not be watered down by flawed analogies to other moral wrongs. Defective analogies trivialize genocide and the suffering of survivors.
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Baptists Discuss Ways to Build Bridges to Jews
Conversion should not be a hidden agenda in interfaith friendships between Baptists and Jews, but that does not mean Christians cannot talk about Jesus, said two panelists at a screening of a new Baptist Center for Ethics DVD titled "Good Will for the Common Good: Nurturing Baptists' Relationships With Jews."
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CBF Coordinating Council Endorses Micah Call
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council on Wednesday endorsed a global Christian campaign to deepen engagement with impoverished and marginalized communities and challenge international leaders to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to cut poverty in half by 2015.
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SBC Leader Says Dominion, Not Exodus, Key to Fixing California's Public Schools
A member of the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee says they did not recommend a resolution this year calling for a boycott of California's public schools, because the committee believed Christians need instead to "retake" the school system.
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Hunt's Biography Updated, Canadian Religious Leader Comes Under Criticism for Diploma Mill
Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt's Web site has been updated to include two honorary degrees in his biographical sketch from schools identified by EthicsDaily.com as diploma mills.
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Southern Baptists Affirm War on Christmas
Last Wednesday messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis passed six resolutions. As a Southern Baptist, I usually brace myself for the backlash created by offensive resolutions. I've done this since 1997 when I was awakened by a phone call from a Lutheran friend that began, "What's with you Southern Baptists and Mickey Mouse?" I was unaware that the messengers voted on a resolution to boycott Disney because of its policies toward homosexuals.
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Women in Ministry Not a 'Secondary Issue'
Many of my gifted and well-meaning colleagues in the Southern Baptist world have devoted much time and energy toward calling a "truce" on the in-fighting regarding the contentious issue of women in ministry. The way my friends commonly arrive at a peaceful conclusion to this matter goes something like this:
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Despite Setbacks, Study Says Baptist Women Making Gains in Ministry
Despite the Southern Baptist Convention's declaration eight years ago that the Bible forbids women from serving as pastors, the ranks of ordained Baptist clergywomen in the South are growing faster than ever, according to a new report.
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Southern Baptists Criticized for Failure to Speak Out on California Schools
Advocates of Christian schooling criticized the Southern Baptist Convention Resolutions Committee for declining to bring a resolution condemning a California law that critics say requires public schools to indoctrinate children into accepting homosexuality.
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New SBC President Has a Resume Problem
The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention has a credibility problem.
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Fred Shuttlesworth: Prophet of Social Equality at CBF
While not as well known as Martin Luther King Jr., Fred L. Shuttlesworth was the Baptist pastor most responsible for the success of the civil rights movement in the Alabama city known as "Bombingham." Fifty racially motivated bombings between 1947 and 1955 epitomized southern resistance to integration.
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Former SBC Leader Declares Denomination in 'Free Fall'
A former Southern Baptist Convention president warned of denominational decline in a national gathering of pastors. "We have reached a place that our spiritual forefathers feared," Jimmy Draper, former head of LifeWay Christian Resources, said Monday at the SBC Pastors Conference in Indianapolis.
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Baptist Clergy Sex-Abuse Case Settled Out of Court
A Texas Baptist church and its pastor have reportedly settled a lawsuit with a woman who claimed the minister molested, raped and got her pregnant when she was a minor.
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SBC Enters Age of Decline, Not Promised Golden Age
Southern Baptist leaders promised years ago with their takeover of the convention's agencies and seminaries a golden age. They have delivered an age of denominational decline, division and dishonesty.
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Attend Screening of DVD Calling Baptists to Nurture Common Good with Jews
The premier event on Thursday morning at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship meeting in Memphis will be the Baptist Center for Ethics' screening with a panel discussion of a new DVD that challenges Baptists to nurture the common good with their Jewish neighbors.
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Scholars Say Submissive Wives Decree More Theory Than Practice in SBC Churches
Ten years after adopting a controversial declaration that the Bible teaches that women in marriage should be submissive to men, the Southern Baptist Convention's "complementarian" view of gender roles remains more theory than fact in churches, says a new white paper released on the eve of the SBC annual meeting.
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African-American Men March Against Violence in St. Louis
At least 20,000 African-American men packed the streets of St. Louis on the first Sunday in June, marching one of the historic Annie Malone May Day Parade routes through "The Ville" and ending in Tandy Park.
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Myanmar's Government Criticized for Slow Response to Cyclone
A month after Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar's military rulers defended their relief operations amid international criticism that the government was dragging its feet in allowing aid to the hardest-hit areas of the Irrawaddy delta region.
