International

Charlie Gard’s parents end battle to save his life

July 25 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The parents of Charlie Gard have put an end to their legal fight to gain treatment for their 11-month-old son in a heartrending case that gained international attention. A lawyer for the parents told a judge in a British High Court hearing July 24 that “time had run out” for the infant.

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Couple hopes to be first Montagnard missionaries

July 24 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Khoung Rolan was born in a small Montagnard village in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. His grandfather was a general in the Vietnamese army, and his father worked in the communist government. Through the witness of a cousin, Rolan and two of his sisters became Christians. …

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Archaeologists discover Solomon-era linens

July 21 2017 by Julie Borg, WORLD News Service

Archaeologists from Tel Aviv University have unearthed 3,000-year-old dyed wool fabric samples from the time of David and Solomon. The archaeologists discovered the samples at a large, ancient Edomite copper smelting site and nearby temple in the Timna Valley, a desert region in southern Israel.

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Will Christians return to Mosul post-Islamic State?

July 19 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The liberation of Mosul from the Islamic State does not create an opportunity for most displaced Christians to return home, an Assyrian Christian in the U.S. advocating for the victims said. Rather, many displaced Christians see better prospects in establishing their lives in the Nineveh Plains northeast of Mosul.

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Reformers’ wisdom applied to transgender debate

July 19 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Amid contemporary discussion of transgenderism, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has helped resurface historic wisdom on gender and sexuality. While predating by centuries the modern phenomenon of transgenderism, Martin Luther and John Calvin were among Reformers to denounce those who attempted to blur the distinction between men and women.

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Church of England decision reminder to ‘guard the flock’

July 17 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A global group of conservative Anglicans has decried the Church of England’s (C of E) affirmation of transgender lifestyles and its disapproval of homosexual conversion therapy. The chairman of the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference said the votes at the General Synod’s July sessions of the C of E in York are evidence of false teaching.

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Kidnapped missionaries, others still held in Mali

July 14 2017 by Onize Ohikere, WORLD News Service

An al-Qaeda-linked group in Mali has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, one of them held since 2011. SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, said the recently formed al-Qaida affiliate, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, released the video a day before French President Emmanuel Macron visited the country.

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Christians join religious persecution protests in India

July 13 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Christians have joined thousands in protests across India against mob violence fueled by religious beliefs in the mostly Hindu nation. The protests, which continued July 12, followed the lynching two weeks ago of Junaid Khan, a teenage Muslim boy stabbed to death by men who reportedly accused him of eating beef.

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Food aid reaching Christians displaced by Boko Haram

July 12 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Food aid is beginning to reach Nigerian Christians and others displaced by Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad Basin, World Watch Monitor (WWM) reported. WWM said food was delivered to at least 75,000 people in some of the most isolated camps in early July, citing reports from humanitarian relief organization Open Doors.

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Church planter urges prayer for Russia

July 11 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

“There are a good number of Russians whose religion is their country,” said Adam Knight, a church planter with the International Mission Board. That nationalistic devotion led to the persecution of many Christians during Russia’s communist era, he added. It had a chilling effect on evangelism that still lingers in the church.

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