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A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 2
A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 2

By: Elias Ghazal
A century after the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement, we still struggle with the same questions concerning the Middle East's Christians and Muslims. Can they coexist in peace?

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A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 1
A Century of Religious Unrest in the Middle East - Part 1

By: Elias Ghazal
European imperialism was the chief source of division in the modern Middle East. To uncover the root cause, you can go back 100 years ago to the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement.

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More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity
More Education Equals Less Religious Engagement, Save for Christianity

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Christianity is an exception to the rule that religious engagement of U.S. adults declines as education level increases, an analysis finds.

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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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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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Dr. King's Influence on Theological Education
Dr. King's Influence on Theological Education

By: Emmanuel McCall
In a culture that valued both the importance of emotion and pulpit oratory, Martin Luther King Jr. brought theological reflection and the ability to show how the gospel related to social action and justice issues.

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Fake News Highlights Our Epidemic Distortion Infection
Fake News Highlights Our Epidemic Distortion Infection

By: Colin Harris
We're all aware of the "fake news" phenomenon, but a broader look at our society reveals a range of distortion that's been detrimental to our common life much longer than our current fake-news problem.

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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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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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Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones
Education 'an Essential Lifeline' for Children in Conflict Zones

By: EthicsDaily Staff
With tens of millions of displaced children in need of education, churches and faith-based organizations in Lebanon have ministered to the needs of displaced persons since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011.

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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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Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School
Why Your Church Needs to Support Your Public School

By: Ed Hogan
Public education is a necessary component of a healthy and vibrant country. That's why it's important for goodwill people of faith to help engage our public schools.

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More Men Needed to Teach, Volunteer in Schools
More Men Needed to Teach, Volunteer in Schools

By: Zach Dawes
While women lead the way in K-12 education, few men are joining their ranks as volunteers or teachers. More men need to be involved in education. And here are some ways to do it.

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How We Can Make Truth Matter Again
How We Can Make Truth Matter Again

By: Neville Callam
In our post-factual society, where truth no longer matters and lies have equal footing, education can be a major instrument in the rebuilding of respect for truth and evidence.

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5 Ways You Can Bless Your Child's Teacher
5 Ways You Can Bless Your Child's Teacher

By: Kathleen Hardage
It's back-to-school time. As teachers return to their classrooms, here are 5 ways that you as a Christian parent or your church can build a positive relationship with teachers. They need and deserve our support.

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8 Ways Churches Can Engage Schools This Year
8 Ways Churches Can Engage Schools This Year

By: Bill Shiell
It's back-to-school time. Renewed churches are engaged in local schools. By adopting a public school, a church can address racism, serve the poor and share the gospel through word and deed.

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Gallup: Education Views Linked to Political Affiliation
Gallup: Education Views Linked to Political Affiliation

By: Zach Dawes
U.S. views of education seems to be closely tied to their political affiliation, a Gallup survey suggests. Yet two-thirds of parents of K-12 students expressed satisfaction with their oldest child's education.

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Corrections Spending Has Outpaced Education for Three Decades
Corrections Spending Has Outpaced Education for Three Decades

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Corrections' budgets at the state and local level 'have increased about three times as fast as spending on elementary and secondary education,' a U.S. Department of Education report says.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Economic Recovery, Education Focal Points of 2016 State of the State Addresses
Economic Recovery, Education Focal Points of 2016 State of the State Addresses

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Overshadowed by the presidential election, nearly every governor's state-of-the-state address was framed around economic recovery.

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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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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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Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors
Why We Must Do Better to Train Bivocational Pastors

By: Dennis Bickers
If the need for bivocational ministers in our denominations will increase over the next several years, we must seek ways to identify and train those persons who have been called to such ministry.

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Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas
Churches Bear Gifts, Address Multiple Needs During Christmas

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Churches are gift-giving institutions during the Christmas season. Here are how a few churches are enhancing their communities and advancing the common good this holiday season.

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No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt
No Easy Answer for Ministers Paying Off Debt

By: Dennis Bickers
Many ministers start their ministry burdened by student debt while earning barely enough to make minimum payments on that debt. The difficult answer is to pay off that debt as soon as possible.

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Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society
Educating Children about Religions' Impact on Society

By: Ircel Harrison
Teaching children about religion helps them understand the positive and negative ways in which all faiths have impacted culture and the world we live in today.

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Can Ministers and Churches Afford Each Other?
Can Ministers and Churches Afford Each Other?

By: Ircel Harrison
Many young ministers leave seminary burdened with debt. Churches are struggling with declining finances and can't afford to pay appropriate salaries to full-time pastors. Can they afford each other?

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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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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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Holocaust's Lessons Call Us to Protect, Cherish Humanity
Holocaust's Lessons Call Us to Protect, Cherish Humanity

By: James Gordon
The remaining Nazi concentration camps were liberated 70 years ago. Whatever else the Holocaust demands, it requires us to identify what is human and humane, and then to protect, cherish and embody that humanity.

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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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Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs
Shaping Theological Ideas to Meet Daily Life's Needs

By: Zach Dawes
To ensure a vibrant Christian witness, academic theologians and congregational ministers must continually work together to bridge the gap between doctrine and daily life.

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Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric
Your Library: A Crucial Part of Society's Social Fabric

By: James Gordon
Libraries are an essential and crucial part of our social fabric. They are places where we learn to be critical of the status quo and radical in the way we see and judge the world in which we live.

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Student-Athletes or Athletes Obligated to Attend Class?
Student-Athletes or Athletes Obligated to Attend Class?

By: Zach Dawes
The college football culture causes many to see themselves primarily as athletes. Are players primarily students who also play a sport or athletes who are obligated to attend classes?

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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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A New But Familiar Way to Raise Disciples
A New But Familiar Way to Raise Disciples

By: Jim Kelsey
Churches must disciple people in the same way we raise our children. We don't sit our kids down for a weekly lecture. We walk with them through their lives, helping them draw lessons from their successes and failures.