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Roger Williams, John Winthrop and the Other
When John Winthrop sailed across the Atlantic in 1630 the perceptions of others was at the forefront of his mind. Born into a family of English gentry, Winthrop was elected governor of Massachusetts Bay by speculators and investors who had never set foot in New England.
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John Birch Society Joins SBC and Club for Growth in Common Cause
Three different organizations have more in common that appears at first blush.
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Lieberman to Speak at Hagee Summit
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate turned Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman is listed as a headline speaker at an upcoming event sponsored by John Hagee, a preacher from San Antonio, Texas, whose controversial views recently caused Republican presidential candidate John McCain to reject his endorsement.
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British Baptist Delegation Apologizes to Jamaicans for Slavery
A delegation of British Baptists in Jamaica this week apologized for England's role in the transatlantic slave trade, a scourge that shaped Caribbean history with effects that linger until today.
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Middle East Conference Promotes Understanding Between Christians and Muslims
A conference next month aimed at promoting understanding between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East is going on as planned, says a Lebanese Baptist leader.
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Southern Baptist Denies Signing 'The Evangelical Manifesto'
A Southern Baptist listed as a charter signer of "An Evangelical Manifesto" statement released May 7 says he was asked the review the document but never consented to include his signature.
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Hear Our June 19 Luncheon Speaker, Who Said Fair Taxation Is Pro-Life Issue
Don't miss the Baptist Center for Ethics' luncheon in Memphis on Thursday, June 19, at the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's annual gathering. You will hear a Methodist law-school professor who rocked Alabama's faith community out of its moral lethargy about an unfair tax structure; encouraged a Republican governor, who sought justice for the least of those in his state; and grabbed the attention of the Wall Street Journal. She has the moral vision of a biblical prophetess and the analytical carefulness of a tax expert.
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Proposed SBC Resolution Calls for Exodus From California Schools
A new resolution proposed for consideration at next month's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting urges parents in California to withdraw their children from public schools at least until the state repeals a law that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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Baptist Relief Groups Assessing Needs in Myanmar, China
Myanmar's resistance to working with outsiders is not only delaying the delivery of much-need aid to survivors of a May 2 cyclone, but may be hampering fund raising by charitable organizations awaiting specific information about how prospective donors can help.
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What Constitutes an Authentic Prophet?
The late Baptist ethics professor Henlee Barnette contended that his friend and mentor Clarence Jordan stood in the tradition of a biblical prophet.
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British Baptists Go to Jamaica to Apologize for Slave Trade
A delegation representing British Baptists travels Thursday to Jamaica to personally apologize for their nation's role two centuries ago in transatlantic trading of slaves.
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Baptists Show Solidarity With Palestinians
A British Baptist leader joined a reported 15,000 people last Saturday in a march in central London showing solidarity with Palestinians.
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Baptists Waiting to Deliver Aid to Myanmar
The idea behind Baptist World Aid's "Rescue 24" is to put an emergency team on the ground within 24 hours of any disaster anywhere in the world. When it comes to getting into cyclone-ravaged Myanmar, it might be closer to 24 days.
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Baptist Conscience Awakening About Creation Care, Baptist Leader Says
Baptists have throughout history largely lagged behind other Christians in theological and practical discussion concerning the environment, but there are signs the Baptist conscience is awakening to the issue of creation care, a European Baptist leader told a recent gathering of British Baptists.
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Sectarian Violence Rocks Lebanon, Engulfs Baptists
Street fighting in Beirut at the end of last week forced the closing on Thursday of the Beirut Baptist School, led to the postponement of a public lecture today at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and enveloped a BMS World Mission staff member.
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Recognizing the Moral Stewardship of Communication Technology
Accra's National Arts Centre had everything an American could want as a souvenir--wood carvings, talking drums, colorful clothing, leather goods, glass jewelry and masks.
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Zimbabwean Baptists Ask for Prayer
A political impasse and related violence has created a humanitarian and spiritual crisis in Zimbabwe, says a Baptist pastor there contacted by EthicsDaily.com.
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Centrist Baptists Challenge Group Denouncing 'Politicization of Faith'
Baptist leaders questioned a self-identified "inclusive grassroots initiative" unveiled Wednesday criticizing Christians on both the left and right for allowing their faith to become too political.
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Baptists Mobilize Resources for Myanmar
WASHINGTON (BWA) Baptists from North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region are mobilizing personnel and resources to assist victims of a devastating cyclone and its resulting flooding in Myanmar.
