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Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)
Mar Awa Royel, California bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, prepares to speak in a Baylor University chapel service. (PHOTO/ Valeria Brenes/Baylor University)

Prayers for Eastern Christians become easier sell for evangelicals

Globalization, the Internet and terrorism have awakened many American Christians to the history and contributions of Eastern forms of the faith, experts say.

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Young people are not abandoning churches; they are simply changing churches, a Baylor University professor asserts. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
Young people are not abandoning churches; they are simply changing churches, a Baylor University professor asserts. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Baylor professor disputes reports of religious, church decline

Contrary to popular belief — and media reports — Millennials and other young people are not abandoning church, says Baylor University professor Byron Johnson. And the so-called “nones” are not quite as religiously unaffiliated as many think.

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African Baptists asks world’s churches to set aside Oct. 11-12 for Ebola prayer

The All-Africa Baptist Fellowship, a region of the Baptist World Alliance, has declared Oct. 12, 2014, as Ebola Sunday.

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European Baptists lament violence in Mid-East, Ukraine

Meeting in Romania, leaders of the European Baptist Federation addressed current violence in both the Middle East and Ukraine and took note “with sorrow” of the 100th anniversary of World War I.

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American Baptist missions group condemns both anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudice

The board of directors of American Baptist International Ministries adopted resolutions Sept. 11 in response to a global rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim prejudice.

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Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)
Pray the news instead of turning it off, experts advise Christians stressed by bad news. (Creative Commons photo by flash.pro)

Worried about ISIS and Ebola? Pray the news, experts say

Some watch too much news. Others ignore it altogether. Yet others suggest a balanced approach: praying the news as a way to express compassion for those in strife. 

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Mohler says churches cannot avoid LGBT issue

Theologian and seminary president Albert Mohler says this week’s ouster of a church means no Southern Baptist congregation can sidestep the question of whether homosexuality is right or wrong.

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Virginia Baptist nominee’s election could break new ground

Nancy Stanton McDaniel will be nominated for first vice president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, a position which could lead to her election next year as the first female pastor to serve as president of the BGAV.

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Faith leaders protest use of solitary confinement

Baptists have joined in on a report to the United Nations alleging that the widespread use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons is cruel and unusual punishment banned by international law.

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Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)
Declining membership has some Baptist and other evangelical churches searching for answers in politics. (Creative Commons photo by Quinn Dombrowski)

White evangelicals feel heat of religious decline, surveys show

But religious conservatives who fear they are being reduced to minority status in American society should embrace the development as a return to prophetic witness, says one scholar.

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Baptist church says ‘no’ to medical marijuana farm

Eight voting members of a tiny Baptist church in Florida blocked plans for a facility to produce a non-intoxicating strain of medical marijuana used to treat children with epilepsy.

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Jimmy Carter on gay rights: Jesus didn’t discriminate

Former President Jimmy Carter says Jesus didn’t discriminate against people because of “who they were,” and neither should Christians when it comes to matters of LGBT equality.

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Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Warden calls for churches to help break cycle of criminal activity

Burl Cain of the Louisiana State Penitentiary believes congregations can be change agents.

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Time to fix broken immigration system, says Paynter

There’s power in Scripture to inform debate on this contentious issue, says the CBF’s executive coordinator.

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