Christianity’s relation to culture a matter of spiritual discernment

Should Christians ever abandon their cultures for the sake of the gospel. Baptists from all over the planet struggled with what to “embrace” and what to “release” of their cultures during a discussion session held in conjunction with the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu.


Missions demands local strategies, global vision, panelists assert

Innovative missions today demand contextualized ministries shaped by local churches—not one-size-fits-all imported strategies implemented by professionals, a missions professor from Texas and a pastor from South Australia told a focus group at the Baptist World Congress.

Science vs. religion? Unnecessary battle

Science and religion do not need to quarrel, a molecular engineer and an ethicist told participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress.

Become ‘jubilee people,’ pastor tells world Baptists

Christians are called to join Jesus as “jubilee people,” Australian pastor Allan Demond told participants at the 20th Baptist World Congress in Honolulu July 31.


Holy Spirit transforms communities, creation African Baptist says

Christians who listen to the Holy Spirit will experience transformation and become agents of transformation, an African Baptist leader told the Baptist World Congress.


BWAid leader reflects on 20 years of relief and development

Paul MontacuteStanding in the exhibit hall during the Baptist World Congress in Honolulu, Paul Montacute surveys the array of displays and smiles with delight.


Around the State

Moises Rodriguez has been named the first full-time director of Baptist University of the Américas’ Baptist Bible Institute.

On the Move

Doug Beck to First Church in Dorchester as pastor.

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.

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