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Long-Term Student Debt Injures the Common Good
Long-Term Student Debt Injures the Common Good

By: James Gordon
When students leave universities buried in debt, they have little time to think about changing society. Education has been reduced to a commodity, and students must focus on paying off long-term debt.

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Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity
Why Many Churches Have a Common Core Christianity

By: Joe LaGuardia
Common Core provides national benchmarks for students. With so many churchgoers lacking basic bible knowledge, many churches must take a Common Core approach from the pulpit.

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Why Our Society Better Pay Attention to Men, Boys
Why Our Society Better Pay Attention to Men, Boys

By: Roger Olson
Men and boys are falling behind in education, family life and the economy. As they continue to decline, they lose hope and turn to crime. And that affects everyone in society.

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Churches Can Make Positive Impact on Early Childhood Education
Churches Can Make Positive Impact on Early Childhood Education

By: Zach Dawes
While government funding of universal early childhood education is important, churches can help fill the gap by providing tutoring and mentoring at all levels, especially the early primary grades.

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Profiles in Goodwill: Mark Woods
Profiles in Goodwill: Mark Woods

By; EthicsDaily Staff
Mark Woods, a Baptist minister and contributing editor for ChristianToday.com and former editor of The Baptist Times of Great Britain, is a featured columnist on EthicsDaily.com.

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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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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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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 We Make Children Live in Shadows
When We Make Children Live in Shadows
By: Trevor Barton
Tomás is 9 years old and from Honduras. He is trying to learn new words and strange phrases that will allow him to live in his new world in South Carolina. But for now, he lives in the shadows.
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Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks
Education, Criminal Justice Focus of Governors' Outlooks

By: EthicsDaily Staff
More than two dozen governors shared positive economic outlooks in their State of the State addresses. Education and criminal justice were popular topics with most of those politicians.

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How to Provide the Best Education Possible
How to Provide the Best Education Possible
By: Zach Dawes
Everyone wants to provide the best education possible. To see progress, each "side" must stop portraying the other as the enemy or treating them as a scapegoat. No more blame game.
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Church Makes Difference for 3rd-Grade Readers
Church Makes Difference for 3rd-Grade Readers
By: Preston Clegg
When Second Baptist in Little Rock began to pray and research their next missions project, they focused on third-grade reading levels. The goal was to impact an injustice rather than treat its symptoms.
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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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Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
Selective Memory of Religion in History Books
By: Roger Olson
History is always written and taught from some point of view; no truly objective account exists. When religious figures' accomplishments are glossed over, we have an incomplete view of history.
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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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"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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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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Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
Making a Difference in the Lives of At-Risk Students
By: Trevor Barton
How do we help the countless at-risk children in our schools? We can begin by seeing them not as problems to be pushed into the corners, but as people to be welcomed into our hearts.
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How to End the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline
How to End the Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline

By: Edwin Davis
Zero-tolerance solutions to student discipline issues have been disastrous for schools. Adopting a process of restorative justice will lead to fewer suspensions, higher grades and graduation rates.

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Ministry Provides Hope, Education for Indian Children
Ministry Provides Hope, Education for Indian Children
By: Sarah Stone
More than 50 children left the yellow bus and spent the next few hours singing, playing and laughing. But soon the bus would have to take them back to their impoverished lives on India's streets.
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Why Science and Faith Don't Have To Be At Odds
Why Science and Faith Don't Have To Be At Odds
By: Colin Harris
Does scientific understanding represent an assault on the truth of the Bible? Rather than pit science and faith against each other, we can be religiously faithful and scientifically honest.
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In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude
In Nigeria, a Mother's Unparalleled Act of Gratitude

By: William Cowley
Baptist High School in Nigeria celebrated its first graduation with 50 young men earning diplomas. The school was empty and locked for four weeks. But one mom traveled 700 miles to say thanks.

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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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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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Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration
Quality Education a Factor of Educator, Parent and Student Collaboration

Improving the education system requires a multi-faceted approach, combining the best practices of both public education advocates and school reformers.