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Baptists Urged to Respond to Cyclone in Myanmar
Baptists have joined government and charitable groups working to relieve human suffering in the aftermath of Saturday's devastating cyclone in Myanmar.
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Baptist Leaders Denounce War Funding Bill
The House of Representatives this week takes up a spending bill analysts say would bring the total cost of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq since Sept. 11, 2001, to at least $875 billion.
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Let's Question Winner's Circle Theology
After the failed vote on Sunday at Nashville's Two Rivers Baptist Church to expel church members, one of the targeted members gave God the credit for the vote which allowed her to remain a member.
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Another Vital Statistic: Is the SBC On the Brink of Financial Decline?
LifeWay Christian Resources' recent annual statistical study demonstrated in rather clear fashion that the Southern Baptist Convention, which had long defied the trends of mainline denominations by continuing to grow, appears to have peaked and begun a gradual decline. Baptisms continue a steep slide despite fervent efforts to prop them up, and even the amorphous "membership" category showed a dip in 2007.
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Prominent Baptist Church Votes Not to Expel Dissident Members
A prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., narrowly voted to retain 71 members in what would have been one of the largest church-member expulsions in recent history of the Baptist faith.
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Democracy Grows As Truth and Honesty Prevail
Most of us would love to see more democracy in the nations of the world. Just suppose the Middle East had a fledging democracy 50-plus years ago. Iran did have a thriving and growing democracy, until August 1953.
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Family Research Council Urging Pastors to 'Cross the Line' in Political Endorsements
A Religious Right spokesman with ties to the Southern Baptist Convention says he plans to counsel pastors to "cross the line" in telling church members how they should vote in the upcoming presidential election.
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Leader Says 'Conservative Resurgence' Failed to Produce More Evangelism in SBC
A movement launched in 1979 to purge the Southern Baptist Convention of so-called "liberalism" failed in its promise to deliver a more evangelistic denomination, according to an SBC statistician.
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Southern Baptist Mission Board Sponsors Exhibit for Messianic Jews
The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship, a ministry formed in 1990 to preach the gospel to Jews, will for the first time have a booth this year in the exhibit hall at the Southern Baptist Convention.
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Baptist Leaders Urge Senate to Pass 'Strongest Possible' Bill on Climate Change
More than 140 Baptist leaders from 25 states and the District of Columbia endorsed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter sent today calling on the U.S. Senate to pass climate-change legislation
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Baptist Minister/Judge Says Incarceration a Moral Issue
Baptists should condemn the idea that incarceration cures crime, advocate just alternatives to prison and work to reclaim and restore persons leaving the penal system, says an appellate judge and ordained Baptist minister.
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Southern Baptist Leaders' Comments Echo 'Biblical Patriarchy' Theology
Thoughts about subordination of women that brought censure to a female presenter who critiqued them in a recent apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological seminary find some parallel in recent history of the Southern Baptist Convention, according to an analysis by EthicsDaily.com.
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SBC Reports Membership Decline
Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention dropped nearly 40,000 last year, prompting one official to declare America's second-largest faith group officially a "denomination in decline."
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10 Ways You Can Be More Green
I had the pleasure of hearing former Vice President and Nobel Prize recipient Al Gore speak in January at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration in Atlanta. The presentation he delivered to his fellow Baptists was one of stewardship of the earth. Caring for God's creation and its inhabitants was a responsibility first given to Adam. We still have that responsibility today, although the effects of our negligence are leaving behind some irreversible consequences.
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Speaker Chastised Over Criticism of 'Biblical Patriarchy' at SBC Seminary
A speaker at an apologetics conference at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has been rebuked for comments critical of prominent Southern Baptists who believe God ordains for wives to be subordinate to their husbands.
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BCE Launches 'The Green Bible' Web Page
TheGreenBible.org is now online. The site, from Baptist Center for Ethics and EthicsDaily.com, is a warehouse of information on the biblical mandate to care for the environment--and what people of faith can and should do.
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British Baptists Issue Warning on Extremist Politics
British Baptists, Methodists and the United Reformed Church have joined forces to denounce racist and extreme political parties in upcoming local elections in Wales and parts of England.
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Missouri Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Criticizing Confederate Flag
The interim executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention has apologized for calling the Confederate flag a symbol of hate.
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Sudan Church Unites
WASHINGTON(BWA) The Sudan Interior Church North and Sudan Interior Church South have reunited to form one convention.
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Baptist Pastor Reflects on One-Year Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shootings
Virginia Tech cancelled classes Wednesday for a Day of Remembrance to honor 32 students and faculty killed a year ago in the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.
