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Author Elijah Brown

Elijah M. Brown is the general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance.

Emergency. That was the word Alberto Mamani, president of the Bolivian Baptist Union, used to describe what was beginning to unfold in Bolivia. Early last month, as part of broader legislation meant to address human trafficking, Article 88, Paragraph 11, of the new penal code in Bolivia raised the possibility that inviting and helping facilitate […] Read More

Genocide continues to rumble forward in Darfur. Despite the fact that these grisly atrocities were the first in the history of the United States to be recognized as genocide while they were unfolding, today powers around the world are turning a blind eye and rolling back sanctions. Darfur, the first declared genocide of the 21st […] Read More

I met recently with Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are receiving help from Nabil Costa and the Lebanese Society of Educational and Societal Development. My trip was part of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative’s support of education among the oppressed. Currently, more than 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon have no access to education. One […] Read More

Sin festers in the darkness. The same is often true in the politics of oppression. Genocide, a term first used in 1944 to describe the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group, breeds in the shadows. Torture, rape and whole scale destruction prevails where impunity abounds and information is suppressed. All […] Read More

Religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq are living at the edge of extinction. They are marginalized and under threat from the genocidal actions of the Islamic State in Iraq, resulting in the purging of religious and ethnic minorities from their historic homes. If immediate action is not taken, the existence of religious and ethnic minority […] Read More

As you reflect on the Christmas story, do you celebrate and affirm its connection to Africa and refugees? Each semester in my “Introduction to the New Testament” course, I ask students to retell the Christmas story. Working together, students generally note many of the more commonly known elements: the inn and its lack of room, […] Read More

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India were jointly awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognized Yousafzai and Satyarthi “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” In an Associated Press interview, Satyarthi noted, “Child slavery is […] Read More

Ebola is ravaging West Africa, killing roughly 45 percent of those infected. The worst Ebola outbreak since the virus first appeared in the 1970s, according to the CDC, there have been six countries affected, 7,494 total cases and 3,439 deaths. Underreporting, however, has led the CDC to state that as of Sept. 30 there were […] Read More

Does the Bible specifically address domestic violence? If the number of sermons or Bible studies you have heard directly discussing this reality were an indicator, what would it suggest about your church’s biblical engagement with this issue? A recent survey revealed that 42 percent of Protestant pastors rarely or never address domestic or sexual violence […] Read More

One of the more celebrated churches in the book of Revelation is that of Philadelphia in modern-day Turkey. This community of believers was commended by Jesus as those who “kept my word and have not denied my name” and who will therefore be kept “from the hour of trial that is going to come on […] Read More