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How Blue Whales Taught Children about Compassion
How Blue Whales Taught Children about Compassion
Why do blue whales have such big hearts? One class of second-graders discovered one answer. It takes a big heart to care for someone. Do you have a big heart for others?
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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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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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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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You May Be Smart But That Doesn't Make You Moral
You May Be Smart But That Doesn't Make You Moral
Our culture sees education as the cure-all for moral problems from promiscuity to prejudice. Once a person "knows better," says the conventional wisdom, they will act better. Not so.
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Do Churches Want Transformation or the Latest Change?
Do Churches Want Transformation or the Latest Change?
Change is an essential part of any institution, including the church. When it comes to education, churches must choose between changing to the latest trend or seeking true transformation.
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Good Vibrations: Music Therapy Reaches Ugandan Students
Good Vibrations: Music Therapy Reaches Ugandan Students
BMS World Mission's Bethan Shrubsole teaches music therapy to connect with Ugandan children with hearing impairments, using instruments where they can feel the vibrations.
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When You're
When You're "Caught Between Hope and Hell"
Facing the reality of a student whose prank will keep him from graduating and may lead to jail time, a teacher reflects on how Christians feel disappointment while holding on to hope.
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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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4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
4 Ways Your Church Can Help Health Care Needs
Poverty, lack of education, no health insurance all create barriers for many people who need health care. Here are four ways your church can help meet their needs.
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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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Blaming Our Schools Doesn't Solve Problems
Blaming Our Schools Doesn't Solve Problems
Many churches and their members complain about schools, youth and teachers. And why not? It's easy to do. But it's time to stop criticizing and to start offering solutions.
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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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Helping Children Stand in Each Other's Shoes
Helping Children Stand in Each Other's Shoes
Empathy is crucial when teaching children trapped in economic poverty. It's important to help them see things through other people's eyes and find ways to build up others.
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Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Skype Interview: Bob and Janice Newell on Immigrants' Education
Albanian immigrants in Greece often can't take advantage of extra private schooling for their kids. Bob and Janice Newell explain how they help in the latest EthicsDaily.com Skype interview.
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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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When Seminary Students Don't Have a Faith Tradition
When Seminary Students Don't Have a Faith Tradition
As many students enter seminary without identifying with a specific faith tradition, it raises questions for theological educators on how to best serve them.
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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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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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Blessing of the Students
The pitfalls and challenges facing our children are daunting, for them and us. We all need God’s help to steer safely through these turbulent waters.
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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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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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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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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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Can Education Lower Rate of Returning Prisoners?
Can Education Lower Rate of Returning Prisoners?
How do we keep prisoners from returning to prison after they've been released? Since the early '90s, numerous studies have pointed to the value of education as a way to reduce recidivism.
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Shorter University: From Education to Indoctrination
Shorter University: From Education to Indoctrination
Under the control of fundamentalists, Shorter University has seen its mission morph from education to indoctrination – and something very important has been lost.
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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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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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How Technology Can Discourage Deeper Thinking
How Technology Can Discourage Deeper Thinking
Technology has given us the tools to access instantly nearly any obscure piece of information we need. But there isn't app for helping us discern the significance of that information.
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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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How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
How the Poor Teach Us About the Divine
In a dirt-floor hut in a Mexican village, a poor woman's simple action taught students and their professor more about divinity than all of their textbooks could.
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3 Forces Threaten to Change Higher Education
3 Forces Threaten to Change Higher Education
Anti-intellectual politicians, universities too focused on their bottom lines, and the elimination of tenure all threaten to change higher education. And an educated electorate is vital to democracy.
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Court Says Quebec Parents Can’t Pull Students Out of Religion Class
TORONTO (RNS) Canada's highest court has ruled that children in Quebec schools cannot opt out of a course on ethics and world religions.
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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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On Eve of Darwin’s Birthday, States Take Steps to Limit Evolution
(RNS) On the eve of Charles Darwin's birthday, lawmakers in at least four states are taking steps to hinder the teaching of evolution.
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After Angering Catholics, White House Honors Teachers
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House heralded nine Catholic educators as "Champions of Catholic Education."
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A Miniature Christian Bookstore in the Palm of Your Hand
(RNS) God may hold the whole world in his hand, but persecuted Christians can now hold an entire seminary library on a fingertip.
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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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Judge Rules Against Prayer Banner in R.I. School
(RNS) A federal judge ruled in favor of a teenage atheist who sought the removal of a prayer banner from her Rhode Island high school.
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Catholic School Officially Ends Paddling
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) A Catholic high school that was the country’s last refuge of corporal punishment has ended a legal struggle over control of the school.
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Prime Minister: Britain's a Christian Country
Prime Minister: Britain's a Christian Country
Britain's prime minister created a stir when he asserted in a speech that Britain was a Christian nation. He's right at one level. Britain is culturally Christian.
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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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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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Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
Too Often, Self-Interest Trumps Common Good
From governments debating climate change to bankers being less philanthropic than their predecessors, it appears well-off nations and people choose their own interests over the common good.
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D.C. Tosses Complaint Against Catholic University Dorms
WASHINGTON (RNS) The District has dismissed a complaint against the university that charged the school’s return to same-gender student housing discriminates against women.
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Change Comes to Bob Jones University
GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) It started in 2005, when the mantle of university president passed to Stephen Jones, Bob Jones III’s son.
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Without Cooperation, Seminaries Face Bleak Future
Without Cooperation, Seminaries Face Bleak Future
In the rapidly changing world of theological education, seminaries must find new partners and strengthen their relationships with old partners if they want to survive.
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Reaching Students Who Can't Go Away to Seminary
Reaching Students Who Can't Go Away to Seminary
Instead of students packing up and going to seminary, innovative seminaries like Central Baptist Theological Seminary are setting up centers in other states to go to some of their students.
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Catholic College Sues over Contraception Mandate
(RNS) A small Catholic college has sued saying a new requirement to provide contraceptives contradicts the school’s religious beliefs.
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Black Seminaries Embrace Hip-hop
WASHINGTON (RNS) Two leading black seminaries think they have found a way to grab the next generation: hip-hop.
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Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Recognizing Students' Needs in Theological Education
Affordable and accessible theological education starts with recognizing the needs of students and their churches and being able to provide the resources that speak to their context.
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Church Leaders Resign amid London's Occupy Protest
Church Leaders Resign amid London's Occupy Protest
After Occupy London Stock Exchange began, protesters soon set up camp outside St. Paul's Cathedral near the financial district. How St. Paul's should respond led to two church leaders' resignation.
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Atheists Thrive at Cal Lutheran
(RNS) Evan Clark chose to attend California Lutheran University even though he wasn’t sure how he might fit in as an atheist at a religious school.
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At Religious Campuses, Atheist Groups Operate Underground
(RNS) Late one night over pizza, University of Dayton students Branden King and Nick Haynes discovered neither of them believed in God.
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As College Costs Go Up, Fewer Britons Apply
As College Costs Go Up, Fewer Britons Apply
As the cost for higher education become more expensive, many young people in Great Britain aren't applying for college. Should Baptist Christians care about this trend?
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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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Two Ethical Approaches: Prescriptive vs. Relational
Two Ethical Approaches: Prescriptive vs. Relational
Two prominent ways of ethical thinking were illustrated by policies from two universities with Baptist roots. The difference is whether we view the Bible as prescriptive or relational.
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U.S. Seminaries Consider Radical Changes
(RNS) For more than 200 years, Andover Newton Theological School has trained future pastors to have expertise in biblical studies, pastoral care and preaching.
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Crystal Cathedral Endorses Offer to End its Bankruptcy Crisis
(RNS) Crystal Cathedral officials have endorsed an offer from a nearby California university to purchase the glass-walled megachurch.
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Lawyer Charges Catholic University with Civil Rights Violations
WASHINGTON (RNS) A famously litigious lawyer has filed charges against CUA for not providing Muslim students with prayer rooms.
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Why Baptists Should Know Their Own History
Why Baptists Should Know Their Own History
British Baptist history will be more accessible thanks to a grant, but how well do Baptists know their own history? If we don't know where we've been, it's harder to know where we're going.
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Archbishop Speaks Out Against Abuse in Zimbabwe
Archbishop Speaks Out Against Abuse in Zimbabwe
The Archbishop of Canterbury pulled no punches during his sermon in Zimbabwe, delivering strong words against an excommunicated bishop who has used his political muscle to drive Anglicans out of their churches.
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Film Explores Shifting Debate over Evolution
(RNS) A new documentary examines the evolving battle over teaching evolution in American classrooms.
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Immigration Rules Costly for British Bible Colleges
Immigration Rules Costly for British Bible Colleges
To crack down on immigration scams, the British government has put into place tougher regulations for colleges admitting foreign students. For some theological colleges, new rules come with a high cost.
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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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British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
British Chaplains: Universities Serve Common Good
A college education means more than getting ready for a career and boosting your personal income, according to a letter from university chaplains in Britain. Universities serve the common good.
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Atheists press to ban creationism from U.K. schools
LONDON (RNS) A group of 30 leading scientists are pressing the British government to ban all teaching of creationism in the nation’s publicly funded schools.
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In Different Ways, We All Long for Freedom
In Different Ways, We All Long for Freedom
Sometimes, people are enslaved not only physically but also mentally and emotionally, molded to no longer want to be free. Sooner or later, however, they realize they were created for more.
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Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
Prayer: The Most Natural (and the Oddest) Activity
At times, we're quick to pray. At other times, we're quick to ask why we should pray at all. Questions are important, but prayer is not something to be analyzed. It's just what we do.
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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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Some Churches Cancel Sunday School, Put Parents in Charge
(RNS) Don’t look for children’s Sunday school classes at Ridgewood Church in Port Arthur, Texas. And forget about scavenger hunts and water park trips.
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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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Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
Will Christians Ask Hard Questions about Use of Force?
As Libya illustrates, the world is still not so safe that it can do without a powerful and effective military alliance. And Christians must more deeply engage questions of peace, war and the appropriate use of force.
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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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At 39, Gordon President Leads Evangelical Up-and-comers
WENHAM, Mass. (RNS) Lindsay has been living the very phenomenon he’s studied in depth: evangelicals climbing the ranks of institutions and becoming elites.
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UCC-Affiliated College to Ask About Sexual Orientation
(RNS) An Illinois college is poised to become the first school in the U.S. to ask prospective students about their sexual orientation.
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Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Younger Christians More Likely to Support Other Faiths
Christian young people are more likely than non-Christians to respect differences in people of other faiths, according to new research. But what about older church leaders?
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Study of Secularism Sees Boost on College Campuses
(RNS) Almost every major college and university offers a degree in religious studies. But secularism? Nary a one—until now.
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No Easy Answers as Norway Struggles with Grief
No Easy Answers as Norway Struggles with Grief
The tragedy in Norway will be dissected by many seeking to interpret the chilling wickedness of one man's actions. The nation’s churches will need to speak to people of hope, God’s eternal love and forgiveness.
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What's Christians' Role in U.K.'s Phone-Hacking Scandal?
What's Christians' Role in U.K.'s Phone-Hacking Scandal?
Everyone seems to be out for blood in the phone-hacking scandal that's rocking Great Britain and News Corp. Instead of pronouncing judgment, Christians should ask the uncomfortable questions.
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Campus Crusade Ditches Name for 'Cru'
(RNS) Campus Crusade for Christ is out. “Cru” is in.
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British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
British Churches Support Poverty-Reduction Goals
Jesus said the poor would always be with us, but it wasn't a call to inaction. British churches are doing their part by supporting the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals, targeting poverty, malnutrition and education.
