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Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way
Missionary speakers (left to right) Ruth Mooney, who serves in Costa Rica, and Kihomi and Nzunga Madudiga, who engage ministries in Haiti, visit with a family during the annual convention of American Baptists in Nebraska. (Photo by Vicki Brown/Word and Way

Baptist couple have edge most missionaries can only envy

Growing up in the Congo gives two missionaries unique insights into the patriarchal,  impoverished culture of Haiti, where they have served nearly 20 years.

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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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Officials say Baptist-affiliated Brewton-Parker remains accredited

Brewton-Parker College announced it will remain accredited on probation, after an accrediting agency committee ordered remand of a decision this summer to remove the Georgia Baptist Convention-affiliated school from membership.

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Mohler says gay diplomat unpopular among Christians in the Dominican Republic

The president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says elections have consequences that can extend beyond the borders of the United States.

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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 ask 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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