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Safety from war does not come without struggle

Safety from war does not come without struggle

Through a partnership with the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development, Texas Baptists are helping purchase winter survival materials for Lebanese churches to distribute to the refugees.

       
European Parliament identifies ISIS killing as genocide

European Parliament calls ISIS killing 'genocide'

The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning the killing of minority Christians and Yazidis by the self-described Islamic State as “genocide.” And a Baptist human rights advocate hopes the United States will follow suit.

       
New study documents shifts in Latin American religious affiliation

New study documents shifts in Latin American religious affiliation

The Pew Research Center reports a significant drop in Catholic membership and identity in Latin America, confirming what Baptist and other Protestant leaders have seen in the religion for 40 years. From BNG

       
In Chiapas faith transforms lives

In Chiapas, faith transforms lives in the ‘Rock Crusher’

In an impoverished area of Chiapas, Mexico, called the "Rock Crusher"—but that could easily be called the "Dream Crusher"—Buckner International seeks to help residents achieve self-sufficiency emotionally, physically, economically or educationally.

       
Baptist leaders in Lebanon and France respond to bombings

Baptist leaders in Lebanon and France respond to bombings

Baptists in Lebanon and France reacted to attacks by the Islamic State—also known as ISIS or ISIL—that occurred in their countries.

       
Evangelicals ponder Christian response to Paris attacks

Evangelicals ponder Christian response to Paris attacks

American evangelical leaders remain at odds over whether the best response to the bloody terrorist attacks in Paris is a war on terrorism and militant Islamic ideology or Christian reconciliation and pacifism.

       
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the rollout of the 2014 Report on International Religious Freedom. (State Department Image)

State Department religious freedom report focuses on terror groups

Secretary of State John Kerry released the annual International Religious Freedom Report and called terror groups the world’s greatest threat to religious freedom.

       
Nepal adopts secular constitution but retains anti-conversion language

Nepal adopts secular constitution but retains anti-conversion language

Lawmakers in Nepal rejected an effort to declare the Himalayan nation a Hindu state, adopting a new constitution Sept. 14 defining Nepal as a secular republic but retaining a controversial anti-conversion clause.

       
Europe's refugee crisis

Europe's refugee crisis stirs consciences, but responses vary

Europe’s refugee crisis has inspired faith communities across the continent to open their doors to the newcomers and advocate for more state and private help, but the urgency of their calls and the depth of responses to them vary from country to country.

       
Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

Advocates urge Nepal to avoid criminalizing religious conversion

An international coalition spearheaded by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, with significant Baptist involvement, urged government officials in Nepal to remove from the nation’s proposed constitution language criminalizing “any act to convert another person from one religion to another.”

       
Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

Baptist leader celebrates Ebola-free Liberia

A Liberian Baptist leader celebrated the World Health Organization’s declaration the country is Ebola-free, making it the first of the three hardest-hit West African nations to bring the epidemic to a formal end.

       
Baptists respond to needs in earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Updated: Baptists respond to needs in earthquake-ravaged Nepal

Baptists in Nepal and their global missions partners joined in urging prayer and disaster relief after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake claimed more than 5,800 lives.

       
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.

       
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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.

       
 
 
 
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