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Toronto School Defends Muslim Prayers in Cafeteria
TORONTO (RNS) A majority-Muslim public school in Toronto is defending its policy of allowing an imam to lead Friday prayers in the cafeteria.
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Olympics Will Bring the World to British Baptists
Olympics Will Bring the World to British Baptists
Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will gather next year in London for the Olympics. Will local churches become engaged or remain indifferent?
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Catholics Return Check from Lawmaker over Marriage Vote
RNS) A New York lawmaker has found himself at odds with the Roman Catholic Church after a parish school refused a $50 donation.
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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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Two Distinct Models for Starting New Churches
Two Distinct Models for Starting New Churches
There are two models to planting new churches. One is the traditional approach; the other might not be in good in pulpit but they’re good in a crisis. It’s not a question of which is right, but which are you suited for.
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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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Goshen College Silences National Anthem Again
(RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced.
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How to Grow Spirituality in Tough Terrain
How to Grow Spirituality in Tough Terrain
How do you grow spirituality in a community when religious expressions are as varied as human nature, geography and culture can make them? The first step is to know the terrain.
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Catholic University Ends Mixed-Gender Housing
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic University of America will phase out co-ed dormitories later this year, President John H. Garvey said.
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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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Principal at Paddling School Vows to Remain in Job
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job.
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Feds Rule Against a Second Catholic College
(RNS) A federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize.
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War Criminal's Arrest Begins to Close Terrible Chapter
War Criminal's Arrest Begins to Close Terrible Chapter
Indicted for genocide 16 years ago by the United Nations, accused war criminal Ratko Mladic's capture begins to close some of the unfinished business remaining after the Bosnian War.
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Archbishop Says He Has Proof of Paddling’s Pain
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school.
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Canadian Parents Sue over Religion in Daycare Centers
TORONTO (RNS) A group of parents is taking the province to court to challenge a government ban on religious teachings at subsidized daycare centers.
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When Christians Refuse to Dialogue with Society
When Christians Refuse to Dialogue with Society
How could Harold Camping's followers sustain their end-of-the-world fantasy? While their example is extreme, it can happen to any of us when we detach ourselves from the wider currents of social and intellectual life.
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Messiah Alumni Rally Around Gay Student
GRANTHAM, Pa. (RNS) Alumni at Messiah College have launched an online petition urging the conservative Christian school to change its policies.
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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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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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After Seminary, Lost Boy Headed Back to Sudan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) Armed with a master’s degree in educational ministry, the former “Lost Boy” is ready to find his way back to Sudan.
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Wheaton Alumni Rally Around Gay Students
(RNS) Gay and supportive alumni of Wheaton College have formed a new organization following a recent chapel series at the flagship evangelical school.
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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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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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Plans for Interfaith Seminary Shelved
(RNS) When leaders began to dream of building a new partnership, they planned to create a futuristic model of religious higher education.
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The Secret to Drawing Young Adults to Church
The Secret to Drawing Young Adults to Church
As church attendance dwindles and congregations grow grayer, we must ask why young adults stay away. If we can't give them a cause they believe is worth living for now, it's no wonder they dismiss us as irrelevant. We are.
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Scholar Challenges Widely-held Beliefs About the Bible and Sex
(RNS) Is the Bible good for your sex life, but bad for a sex ed class?
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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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How Will Churches React to British Government's Cuts?
How Will Churches React to British Government's Cuts?
Hundreds of thousands of people protested government cuts in Great Britain. Whether their voices make a difference or not, churches must be ready to respond to new opportunities for ministry and service.
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Ala. Church Bans Employees’ Social Networking with Minors
MOBILE, Alabama (RNS) Electronic communication with minors must be limited to “providing information related to a ministry or event."
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Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
Myths Abound in Military Action Against Libya
The military campaign against Libya rests on untested assumptions and unexamined myths. Christians should be slow to pronounce the rightness of the campaign until they address those myths.
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Supporters March to Keep Paddling at Catholic School
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Supporters of St. Augustine High School marched to oppose the call for an end to the school’s policy of using corporal punishment.
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Japan's Devastation Simply Too Great for Words
Japan's Devastation Simply Too Great for Words
Following Japan's devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, no one can truly say that they see how good will come from this. If we could see, we would not need to hope.
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Baptist Seminary Takes Steps to Secure Its Future
Baptist Seminary Takes Steps to Secure Its Future
Trustees OK'd a roadmap to chart the future of Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. To pave the way, the seminary will sell existing buildings, raise transitional dollars and fund a $10 million endowment.
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Obama Taps Campuses for Interfaith Service Projects
WASHINGTON (RNS) The White House is hoping to recruit America’s college and seminary students in a nationwide interfaith service campaign.
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Dominican Program Explores, Expands Lay Spirituality
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) As a student at Aquinas College in the 1980s, David Lincoln was on track to become a Roman Catholic priest.
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Court Rejects Mother’s Religious Home-school Arguments
(RNS) The New Hampshire Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that orders a girl to enroll in public school instead of being home-schooled.
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Rousing Stories, Horrific Revelations from Libya
Rousing Stories, Horrific Revelations from Libya
The events unfolding in Libya range from inspirational to horrific. We see courageous people facing down a tyrant's soldiers, but we're also learning about secret prisons where unimaginable brutalities were inflicted.
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Pakistani Churches Mourn Assassinated Christian Minister
BANGALORE, India (RNS/ENInews) Christian schools shut down for a three-day protest of the assassination of the country’s Minister for Religious Minorities.
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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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Alumni Defend Paddling at Catholic School
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) One by one, alumni of St. Augustine High School took the microphone recalling paddling at St. Augustine.
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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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British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
British Company Exports Execution Drugs to U.S.
