Israel embassy, protests draw Baptist reactions

May 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

As the United States opened a controversial embassy in Jerusalem, many Southern Baptists lauded the occasion and celebrated the modern state of Israel’s 70th anniversary. Meanwhile, more than 50 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military as they protested the Donald Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv.

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Mother’s Day suicide bombers hit Indonesia churches

May 15 2018 by Morning Star News

Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks beginning Mother’s Day that reportedly killed at least 25 people. East Java police told reporters May 14 that 13 of the 25 dead were the assailants, according to the Jakarta Post.

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ERLC: Make religious freedom a priority in Africa

May 11 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Religious freedom should be a priority for U.S. relations with autocratic regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa, a Southern Baptist policy specialist told members of Congress. Steven Harris called for the focus on religious liberty during his testimony to a House of Representatives subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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North Korea prisoners’ release spurs hope for revival

May 11 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The release of three American Christians from North Korea is hopefully an early sign of Christian revival in the Asian nation, Paul Kim said. “It’s bigger than just releasing the three individuals,” said Kim, Asian American relations consultant to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. “I think there will be very exciting things happening.”

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Venezuela’s economic crisis prompts BGR relief

May 10 2018 by Casey Watson, Baptist Global Response

Baptist Global Response is organizing relief efforts to help starving families trapped in Venezuela’s current economic crisis. The country’s economic output is expected to shrink by 15 percent this year, which would be the third consecutive year it has decreased by double digits, reported.

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Korea summit: historic, but human rights talk ‘absent’

April 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

A historic meeting April 27 between the leaders of North and South Korea left religious liberty advocates optimistic about peace on the Korean Peninsula but pessimistic about the advance of human rights in the North.

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USCIRF: Persecution grows despite elevated awareness

April 27 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

While egregious acts of religious persecution are more likely to cause global protest 20 years after the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, many countries are increasingly denying such freedoms, a federal watchdog commission reported. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the dichotomy in releasing its religious freedom violations.

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Toronto pastor’s hope: God will use evil for good

April 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Just steps away” from where a driver began a carnage that killed 10 and injured 15 on a pedestrian-friendly Toronto street, Willowdale Baptist Church pastor Bruce Jones is corralling a hurting community for prayer. Jones can stand at his church and see Olive Square, where police say Alek Minassian started to weave on and off the sidewalk.

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IS bomber reportedly eyeing Shiites kills 57 Afghans

April 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A suicide bomber who killed 57 Afghans and injured at least 100 more in Kabul April 22 was targeting Shiite “apostates,” the Islamic State said in claiming responsibility for the bombing via its Aamaq news agency.

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Southeastern aiding Cuban convention’s momentum

April 10 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

The Cuban church planting movement has been on the move for nearly 30 years as house churches have grown in number and people have come to Christ by the thousands. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is joining what God is doing through the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Santiago through theological training to equip leaders for ministry.

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