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Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Islam’s Sunni/Shiite divide explained

Sunni and Shiite Muslims, two main sects of Islam, have been in conflict for more than a millennium. Here’s a primer on that ancient division.

       
International community castigated for ignoring terrorism in Nigeria

International community castigated for ignoring terrorism in Nigeria

The international community has devalued Nigerian lives by ignored terrorist violence and attacks in Nigeria, insisted Samson Ayokunle, president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.

       
http://www.hudson.org/policycenters/7-center-for-religious-freedom

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.

       
Archaeologists may have uncovered site of Jesus’ trial

Archaeologists may have uncovered site of Jesus’ trial

The site where Jesus may have been tried, prior to his crucifixion, now is open to the public for the first time.

       
Liberian Baptist leader returns home after lengthy delay due to Ebola

Liberian Baptist leader returns home after delay due to Ebola

Liberian Baptist leader Emile Sam-Peal is finally going home after being stranded five months in America because of Ebola-related flight cancellations

       
Orphans abandoned and shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

Orphans abandoned and shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis

As Ebola continues its rampage across Liberia and elsewhere in West Africa, thousands of children are taking a double hit: losing parents to the fatal virus and then being shunned by relatives who fear they will catch the disease.

       
Mideast Christians appeal for action

Mideast Christians appeal for action

Christian minorities are in danger of being eradicated in the Middle East, leaders of evangelical and Protestant denominations in Syria and Lebanon said in a joint statement.

       
Lebanese Baptist leader wants Mideast Christians to stay,  not flee

Lebanese Baptist leader wants Mideast Christians to stay, not flee

Lebanese Baptist leader Nabil Costa is urging Christians in the West not only to pray for Christians fleeing violence in his region but also to lobby their governments to “empower a Christian presence in the Middle East.”

       
http://www.cbfinternationals.org/Personnel/ButchNellGreen/tabid/6669/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Missionaries serving refugees in Middle East exercise extra sensitivity

Serving war-ravaged refugees, including indigenous Christian groups, in the Middle East requires extra cultural and religious sensitivity among missionaries living in cultures that do not value religious freedom, experts say.

       
Liberian seminary responds to Ebola crisis

Liberian seminary responds to Ebola crisis

The interim president of a Baptist seminary forced out of Liberia by the Ebola outbreak says the crisis is taking a toll far greater than those who catch the illness.

       
Ebola comments by conservative pundits prompt Christian backlash

Ebola comments by pundits prompt Christian backlash

Prominent conservative voices are criticizing the decision to bring two medical missionaries who contracted Ebola back to the United States for treatment. And some evangelicals are aghast at their comments.

       
Baptists establish training institute to equip leaders in postmodern Finland

Baptists establish institute to equip leaders in postmodern Finland

Baptists establishing relationships in Finland encounter a postmodern stance that embraces the idea that all truth is relative. And if you ask a Finn if he believes in God, he often will respond, “That’s my business, not yours.”

       
Pastor makes gains in postmodern Iceland

Pastor makes gains in postmodern Iceland

Baptist pastor and church planter Gunnar Gunnarsson lives in a world of opposites and extreme contrasts in Iceland, where 90 percent of Iceland’s population say they are Christian but 10 percent or less go to church regularly.

       
Meriam Ibrahim freed from Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim freed from Sudan

Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian woman spared a death sentence for apostasy in Sudan, met Pope Francis at the Vatican July 24 after she was flown to Rome by the Italian government following a vigorous international campaign to free her.

       
Hospice kit buckets bring comfort in Africa

Hospice kit buckets bring comfort in Africa

Hospice kits packed by volunteers and distributed through the Baptist Global Response “Bucket Project” is bringing relief to thousands of terminally ill people in Africa.

       
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