Since Great Britain turned its back on the death penalty, the mother of a man executed in the United States wants the United Kingdom to ban British companies from exporting drugs for executions.
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Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
Turning Around British Baptists' Declining Numbers
While membership and baptisms are down in British Baptist churches, the decline can be turned around if people realize churches offer something worth having. Can worship be accessible without being banal?
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More Older Adults Seeking Religious Education
More Older Adults Seeking Religious Education
An increasing number of older adults are attending seminary classes. Now that their children grown, it's an opportunity for them not only to deepen their own spiritual experience but also to share it with others.
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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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How to Fulfill the Greatest Commandment
How to Fulfill the Greatest Commandment
The bold ethical challenge to love God and neighbor is reduced to a lowest common denominator of personal piety in many faith communities. But the biblical expectation laid on people of faith is to seek a just community.
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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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What Lies Ahead for the Church in 2011?
What Lies Ahead for the Church in 2011?
What does the future hold for the church in 2011? The challenge will be to live not just as Christian citizens of our own country, but as citizens of the world.
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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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What The WikiLeaks Saga Says About Us
What The WikiLeaks Saga Says About Us
WikiLeaks reveals what many people feel about those who govern us. Namely, we believe they can't be trusted. WikiLeaks both feeds and symbolizes conspiracy theories that tell us we are being lied to.
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Religious Leaders Join White House in Dream Act Push
WASHINGTON (RNS) Supporters are calling it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country’s immigration system.
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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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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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British Baptist Reflects on Royal Wedding
British Baptist Reflects on Royal Wedding
The engagement of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton re-awakened feelings of good will toward the royal family. But will the royal wedding blind Britons to issues of inequality and injustice?
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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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London Warns British Muslims on Shariah in Schools
LONDON (RNS) The British government has warned Islamic schools concerning the teaching of extremist Shariah law.
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As Uproar Fades, Seton Hall Students Meet to Study Gay Marriage
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It is the class that wasn’t supposed to happen.
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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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Student Survey Says Some Likely to Throw Punches
(RNS) A recent survey found that public school students were more likely to participate in physical violence.
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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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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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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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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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British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
British Baptists Urged to Seek Fairness Over Equality
A British watchdog group issued a report examining how fair Great Britain is. While equality is impossible in many areas, Christians are called to work for a fairer society.
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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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Ex-gay Group Ends Support of Students’ Day of Truth
(RNS) A leading “ex-gay” group has ended its role in the annual “Day of Truth” events.
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 Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
Atheists Score Best on Religious-Knowledge Quiz
It's clear that most Americans have an insular faith. On a pop quiz of religious knowledge, people who identified themselves as atheists and agnostics scored better than anyone who identified with a particular faith.
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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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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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Is the Christian Church in Britain on its Deathbed?
Is the Christian Church in Britain on its Deathbed?
Christianity has suffered hard losses in Britain. Churches are emptier, and young people harder to influence. While the church may die in its present form, it will be reborn in a new one.
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Three Things Churches Can't Do For Themselves
Three Things Churches Can't Do For Themselves
Will affinity groups take place of denominations? Not likely. Denominational bodies exist to do what churches cannot do for themselves: missions, theological education and articulating values.
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Poll: Most Americans OK Student Religious Speech
(RNS) A majority of Americans think students should be able to express their religion in public schools.
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Calvin Withdraws Invitation to New Pornographers Band
(RNS) Calvin College has canceled a concert by the Canadian indie rock band New Pornographers.
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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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Hoping Pope's Visit to Britain Will Still Generate Interest
Hoping Pope's Visit to Britain Will Still Generate Interest
The Pope's visit to Great Britain is generating far less interest than organizers hoped – and that's a pity. We don't have to be Catholics to recognize that Pope Benedict is a thinker and spiritual teacher of the first rank.
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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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Court: University Should Have Funded Student Group’s Worship
(RNS) The University of Wisconsin should not have prohibited the use of student funds.
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Catholic School Official Says She Was Ousted Over lesbian Marriage
SPRINGFIELD (RNS) A Catholic high school official says she was pressured to leave her job after marrying her female partner.
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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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Back to School Again? The Ethics of Doctoral Studies
Back to School Again? The Ethics of Doctoral Studies
Students are starting another school year, including people in ministry and Christian vocations seeking the highest levels of degree attainment. But why do some pursue that level of education and what degrees are appropriate?
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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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Seton Hall to Proceed with Class on Gay Marriage
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (RNS) It appears Seton Hall University will offer a controversial course on gay marriage.
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Compassion Guided Slain Medical Volunteers in Afghanistan
Compassion Guided Slain Medical Volunteers in Afghanistan
Ten volunteer medical workers providing health care in northeast Afghanistan were ambushed and killed. Whatever their private religious views, they shared a sense of compassion, duty and a desire to serve.
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Financial Woes Lead to President’s Resignation at Methodist College
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Trustees at Birmingham-Southern College accepted the resignation of President David Pollick.
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Princeton Review Names Most, Least Religious Campuses
(RNS) BYU was named the nation’s most religious campus, and Sarah Lawrence College the least religious, in new rankings.
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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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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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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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U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists
U.S. Baptist Support for Death Penalty Brings Shame on Global Baptists

