World Cup stirs witness despite crackdown

July 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Russia’s 2016 law restricting evangelism may have curtailed some traditional gospel-sharing efforts at World Cup venues this summer. But through innovative witnessing techniques – like soccer viewing parties at churches and jazz band concerts – evangelicals still have managed to harness the world’s largest sporting event for gospel witness.

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Lessons from a cave rescue

July 13 2018 by Lonnie Wilkey

For nearly three weeks, the world’s attention has been focused on Thailand where 12 soccer players and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days. The boys escaped the cave with little time to spare as water pumps failed immediately after their rescue, flooding the area they had vacated.

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In Haiti, ‘Lord kept us in eye of storm’

July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Safe flights from Haiti following a violent citizen uprising have allowed most Southern Baptist mission teams to return to the U.S., Baptist Press has learned. Teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and Tennessee returned to the U.S. beginning July 9 after air travel resumed from the island nation.

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Will missions solve your porn problem? No.

July 11 2018 by Keelan Cook

Let me just come out and say it: pornography is a problem that impacts the mission field. In our #MeToo era, we’re used to seeing web articles speaking of the dangers of pornography. We hear – and it is most certainly true – that pornography is both the result of and fuel for the objectification of humanity.

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N.C. lawmakers urge release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

July 10 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Forty-eight of 50 North Carolina senators signed a senatorial statement urging the Turkish government to release Pastor Andrew Brunson. A Presbyterian minister from Black Mountain, N.C., Brunson has been imprisoned by Turkey since Oct. 7, 2016. He was arrested and wrongly associated with a group that Turkish authorities say …

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Baptist mission teams stuck but safe in Haiti

July 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

About 200 Southern Baptists on mission were trapped in Haiti after violent riots closed airports, sources told Baptist Press, but at least one team returned home July 9. “The Woodland Community Church (Bradenton, Fla.) and The Glade Church (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) team arrived safely at the airport in Port-au-Prince this morning!

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Filipino president’s comments on God rebuked

July 10 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Filipino president’s offer to resign if anyone can prove the God of the Bible exists has drawn reactions from Christians across the globe. Dan Santiago, president of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America, said Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte lacks “solid biblical knowledge of the Judeo-Christian God.” Meanwhile, Filipino Catholic leaders …

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‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

July 10 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

The world is the common denominator – and the focus of prayer – for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the “Korean Council.” Even Semihan’s name reflects the link: “Se” is part of a Korean word for world; “mi” …

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N.C. mapping initiative going strong amid demographic changes

July 9 2018 by Liz Tablazon & Seth Brown, BR Staff

As North Carolina’s population continues to shift toward greater ethnic and cultural diversity, the Peoples Next Door N.C. (PNDNC) strategy to bring the gospel to unreached people groups across the state hasn’t changed. That is because “we already had the mentality that we’re equipping people to go to these individuals,” said Zac Lyons, senior consultant …

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Pro-immigrant ad supported by ERLC shared by thousands

July 9 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Thousands have viewed and shared an open letter signed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore and a related video endorsing just and fair immigration following a full-page ad in The New York Times. Moore, a longtime supporter of the just treatment of immigrants, is among eight faith leaders included in 65 initial and ethnically diverse …

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