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SBC President Exaggerates Credit for Reducing AIDS in Uganda
CNN's Campbell Brown correctly identified "True Love Waits" as an abstinence program in Sunday's Compassion Forum with the Democratic presidential candidates focusing on faith issues. But she failed to challenge the Southern Baptist Convention president's exaggerated claim crediting the faith-based program with reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
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Celebrating With Brothers and Sisters
The Baptist General Convention of Missouri held our annual meeting recently at Fee Fee Baptist Church in St. Louis.
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Facts Don't Back Up SBC Leader's Non-Partisan Claim
A Southern Baptist spokesman who once asked the Republican Party for a "wedding ring" for the Religious Right accused a recent North American gathering of Baptists of being too partisan.
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The Cost of War
There have been a lot of numbers thrown about recently regarding the cost of the war in Iraq. The estimates now suggest the war will run through trillions of dollars.
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Pastor, Rabbi Team Up for Book Written in Blogosphere
A rabbi and Baptist pastor are collaborating on a book-in-progress exploring the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount being written in front of God and everybody.
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Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond Announces Layoffs
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond will eliminate four of its 13 full-time faculty positions in a downsizing plan to be presented to trustees April 28. President Ron Crawford said the school is not yet ready to announce which professors are losing their jobs.
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American Baptist Officials Say Pew Survey Paints False Picture of Denomination's Ethnic Diversity
Leaders of the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. said a recent Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey plotting America's religious landscape used flawed methodology in reporting the denomination as 81 percent white.
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Missouri Baptist Editor Supports Confederate Flag
The editor of the Missouri Baptist Convention's in-house publication, "The Pathway," has strongly defended the controversial Confederate battle flag and aggressively attacked those who challenge it.
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Canadian Baptist Leaders Dispute SBC President's Gay Marriage Claim
Canadian Baptist leaders said they were puzzled by Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page's statement that in Canada a pastor can be jailed for speaking out against homosexuality.
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SBC President Says Media Liberal, Biased Against Christians
A liberal and anti-Christian media is helping America slip toward moral ruin, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention said in an American Family Association webcast.
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Report Says Global Anti-Semitism on the Rise
United States embassies have reported an upsurge in anti-Semitism over the last decade, according to a recent government report.
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SBC Leader Has Penchant for Name Calling
A prominent Southern Baptist leader often engages in personal insults and character assassination in sermons, interviews and radio programs instead of merely explaining his disagreement on the issues, according to an analysis of his comments by EthicsDaily.com.
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U.S. War Deaths in Iraq Surpass 4,000
The war in Iraq reached a grim milestone Sunday, when four soldiers killed when a bomb hit their vehicle in south Baghdad brought the number of U.S. military killed in the war to 4,000.
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Australian Baptists Support Earth Hour 2008--Will Others Join In?
Australian Baptists announced last week that they support Earth Hour 2008, an initiative launched last year in Sydney that focuses on global warming and has spread across the globe, signing up individuals, corporations and cities to reduce their greenhouse emissions.
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Azerbaijan's President Frees Imprisoned Baptist Pastor
Azerbaijan on Wednesday released a Baptist pastor from the remainder of a two-year prison sentence that drew protests around the world labeling it a false arrest.
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African-American Baptist Group Protests Boot-Camp Death
Meeting under protest in Panama City, Fla., leaders of Florida's largest black Baptist organization pledged to use the 2006 death of a 14-year-old African-American youth at a boot-camp style detention center to inspire new programs aimed at keeping young men out of trouble.
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Thursday Marks Fifth Anniversary of Iraq Invasion
The number of U.S. military killed in Iraq is closing in on 4,000 as this week marks the war's fifth anniversary.
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British Baptist to Head North American Seminary
WASHINGTON (BWA) The head of BMS World Mission, the British Baptist mission agency, has been selected to be the 10th president of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago.
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Florida Mega-Church Approves Loan for Start-Up of Christian School
First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., reportedly voted Wednesday night to loan up to $500,000 for start-up funds of a new Christian academy.
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Baptists in Ecuador Request Help for Flood Relief
Baptists in Ecuador are asking global Baptists for relief funds to help them respond to the worst floods in a quarter century.
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Abuse Arrest Prompts Resignation of Alabama Baptist Music Minister
A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama has dismissed a popular minister of music under arrest on charges of child abuse and third-degree sex offense stemming from events alleged to have occurred several years ago in Maryland.
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Bill Granting FDA Regulation of Tobacco Clears Committee
An American Baptist leader welcomed passage by a House panel of a bill that would grant the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products.
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When Will the Iraq War End?