That Baptists in the United States are among the more enthusiastic supporters of the death penalty is a shame upon the wider Baptist world. It is time for the death penalty to be abolished everywhere.

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British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
British Prison Reform – At Home and Abroad
While the British government talks about prison reform in its own country, it cannot turn a blind eye to women in Afghanistan who are unjustly imprisoned – some because they fled domestic violence.
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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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 Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Britain's Gordon Brown – Virtues and Faults
Gordon Brown's announcement to resign as the head of Great Britain's Labour Party represents the final dissolution of the force that took Labour to three election victories and kept it in power for 13 years.
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Three Things British Churches Must Say
Three Things British Churches Must Say
With the British government facing tough decisions about taxation and spending, churches will need wisdom for the part they play. Will they be willing to support unpopular measures for the sake of the greater good?
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The Thinking Christian's Election in Britain
The Thinking Christian's Election in Britain
The race for Number 10 Downing Street is on in Britain. As Christians prepare to join other British citizens at the polls, may they be led by their love for Jesus and not by habit, prejudice, self-interest or tribal loyalty.
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British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
British Christians Wrestle with Lodging Dilemma
How should individuals react when their consciences conflict with the law of the land? In Britain, some Christians say they should be allowed to refuse bed-and-breakfast lodging to people on the grounds of their sexuality.
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Christian Faith is Deeper Than Mere Reason
Christian Faith is Deeper Than Mere Reason
Many opponents of Christianity make the mistake of thinking that religious people can be argued out of faith. But faith doesn't work like that. It's not indifferent to reason but it is rational on more levels than one.
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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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British Baptists' Acts of Kindness Spread Hope
British Baptists' Acts of Kindness Spread Hope
Hope '08, an evangelistic initiative in Britain designed to help churches serve their communities, was viewed as a success. When the initiative is offered again, simply as Hope, what lessons will help improve 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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Can Academic Freedom, Religious Values Co-Exist?
Can Academic Freedom, Religious Values Co-Exist?
While some debate whether religious universities can provide a satisfactory environment of academic freedom, Baptists have found ways to honor both academic freedom and religious values.
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Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
Do Married Couples Deserve Tax Breaks?
While many Christians may sympathize with one British political party's plan to give tax breaks to married couples, we should be wary of knee-jerk plans just because they tick our moral boxes.
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Echoes of Tower of Babel: Pride and Insignificance
Echoes of Tower of Babel: Pride and Insignificance
The builders of the Tower of Babel were consumed with overweening pride and a fear of insignificance. Both factors are evident in the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world.
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A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
It's 95 years ago on Christmas Eve. Several British and German troops broke into an unofficial truce, a spontaneous outbreak of decency. Today, can we learn to set aside our differences?
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Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
Survey's Religious Findings May Have Devilish Details
A recent survey claims that religious faith has declined sharply in Britain over the last two decades. Before bemoaning the evaporation of the Christian faith, here's another perspective to consider.
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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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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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Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
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Do Theological Schools Serve as Ethical Communities?
Do Theological Schools Serve as Ethical Communities?
Theological schools, especially Baptist seminaries, should be living ethical communities. Ethicists can play an important role in these communities by continually raising questions and possible alternatives.
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Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Caste Out? India's Discrimination Migrates to Britain
Many of India's Dalit people – once known as the untouchables under that country's caste system – living in the United Kingdom report that they remain victims of caste discrimination. The abuse should stop.
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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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Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
Will Baptists Be Able to Embrace Interfaith Efforts?
The United Kingdom has undertaken its first Interfaith Week, but it's unlikely to draw a warm and enthusiastic response from Baptists. Can we not make an effort to encounter people of other faiths simply as people?
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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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"Sesame Street" Began to Help Low-Income, Minority Kids
Many of us have fond memories of watching "Sesame Street." The public broadcasting program, celebrating 40 years, began as an educational intervention to help low-income, minority children.
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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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Dealing with God
Listen. Listen carefully. Listen closely. If you think you “hear” the silence of God, listen again, for what you may really be hearing is the sound of God crying in the next room. And the next time God pierces your heart and soul, as if with that two-edged sword, look into God’s face. You will see the tears. Doing this might just help you realize that dealing with God is not an easy thing to do, for you or for God. But, frankly, do we have any other choice?
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Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
BMS World Mission's letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a refreshing change of pace. Too many Christians engage in an adversarial tone when they enter the political arena.
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Getting Schooled: Applicants Deserve Ethical Treatment
Getting Schooled: Applicants Deserve Ethical Treatment
Given the principles upon which they are founded, Christian institutions of higher education must adhere to even higher standards of conduct than others. Sadly, this isn't always the case.
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When Christian Higher Education Abuses Ethical Hiring
When Christian Higher Education Abuses Ethical Hiring
Christian schools hire hundreds of new candidates each year across North America. Behind the scenes, however, abusive and even bizarre practices have been reported at some of these schools.
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Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
Defend the Weak: Will We Stop Tragedies Like Fiona's?
The system failed Fiona Pilkington, who took her life and her daughter's after years of bullying. When will more Christians speak up for those who can't speak for themselves?
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Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
Can We Help Jobless People Up Without Hand-Outs?
The mark of a civilized society is that it will work to limit poverty. Is it possible to make sure that everyone has enough to live on without removing the incentive for people to work?
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British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
British Baptist Grateful for National Health Plan
Britain's National Health Service may not be perfect, but the system acknowledges people have a right to care because of citizenship, not because of wealth or employment.
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Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Locked Out? Voice of People of Faith Marginalized
Although people of faith should be allowed a voice in the public square, their views seem to be marginalized on many fronts, including education, government and health care.
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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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Clergy Letter Project: Science, Bible Can Co-Exist
Clergy Letter Project: Science, Bible Can Co-Exist
The Clergy Letter Project began when a biologist and several clergy wrote a statement affirming the teaching of evolution. Nearly 12,000 Christian clergy have now signed the letter.
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Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Global Baptists Talk about the Future of Their Faith Tradition
Looking beyond Baptists' 400th anniversary, several Baptist leaders from around the world discuss what they hope will become Baptist hallmarks in the future.
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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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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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Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
Guidelines Provide Roadmap for Christian-Muslim Relations
As Christians and Muslims increasingly live side by side, the tension between the two mission-focused faiths is inevitable. That's why the guidelines prepared by the Christian Muslim Forum are a valuable resource for interaction.
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Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
Apathy, Protest Votes Propel British Far-Right Group's Victory
The British National Party, which recently won two seats in the European Parliament, speaks the language of hatred. While Christians should have nothing to do with the party, they need not fear it.
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Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Churches Benefit When Members Have Dose of Confidence
Don't underestimate the power of confidence. When members have confidence in their churches' future, they won't regard money, time and talents spent on them as wasted. And lives will be changed by the power of the gospel.
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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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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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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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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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Celebrate, But Don't Rest On Our Laurels
Sunday marked the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. What is surprising about the observance is the heat the issue raises, even so long after the event.
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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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BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
BBC Poll on Religion in UK Life Yields Surprising Results
The strong support for a role for religion in UK public life shown in a recent BBC poll should in some ways at least come as no surprise.
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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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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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Religion Still Has the Right Words for Peace
To combat deep-rooted hatred and rejectionism, a profound spiritual movement is needed, and far from being a cause of divisiveness - as it is perceived in this country - religion is the only power which has a language of the necessary depth and subtlety.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reverse Congo's Melancholy History
The Democratic Republic of Congo's problem is its wealth. It is the size of Western Europe, and it is quite staggeringly rich in diamonds, coal, oil, and coltan, an essential ingredient in mobile telephones.
