North American Baptists examine series of ‘shifts’

Baptists from across Canada and the United States examined seven key “shifts” July 29 that have impacted the North American Baptist Fellowship.

Christians commanded to love their Muslim neighbors, panelists insist

A West Texas missions professor who served more than two decades in Indonesia and an Arab Baptist educator from Lebanon emphasized the need to reach out in love to Muslims.


Longtime mission leader Avery Willis dies

Avery Willis, a former Southern Baptist missionary and administrator best known as developer of the MasterLife discipleship materials used around the world, died July 30, nearly eight months after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. He was 76.

World Baptists honor Lotz for human rights advocacy

To be true to their heritage and principles, Baptists must continue the fight for religious liberty for all people, insisted Denton Lotz, who received the Baptist World Alliance’s Human Rights Award July 30 in Honolulu.


Faithful preachers proclaim without fear, Jamaican Baptist insists

Preaching should be dangerous business, because faithful preachers dare to deliver a message from God -- regardless of the consequences, Karl Johnson, general secretary of the Jamaica Baptist Union, told the Baptist World Congress.


If Jesus needed the Spirit, then so do Christians today, says U.S. pastor

Today’s Christians need the Holy Spirit’s guidance, just like Jesus did 2,000 years ago, a U.S. pastor told participants at the Baptist World Congress.


Women combat poverty, abuse by walking in the Spirit

As women from every corner of the world gathered in their native dress with festive country displays in celebration of God’s movement among all peoples during the BWA Women’s Leadership Conference, the sea of colorful garb soon contrasted with the harsh reality of the state of women in the world today.


Focus group explores ethics of tourism

Baptists meeting in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations were reminded July 29 that beneath the glitz and glitter of the tourism industry lie moral issues that call for a Christian response.


U.S. denies visas to about 1,000 hoping to attend BWA Congress

As many as 1,000 people who had registered for the Baptist World Alliance’s Congress this year were unable to attend because they were denied visas by the U.S. government, leaders of the global Baptist organization said July 28.


Listen to the Spirit, receive the anointing, Coffey urges Baptists

Human effort and creative strategies lead to futility apart from an anointing by God’s Holy Spirit, British Baptist leader David Coffey told the opening session of the Baptist World Congress, July 28 in Honolulu.

Vietnamese churches join Baptist World Alliance

Some of the globe’s most persecuted Christians found an international home when the Baptist World Alliance admitted the Baptist Churches in Vietnam into the global organization.

Preach good news, proclaim freedom, seminary president urges Baptists

Preach Christ’s good news and proclaim freedom, Argentine seminary president Pablo Deiros challenged participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 29.


Southern Baptists’ large military presence colors gay debate

Repeal of a military ban on openly gay members is expected by many. But Southern Baptists, who have many more active-duty military chaplains than any other denomination, are not giving up without a fight.

South Africa to host continent’s first Baptist World Congress in 2015

For the first time, the Baptist World Congress will be held in Africa in 2015, according to a July 27 announcement from Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Neville Callam.

Catholics in Nagaland claim persecution by Baptists

NagalandBaptists in Nagaland defended themselves against charges of anti-Catholic bigotry after villagers tore down a Catholic church because the town allows churches only of the Baptist denomination. The controversy has generated widespread media attention pitting Catholics against the Nagaland Baptist Church Council.

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