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New NEA President Wants Partnership with Churches
Regarding criticism of the current educational system, Van Roekel said: "We need to change that system. I don't want to tinker with that system. I don't want to fix it. I want to change it."
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When the Pursuit of Wealth Leaves Us Feeling Empty
Rev. Mark Woods, editor of Britain's Baptist Times, examines economics across the pond and "the glorification of greed in popular culture."
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Poll Says Most Parents Satisfied With Their Children's Education
More than three-fourths of parents of school-aged youth say they are satisfied with their child's education, according to a new Gallup Poll.
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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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Back to School
As summer slowly grinds to a steamy close, children and young people around the country are gearing up to go back to school. For most of them that means public school.
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Bullies Need Guidance
I suppose every school has bullies. I remember running into high-school bullies who didn't like my nerdy appearance, or who took offense when I talked to a certain girl in Latin class. Almost the entire high school turned bully in 1968, the year a handful of brave African-American students became the first to integrate our all-white enclave. I saw cruelty up close, but don't remember any of the adults instructing us to be nicer. Some of us really needed an authority figure to spell things out for us.
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Federal Sentencing May Turn Up Heat on Fraudulent Seminary Degrees
Maintaining muteness this week about the Southern Baptist Convention president's honorary degrees from two diploma mills will become much more difficult for denominational officials, given the federal sentencing on Wednesday of the owners of a diploma mill. Mainstream media coverage and the blogosphere commentary about degree factories will likely spike.
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A New Name For Alabama's Education System
I want to propose a new name for Alabama's education system--one that more accurately portrays the true status of public education in our state. I propose we call our public schools "the Lazarus system."
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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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What Is Wrong with Diploma Mills?
Theological diploma mills are a significant problem of moral integrity. If ministers will take educational shortcuts and misrepresent their ministerial training, then they will probably cut corners and engage in deception on other church fronts. If prominent ministers claim honorary degrees from diploma mills, they validate these entities, making them credible options for younger ministers.
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Baptist Professors Back Bill Supporting Intelligent Design
An "academic freedom" bill that opponents say could open the door to teaching creationism in public schools sailed through Louisiana's House of Representatives last week, buoyed by testimony in favor of the legislation by biologists from Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College.
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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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Bible in Schools Bill Awaits Governor's Signature in Tennessee
The newest textbook controversy isn't about Harry Potter or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but a volume that has divided public schools for 150 years--the Bible.
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Scientists Say Evolution May Be Losing Ground in Classrooms
Evolution may be winning in the courtroom but losing in the classroom, warns a new nationwide study about teaching of evolution and creationism in high schools.
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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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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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Methodists Oppose Teaching of Creationism, Intelligent Design
The United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its recent General Conference opposing the teaching of Creation Science and Intelligent Design in public schools.
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'Morning Meetings With Jesus'
Every morning, all across our country, in big cities and small towns, students come trudging through the doors of our schools. Some come eagerly, anticipating each day; some come reluctantly, overwhelmed by challenges too great for them. Some come from homes where books are read and learning is encouraged; others come from daunting family situations.
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Academic Freedom Sometimes Neither Academic nor Freedom
When the Christian Right begins advocating freedom in public classrooms, practice the time-honored discipline of moral discernment. Listen carefully. Think cautiously. Remember that the Right's past agenda is the best predictor of their real agenda. Know that God is not the author of confusion, but God's children are, especially when it comes to those who want theology taught in biology classrooms in public schools.
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Resource Questions Candidates About No Child Left Behind
Add one to the list of moral values at stake in the next federal election: where does your candidate stand on reauthorization of No Child Left Behind?
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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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Oklahoma Educators, Clergy Meet in Statewide Summit on Religion in Public Schools
Education has become the flashpoint in the culture wars, but it could become a starting point to finding common ground, a professor told 150 teachers and clergy from Oklahoma at a conference March 25-26.
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Texas School Board Battles Over Intelligent Design
A Texas-sized battle is brewing within the State Board of Education over what must be included in public-school textbooks.
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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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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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EthicsDaily.com Posts Four Videos on Faith and Public Education
Four videos on the relationship between public schools and faith communities are now available at EthicsDaily.com.
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Florida Education Board Should Stick to Science, Avoid Theology
The Florida Board of Education should discount a letter from the top official of the Florida Baptist Convention opposing the approval of language for the new science standards that reads: "Evolution is the fundamental concept underlying all of biology and is supported by multiple forms of scientific evidence."
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Gore Says Teaching Religion in Public Schools 'Formula For Disaster'
Former Vice President Al Gore says the government doesn't have any business teaching religion in public schools.
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Christian Groups Call for Boycott of California Public Schools
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum and an organization that advocates Christian schooling as an alternative to public schools are part of a new coalition calling on California parents to remove their children from public schools.
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Mohler's New Book Advocates Exit Strategy from Public Schools
A seminary president and recently announced candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention says in a new book that Christians should have an exit strategy from public schools.
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Homeschoolers Not Monolithic In Support for Huckabee
National media describe an army of homeschoolers propelling Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over the top in Iowa, but several blogs suggest not all home educators are marching in lockstep.
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Christian Children's TV Network on Air in Middle East
An estimated 50 million children in the Arab world woke up this Monday to an early Christmas gift--a new Christian television station with 24-hour program designed just for them.
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First Baptist Church Jacksonville Considering Christian School
A prominent Florida mega-church is scheduled to vote tonight on whether begin a Christian academy, joining a grassroots strategy to eventually build a large network of Southern Baptist schools to compete with public education.
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California Grandmother Leading Two-Day Boycott of Public Schools
A California grandmother is spearheading a two-day boycott of the state's public schools to protest new laws that social conservatives decry as homosexual indoctrination.
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BCE Leader Warns Arkansas Teachers of Efforts to Undermine Public Schools
The head of the Baptist Center for Ethics warned teachers in Arkansas that some religious leaders want to harm public schools.
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A Christian Response to 'Acts of God'
"All your waves and billows have gone over me." (Ps. 42:7) The Psalmist was referring to a spiritual state of abandonment, using terms reflecting a sense of helplessness in the face of events beyond human control.
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None of Us is Truly Free, While Anyone Is Bound
William Carey published his "Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Convert the Heathens" in 1792. Its title was not exactly snappy, but its effect was seismic. From it arose the modern missionary movement.
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'Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel'
"Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel" begins with Abraham and takes the reader through a tremendous graphic representation of what is called "Israel's world view."
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Christmas a Sign of Hope for Britain's Churches
For most of the year Britain is, at least on the surface, a fairly secular country. In spite of the presence of the Church of England in its structures of government--Anglican bishops sit in the House of Lords, the second chamber of Parliament--and the high profile of many Christian leaders, the rate of churchgoing in Britain is only about 7 per cent, and it continues to fall.
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British Evangelical Head Issues Call for Unity
The head of Britain's evangelicals said if Christians allow themselves to become divided over "truth," there is something wrong with the truth they are telling.
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Five Years On, What Have We Learned?

It's a truism to say that everyone remembers where they were on September 11 five years ago. This editor was at a hospital chaplains' conference. The schedule collapsed along with the Twin Towers. We clustered around the TV set, appalled by what we saw.

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Lebanese Baptists Question Proposed Middle East Truce Resolution
Lebanese Baptists questioned a proposed U.N. resolution drafted by the United States and France seeking a truce in fighting between Israel and Hezbollah that has lasted more than three weeks.
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Report Warns Climate Change Could Kill Millions
A hard-hitting report on the effects of climate change from Christian Aid warns that poor people will continue to suffer disproportionately from its effects, and that progress on development could be nullified or even reversed unless action is taken.
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Baptists Attend World Council of Churches Assembly
PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil--More than 60 Baptists attended a meeting with Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz at the ninth World Council of Churches assembly in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
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European Baptists Embrace New Approach to Missions
Even today, the image that comes to mind when many people in Europe hear the word "missionary" probably includes pith helmets and the British Empire.
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Baptismal Water is Thicker Than Blood
An extraordinary gathering of Baptists in Birmingham, England, took place last month. It was remarkable not just for the numbers gathered there--at least 12,000, and many more when day visitors are counted--but for the spirit in which the Baptist World Congress was conducted.
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